Doctors have warned women of the dangers of undergoing ‘vaginal scraping’ procedures to ‘remove traces’ of former partners.
Numerous experts have spoken out against the practice, highlighting the potential risks involved.
Dr Jen Gunter, gynaecologist, obstetrician and author of The Vagina Bible, said to Refinery29 that women should “never, ever have their vagina scraped”.
She added: “Any scraping of the vaginal epithelium [tissue] could affect the vaginal ecosystem and theoretically could spread HPV locally and would increase a woman’s vulnerability to infection.
“Your vaginal epithelium completely regenerates itself every 96 hours. The surface cells are shed every four hours.
“If you want to remove physical residue of some horrible man’s penis, your vagina has you covered.”
Dr Gunter’s warning followed Mel B’s disclosure that she had the procedure done following her split from ex Stephen Belafonte.
Mel B claims her relationship with Belafonte was “coercive” in her autobiography “Brutally Honest”.
Speaking on GMB in November, she described herself as being the victim of “domestic and physical abuse” – allegations Belafonte denies.
In an interview with the Guardian , the former Spice Girl said of the procedure: “They scraped the inside of my vagina and put new tissue in.
“It’s almost like a rape victim would do – essentially, you want to scrub yourself clean.”
Since Mel B’s revelation, numerous gynaecologists have spoken out against procedures that involve ‘scraping’ the vagina and have warned other women not to follow suit.
Dr Fiona Mattatall, an obstetrician gynaecologist in Calgary, Canada, tweeted saying she “would not recommend a vaginal cleanse that includes scraping of the walls (even to rid traces of an ex).”
Speaking to Refinery 29, she said this is the first time she heard of such a procedure for these reasons, but would advise against it until research has been conducted – as she believes bleeding and infection are possible risks.
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