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The term ‘vaginal scraping’ is enough to make most of us mentally cradle our nether regions — and that’s before we even discover what it means.
The controversial procedure has started popping up all over our newsfeeds ever since Spice Girl Mel B told the Guardian she’d underwent the procedure.
She revealed that she got the inside of her vagina “scraped” to get rid of all traces of her ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte.
“They scraped the inside of my vagina and put new tissue in,” she told the Guardian. “It’s almost like a rape victim would do — essentially, you want to scrub yourself clean.”
Mel B went public with allegations of sustained domestic and emotional abuse after her decade-long marriage to Stephen Belafonte ended in 2017.
She spoke about vagina scraping once again when appearing as a guest on Jessie Ware's podcast Table Manners:
"I went to Dr Matlock [the Beverly Hills doctor who performed the procedure] and I said, ‘I don’t want to feel like the last person that was inside my vagina was this monster’. He examined me, he said ‘legally there’s nothing I can do about that because you don’t need anything done’. I said could he just go in there and get everything out, but then pack it with fresh tissue.”
She later explained that most women undergo the procedure, known as vaginal rejuvenation, "because they want to be made smaller," but she wanted to be "clean and new inside".
However, doctors are warning women not to get the laser procedure, which claims to reshape, tighten or 'renew' the vagina.
Gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr. Joseph Sgroi told Mamamia there's absolutely no need to get this treatment as your vagina replenishes itself, so to speak:
"The logic behind this treatment is completely flawed," explains Dr. Joe. "Cells in the lining of the vagina will replenish on their own - and in a very short space of time. It's completely unnecessary.
“Mel B had this procedure done under the guise of what was clearly a very traumatic experience. It’s troubling this doctor carried out the procedure as psychological trauma could have led her to seek out what’s essentially a cosmetic treatment to provide comfort. But those demons could still be there.”