Doctors warn of "vaginal curettage", a procedure used by Mel B to remove the traces of a former partner.
The Spice Girl, 43, revealed that she had scraped the inside of the vagina and put some new tissue after her bitter divorce with her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.
The procedure, which was largely unheard of until Mel B spoke, could lead to a serious risk of infection, experts said.
Mel B, 43, revealed that she had scraped the inside of her vagina and put some new tissue after her bitter divorce with her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte
Dr. Jen Gunter – gynecologist, obstetrician and author of The Vagina Bible – told Refinery29 that women should never "never have their vagina scraped" – or even washed – that cleans the vagina using a shower and a liquid .
He said: "Any curettage of the vaginal epithelium [tissue] it could affect the vaginal ecosystem and theoretically could spread HPV locally and increase a woman's vulnerability to infection.
"Your vaginal epithelium regenerates completely every 96 hours and the superficial cells are released every four hours.
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Dr. Fiona Mattatall, obstetric gynecologist in Calgary, Canada, said: "Scrape" would suggest the removal or abrasion of the superficial cell layers, which act as a physical barrier to the microbes that inhabit the vagina.
"I imagine the bleeding and the infection are the risks, but this is pure speculation."
The dott. Gunter, who had never heard of vaginal curettage, said he thought it was "unethical" for a cosmetic surgeon to perform such a procedure
Dr. Mattatall said it was the first time she heard of a woman who had scraped the vagina for aesthetic reasons and would "discourage us until we have a good proof of the risks compared to the benefits".
Dr. Fiona Mattatall, obstetric gynecologist in Calgary, Canada, said that scraping suggests removal or abrasion of the superficial cell layers that the vagina needs
Joan Price, author of Naked at Our Age, had not heard about the treatment along with many other experts who were worried about it
Mel B originally spoke of his experience to remove "all the remains" of Mr. Belafonte last month as a way to "clean himself".
He told the Guardian: "They scraped the inside of my vagina and inserted new fabrics.
"It's almost like a rape victim – basically, you want to clean yourself up."
WHAT IS THE VAGINAL SCRAPING?
Scraping the vagina was a term used by Mel B when, it is said, it underwent a vaginal rejuvenation with Dr. David Matlock in Beverly-Hills.
Vaginal rejuvenation procedures claim to remodel, tighten and renew the vagina.
It could help with many problems caused by events such as childbirth, weight loss and aging.
The clinics claim it could help with different symptoms like pain and dryness, incontinence and bladder control.
Vaginal rejuvenation treatments are non-surgical and require less than one hour.
It usually involves an "energy device" that emits a laser or heat to the vaginal tissue.
The procedure can cause vaginal burns, scarring, pain during intercourse or chronic recurring pain, the FDA said when he warned that the "safety and efficacy" of it has not been established.
Private clinics in the UK market this type of treatment under various names such as "vaginal lifting" and "vaginal stiffening".
The Vivo Clinic in London charges £ 349 for a session and Harley Medical Group charges £ 3,500 for a series of three treatments, according to Refinery29.
In a podcast, Table Manners with Jessie Ware, added: "What I did was a little like this, and I say it very candidly, but it's actually very important, a bit like a victim of rape.
"When you have been raped, you want to remove any trace from your body, outside of that person, so you can simply erase it."
Mel B has accused his Mr. Belafonte of years of emotional and physical abuse in his new controversial autobiography, entitled Brutally Honest.
He explained the procedure: "I went to Dr. Matlock and I said, I do not want to feel like the last person who was in my vagina was this monster.
"He examined me, he said: legally there is nothing I can do because you do not need to do anything".
"I said he could just go in there and get everything out, but then fill it with fresh fabric."
Since his comments have been made, various experts and writers have evaluated their opinions.
Mel B said that most women undergo the procedure, more commonly called laser vaginal rejuvenation, "because they want to be made smaller".
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a health warning against laser vaginal rejuvenation in July.
"These products have serious risks and do not have adequate evidence to support their use for these purposes." We are deeply concerned about women being harmed, "said the FDA.
In August, tThe British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) have warned against the lack of evidence to support the safety or efficacy of vaginal rejuvenation.
The cosmetic gynecologist Mel B claims to have carried out her procedure with dr. David Matlock of Beverly Hills, a controversial cosmetic gynecologist from Beverly Hills who invented "The G-shot", which he claimed would make women's orgasms better.
But laser vaginal rejuvenation is also available in the United Kingdom, normally used to tighten or "renew" the vagina for a wide range of reasons, such as natural changes caused by childbirth, aging or weight loss.