WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Before the year ends, VSPOT Medi Spa that offers otherworldly treatments such as steaming and waxing your private regions with 24K gold among others, will be opening in London.
- Its founder, Cindy Barshop, told Refinery 29 that after its New York debut two years ago, she hopes to expand across the US and into London as well.
- However, such treatments are slammed by gynecologists due to its harmful effects on women’s genitalia.
If you thought your private parts were exempt from unworldly beauty standards, you thought wrong. Coming to the UK is a vagina spa that offers services from plucking, buffing to steaming your nether regions.
After its New York opening two years ago, the VSPOT Medi Spa is scheduled to open a branch in London before the end of this year, its founder Cindy Barshop told Refinery 29.
Despite this, several people, as well as gynecologists, expressed doubts and questions regarding the treatments offered. Here are three that we might be saying ‘no thanks’ to.
Known as the ‘V-Steam’ treatment, this involves steam filled with therapeutic herbs aimed at your nether regions. It is available for $125 (£102).
However, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) spokesperson, Dr. Vanessa Mackay, quashed the myth that the vagina needs cleaning because it was created in such a way that it can clean itself.
“The vagina contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it. If these bacteria are disturbed it can lead to infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, and inflammation,” explains Mackay to HuffPost UK adding that steam may even burn the sensitive skin of the vagina.
Mackay recommends that to stay fresh, wash around the vulva with water and an unscented soap every day.
The 24K Gold Bikini Wax
Otherwise known as vagina facial, this is a treatment for the vulva.
Wax infused with 24K gold is used to remove hair. When the wax is whipped off, the bikini area is blasted with LED lights in a bid to combat ingrown hairs and smooth out the skin tone. Gold, according to the spa, is said to be a ‘natural anti-inflammatory agent’ which helps brighten the skin and make it glow. No price for the treatment has been listed yet.
The O-Shot is said to ‘stimulate vaginal and clitoral rejuvenation’ leading to better orgasms for women by injecting their own blood platelets into their vaginal tissue. Although no price is listed, you might want to avoid this anyway.
Another RCOG spokesperson, Dr. Naomi Crouch, said there are no proofs to suggest that a woman’s chances of having an orgasm are improved by injecting blood into their clitoris.
She added that difficulty in achieving an orgasm can be due to various factors such as depression, menopause, trauma or fear of sex, or lack of stimulation. She recommends that women should go see their GP or go to a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic, or may be referred to psychosexual counseling.