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Table 3 Types and prevalence of vaginal practices

From: Vaginal health and hygiene practices and product use in Canada: a national cross-sectional survey

Vaginal health and hygiene practice Ever used
(N = 1435)
N (%)
Insertion of sex toys 562 (39.2)
Waxing genital area 380 (26.4)
Genital surgery (reasons other than cosmetic) 34 (2.4)
Genital piercing 24 (1.7)
Traditional genital cutting 20 (1.4)
Pubic hair colouring 15 (1.0)
Genital cutting (for reasons other than traditional) 13 (0.9)
Genital tattoo 12 (0.8)
Anal bleaching 7 (0.5)
Vajazzling (the application of stick-on gemstones to the genital area) 6 (0.4)
Vaginal bleaching 6 (0.4)
Genital cosmetic surgery 6 (0.4)
Smoking/fogging/steaming to tighten vagina 5 (0.3)
Injection to enhance G-spot 4 (0.3)
Other Practices (from text box) 89 (6.2)
 Episiotomy/stitches for tear during childbirth 21 (1.4)
 Other medical procedure 18 (1.3)
 Shaving 13 (0.9)
 Laser hair removal 9 (0.6)
 Traditional labia stretching 1 (0.07)