Q:  We have heard from friends in Austria of the considerable benefits, experienced by a lady, whose waist has been reduced to a girth of 50 centimeters, when she wears a specially crafted support instrument inserted within in her vagina to its full depth.  Can you confirm whether this practise is generally recommended for all tightly laced  ladies?  Has it been given medical approval, or is the benefit purely psychological? Should a comparable item also be fitted in the rectum, to add to the support needed by the uterus, in order to avoid any damage to it by the very considerable compression exerted, when a well-made corset is laced to closure?
 --- John (4/24/03)

A: The use of uterine supports has in the past been associated with tightlacing, but in reality its use, if ever proper, intended to deal with the consequences of repeated childbearing, which stretched ligaments, muscle layers and changed the position of the uterus. Tightlacing focuses primarily on the waist and lower ribcage, with containment below the waist. The resultant abdominal pressure tends to be uniform, and not focused on the lower abdomen, provided
the corset apron is extended downward far enough to support and prevent any abdominal prominence.  In this case, the tightlacing does not displace the uterus, and aside from increased pressure on the pelvic floor musculature, I would actually doubt that much benefit would be gained from inserting any devices into any of the lower orifices of the body.  More important is the maintenance of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Maintaining these provides an effective means in dealing with any issues; this is also recommended as a postpartum treatment in  addressing loss of lower body firmness.

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