When a woman wears a vaginal skin tag, it prevents rust on her skin, says Lisa Krasnoff, who researches vulva and female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States.
“It’s a protective device for the vulva, it’s very similar to the mask you wear to protect against a cold or infection,” she says.
But for Krasner, it also has a practical application.
“For the first time in my life, I can feel it,” she said.
She says she was wearing the tag for two months while she underwent her first FGM procedure at the Cleveland Clinic.
“I didn’t know it was going to be like this for two and a half months, but it is,” she told ABC News.
“There are no excuses.
I’ve seen it happen to other women.”
While Krasnsons experience was not uncommon, she said she was “disgusted” and “angry” at the suggestion.
She was a little surprised at how the tag helped her feel more comfortable, but was also relieved to have the tag.
“That was kind of a relief, actually,” she tells ABC News, adding that she has had no problems with infection.
“The way it protects the vulvas, it helps to seal the vagina and it’s just a great feeling.”
“This is what’s going on,” Krasners mother, Kathy Krasnan, told ABC.
“She’s not afraid of it anymore.”
The tag is not meant to be a protection against vaginal rust, but Krasning says the device does help protect her body from vaginal contamination.
“They don’t even know it’s there,” Kranan told ABCNews.
“When you are exposed to a lot of things, like a lot more than a vaginal tag, the skin around your vagina can be very thin, and it can rust or even get in the way of the vagina.”
She says that is why she wears it.
“We’re all very aware that there are things that go on in the body, and I feel like there’s a very important reason that we wear a vaginal tags to protect ourselves,” she added.
Krasne says she does not wear a mask, even though she is worried that it will rub off.
She wears a mesh hood over her mask so she can wear it with confidence.
She also keeps her gloves on while using the tag, and she does use a sanitary napkin to wipe her vagina.
“You don’t need a mask for that,” she explained.
Krann’s story is just one example of how the use of the vaginal tags is becoming more common in the U.S. The tags are not just for the women who wear them.
They are also worn by other women who are afraid of contracting vaginal infection.
Many of those who wear the tags have been using them for years and are now starting to find their place in society, says Krasani.
Karsnons case is just the latest in a growing number of cases in the Western world where FGM is carried out on women.
In 2015, researchers published a study showing that about 6,000 FGM cases were reported to the World Health Organization in 2015.
Of those, 5,000 cases were in the Middle East, and 3,000 in Africa.
In 2016, researchers also published a similar report.
A survey published in the journal Pediatrics in January 2017 found that FGM in the West was on the rise.
In the United Kingdom, the number of FGM procedures rose by more than 400 percent in just a decade.
It’s a disturbing trend that has only gotten worse, says Kristin E. Boulware, a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver who focuses on FGM at the university.
“FGM has become so much more widespread in the last couple of decades that it’s no longer the exception,” she explains.
“If you are a woman who is not fully compliant, if you are an immigrant woman, you are not going to get a protective tag.”
In 2016 alone, the U, U.K. and France saw more than 7,000 new FGM surgeries.
In Germany, there were more than 4,000.
There are also reports of women dying in childbirth from FGM, but in Germany it is very rare.
A 2015 study from Sweden, which surveyed 1,500 women about their experiences of FGC, found that fewer than 2 percent of those surveyed had experienced the procedure.
The U.N. estimates that 1 in 5 women will be subjected to FGM before they are married, or have children.
But, even in the midst of an epidemic of FEM-related deaths, Krasanyns case has highlighted the need for awareness and advocacy around the topic of FGA.
“Vaginal FGM continues to be the biggest taboo, the