Almost one in five women are interested in having “designer vagina” surgery according to new Australian research.
The most common form of genital surgery is labioplasty. This is a procedure to reduce the size or change the shape of the Labia Minora.
Labioplasty is commonly performed on women who experience discomfort from overly large labia rubbing and chaffing. Labioplasty is also performed on women who are not happy with the appearance of their labia, when the labia minora protrudes excessively and “hangs out” from the labia major.
A study reported by SBS from Flinders University in South Australia, surveyed 351 women aged 18 -69 and found 17% were interested in having labioplasty.
The study found 13% of women had received negative comments from romantic partners about the appearance of their genitals. And 19% of women had discussed genital appearances with their friends.
Dr David Veale from London’s Maudsley and Priory Hospitals commented, “The study suggests that the media, romantic partners and friends are influential in shaping women’s perceptions of their own genital appearance and decisions to undergo labioplasty”.