According to “The Victoria Derbyshire Show,” girls are requesting vaginal reconstruction surgeries even at nine years of age.
According to Naomi Crouch, an adolescent gynecologist, she is concerned that an increasing number of girls, even at nine years of age, are interested in having vagina reconstruction surgery, known as labiaplasty. Labiaplasty is basically the surgical reshaping or shortening of the vagina’s inner or outer lips or “labias.”
At the NHS, in 2015 to 2016, over 200 girls under the age of 18 have had labiaplasty. Over 150 of those girls were under the age of 15.
Many experts fear that young girls and women have been developing body dissatisfaction through unrealistic body standards shown in pornography and online sexual content. They even fear that males might also be developing unrealistic ideas of what women’s bodies should look like through the same content, and therefore might be creating a body-shaming culture for young girls and women in many countries.
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Crouch said: “Girls will sometimes come out with comments like, ‘I just hate it, I just want it removed,’ and for a girl to feel that way about any part of her body – especially a part that’s intimate – is very upsetting.” She also added that she has not yet seen a girl who looked like she really needed the operation.
Another gynecologist, Paquita Zulueta, said: “I’m seeing young girls around 11, 12, 13 thinking there’s something wrong with their vulva – that they’re the wrong shape, the wrong size, and really expressing almost disgust.”
“Their perception is that the inner lips should be invisible, almost like a Barbie, but the reality is that there is a huge variation. It’s very normal for the lips to protrude.”
One 14-year-old anonymous patient, said: “I just picked up from somewhere that it wasn’t neat enough or tidy enough and I think I wanted it to be smaller. People around me were watching porn and I just had this idea that it should be symmetrical and not sticking out.”
“I thought that was what everyone else looked like, because I hadn’t seen any normal everyday [images] before then. I remember thinking, ‘If there’s surgery for it, then clearly I’m not the only one who wants this done, and maybe it won’t be that big a deal’.”
She then said: “I’m totally glad I didn’t get it done. I didn’t need it. I look totally normal. Completely and utterly normal.”