Are you under pressure from a loved one to get a porn star vagina? This story is for you ladies — think twice before you undergo vaginal surgery, says a leading sexpert. For me, the concept of undergoing surgery on your perfectly lovely, normal and healthy lady bits due to societal or relationship pressure to get a porn star vagina is both ridiculous and abhorrent. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, as do vaginas — there is no one perfect vag. And yet so many women, convinced their labias are too unsightly, big or just not Anglo porn-star enough, flock to get vaginal surgery.
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Why More Women Than Ever Are Getting Their Vaginas Done - VICE
Medical experts have sounded the alarm over soaring rates of labiaplasty, as the preliminary findings of a study show women are increasingly turning to private providers to pursue "designer vaginas". NHS and private sector professionals have warned that some young women approaching cosmetic surgery companies are depressed or on medication, and are being sold operations without preliminary access to alternative psychological therapies. Experts carrying out the research at King's College London also suggest that the so-called "pornification" of modern culture may be driving up surgery rates to unprecedented levels as both men and women have increased exposure to pornographic imagery via the internet. Recent studies have shown sharp rises in the numbers of young people accessing porn. The King's study is attempting to find out more about the motivations of women who are increasingly seeking surgery. Professor Linda Cardozo, a gynaecologist, said that the preliminary findings show that while women go to the NHS seeking help with functional problems, such as discomfort during sex, those turning to private companies were often seeking purely cosmetic changes and were placing themselves at risk in a growing industry that is largely unregulated. Experts say the risks of labiaplasty include permanent scarring, infections, bleeding and irritation, as well as increased or decreased sensitivity if nerves get caught in the operation.
The Rise of Labiaplasty: Having the Perfect Vagina
By Radhika Sanghani. Then when you become sexually active, you get more image-conscious. It was eating me up. The years went on and I tortured myself over it. Relationships went down the tube — I just switched off.
Labiaplasty, surgery on the vulva to trim or cut away the labia minora such that they protrude less than the labia majora or the clitoral hood, is, indeed, on the rise in the West; it can also lead to complications including pain and infection. Labiaplasty improves confidence and happiness and can lead to a healthier sex life. Plastic surgery is a relatively young field with ever-improving techniques. To attribute the rise in labiaplasty immediately to the effects of an increasingly pornographic culture is disingenuous.