Vagina Surgeries Do More Harm Than Good

Nov 12, 2009
Women, who want to improve their vagina size and appearance, may face a number of risks. In most cases, vaginal surgeries are unsafe and unnecessary, a new study suggests.

The study conducted at University College London revealed that most women, who choose to undergo labioplasty, do not realize the potential risks of this procedure. Researchers analyzed different physical and psychological reasons to find out why women opted for vaginal surgeries, including the desire to have more appealing genitals.

Sarah Creighton, a gynaecologist and Lih-Mei Liao, a psychologist claimed that many women want to have designer vagina due to their psychological insecurities and most of these problems are better resolved with counseling and support.

Dr Creighton said that vaginal surgery is not only ineffective in helping women get rid of sexual problems, but also may worsen their sexual sensitivity and sexual satisfaction. This may happen due to nerve damage in the genital area during surgery. She also added that vaginal surgeries may increase the risk of more complicated childbirth.

The researcher said that further studies are needed to understand what makes so many women follow this trend and sacrifice sexual satisfaction over genital appearance.

However, Douglas McGeorge, former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, disagreed with the scientists, saying that labioplasty is a minor surgery that does not interfere with sexual sensitivity and satisfaction. He said that during the procedure the loose labia are removed, which leaves minimum scarring. Many women want vaginal surgery to improve the appearance and size of their vagina and for some women it relieves discomfort, like for example, during riding a bike.

Angelica Kavouni, also a plastic surgeon, agrees that the risks are overestimated. She said that she does not recommend surgery for women who do not seem to have a problem, but for those with a serious hypertrophy, vaginal surgery is a simple and effective way to deal with the problem.

The study appears in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology .