Demand for labiaplasty at all-time high

A rise in requests for labiaplasty has many GPs flummoxed, say sexual health experts, with some referring their patients to gynaecologists and plastic surgeons without examining them first.

As a result, new practice guidelines are in the pipeline, initiated by the RACGP to help GPs better manage the cases.

Medicare statistics show a three-fold increase in procedures between 2000 and 2011, with no known increase in pathology.

Widespread pubic hair removal and online pornography are being blamed for the trend.

Associate Professor Meredith Temple-Smith from the