Doctors worried over rising trend for designer vaginas

GYNAECOLOGISTS are concerned about the rising numbers of women undergoing vulvoplasty or labioplasty, with procedures increasing threefold in the past decade.

Medicare data shows there were 454 of the procedures rebated in 2000–01, rising steadily to 1389 in 2009–10. 

“Undoubtedly there are some legitimate reasons why women are having this surgery,” said Dr Ted Weaver, past president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

“But we have been concerned, as a college, that there may be a lot of cosmetic vaginal surgery occurring where there is no clinical need.”

He was commenting on a letter in the Medical Journal of Australia written by Sydney gynaecologist Dr Rebecca Deans and three UK medical professionals who queried rising referral rates and warned of a “blurring between disease and dissatisfaction”.

They pointed to an