‘Am I normal down there?’

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So the dissertation is in and I thought my pubic hair blogging days were over.  Apparently not.  I’ve decided to upload sections of my work for you to have a little read of.  However, first I’m going to get back into blogging with some comments on a recent report published in the BMJ Open, a medical journal that is dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas.  This study found found that girls as young as 15 are asking their GP’s about vaginal cosmetic surgery because of increasing concerns that their privates don’t look ‘normal’.

It’s  worth noting the vaginal tightening, labiaplasty (trimming of the labia minora and less commonly labia majora), hymenoplasty, vaginoplasty (also known as vaginal reconstruction), mons pubis liposuction, vaginal ‘rejuvenation’ or laser ‘rejuvenation’, G-spot augmentation and Orgasm-shot)  following liposuction, breast augmentation and rhinoplasty, labiaplasty was reported to be the fourth most common cosmetic surgical procedure according to US statistics in 2013, rising by 44% in the 2013 alone.

Lead author of this most recent study, Dr Magdalena Simonis from the University of Melbourne’s department of general practice is quoted in The Guardian as saying,

“When we talk about adult women into their 20s of course they are entitled to make their own decisions about their body and surgery, provided they are well informed and have good information and don’t have any mental health disorders that might be affecting their decision,” Simonis said.

“But the really vulnerable here are young women and teens impressed by what they see online and what a lot of the portrayals are like in pornography. I think we need to be carefully looking at those women and ensuring they are supported and better informed.”

Fashion, online pornography, perceptions of beauty and Brazilian waxes was found to be contributing to women’s dissatisfaction  and concern in relation to  their genitalia.  The results of this study mirror a lot of what I uncovered in my pubic hair research.

If you want to read on here is a link find a link to the published study:

The study

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Ahhh, it feels good to be back.