In yet more news about the stupidity of vaginal plastic surgery, a British report finds that women who undergo the procedure may experience some of the same problems in childbirth as those who suffered female genital mutilation.
The BBC writeup of the report — which was originally published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology — should be required reading for anyone considering cosmetic surgery to their reproductive organas. The BBC says some women seek such surgery because "they are embarrassed in front of a sexual partner," but the reports authors argue that this embarrassment is really caused by ads that promote a "homogenised, pre-pubescent genital appearance" (a claim borne out by the fact that some genital plastic surgeons employ PR firms to get the word out about their, um, services). They also say that any discomfort caused by protruding labia may be psychological rather than physical, and could be treated with therapy instead of surgery. This recommendation isn't without its annoying aspects — after all, women have been told their problems are all in their head for a long time. However, it seems reasonable that women who are convinced their labia are weird would be more likely to experience pain, and that a first step might be helping them understand that when it comes to female genitals, there's a wide range of normal.