The number of female genital cosmetic operations performed on the NHS has risen five-fold in the last decade as women worry they're not 'normal'.
Labial reduction procedures - surgery to reduce the size of the inner ‘lips’ of the vagina - have risen five-fold in the past 10 years, with more than 2,000 operations performed in 2010.
And the trend is reflected in Australia where procedures have more than doubled in the same time period.
The labia are lips which protect the vagina.
There are inner labia – the labia minora - which are thinner, and the outer labia – the labia majora, which have more tissue and fat.
They naturally vary in size and shape, but some women are dissatisfied or distressed about the appearance of their labia, even when they are classified medically as perfectly normal.
The surgery involves reducing the size of a woman's labia minora to make them more symmetrical and smaller than the labia majora.
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