Holy Hormones Honey! – Really? If there ever was an article about how doctors make their living off surgery – no matter the morality – this is it. 14 year old girls have designer vagina surgery? What are their parent’s thinking? Designer vagina surgery is an classic example of the medicalization, manipulation and sexualization of women’s bodies.
Hundreds of girls aged 14 or under are having ‘designer vagina’ surgery on the NHS
MailOnline – United Kingdom
By JENNY HOPE
21 November 2012
Figures show 343 operations were performed on girls aged 14 or under in the last six years, possibly for cosmetic reasons.
The procedures involve reshaping female genitalia and requests may be granted on the grounds that the problem is psychologically damaging.
Researchers from University College Hospital, London, led by Dr Sarah Creighton, claim it is ‘disturbing’ that there is no minimum age limit for the surgery.
They say demand may be growing for such procedures because of poor and inaccurate information available on the internet, usually from private clinics.
Websites of companies that provide female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) make ‘unsubstantiated claims’ about the benefits of the procedures.
They also use confusing terminology and do not highlight surgical risks, according to the research published in BMJ Open.
A survey of 10 websites found little information was given on short-term or long-term surgical risks either from individual clinics and their surgeons or from the medical literature.
‘’Unsubstantiated claims of physical, psychological and sexual benefits were present on every website’ said consultant gynaecologist Dr Creighton.