‘So what is the vulva anyway?’ is a new booklet for young people about normal female anatomy and on the appearance of the vulva. The aim is to empower young people through education.
It was developed in response the growing number of girls and women who had cosmetic genital concerns and were asking for surgery, despite their anatomy being quite normal.
In 2015-16 more than 200 girls under 18 had labiaplasty and more than 150 of the girls were under 15. The numbers do not include procedures carried out privately.
Commissioned by BritSpag, a specialist society of the The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the booklet was launched on 12 March at the Annual Update in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, a joint event by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology.
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