‘My vagina’s all over the place’

The number of Australian women undergoing cosmetic surgery on their vaginas is growing at an alarming rate.

Between 2000 and 2011, Medicare claims for vulvoplasty and labiaplasty grew from 640 annually to 1,565 per year, according to a Women’s Health Victoria report. The real number is thought to be much higher.

The pressure to have a “designer vagina” can be attributed to the perfect, hairless depictions of vaginas in pornography and Australian publishing guidelines, which prohibit “high impact” nudity — only “discreet genital detail” is allowed.

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