Journal article

"I Don't See That as a Medical Problem": Clinicians' Attitudes and Responses to Requests for Cosmetic Genital Surgery by Adolescents

Merle Spriggs, Lynn Gillam

JOURNAL OF BIOETHICAL INQUIRY | SPRINGER | Published : 2018

Abstract

Labiaplasty is a form of genital surgery to reduce large or protruding labia minora. Internationally, the rates of this surgery among women and girls is increasing and is viewed as a worrying trend. Currently, the main clinical strategy is to reassure adolescents that they are normal by talking about the variation of labia size and appearance and showing pictures demonstrating the wide range of normal female genital appearance. For the most part, policy documents recommend against labiaplasty in adolescents, claiming that it is medically non-essential surgery. In this paper, we contrast findings from our interviews with clinicians with the existing literature and policy documents and we poin..

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