A mother has said her teenage daughter’s genitalia is ‘abnormal’ and needs plastic surgery to get a ‘designer vagina.’
Daughter Alana, not her real name, has been told by her mother that her vagina is untidy and helped her seek medical help.
According to reports, her inner labia protrudes past the outer labia and her mother is fighting doctors to change her appearance.
“Normal women are neater,” the mother told doctors.
“She will never be able to have sex looking like that.”
Alana is not suffering any medical issues so that the surgery would be completely for cosmetic reasons.
The story has emerged as a case study in a new book When Doctors and Patients Disagree.
In the surgery, Alana and her mother sat down with the GP; the doctor told them there were many different labia sizes, but her mother was insistent that Alana needed surgery.
The book details how quiet Alana was, but she was in agreement with her mother that she would like it done.
Professor Steve Robson of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said labiaplasty surgeries were an emotive issue.
“It’s really taken off,” he said.
“Over the past few years, people have been trying to work out why there has been such a surge.”
Professor Robson said it was incredibly risky performing plastic surgery on anybody under 18.
“Every single adolescent, whether male or female, goes through a phase of questioning whether they’re normal or not,” he said.
“Having your mum say a man wouldn’t want to make love with you because you’re untidy is not particularly helpful parenting.’’