Taboo subject labia reduction becomes trend: What is behind it and why should a procedure still be well considered?


Aesthetic procedures have been considered normal since the noughties at the latest. At least for women, it is not uncommon to openly discuss the latest Botox treatment, a wrinkle injection or microdermabrasion. Such procedures are also becoming increasingly popular among men, as the desire to look young, fit and healthy for longer is common to many people. Even major cosmetic procedures are now widespread and openly discussed not only in Internet forums but also in real life.

The correction of a crooked or too large nose and protruding ears has long been considered a matter of course. The same applies to surgical changes to the breast or a tummy tuck after pregnancy. For men, liposuction is often the only way to achieve the coveted six-pack. – Cosmetic surgery is widely accepted in our society. Those who are planning such an operation or have had one performed usually communicate this openly and rarely experience negative feedback from those around them.

A correction of the intimate zone is neither embarrassing nor shameful

However, this gratifying openness currently seems to end at the waistline. Although cosmetic surgery in the intimate area is becoming increasingly common, it is still considered a Taboo topic. At the same time, the intervention as such not more extraordinary or elaborate than other cosmetic surgeries.

Even though today we know about almost all facets of human sexuality speak openly can, diseases or other disorders affecting the genitals are still considered taboo. Women who have their labia reduced or men who seek penis enlargement are often ridiculed and not understood. Yet there are definitely good reasons.

Affected women often suffer from a enormous external pressure. There are now widespread ideas about what a perfect vagina should look like. Female genitals are perceived as particularly aesthetic when the labia minora (Labia minora) are so small that they are separated from the labia minora (Labia majora) are completely covered. Large labia minora, which overlap the outer Labia are, on the other hand, perceived as unattractive and disturbing. Sharing this view or bowing to the supposed ideal of beauty is neither reprehensible nor embarrassing.

Why surgery can be the best solution

taboo topic labia reduction

Feminists quite rightly complain that women are still strongly measured by their appearance and educated to please. However, this realization simply does not help most of the women concerned. It is right and important to call for a change in social conditions. – The stigmatization of women who opt for an pragmatic solution decide on their problem, but is in no way acceptable.

Women who decide to have their labia reduced often suffer from this supposed blemish for years before they even confide in a doctor. In most cases, those affected do not address the problem until their sexual life is already severely impaired or physical complaints occur, because too large labia minora are not always just an aesthetic problem. They can significantly interfere with sitting, cycling and horseback riding, and even cause severe pain if small injuries occur as a result of these activities. So for a reduction of the labia there are also medical reasons.

Get advice from experienced specialists

Women who want to make a change should by no means be afraid to consult the advice of a qualified woman doctor should be sought. Although such a procedure is by no means embarrassing and the risks are manageable, an operation should nevertheless be well informed and well considered.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Martha Bernard regularly performs aesthetic procedures in the intimate zone in her Munich practice and is happy to assist her patients with her many years of experience in this often difficult subject.