Designer vagina surgeries for tighter vaginas, smaller labia and more

Check news stands for the recent issue of SELF magazine in which I, along with a few folks, discuss the controversies around “designer vagina” cosmetic surgeries. As you may know, laser vaginal rejuvenation is an increasingly common (but still relatively rare) surgery intended to reduce the size of the vagina, thus helping women to potentially feel more sensation during sex. Labia minora reduction (also called labiaplasty) is intended to reduce the size of the labia minora via the use of lasers.

As little research has been conducted on these surgeries, if you are considering having either done, I would strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a trained healthcare provider (such as a gynecologist or plastic surgeon) who has done a large number of these surgeries, and is willing to provide you with references. Also, if you are considering them, check in with your own healthcare provider for his or her thoughts on how these surgeries may or may not be beneficial for you as again, we lack good long-term safety data on the surgeries at the moment. It doesn’t mean that they’re not helpful for women - they may be. We simply need more high quality studies on these surgeries.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.