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Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.

Labiaplasty: factors leading to increased requests amongst women from a survey of GP experiences.

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Dr. Alena Simonis presented an interesting presentation on Labiaplasty which is a surgical procedure which aims to change the appearance of the labia majora and or labia minora and surrounding skin.

 

I was surprised to hear that Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery (FGCS) can be performed by anyone with a medical degree, as it stands there is no formal training. In the US, Labioplasty is the 4th most requested cosmetic procedure with similar trends in most of the developing world.

 

Dr. Simonis talked through a GP based survey she was involved in which included 443 GPs. The two figures that stuck out for me were as follows;

- 50% of the GPs had been asked about FGCS

- 35% of which were under 18 years of age

The survey highlighted that most women asking about FGCS were also in an emotional and vulnerable state. In response to the increasing FGCS demand, the RACGP has developed the useful guidelines  which also identifies the various reasons women of many ages are requesting FGCS;

 

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https://www.racgp.org.au/download/Documents/Guidelines/Female-genital-cosmetic-surgery-toolkit.pdf

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