I spoke with women who have had a labiaplasty (and a cosmetic surgeon who performs them)

“I definitely don’t have any regrets about my decision, but that’s not to say there aren’t days where I wonder if I would have still wanted it if I’d grown up in a more inclusive and body-positive era.“

Paige*, 32, was a child when she started to feel self-conscious about her labia. “I remember seeing the women inside my dad’s adult magazines, and back then they were all photoshopped and neat and tidy. You see that when you’re quite young and think, ‘Wait, I don’t look like that?‘. I guess that started the ball rolling.”

By the time she was in high school, that self-consciousness had become crippling. “Kids would talk and joke about bodies. I remember the boys would talk a lot about ‘innies’ and ‘outies’, and the latter being like ham sandwiches. 

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