A woman who disliked the way her vagina chose to have surgery to alter it and make it look like a Barbie doll’s privates.
But, she lived to regret her decision.
Casey Beros, author of The ‘Bad’ Girl’s Guide To Better, spent her early 20s obsessed with “designer vaginas” after seeing a documentary about the aesthetic surgery.
According to the NHS, a labiaplasty – also known as vulval surgery – is “surgery to reduce the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin either side of the vaginal opening".
Casey told The Sun: “You see, somewhere along the line I got the idea that if I changed my genitals, I’d feel better about myself. More confident. Less self-conscious. Extra sexual. But all I really got was a slightly smaller labia minora and some lost sensitivity, which isn’t ideal.
"At the time, I hadn’t yet watched enough porn to realise that the spectrum of a ‘normal’ vulva is vast and varied. All I knew was that I wanted a Barbie panel; neat and tidy with no extra bits."
The insecurity is not uncommon among young women and according to refinery29: “Girls as young as nine are asking to have their labia shortened (a.k.a. labiaplasty) despite having no medical need for it, and doctors have reported a rise in girls being depressed by the appearance of their vagina and vulva .”
Dr Paquita de Zulueta said: “Their perception is that the inner lips should be invisible, almost like a Barbie, but the reality is that there is a huge variation. It's very normal for the lips to protrude.”
Casey sought the opinion of multiple surgeons, but ended up booking the doctor she has seen in the documentary that sparked her interest.
But, after the surgery she instantly regretted her decision.
Casey noted: "Bit by bit, my labia slowly looked less like I had paid someone to attack it with a scalpel.
“But as I healed physically, over the ensuing years, my emotional wounds would become more apparent, especially when I became a mother to two little girls."
The author felt shame over her new vagina as she realised her dream look came for lad mags – where the law in Australia, where she lived, meant that labia had to be airbrushed out.
Casey wants women to realise that they are influenced by beauty standards about female genitals.
And, it’s true that few young women know about the various shapes and sizes a vulva can take.
In fact, according to Cosmopolitan: “The average labia minor was 4.3cm long.”
Casey commented: “Do I regret it? Absolutely. It makes me shudder to think of my children ever believing they are not 100% perfect as they are.
"I hope that if you see (or hear) something that makes you feel less-than, you can promptly tell those messages to beat it."
Casey Beros' new book The ‘Bad’ Girl’s Guide To Better , is available via Amazon here and selected UK stores.
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