Interest in cosmetic vulvar surgery and perception of vulvar appearance

Ladin A. Yurteri-Kaplan, Danielle Antosh, Andrew I. Sokol, Amy J. Park, Robert E. Gutman, Sheryl A. Kingsberg, Cheryl B. Iglesia

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Objective: The objective of the study was to determine whether reproductive-age women are more likely to perceive their vulva as abnormal compared with older-aged women. Study Design: Women aged 18-44 years (group 1) and 45-72 years (group 2) completed a survey on demographics, grooming patterns, vulvar perceptions, and source of information about the vulva. Results: There was no difference between group 1 and group 2 in how often women looked at their vulva or their perception of having a normal vulva (91% vs 93%, P =.76). Both groups were satisfied with the appearance of their vulva (81% vs 82%, P =.71). A higher percentage in group 2 would consider cosmetic surgery if cost were not an issue versus group 1 (15% vs 8%, P =.05). Conclusion: A woman's age does not have an impact on her perception of a normal vulva. The majority of women perceived their vulva to be normal and were satisfied with its appearance. However, older women are more interested in cosmetic vulvar surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428.e1-428.e7
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • appearance
  • cosmetic surgery
  • vulva
  • vulvar perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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