There are few women who have checked their vulva with a hand mirror and liked what they saw. In the largest study to date done on women's vagina and vulva, researchers have said that there is no "normal vagina". This study was published in the latest issue of the journal BJOG,

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Picture credits: JpegPhotographer / Shutterstock

A research team from the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital in Switzerland examined 657 women between the ages of 15 and 84 years. Lead author Anne Kreklau and her colleagues meticulously measured the inner and outer labia, the vaginal opening, the clitoris and the women's perineum. As they compiled their results, a large variation was noted. From the results, which could fit most of the women declared by the researchers, no average size or shape could be derived.

The two lips or the labia were very different, they write. The labia majora or labia majora were between 12 mm and 180 mm long in women. Similarly, the labia minora or labia minora varied between 5mm and 100mm in length. The clitoris was between 1 mm and 22 mm and its length varied between 0.5 mm and 34 mm. The size of the vaginal opening varied between 6 and 75 mm.

The researchers explain that this large variation in size shows biological differences and emphasizes that completely healthy vagina, and vulvae can look completely different and that's normal. They explain that no vagina is "wrong or funny". All women who were measured were Caucasians in this study and the authors plan a more detailed study with women of different ethnicities.

There is a large increase in labial plastic surgery or plastic surgery to correct the shape and size of the vagina and vulva. In a 2016 survey, 443 Australian family physicians were interviewed. Of these, 97 percent had reported that they cared for patients who were afraid of the appearance of their genitals and if their vulva looked normal. A report published in 2017 by the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery stated that there were 39 percent more women who got under the knife between 2015 and 2016 due to vulvar plastic surgery or labiaplasty. For most of these women, the general complaint was that their vulvas were asymmetrical or too large.

The labia and vulva shown on screen, in anatomical illustrations and in porn are not standard, experts add, and women should stop trying to make their vulvae look what they consider "beautiful" ,




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