Psychosexual outcome after labiaplasty: a prospective case-comparison study

Abstract

Introduction and hypothesis

Our goal was to determine psychosexual outcome after labiaplasty in the long-term with specific measures of genital body image and sexual dysfunction.

Method

We conducted a prospective study with a matched-comparison group of women not wanting labiaplasty. Forty-nine women were compared against a group of 39 women matched for age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and marital status. The labiaplasty group was assessed before, 3 months after and between 11 and 42 months after surgery. The comparison group was assessed at two time points 3 months apart to control for the passage of time. The primary outcome measure was the Genital Appearance Satisfaction (GAS) scale.

Results

Of the 49 women receiving labiaplasty, 19 (38.8 %) were lost to follow-up but were reassessed clinically. Twenty-four of 25 (96 %) women in the labiaplasty group showed a reliable and clinically significant improvement on the GAS scale 3 months after the procedure; 21/23 (91.3 %) showed an improvement at the long-term follow-up. A large effect size was found for improvements on the GAS scale in the labiaplasty group. Small-effect sizes were found for improvements in sexual functioning. Nine women obtaining labiaplasty met diagnostic criteria for body dysmorphic disorder before the operation; eight lost that diagnosis at the 3-month follow-up; 26 % reported minor side effects.

Conclusions

Labiaplasty is effective in improving genital appearance and sexual satisfaction, but larger studies are required to determine the prevalence of potential side effects.

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Acknowledgments

DV, NE, AC and IN acknowledge salary support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

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We declare no support from any organisation for the submitted work; no financial relationships with any organisations that might have an interest in the submitted work in the previous 3 years, no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work other than Angelica Kavouni has received fees for services for private patients in the study.

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Veale, D., Naismith, I., Eshkevari, E. et al. Psychosexual outcome after labiaplasty: a prospective case-comparison study. Int Urogynecol J 25, 831–839 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-013-2297-2

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Keywords

  • Labiaplasty
  • Labioplasty
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Labia
  • Female genital cosmetic surgery