Doctors in the U.K say that girls as young as 9 years old are asking for surgery to change the look of their genitals.
Dr. Naomi Crouch, who is a gynecologist for adolescents, told the BBC that more and more girls under the age of 18 were seeking the surgery.
“Girls come in with comments, ‘I just hate it. I just want it removed. I just want it treated,'” she explained. “For a girl to feel that way about any part of her body, let alone a part that is intimate, is really upsetting.”
One girl told the BBC that she felt that her vagina “wasn’t neat enough or tidy enough. And I think I wanted it to be smaller.”
“Sometimes people around me were watching porn and stuff and I just had this idea that it should be symmetrical, and like not sticking out,” she said.
The British National Health Service reportedly performed more than 150 labiaplasties on girls under the age of 15 in 2015 and 2016.
“I find it very hard to believe there are 156 girls under the age of 15 who had a medical abnormality with the labia that meant they needed to have surgery,” Crouch remarked. “I think that’s extraordinary.”
“As a pediatric gynecologist, I have never seen a girl under the age of 15 who’s needed an operation on her labia,” she added.