These days, more and more women are getting plastic surgery down there.
That's the big takeaway from a report released this month by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which cited a 39 percent increase in labiaplasty surgeries in 2016.
Labiaplasty is a procedure that alters the shape of the labia, sometimes trimming the area in size. According to the ASPS, over 12,000 of those procedures done last year.
Why the increase in surgery?
The president of ASPS, Debra Johnson, attributed the increase to, in part, an increase in self-awareness among women.
Johnson told USA Today,
It's also not exactly a stretch to guess that a number of these procedures may have to do with what women perceive as attractive to men. That's probably why Johnson emphasized that a women should only go through this procedure for herself.
She told USA Today,
For the people who aren't "educated and counseled," let's educate some more.
Just in case you were wondering, it doesn't look like men care much for labiaplasty.
In a recent thread on Reddit, men were asked what they thought about the size of a women's labia.
One respondent, who seemed to be a medical professional, wrote,
Another respondent wrote that he actually preferred smaller labia, but also pointed at pornography for shaping perceptions of how the labia should look. He wrote,
All in all, the response pretty much sang from the same hymn sheet.
Even for people who like smaller labias, it's just not that big of a deal.
Just something to think about before spending thousands of dollars it costs to get one of these procedures done.