Transgender women who have had a vaginoplasty are basically happy with the results-or least, those in the Netherlands are.
A study published online in The Journal of Sexual Medicine by a group of doctors at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam reveals that transgender women who underwent an intestinal vaginoplasty between 1970 and 2000 rated their life as 5.9 out of 7 on a subjective happiness scale and gave the functionality of their neovaginas a 7.3 out of 10.
The appearance of their personal parts earned a total of 7.4 out of 10, topping the scale.
How does this compare to women born with natural vaginas? This can be a tricky question to answer. It seems that study leaders are concerned with the look and feel of transgender vaginas, but not so much with natural ones.
Surprisingly, (or not?) there aren’t many surveys out there asking natural-born women to rate the runway looks of their vulva. Adding to the problem, an article posted a year ago on dailymail.co.uk indicates that, even if a study were to be completed, most women with natural vaginas wouldn’t know how to respond as about 50 percent of females don’t seem to know what a normal vagina looks like.
This seems a little hard to believe- I mean, look in the mirror, right? Isn’t a ‘normal’ vagina what you can find on a ‘normal’ body? Having to guess, it would seem reasonable to wager that most women with natural vaginas feel about the same as their transgender counterparts, and are generally happy with the look and function of their nether regions.
Yes, it would seem reasonable, but sadly, unfortunately, it would be incorrect.
Apparently, many women hate the look of their vaginas. An article published on wondergressive.com states that labiaplasty -plastic surgery to alter the size and appearance of the labia- is the fastest growing cosmetic surgery in the UK, and one of the fastest growing operations in the United States.
Plastic surgeons over the globe have seen a whopping 300% increase in labiaplasty requests in just the last two years.
So, what gives, ladies? If it works and is in a healthy state, isn’t your vagina great? If a tree falls in the forest, does the public judge your vulva?
For those who are prone to knife-happy moments, just remember this before making that appointment: every snowflake is unique and one-of-a-kind, and lovely. It could be that your vag is, too.