Labial surgery for well women: a review of the literature
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2009
© 2009 The Authors Journal compilation © RCOG 2009 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 117, Issue 1, pages 20–25, January 2010
How to Cite
Liao, L.-M., Michala, L. and Creighton, S. (2010), Labial surgery for well women: a review of the literature. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 117: 20–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02426.x
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2009
- Accepted 22 September 2009. Published Online 11 November 2009.
This review investigates the quality and content of published reports relating to labial surgery for well women. Electronic databases were searched for relevant articles between 1950 and April 2009. Forty articles were identified, 18 of which included patient data. The specification of the study design was unavailable in 15 of the 18 papers; the remaining three were retrospective reports. No prospective, randomised or controlled studies were found. All reports claimed high levels of patient satisfaction and contained anecdotes pertaining to success. Medically nonessential surgery to the labia minora is being promoted as an effective treatment for women’s complaints, but no data on clinical effectiveness exist.