I’ve found that for many women, the whole issue of getting reconstructive surgery on the vagina, whether through vaginaplasty or labiaplasty, is frought with emotional considerations. First, the reason that so many seek the procedure in the first place is because of negative emotions they hold toward themselves. Labiaplasty, for insance, is usually sought because of the labia tissue being overgrown. It becomes an embarrassment to her, especially when she is having a sexual relationship with someone. Likewise, vaginaplasty is a procedure that helps the woman tighten the vagina to the condition it was prior to her having children. She does this usually because she this will make her more confident when she is having intercourse.
But there’s another emotion that can sometimes be linked with either of these two procedures: the emotion of guilt. That’s right, guilt. There are a whole lot of people who intentionally make a woman feel guilty for getting vaginal reconstructive surgery. They would have to believe that this is an unnatural thing–even perverted. They believe it’s taboo to have a human being fool around with a woman’s sexual organs.
Nevertheless, let’s be clear: No woman should be made to feel guilty for seeking either labiaplasty or vaginaplasty. Regardless of your position on abortion, it really is true that a woman is the ultimate arbiter of what happens with her body. As with anyone else, if something about her body is causing her either physical or mental discomfort — and vaginal deformities can cause both — she has the right to seek relief. Other people’s insecurities about sexual issues should not enter the equation. The vagina is a body part, just like the heart and lung, with its own beneficial function. It should be treated with the same respect.