His intention? To more easily enable a woman to reach orgasm. Clitoral unhooding falls under the larger category of female genital cosmetic surgeries FGCS , surgeries that are reportedly becoming more popular among women and physicians. Over a century ago, another Chicago physician also removed clitoral hoods of women, also as therapy to enable them easier orgasms.
For women with persistently enlarged or uneven labia following pregnancy and vaginal delivery, labiaplasty can be an integral part of a Mommy Makeover. The aesthetic results and relief of discomfort, both physical and emotional, can be truly amazing. In the Baltimore area, Dr. Alyson Wells specializes in helping other women to feel their best through this intimate surgery.
Examining the fascinating history of female genital cosmetic surgery, Camille Nurka traces the origins of contemporary ideas of genital normality. Over the past twenty years, Western women have become increasingly worried about the aesthetic appearance of their labia minora and are turning to cosmetic surgery to achieve the ideal vulva: a clean slit with no visible protrusion of the inner lips. But how far back does the diagnosis of labial hypertrophy go, and where did it originate? Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery tells the story of the female genitalia from the alien world of ancient Greek gynaecology to the colonial period of exploration and exploitation up to the present day. Bringing together historical, medical, and theoretical documentation and commentary, Nurka uncovers a long tradition of pathologizing female anatomy, a history sure to be of interest to any reader who wishes to know more about how medicine shapes our commonly held ideals.