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Has anyone ever had a labiaplasty on the NHS?

(25 Posts)
GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Thu 21-Jun-12 14:52:56

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Sneezecakesmama Thu 21-Jun-12 21:57:36

No personal experience, but I doubt whether this would be considered on the nhs, with reduced funds this would be regarded as cosmetic. Try your gp anyway, you may be in an area with a good postcode lottery outcome. I feel it should be done as it can obviously make life difficult for you, but you may need to start saving.

foofcalamity Thu 21-Jun-12 22:48:39

Yes I did, last autumn, will pm you with a proper letter, but have been through what you're describing. Try your GP first, see if they can refer you to a gynae or vulval skin clinic, my GP asked burns/plastics for advice as well as far as I remember... It can be a struggle but in severe and painful cases they will generally help, it can be classed (so I was told) as a deformity/medical problem that needs treating if severe enough xx

workshy Thu 21-Jun-12 22:52:04

they will do this on the NHS if it is severe enough

I believe the criteria is along the lines of...
interferes with sex
interferes with clothing
visible when standing
causing psychological distress

it can be hard to get the GP to take you seriously though

foofcalamity Thu 21-Jun-12 23:01:06

RE; labiaplasty - I've just sat saying "Yes, yes, that was me!"
I was born with abnormally large labia. Initially I had labia adhesion but this separated naturally at puberty. The one labia was fairly OK, it was certainly bigger in proportion to everything else though and I did have a lot of excema, urine infections etc. When they naturally separated at puberty, my problems doubled overnight – literally – and I went through a lot of the same as you’re writing.
The slipping out, not being able to wear tights or knickers with lace etc, running to shop changing rooms just to adjust, having to bend forward/squat (as if picking up something) in the street so everything would fall naturally into place again.. Crying with pain after prolonged standing or sitting, having to moisturise constantly with creams and emollients, the ends becoming cracked and split and bleeding (and then eventually going near enough see through as they were so damaged). My pants once became attached to the labia, I think the skin knitted its way through a tiny hole and the skin swelled up outside. I was in agony, light headed. Ended up having to get DM to remove the pants with scissors.
It’s hell and I really want to give you a hug as I know what you’re going through, it’s a pain quite unlike any other I’ve experienced. With me the clitoral hood was apparently too big as well – it was all damaged and covered in teeny fissures which bled/stung and caused problems with sexual functioning as clitoris was very well buried. Also had major problems with period time!
Labiaplasty was apparently first discussed as an option when I was three, the GP at the time saying it was an op I’d need when older. At 17 a GP refered me to a gynaecologist who was insistent lagre labia were normal. I had further repeated appts from 17 – 20 with the same doctor, as well as numerous GPs for checkups, A&E trips with very swollen/sore/peeling skin etc..
Enough was enough for me after one night when I was sitting down watching TV, stood up and was overcome with a pain there, ran to the toilet and realised I was bleeding as a hair had gotten caught. I ended up writing my GP a two page letter asking for help. Was refered to a gynaecologist again last summer, who asked me to write down every medication and treatment I had ever tried – an A4 page worth. One examination later and she said that I was getting a labiaplasty, no questioning – she was horrified that it hadn’t been done sooner.
It was a two/three month waiting list – the appt was at the end of August, the operation was scheduled for October. It was done through a spinal – same as an epidural, numb from belly button down. Was an eventful surgery apparently as I took a weird reaction to midazolam (became very anxious and confused) but was done. Had twenty/twenty five dissolving stitches. Was kept in for 24 hours as I couldn’t walk until 7pm, was given a local anaesthetic whilst under the spinal for pain management , and was loaded up with strong pain meds for the night. I was told in some cases ladies do have to stay a while and might be given morphine/catheter etc (I had to pack enough for a week) but on the other hand they also said some people are out the same day!
It was sore, I won’t lie and it did swell. I felt like I was carrying a football between my legs.. A lot of fluid accumulates, a lot though because they inject the labia first with some to make them swell apparently..
Recovery was quite fast – vulval skin is quite like the mouth and heals well if left to it. Pouring salty water on whilst weeing did help a lot, as did airing the stitches for half an hour or so each day... Bepanthen was fantastic as well, helped the stitches when they were tightening. Had daily nurse checkups for a week and had a bit of an odd discharge. They said there was quite a high risk of infection but that never happened... The stitches did have to be removed by a nurse at my doctors’ but that was due to my discomfort more than anything. Even that, whilst a bit sore, was simple and over in a few minutes.
Almost a year on, I’m still amazed with the results. I was warned about the risks of scarring and nerve damage. I did suffer some pain on the scars to begin with (very natural and normal looking) and did suffer some temporary desensitisation, however that has over time gradually returned to normal. Amazing relief not to have to adjust etc and to be honest, looks a bitty nicer too as there’s no longer that bit “hanging”!
It really really is worth asking for help, as I posted on thread speak to your GP first who should then refer you onto a specialist for more advice. Tell them about your worst day, keep a diary even of how often you feel it etc (my own GP said she empathised as she had similar which helped with getting good referral letters etc), hopefully that should help with getting them to listen!
Hope I’ve helped xxxx

foofcalamity Thu 21-Jun-12 23:01:51

Damn that went wrong, ah well, that was meant to be a PM.. woops but oh well, you'll still see it here! xxx

liverLadyLass Fri 22-Jun-12 00:03:51

I have a similar problem,
can't sit on a bike. underwear hurts,sex can be embarrassing for me, they ‘hang', I feel they are causing hygiene problems too even though I bathe twice a day I feel I'd need to bathe at least four, crazy I know,,
I feel your pain. it's supposed to be normal but I don't feel that way sad

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Fri 22-Jun-12 09:11:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

liverLadyLass Fri 22-Jun-12 18:34:08

I agree,
I tend to sweat very easily ‘down there'
doing exercises etc so I'm put off by doing them, blush
I hope things turn out the way you hope,
I'm going to ask my gp about it next time i see her,
thanks for starting this thread smile

Butternutnut Wed 14-Aug-13 22:33:54

My dd has just (yesterday) had a labiaplasty on the NHS for similar reasons to above (except no sex problems as she is 16 and would not dream of letting a boy anywhere near her). Pain, inconvenience, underwear and clothing issues, vulval eczema (which may have led to the overgrowth of tissue). Anyhow early days, huge swelling, emergency 5 hour round trip (was referred by nhs to a 'sympathetic' gyny as unusual op on a teenager but even vulval eczema is unusual let alone this) to get adhesions that formed overnight separated .... Let's hope she is a bit better in the morning. Ah well a distraction from ds's A level results !!

najht Mon 04-Nov-13 17:04:31

I have been through this all too, and have been to my GP I just wondered if anyone could tell me about there experience? I am only young and am still scared and quite embarrassed too talk about it?

najht Mon 04-Nov-13 17:12:08

I aslo wondered how long you waited once the proses was approved?

mickey541 Wed 21-May-14 19:33:32

Hello foofcalamity I was wondering if you are still active ?

shouldnthavesaid Wed 21-May-14 22:21:41

Hi, yes I am - though I name changed for this thread initially, so the user names won't match smile but yes, still around smile

Poopi44 Tue 01-Jul-14 16:30:45

Hi there

I am 20 years old and so embarrassed about my vagina. I have the same issues with my labia and I can't bare it!! I have only been with two partners sexually because of this- and only after about 6-9 months of dating did I sleep with them as I just was so embarrassed, and wanted to make sure they didn't leave me after seeing how horrible it is down there. I too can only have sex with the lights off and quite a few times have asked 'him' to leave my knickers on as I feel they hold me in some what. I have never spoken about this to any one as it is just such a touchy and awkward subject. I have wanted to talk to my GP about it but when I get there I just freeze up and claim I'm there for a sore throat. I feel so ugly and I'm constantly worrying about what to wear as I don't want it to show or move around. I don't know what to do and I have read all your post a million times and wanted to write but I couldn't, but today I found some strength and just did it. If someone could give me some advice or help I'd greatly appreciate it, I feel as though my life is revolving around this issue.

Kindest Regards

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Tue 01-Jul-14 20:33:13

Poopi44 - check out this site:

I have looked at so many labia on here, that they all look normal now - no need to be embarrassed.

poolweek1294 Thu 10-Jul-14 02:22:00

Hi guys, i've been looking all over the internet for answers to people having labiaplasty surgery on the NHS. can anyone help me please?? I'm desperate. Not going to go in to it to much but i was seeing if someone could point me in to the right direction, i need seriously answers and help. Would be much appreciated.

shouldnthavesaid Thu 10-Jul-14 21:29:59

You will really need to see your GP first - they can examine you, find out if there's a cause of your symptoms that can be managed a bit more conservatively. Be prepared to be asked to try some stuff like creams and that first.

If you have physical problems (e.g. pain and repeated infections) and your GP doesn't help, persist, ask to see another GP, referal to gynae, go to sexual health, etc etc and ask for help - no one should have to live in discomfort when it can be helped.

pm anytime - I name changed quite a while ago (I was foof calamity) but still here smile

Lexy1212 Mon 06-Oct-14 23:27:53

Hi I'm having this on one side in nov but I'm on my own with two children, what's the recovery like? Will I be able to look after my children. Honest answers pls thsnks

shouldnthavesaid Tue 07-Oct-14 12:48:30

Honestly, no. Not for the first few days at least - either you'll be sore or you'll be on strong painkillers. I imagine if mums can do it after c sections you might well manage but I'd stock the freezer up with some meals first, get some good family DVDs in, and I'd enlist as much help as possible for the first 24 hours or so. It's sitting and walking that you'll struggle with - lying down, you can position yourself quite well but sitting and walking are no picnic at first.

Sashapops Tue 27-Jan-15 01:12:31

I am not a blogger at all but I am writing this msg for anyone in the uk who needs a labiaplasty but can't afford to pay privately and doesn't know what to do because I wish I had read a msg like this years ago. I am 30 years old and have had a problem with my labia minora for over 10 years. I have so much excessive skin which has caused me issues physically and mentally. The skin tends to slip out of my underwear and rub causing cracks, cuts, sores etc... Whilst having sex my skin many times was pushed inside by mistake which was very painful. Mentally this issue has been even worse. I have had a problem with my sexual confidence due to the way it looks and wanted to keep my underwear on during sex to hide it which made me seem even more weird. I've been afraid to date because of the reactions I get. I never wanted to have sex with any lights on and I dreamt of snipping the skin myself. Sounds crazy but I really did. I never told any friends or partners. The only person I could speak to was my mum. We are extremely close and can talk about anything. She has begged me for years to see our GP to see if the nhs could as I couldn't afford the procedure privately. I booked the appointments but never said like some of you I'm sure have done. It's just such an intimate thing to talk about. Last year I was out shopping and wearing a pair of hot sexy skinny jeans. My labia once again had slipped out of my undies and was rubbing away! The PAIN!!!! I ran to the nearest shop and fixed myself and saw it was bleeding. That night I phoned my mum in tears sitting in my car outside my flat because I didn't want my partner of 3 years to know. My mum said if I didn't call the Dr the next day she would. So I plucked up the courage and spoke to my gp over the phone and they booked me an appointment to come and see them. I felt much more comfortable because they knew why I was coming. No more lies!!! I explained what I had been through and they asked why I didn't come sooner. I was examined and booked to see a specialist surgeon in November. He spoke to me and had a look and said he could help. I couldn't believe it, it was so easy and I had suffered all these years. People were so negative online about getting help from the nhs. I didn't think I stood a chance. What I do know is that if it is causing you physical and/or mental problems and you explain this to your go then you do meet the criteria but you need to be serious. If you sound like you want a designer vjj then you have no chance. I'm book to have my op this Friday and I'm sooooo excited. All I can say is if you don't try then you'll never know.

drproud Mon 30-Mar-15 15:45:13

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hfeather Tue 25-Aug-15 18:44:58

Hi there!
I have he same problem and I'm wondering if it worked out for you.
Can anyone here tell me if they have had a lot of yeast and or bacteria problems? I would really appreciate any info.

Idk1234 Fri 18-Dec-15 23:33:47

I really need your help! I am a teenager (15). About 5-6 years ago I started noticing the difference in my body, like my 'flaps' started the become lose and 'dangle'??? Like a lot. I have no idea what is going on or whether to be worried!! I feel super self conscious and am beginning to hate my body! I feel little discomfort, although as points the labia (if that's what you call it) becomes very sore and itchy, also rubs against my clothing and certain underwear. I have told no one in my life, although came quite close to telling my mother but was too embarrassed, I feel completely abnormal and weird. I am still a virgin and see no sexual intercourse in the future with my boyfriend if I look like this because I'm afraid he'll reject me. I really need to tell my mum, can you give me advice on how to tell her? I'm so scared of her reaction and so I joined this chat so those of you who have experienced this could help! I'm desperate! Thank you and any advice would be very helpful!!! X

myexperience1 Thu 28-Jul-16 22:58:37

Hi. I have found these replies so helpful to deciding whether to have this operation or not and I want to help others deciding or who are worried. This is my blog of my operation journey.

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