Background Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery (FGCS) is any procedure not medically indicated which aims to achieve aesthetic or functional aspects a woman’s genitalia.1 Figures from Medicare Australia indicate the number ow women undergoing FGCS has increased 140 percent in the past ten years (www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/statistics/mbs_item.shtml), with out rise in the indigence of disease conditions that warrant surgery. The fastest increase is in women aged 15–25 years.2 GPs are increasingly seeing patients presenting with concerns about the appearance of their genitalia and or seeking surgery. RACGP has responded by agreeing to the development of the FGCS Toolkit for GPs and other health professionals. Reviewers include key international researchers.
Aims To inform GPs and health professionals around FGCS, factors influencing demand and provide a set of recommendations on how to manage women who present for referral or expressing concern regarding their genital appearance.
Method Medline and PubMEd were searched for relevant articles until saturation was achieved in 2015. These were then hand searched. Time frame restrictions were not applied.
Results There is paucity of high quality evidence in the area of FGCS therefore all recommendations in this document should be considered at national Health and medical Research Council (NHMRC) practice point level.
Conclusion Claiming demand for FGCS in the community has resulted int the urgent need to provide guidance to the profession. There are similatrities in the rate of increase for FGCS in the UK, USA and western Europe. As research continues, it will serve to expand and broaden our understanding of the issues raised.
Disclosure of interest statement RACGP fellow and National Standing Committee member Quality Care Women’s Health Victoria Board member.
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