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Mother forces teenage daughter to have surgery on her vagina so she looks "normal".

News.com.au have published troubling reports of a mother compelling her teen daughter, Alana*, to have surgery on her vagina.

The story emerged in a new book, When Doctors and Patients Disagree, documented a conflict between the mother’s wishes and what the doctor thought was right.

According to news.com.au, the mother thought her daughter’s genitalia was “abnormal” and “untidy”.

“Normal women are neater,” the mother said to the GP.

“She will never be able to have sex looking like that.”

The reports confirm Alana has no medical condition whatsoever, and the surgery would purely to make her more aesthetically pleasing, in her mother’s eyes.

As the name of the book implies, the doctor wasn’t going to comply with the mother’s requests. When Alana was asked about her thoughts on the surgery, she simply “shrugged” and agreed that it should be done.

The GP tried to tell the girl she shouldn't be worried.

The GP persisted by assuring her everyone's labia will look different and will have various sizes.

Unfortunately, labiaplasty surgeries have surged in recent years, particularly due to self-confidence issues.

Professor Steve Robson, the soon-to-be president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians, has slammed the mother for putting that type of pressure on her daughter.

"Having your mum say a man wouldn't want to make love with you because you're untidy not particularly helpful parenting," he told news.com.au.

"The thing we need to stress to both young men and woman is intimate relationships are about being a good person and the quality of your heart and not the quality of your genitalia."

Earlier this year, research from Flinders University revealed that the unrealistic depiction of female genitalia was a primary cause of young women seeking the surgery.

Not only that, but the study showed no amount of self-love or love from others would change their own opinion.

"The dislike of their genital appearance was so ingrained that their current partner's reassurance didn't do anything to change their mind," the lead of the study said.

*Names have been changed. 

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