Sometimes, you read something that makes you question your entire existence.
That was me this morning when I saw female cyclists have been resorting to ‘saddle surgery’ to make their cycling experience ‘more comfortable’.
Saddle surgery involves cutting off part of the inner labia to stop them rubbing on the saddle of their bike. This phenomenon can cause chaffing, bleeding and infections. So, obviously the most logical thing to do is cut if off completely, right?
It may sound extreme, but plastic surgeon, Angelica Kavouni, told Marie Claire she sees "at least two to nine women a week who want labiaplasty specifically for cycling."
"Some of my patients are professional cyclists, but the majority are women in their 30s or 40s who just want to cycle to work. For them, this might be a last resort, but it's life changing," she told Marie Claire.
Kavouni explains the hour-long surgery, which costs almost $8000, can be healed within two weeks.
Yet, it wasn't the fact women were getting labiaplasty to make cycling easier that made me question my entire existence, it was that, for once, a story about labiaplasty didn't make me boil with rage.