|1. Types of procedure offered
||Procedures classified into general types of procedure (if possible)
|2. Description of procedure
||Information given on surgical technique and other information for example, use of laser
|3. Use of medical rhetoric
||Suggestions that treatment is for a medical condition. Specific use of the term ‘labial hypertrophy’ as an indication for
|4. Symptoms that surgery treats
||Physical discomfort or appearance concerns
|5. Benefits of surgery stated or implied
||Improve discomfort or appearance. Mention of any other benefits such as hygiene
|6. Success rates
||What percentage of women achieve the benefits listed in 5.
|7. Specific reference to social and psychological advantages
||Non medical benefits such as confidence leading to other advantages.
|8. Specific reference to enhancement of sexual experience
||Any mention that sex will be improved for the patient or partner.
|9. Risks of surgery
||Infection and bleeding should be documented as a potential risk of any surgical procedure. Other recognised risks include
scarring and dissatisfaction with outcome.
|10. Absence or presence of a caution section
||Are consumers advised to think carefully before proceeding to FGCS?
||Basic wound hygiene should be given following any genital surgical procedure
|12. Immediate outcomes
||These would include beneficial outcomes and short-term risks as listed in 9.
|13. Long-term outcomes
||These would include beneficial outcomes such as those listed in 5,7 and 8 as well as potential risks listed in 9.
|14. Absence or presence of positive testimonials
||Usually in the form of personal stories about how surgery impacted upon an individual
|15. Absence or presence of ‘before’ and ‘after’ images
||Photographs ‘before’ and ‘after’ were analysed. Some sites contained videos which we did not analyse
|16. Lowest age limit for surgery
||Any mention that 16 years is the age of legal consent for surgery