Originally Posted by PuppyFluffer
Why this isn't sexual assault/battery is beyond me.
Why don't doctors spread apart the labia of little girl babies at a well visit, leaving them with torn bleeding genital tissue?
Sadly, sadly, this does happen regularly. In this forum, there are several threads on labial adhesions, which can be a variation of normal. Some doctors prefer to rip them open even without telling mom first. Then they perscribe the cycle of vasaline, daily ripping, and steroid creams - just like for baby boys with "phimosis." On more mainstream parenting forums, there are many, many stories about this. Girls and boys need their sexual parts protected from doctors.
I'm so glad that the E.R. doc was receptive. I hope she really educates the staff.
I am aware of the issue of labial adhesions with baby girls. Unless an adhesion was interfering with the passage of urine, I personally would not intervene.
I think the difference here is that most all normal boys are at risk of having their genitals injured in a medical setting out of ignorance. I don't think the risk to normal girls exists in the same way that it does for normally developed girls.
No doctor should do anything to the genital tissue of anyone without first demonstrating a medical need for interference, fully informed consent as to the advantges and disadvantages of what ever is being proposed and proper pain relief. Period. I don't wish to minimize the danger or damage possible to baby girls but in general, I don't think they are at risk in the same manner that boys are.