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Pubic area fat is real and here’s everything you should know about it

Even though it is something only you may have seen, there are loads of women who obsess about their pubic area fat. This is the lumpy area that forms under your tummy, and for us moms, usually after we have kids.

Let’s understand what is responsible for pubic area fat and ways to say goodbye to it.

Pubic area fat: Everything you need to know about it

The pubic area fat is popularly called fat upper pubic area or FUPA. As the name suggests, it is an accumulation of excess fat cells in your lower abdomen. This is the area below your abdomen and right above where you pubic hair grows.

More often than not, FUPA leads to loose skin that gathers around the pubic area and gives you that unsightly paunch.

Incidentally, as is the case with all types of fat accumulation, this is also not restricted to women. Both genders can be equally affected by it. However, the reasons may differ.

What causes pubic area fat?

In order to get rid of pubic area fat or FUPA, it’s important to first understand what caused it. Did you just deliver and end up with loose skin above your pubic area? Or is your diet causing an accumulation of excess fat cells? Let’s understand the reasons for FUPA.

1. Rapid weight gain and loss

If you suddenly gained a lot of weight, your skin around the abdomen and below it will expand to accommodate the excess fat cells.

And when you suddenly loose all this weight, while the fat cells will terminate, they will end up leaving loose skin around the area. In both cases, you may end up what will look like a pouch.

A combination of stress, genetics, rapid weight loss as well as pregnancy is responsible for pubic area fat. | Image courtesy:

2. Genetics

Over the years, various studies have proved that genetics play a crucial role in obesity and weight gain. For instance, a study published in the American Physiological Society proves that “Genetic factors contributing to obesity and body weight can act through mechanisms affecting muscle weight, fat weight, or both.”

Another study by the Research Chair in Obesity, Universite Laval, Canada, proves that “many obesity susceptibility genes and the combination of an obesogenic environment and a genetic predisposition will almost inescapably result in the development of obesity.”

3. Pregnancy

You already know what happens to your body when you are pregnant. The rectus abdominis muscles expand and separate vertically down the middle so as to make room for the baby. In addition, your pregnancy hormones enable the tissues to relax and expand.

So the abdominal skin stretches to its limit to accommodate your little bundle of joy. But once he is out in your arms, that skin becomes loose creating a hanging pouch or diastasis recti.

4. Stress and anxiety

When you are stressed or anxious, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. This hormone encourages the accumulation of fat in the abdominal area.

In fact, a study published by the US National Library of Medicine proves that release of cortisol due to stress causes fat deposition in the abdomen.

While all the four factors slow down the natural reduction of pubic area fat, there are a few ways you can still banish it. These include a change in your diet and regimented exercises as well as surgery if needed.

How to get rid of pubic area fat with food?

Just as is the case with any weight loss regime, losing pubic fat area weight or FUPA can also only happen with a change in lifestyle. You will have to begin with a change in your diet.

As you know weight loss is about 25 percent exercise and 75 percent diet.

So while you exercise, you will have to let go of junk food and concentrate on food with fewer calories so they do not deposit in your abdomen and become stubborn FUPA. Along with that you will also have to include foods that can help cut down abdomen fat, increase metabolism and control cortisol hormone.

1. Foods rich in vitamin C

Increase your intake of foods rich in vitamin C to get rid of pubic area fat or FUPA. Studies have proved that sources of vitamin C control the release of stress hormone cortisol, which in turn discourages the body from storing abdominal fat.

Not just that, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also proves that vitamin C also reduces blood pressure and keep cardiovascular diseases in check. In addition, it increases your immune system and iron absorption by the body.

Include foods such as oranges, kiwi and green leafy vegetables in your daily diet to increase the intake of vitamin C. | Image courtesy:

So for starters, you must include these vitamin C-rich foods in your daily diet.

  • Yellow bell peppers
  • Green leafy vegetables, especially kale
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Citrus fruits, especially oranges
  • Papaya
  • Guavas
  • Berries, especially strawberries
  • Kiwi

2. Foods rich in Omega 3

The next food group that you should include in your daily diet is that rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. These foods also help to control cortisol, the stress hormone. A study published in PubMed shares that fish oil, which is Omega 3 rich, helps reduce stress levels.

“After 3 weeks of a diet supplemented with n-3 fatty acids, the stimulation by mental stress of plasma epinephrine, cortisol, energy expenditure, and plasma non esterified fatty acids concentrations, were all significantly blunted,” the study revealed.

So apart from fish oil, you could include fish (salmon), walnuts as well as chia seeds. You can also consult with your doctor and ask them if 200mg of Omega 3 supplements are suitable for you. With these, you will get your daily dose of FUPA fighting strength.

3. Greek yogurt

Like any other type dairy-based product, Greek yogurt also contains calcium. This calcium breaks down the fat cells accumulated in your abdomen.

It also contains arginine, which is known to maintain hormone functions and immunity as well as release toxins from the body via the kidney.

You can always add some berries, especially blueberries and strawberries to your Greek yogurt for greater benefit.

4. Foods with cinnamon

Although there are many spices that help get your body in shape and make them healthy, cinnamon is one spice that can help you get rid of your pubic area fat. It essentially controls blood sugars by balancing your insulin levels. For the uninitiated, increased insulin levels can lead to fat deposition.

So including it in your tea or food preparation can help you balance insulin levels in the body. Thereby, it reduces the possibility of abdominal fat.

Avoid consuming refined foods if you want to lose pubic area fat. | Image courtesy:

5. Say “No” to refined foods

All those ready-to-eat breakfast cereals and meals could be the reason you are not able to get rid of your FUPA. Most of them contain processed flours and sugars as well as alcohol in some cases and they act as a hindrance to fat loss.

So avoid fries, soft drinks, processed dairy, cereals and alcohol as they contain inflammatory elements that makes them work against all your FUPA controlling efforts.

Instead, opt for fresh green vegetables and fruits, zero-refines foods and sugars and swap your soft drinks for fresh juices and a tall glass of water. But make sure that your dietary efforts do not go to waste by adding a 20 to 30 minute exercise routine.

How to get rid of pubic area fat with exercise?

As mentioned before, exercise plays only about 25 percent of role in weight loss. But that percentage is enough to change your body for the good.

As is the case with any other part of your body, you cannot spot reduce fat from the abdomen, but you can workout to tone the muscles in that particular area. These FUPA exercises are easy and you do not have to go to the gym for them.

Lets take a look at four of the tried and tested exercises for weight loss in the pubic area.

1. Planks

Planks are the best exercise to increase core strength and tighten the muscles around your abdomen and pubic area. To engage in a plank you first lie down in a push up position with your shoulders aligned to your elbows (as seen in the video).

  • Hold this push up pose for about 10 seconds and increase the time as you gain more strenght
  • Make sure to engage the core (hold your abdomen tight as you stay in the position). Also, make sure that your glutes (butt cheeks) are not moving. So hold your position for as long as you can.
  • Relax yourself and repeat two more times. Try to begin with a time limit of 30 seconds and work on it based on your strength. Take a look at this video to better understand this exercise.

2. Straight leg raise

A straight leg raise is another exercise that can greatly impact the appearance of your abdomen, give you abdominal cuts and reduce your pubic area fat.

  • For this position, lay flat on your back with your shoulders and head resting on the yoga mat.
  • Now lock your knees and straighten your legs.
  • Place you hands under your butt and point your feet forward.
  • Slowly raise your legs and bring them up to a 45 degree angle (for beginners) and then bring them back to the basic position.
  • Repeat this for about 15 times and include it into your circuit if you can. Take a look at the video to better understand this position.

3. Pelvic tilt

The pelvic tilt or the bridge position engages your lower body and especially works your calves, abdomen as well as your glutes. It is especially great for reducing pubic area fat or lower abdomen muscles tightening.

  • For this position, lie down flat on your mat.
  • Bend your knees and keep your feet on the ground. Now slowly raise your glutes up towards the ceiling. Make sure you tighten your butt muscles in the process.
  • Stay in this position for 5 seconds and then slowly get back into the basic position.
  • Repeat the process 15 times in a circuit. Take a look at the video to understand how to do it at home.

4. Crunches

The final exercise that you can add to your circuit is a crunch.

  • In this position, you lie back flat on your mat.
  • Bend your knees and keep your feet on the floor.
  • Now place your hands behind your head and being it towards your knees. Make sure you engage your core and keep tight as you do this exercise. Repeat it 15 times during your 20-30 minutes of exercise.

All of these exercises are aimed at toning your abdominal muscles. In the process, it also tones the muscles right above your pubic area and reduces are traces of fat from there.

With a combination of right food and exercises, you will be able to reduce pubic area fat or FUPA, even after pregnancy.

However, if you are highly obese or unable to lose weight for whatever reason, you may have to go in for a surgery to remove excess fat and skin from that area. But as in any serious condition, this should also be the last resort.

Surgery for removal of pubic area fat

Upon consultation with your doctor, if you are recommended a surgery, these are likely to be either a liposuction or a monsplasty.

1. Liposuction

In a liposuction, which is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, localised fat deposits are removed to give a youthful appearance to that area. A patient is usually placed under anesthesia and a tube sucks out fat.

Although this process works for both men and women, those who have loose skin may not necessarily benefit from it as much. This process is only effective if the primary objective is to remove fat from under the skin.

Not to forget, as with any other cosmetic surgery this process is also quite expensive. As per Plastytalk, “The cost of liposuction in Singapore range anywhere from SGD$1,500 to SGD$12,000.”

Plus, the authentication of the surgery depends on your surgeon. So there is a lot to think about before you take the plunge and head for liposuction.

3. Monsplasty

The second procedure is called monsplasty and is actually a pubic lift. It essentially gets rid of any fat deposit or loose skin around your lower abdomen. The procedure is also used to tighten inner muscles for a smaller and leaner bikini area.

Usually, this is a follow up to a tummy tuck, but it can be done individually as well. Some women even prefer to undergo vaginoplasty along with this procedure to give a youthful boost to the entire area.

However, the procedure may cost you anything between SGD$5,500 and SGD$7,500. So consult with a well-known doctor before you decide to go ahead with it.

Once your pubic fat area is gone either naturally or surgically, you need to make that you continue to eat the same diet and exercise on a regular basis. Only this can help keep all that unwanted fat away.

Sources: How To Lose FUPA, Universite Laval, WebMD

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What Is a FUPA? How to Get Rid of It?

We talk about boob jobs all day. We discuss tummy tucks and vaginal rejuvenation while we are at lunch with our friends.

However, you really never hear about the dreaded acronym FUPA. It’s like a dirty little secret that we only ever whisper to a best friend in a quiet place so that others don’t “know” we have it.

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The definition of FUPA is the fatty upper pelvic area. Now, you can call it what you like, some say other choice words, but basically, I think we can all agree that FUPA sounds a bit better than… Well, the other stuff you can make up.

Let’s go over some anatomy, shall we?

The mons pubis is the fat pad that covers the pubis symphysis area – the place that the right and left pubic bone meet. It is covered with hair and basically segments into the labia majora in females. In males, it protects the symphysis pubis… No segmenting for men.

Some cultures regard this area as an “erogenous” zone. Along with braiding your underarm hair and not showering for a month, I guess that could be true – well, if you live in a 3rd world country or Montana. Just saying.

However you define FUPA, it is a bane of existence for some.

Both men and woman may struggle with FUPA if they are overweight or morbidly obese. Fat is fat, and if you are prone to fat in the abdominal area, you may also get the dreaded FUPA.

Women are worried about FUPA for aesthetic reasons mostly. Men are worried about FUPA because the fat pad engulfs the bottom of the penis making it appear shorter; however, the size of the penis itself does not anatomically change.

Things You Can Do to Get Rid of FUPA

#1 – Lose Weight

If you are morbidly obese or hold weight in the abdominal region you may have FUPA. Losing weight will aid in decreasing the size of your FUPA. Of course, then, it follows that diet is key in this endeavor.

I am not talking about the “flat belly” diet. You cannot spot reduce in a diet. I am talking about real weight loss in all areas that will make you smaller.

Being a woman that held her weight in her abdomen, FUPA was a real worry for me. Wearing pants felt like I had a giant boulder between my legs, or at least it felt that way. I was worried people were looking at my crotch.

I know some of you can relate who have lost a good deal of weight. If you wear jeans and zip up your FUPA, you know you have a problem.

#2 – Exercise

Exercises you can do to aid in the reduction of your mons pubis would be the same exercises that you would do for your abdominal area with the focus on the lower abdominal region. Some exercises I am talking about:

  • A. Reverse crunch – Tilting your pelvis toward the head helps to activate the rectus abdominus muscle that is connected at the pelvis.
  • B. Pilates leg lifts – Lifting legs up one at a time.
  • C. Lying on back, put your legs over your head then come down slow – this one is not for the faint of heart but for the very flexible…
  • D. V-ups. Yup, you got it, you bend your body like a v, with the bottom of the V being your booty…
  • E. Mountain climbers – Anything bringing your legs up toward the chest will activate the lower part of the Rectus abdominus.

Note that these exercises should not be done without diet. You cannot out-train a bad diet. You can’t eat Twinkies and do a bunch of mountain climbers and call it a day.

Your FUPA won’t budge if you don’t watch what you put in your mouth. Get rid of the Twinkies. Drink at least 100 oz of water.

Whole foods are better… Pretty much for every person on the planet.

#3 – FUPA Surgery

OK, it’s not called that, but it would be cool if it was… There are a few ways to go when you’re thinking of surgery in that area.

#4 – Liposuction

Liposuction can be done relatively easily and the recovery time is quick. This is usually done in a plastic surgeons office. Afterward, a compression garment is used for about a week.

The total “heal” time is usually 2 weeks. The issue with liposuction is that yes, it will remove fat cells from that area, however, that doesn’t mean that you can eat poorly and not exercise.

As with any surgical procedure, liposuction has its own risks – infection being one of the biggies.

#5 – Mons Plasty

This is the term used when the FUPA is partially removed and/or lifted. Usually, this is done under general anesthesia. This surgery may be used as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with a tummy tuck.

Likely, you have FUPA due to either weight gain/loss over time and pregnancy. It may make more sense to get a tummy tuck along with a mons plasty depending on if you have extra skin in both areas (the abdomen and the Mons).

Now, it’s important to note that liposuction and mons plasty is not just for women. Men can also have this done. Men, don’t go running out to get it just because it will make a certain body part appear longer.

Weigh the risks out and don’t think with your second brain.

Liposuction and surgery should only be done as a last resort as this puts you at risk for infection. Also, in my opinion, getting surgery without changing your habits makes the surgery ineffective.

I have seen countless people get tummy tucks and the like and never change their bad habits. These habits can lead to weight gain, negating what the surgery had accomplished in the first place. No bueno!

Conclusion

People get fat everywhere, even in embarrassing places. This should not be a dirty little secret talked about when you have had one too many cocktails. It’s a real problem that has real solutions.

Women are more vocal about their FUPA and the aesthetic concerns it produces in their lives. Men are not as vocal as this may be an embarrassing subject for them for obvious reasons.

Everyone has a FUPA, it just depends on how much fat is covering their mons pubis. If this fat pad bothers you or you find it disturbs your activities of daily living, there are solutions that can get you the mons pubis you desire.

Diet, exercise, and surgical intervention can be done to enhance one’s quality of life so that a person with FUPA doesn’t have to obsess about their… FUPA. Surgery is a very personal decision that should not be taken lightly, as there are risks to any surgery or invasive procedure.

Diet and exercise should be the first line of defense against FUPA. However, if you have lost a great deal of weight, surgery may be the best or only option for you.

After losing 160 pounds, a tummy tuck was a viable option for me. Only after a serious debate on the risks and benefits did I go ahead with a tummy tuck, which pulled the FUPA up a bit. It is an individual decision whether to move forward with surgery after weight loss or not.

This is becoming more and more mainstream as people are having weight loss surgeries and encountering FUPA prolapse (a falling or deflating of the fat pad causing extra skin that is not full of fat to sag), so I would hazard a guess that surgery is going to be an even more frequent occurrence than it already is.

** Note that I could not find any statistical data on FUPA – i.e. like how many people have FUPA in the United States and beyond or what percentage of patients who have FUPA get surgery for it.

I am not sure the medical community is even tracking this. It is important to talk to your physician about this so they can bring about awareness of the FUPA epidemic happening in our country.

Camel Toe: An Insider’s Guide

Let’s recap

  • You have a vagina
  • You wear pants
  • Sometimes the outline of your vagina is slightly visible through your pants
  • This is one of the worst things that could ever happen to you

Why is camel toe so bad?

Well because you have a vagina, that’s why. If other people can see it, even just barely and by accident, then they’ll know you have a vagina too. What is worse than acknowledging the existence of your vagina!? Your puss is primarily a penis receptacle that must remain hidden when it’s not being used. So keep your rogue vagina in the witness protection program where it belongs, waiting patiently for its testicular summons. In the meantime, make sure to show off your breasts and butt so that guys will think you’re sexy.

If you have the audacity to live your life publicly admitting that you have a vagina, then shame on you. Shame shame shame.

What do men think?

Most of the anti-camel toe fervor I’ve witnessed was coming from women so I decided to investigate a bit further. Do men share this dread of a visible vulva? Do they find it disgusting and humiliating too? An empirical analysis below.

As usual, men seem pretty lukewarm about the whole thing. I’m sure there’s some dude somewhere who feels passionately about camel toes, but for the most part they had more questions than answers. Does it hurt? (Not usually) Does it only happen when you’re not wearing underwear? (No) Is it okay if I look? (*Side eye*) Is it a cry for attention? (Wut?!) Does it give you a yeast infection? (Great question, Jimmy. And high five to your mom for raising you well!)

My overall assessment is that men who like vaginas don’t really mind seeing them, inside or outside of your clothes. And men who don’t like vaginas, why do we give any fucks about what they think?!

What do I do about my camel toe?

There are a number of products on the market that help you hide your camel toe. You can find them easily by doing a search in the corner of the internet that preys on your deepest fears and insecurities. Here are some friendly and non-idiotic tips:

  • Put on different pants — sometimes all it takes is a couple extra pounds in the wrong place to turn your favorite jeans into a squeezebox for your snatch. Too-tight jeans aren’t a great look for anyone, camel toe or not (and it isn’t great for your vajoon either). Consider putting on another pair that’s bigger or fits differently, but only if you want to.
  • Put on underwear — you can still have camel toe with underwear on, but sometimes it helps to have an extra layer. This is especially important if you’re wearing tight synthetic pants (like yoga pants). Wearing cotton underwear will create a breathable barrier, making it less likely you’ll get a yeast infection.
  • Bush gardens — I find that I am less likely to get a camel toe when my lady mane is a little longer. It’s a natural barrier and lots of other great things.
  • Stop caring what douchey guys think — they’re the first ones to ridicule you for your vulva silhouette and then can’t get hard or fall asleep on top of you. Fuck them.
  • Go to Jamaica — where almost all of the popular music references fat punanies and how great they are. It won’t solve the problem of being objectified by men, but at least you will be appreciated for what Gawd gave you.

Can camel toe give me a yeast infection?

Sorta. Yeast thrives in hot and moist environments. If you’re wearing anything that is tight and synthetic (like yoga pants, bathing suit bottoms, hot shorts, etc), you’ve basically created a yeasty paradise (particularly if you’re prone to yeast infections). However, fabric doesn’t necessarily have to be UP in your fun slot for this to happen; camel toe is not the culprit.

Friendly reminder, if you are rocking the tight polyester daisy dukes just make sure to (1) limit the amount of time you’re wearing them (2) wear cotton underwear underneath and (3) make sure you are airing things out regularly — you’d be surprised how effective sleeping with no undies can be!

Does having a camel toe increase my chances of being a target for stares, comments or even unwanted advances?

Yea, maybe. People can be assholes. But even still, the world is not going to stop spinning because someone can see the outline of your vagina. If you like it and you feel safe and comfortable, more power (U) to you.

So is camel toe an embarrassing wardrobe snafu to be avoided at all costs or just another example of women policing each other because we’re ashamed and confused by our own bodies and terrified of male rejection?

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The ‘Camel Toe Challenge’ is going viral, but here’s what you need to know

Actual camel toes, for reference Source: Renee Silverman

WARNING: NSFW image below.

IF YOU’VE BEEN trawling the world of social media over the last couple of days, you’ll already know about the Camel Toe Challenge.

You’ll have seen a post on Twitter or Facebook, probably accompanied by one picture and someone saying they’ve been nominated for it.

I got nominated for the camel toe challenge fml

— GMONEY (@ggavan) August 22, 2014 Source: /Twitter

I hope I don’t get nominated for the camel toe challenge #iprobablywill #justmyluck

— Leti Saldaña♥ (@lsketti) August 21, 2014 Source: Leti Saldaña♥/Twitter

It’s plainly a kind of spin-off from the Ice Bucket Challenge, and it’s supposed to be to raise money and awareness for cervical cancer. Almost all the posts about it are accompanied by this NSFW picture:

Source: Imgur

Some people are taking the debate kind of seriously.

And no, there is a camel toe challenge for cervical cancer. I’m not against raising awareness but dont yall think that’s a little too much?

— Chris Vills (@ChrisVills) August 22, 2014 Source: ChrisVill/Twitter

Although some of the tweets are pretty baffling.

But sorry, guys. The Camel Toe Challenge isn’t real. Not even a bit.

It was born earlier this month as the even-more-unpleasantly-named ‘P***y Lips Challenge’, also known as the Fat Cat Challenge.

Vice tracked one source down to the Facebook page of someone named Khari Baldwin on August 11, and says it has identified the women – one as a Czech porn star. They managed to find one person doing the PLC.

With a bit of Twitter searching, we’ve located a total of three people actually engaging in the Camel Toe Challenge. One is porn star Jenna Ivory, and the other two appear to be people just posting embarrassing photos.

So no, the Camel Toe Challenge isn’t a real thing. But it IS everywhere. It’s on the front page of Reddit today… and Google searches are trending upwards.

Source: Google Trends

So expect to see it popping up on your feeds sometime soon.

If you want to actually raise awareness or funds for cervical cancer research, you could do worse than donating to the Irish Cancer Society.

SHE’S a fan of a form-fitting cycling shorts and gym leggings, so it was little surprise that Khloe Kardashian couldn’t help but reveal her joy at being sent a camel toe concealer.

The reality TV star, 34, showed off the genius product on her social media after being sent one.

4 Khloe Kardashian has shared her “love” for the person who sent her a camel toe concealerCredit: BackGrid

In a video on her Instagram Story, she showed her 85.3 million fans a card, where read: “Dear Khloe, I heard you might have some use for these. I hope they work.”

The mum-of-one then panned the camera to a pile of small pink boxes.

She picked one up to bring the packaging closer to the camera, and said: “Camel toe concealer. I love this person.”

The Camel Toe Concealer by Silicone Valley is currently available on Amazon for £23.28.

4 The reality TV star showed off the product by Silicone Valley on her Instagram StoryCredit: instagram/khloekardashian

It has been designed to wear beneath bikinis, shirts, tights and leggings, according to the manufacturers.

And, the nude-coloured device available in two sizes – ‘original size’ for normal thickness and normal size, and ‘petite size’ for a thinner and slightly narrower version.

The description says it is “reusable for up to 40 hours of use”.

Judging by the reviews on Amazon, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is right to be excited.

4 It is available in two sizes and has received rave reviews on AmazonCredit: Silicone Valley

Giving the item five stars, one person wrote: “This fits so perfect and it is so easy to clean and cover the va jay jay.”

Another, who also gave it five stars, commented: “Daaaammmmm. This just made legging wearing – after having children – possible again! Long shirts no longer required!”

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A third, who also gave it a top rating, added: “This is the only product out there that actually works and shields your camel toe. I will be purchasing more because it is something that should be worn anytime you have on shorts, pants, or a bathing suit.”

  • Camel Toe Concealer, Silicone Valley, £23.28 – buy now

To achieve Khloe’s impressive behind, a pair of £8 bum-lifter shorts have been given 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.

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And elsewhere women have slammed Rihanna’s Valentine’s Day Fenty lingerie as “disappointing”.

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First, we had scrotox – a procedure that turned men’s prunes into plums by injecting Botox into their balls.

And now, in the true spirit of gender equality, we have labia puffing.

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That’s right – you can now turn your old, crinkly, saggy vagina into a fresh, fat apricot.

Because as you age, you’ll be constantly reminded about how old and ugly your face, arse and stomach are – so why not worry about your deflated genitals too?

In yet more evidence of the fetishisation of youth, the people carrying out labia puffing say that ageing and weight loss can cause the amount of fat around your vagina to decrease, which apparently leaves it looking a bit sad. The ‘labia puffing’ counteracts this by filling out the sagging areas.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, labia puffing works by injecting hyaluronic acid into the labia majora. They say it can be repeated again and again with ‘virtually no complications’.

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Key word here: virtually.

Dr Walden, a spokesperson for the society, tells Metro.co.uk that this sort of procedure has grown in popularity thanks to the rise of the Brazilian – and the proliferation of magazine images of ‘perfect’ young women – but she says the treatment is ’empowering’.

(Picture: Bill Diodato/Getty)

‘I’m seeing a large increase in this labial puff procedure, as well as surgical labiaplasty and noninvasive vaginal tightening – whether either laser or radio-frequency,’ she explains.

‘Women started to bare all by getting Brazilian waxes and laser hair removal, so the areas became more noticeable to them and their partners.

We need to stop letting companies profit from our fear and confusion around vaginas

‘And we live in a world where there is easy and instant access to images online of women who are exposing themselves, and many have no hair and appear young (or are Photoshopped), so that plays a part in this sexual revolution as well.’

‘I would recommend it to a women who had experienced involution or sagging of the labia after having children or after the menopause,’ she adds.

(Picture: Digital Vision/Getty)

‘Who wouldn’t want a little pick me up down there?’

Dr Walden says there are ‘not a lot of acute dangers with this minimally invasive procedure’ – but she does admit that the very few ‘potential negatives’ include haematoma (blood clots) and lumpiness, due to the way the filler is injected.

In addition, if the clients’ own fat is used to inject, it is possible for the donor site (where the fat is harvested from) to can also have side effects – including rippling, broken capillaries and minor injection marks.

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We asked Dr Naomi Crouch from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists whether it’d be a treatment she’d recommend.

‘Little research exists about the clinical effectiveness of female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS), she tells Metro.co.uk.

‘As with any surgical procedure, FGCS carries a number of risks including bleeding, wound infection and scarring, as well as reduced sensitivity of the genitals. There is also concern of a psychological impact if the woman’s expectations are not met.

‘We need to inform women that everyone is unique and that variation in appearance is normal in the vast majority of cases.’

Let us say then that ideally you would not worry about the appearance of your labia. As Dr Crouch says, they come in all shapes and sizes, and they are all beautiful and need not have anything injected into them. However, changes can happen to the vagina that could affect a woman’s health – and on that, Dr Crouch has this to say.

‘As a woman ages, her pelvic floor muscles may weaken,’ she says. ‘Pelvic floor exercises can help tone the vaginal muscles and pelvic floor muscles, and make the vagina feel firmer.’

Dr Crouch also says that changes in the way the vagina feels can be caused by pelvic organ prolapse, something that is quite common in older women.

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‘To reduce the chance of prolapse happening, women can make simple lifestyle changes, like losing weight if they are overweight, managing a chronic cough if they have one, stopping smoking, avoiding constipation and heavy lifting, as well as certain physical activities that could exacerbate the condition,’ she says.

‘In addition, physiotherapy with pelvic floor exercises and vaginal hormone treatment can also help. If a woman’s prolapse is more severe, she may require a pessary to help support the pelvic organs or surgery to repair the prolapse.

‘We recommend women with symptoms of pelvic floor prolapse speak to their doctor who can talk about the options available to help improve their condition and quality of life,’ she says.

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You know the part I’m talking about…

I have a body part I hate. I hate it, but no one talks about it, so I feel even more embarrassed and awkward about it.

Basically, it’s a fatty area above my pubic bone. Not my tummy. A couple of inches below that. I lost a lot of weight in the past year or so and my tummy has gone down a lot but now the other area sticks out. I’m serious, I can grab a handful.

You can see if if I wear a pencil skirt or a form-fitting dress.

An artist’s rendering.

And before you jump on me for shaming myself and say I should love my body, I know all of that. And I do. BUT…

Importantly, I know it’s an issue for me, which means it might be an issue for other women, so let’s take a moment and focus on my problematic pubic area.

You may know this area by some other, more unflattering names. According to Urban Dictionary it’s a “bulging area found on large, older women between the waist and the genital area. Not quite a gut, not quite a *unt… The Gunt.”

The other popular name is FUPA – an acronym for “Fat Upper Pubic Area”; or “Fat Upper Pussy Area.”

Whatever you call it, I want my FUPA/Gunt/protruding pubis GONE.

I’ve tried every type of shapewear from Spanx to Nancy Ganz but none of them actually focus on that area. The tummy controllers pull everything in but still show the mound near my meat curtains. I swear if they invented ‘Nancy Ganz for Gunts’ (or Nancy Gunz) it would be a best seller.

So I went looking for other options.

I spoke to Trent Langlands a personal trainer to celebrities like Channel Nine’s Sylvia Jeffreys and Alison Langdon as well as chef Matt Moran. When I told him about my problem area he was a bit shocked: “In my entire career I have never had a client come to me about that area. They’ll complain about muffin tops, saddlebags and pot bellies but no-one talks about that area, so it must be really taboo.”

See this is why I’m bringing it out into the open! So, what exercise can I do to get rid of my pubic paunch?

Even slim ladies know what I mean.

“I don’t believe you can spot reduce. Silly stuff like sit ups are just going to make you really disappointed,” says Trent. “You need a holistic approach and aim for losing centimetres off the entire body, not one area.”

How to lose weight in your mons pubis?

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