Research reveals the ‘perfect vagina’ in men’s eyes – from shape to pubic hair style… and why experts fear porn is warping their expectations

Researchers have revealed the type of vagina that men find most attractive.

In two recent studies, men aged 18 to 80 said on average that they preferred their partners to have smaller, ‘closed’ genitals with very little pubic hair.

Younger men preferred the tightest vagina with the least amount of hair, which some experts theorize could be due to men’s exposure to pornography distorting their view of sex and creating unrealistic expectations of female anatomy.

Meanwhile, the second study found that nearly half of men said they had negative thoughts about their partner’s vaginas.

The pressure of pornography and male demands may also cause a huge increase in vaginal plastic surgery, which has risen by more than 70 percent in the past decade.

As cosmetic surgery for women's genitalia has become more common, researchers have looked at what men find most attractive

As cosmetic surgery for women’s genitalia has become more common, researchers have looked at what men find most attractive

A 2015 survey published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology asked 2,403 American men between the ages of 18 and 80 what vulvar shape they preferred.

The average age of the participants was 55.

The majority of men surveyed were white (87 percent), married (68 percent), employed (69 percent) and had at least a high school education (97 percent).

About one third of the respondents lived in the south, while other regions were more evenly represented.

Additionally, 39 percent said they had had more than 10 sexual partners in the past, while 17.8 percent had six to 10.

The men received a 27-question email questionnaire containing six images of real vaginas and diagrams of female anatomy. They were allowed to choose several options.

The groups of images were followed up with a question about the participants’ preference of labial size and pubic hair style.

For labia size, participants could choose from the following options: small, medium, large, no preference, and ‘I don’t know.’

The researchers found that men between the ages of 18 and 24 were three times more likely to find only small labia attractive.

Those who have had more sex partners would also most likely opt for this look.

About 43 percent overall considered small labia attractive and 43 percent said mid-sized labia were attractive.

Meanwhile, only 24 percent thought positively about a large labia.

Researchers found that men found small labia most attractive, while larger labia were considered unattractive.

Researchers found that men found small labia most attractive, while larger labia were considered unattractive.

Men also mostly preferred groomed pubic hair and were least likely to choose 'natural' hair

Men also mostly preferred groomed pubic hair and were least likely to choose ‘natural’ hair

The following choices were given for pubic hair style: natural, trimmed/partially groomed, partially removed, complete removal and no preference.

More than half of men chose the partially groomed look, and 47 percent said they liked being completely shaved.

Among those who liked some pubic hair, 16 percent said they preferred a natural hair pattern, 39 percent chose partial hair removal, 24 percent opted for complete shaving, and 19 percent had no preference.

Just over half of the men surveyed (51 percent) reported that a woman’s genitals would affect her appearance if he wanted to have sex with her, although 60 percent said it would not matter.

Finally, male respondents were asked whether they were familiar with vaginal tightening procedures and whether they would encourage their female partner to change her genital appearance or undergo surgery if he did not like the appearance of her vagina.

And three-quarters said they would not encourage their partner to get cosmetic surgery on her vagina.

Men living in the South who were employed full-time were more likely to say they would encourage their partner to get cosmetic surgery. Those living in the Midwest were least familiar with labiaplasty.

“While many of the men did not show strong preferences for hair patterns, manicured labia were considered the most attractive,” the researchers wrote.

“These findings are consistent with pubic hair removal practices performed by women today.”

“Although younger men showed a preference for smaller labia, this tendency was not seen in the older populations, possibly suggesting that this perception is related to social trends, as seen in the media, and this influence may be age decreases.’

Meanwhile, other findings showed that 63 percent of men were able to correctly label parts of the female anatomy, with the clitoris and anus mostly correctly identified, and 63 percent found the labia minora, the inner vaginal lips.

A second study, published in the International Urogynecology Journalsurveyed 248 men in Australia about their vaginal preferences and how they view their partners’ genitalia.

The vast majority of men surveyed (81.5 percent) were between the ages of 18 and 24, and the majority were white.

An overwhelming 93 percent were also heterosexual, with just over half being in a relationship.

Additionally, 77 percent had at least a bachelor’s degree.

The researchers found that 75 per cent of men in a relationship thought their partner’s genitals were ‘completely normal’, and only three per cent considered them ‘not normal at all’.

About 73 percent said they were satisfied with their partners’ vaginas, 23 percent were neutral and four percent were dissatisfied.

The team also found that men most (45 percent) preferred a completely hairless vagina, while about 25 percent chose a trimmed look. And only five percent said a natural look was their preference.

When asked to name their ideal labia, about half of respondents did not have a preference, although 30 percent said they wanted ‘small and tucked in’.

Additionally, 45 percent said they thought about female genitalia in a negative way.

Participants most often said their opinions were influenced by pornography, medical images, past partners and men’s magazines.

“It seems unreasonable to expect that these kinds of discussions do not reflect the discourse in the wider population or that such perceptions do not have an impact on women and the way they think about their own genitalia,” the researchers wrote.

It comes as cosmetic surgeries to make a ‘designer vagina’ look better in tight clothing such as leggings and swimsuits are on the rise.

The procedures aim to change the outer areas of a woman’s genitals, including the vulva and the labia.

The vulva is the part of a woman’s genitals that is located on the outside of her body. It contains the labia, clitoris and the opening to the urethra.

The labia are the folds of skin around the vaginal opening. The labia majora is the fleshy area covered with pubic hair, while the labia minora is inside those outer lips.

The labia may vary in size and be either pink or brown. Its appearance is also subject to change with age.

The clitoris is located at the top of the vulva where the labia meet the lips. It is made of spongy tissue that becomes when a woman is excited.

A labiaplasty involves the shortening or reshaping of the vaginal lips. The procedures are on the rise, according to the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery National Data Bank.

The group found that 18,813 labiaplasty surgeries were performed in the US in 2021, a 36 percent increase from 2020. Worldwide, 164,667 procedures were performed in 2020, a 73 percent jump from 2015.