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Enlarged Labia

Enlarged Labia

Many women are born with larger or more noticeably asymmetric labia, just like other parts of the body come in different shapes and sizes. These lips of skin surround the vulval opening, and conditions such as Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, stretching in childbirth or irritation can cause enlargement. For some it makes no difference to their lives, but for others it undermines confidence, especially when it comes to relations in the bedroom. Labiaplasty is the surgical procedure used to reduce the inner labia, but this is seen as cosmetic and will not usually be available on the NHS. If you do have any concerns, it might be worthwhile to go and seek advice from your doctor.

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Hello, im 16. Ive had large labia since I hit puberty and its caused so many problems for me. I often get thrush, my labia has cuts on it where it rubs against my underwear. It's given me depression, I have dreams about cutting it off, im not comfortable with my family doctor and this is not something I could speak to a parent about, what shall I do?





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I have v large labia I was since I noticed it when I was 12 been to the docs at least 3 times about it...they get sore, rub and generally very uncomfortable at 17, Found a man who I didn't know and I thought was amazing we have been together 2 years and he has said he likes them I have a 8 month on baby and our relationship has now come to an end... And now all my hang ups have started again. I have had a councilers for many years also since I was 12 for other things and she has always known this was an issue now I'm wanting be have fun and be single but very worried about my body. My councilers says I have depression regarding the issue and other issues but I feel deeply low about this issue what can I do ? I'm desperate to get some help. They get caught in my knickers and feel uncomfortable all the time they rub and get very sore but still I think the doctor will make the same saying ' it's cosmetic' but if it sore can they help?





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I'm a young teen (15) and I've started to obviously notice my body a lot more than I did as a child, my labia seems to be a bit bigger than normal and is uncomfortable sitting down, riding bikes, wearing certain underwear etc. It also becomes very itchy and irritated when dry, it's horribly uncomfortable! Because of my age I'm obviously not doing anything sexually active but I'm nervous about how my partner will respond to it, but more importantly I'm nervous about how much it's effecting my life! Please help!





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Who can I contact if I wanted to get rid of my enlarged labia?





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Hi I'm 24 and have had 2 children and have a really enlarged labia, but when I had my first daughter needed stitches and I'm left with a big hole in my labia witch I can actually put my little finger through it also swells and is very painful at times especially when it rubs, its also made me uncomfortable having intercorse its seriously depressing me as it painfull as well coz the penis rubs and makes it really sore I can't afford constructive surgery is there anything else I can donuts really getting me down

Do labia grow with age? I'm 48 now and mine have definitely grown.





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ok so I'm now 20 years old but I have always had this extra skin down there ever since I can remember and to me its very embarrassing and annoying at times and isn't doing much help in improving my self confidence. Now I am sexually active but I don't think the guys really noticed because I have never let them do oral sex because I am too ashamed. I'm seriously debating getting the surgery, but with that I know there are serious risk involved so I am at a crossroads here.





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Hello. Recently I was on holiday with my boyfriend. The day we arrived I came off my period. A day or so later we had sex, but the next day I found myself in a lot of discomfort. At first, I thought discharge mixed with uncomfortable underwear was causing it, but when I cleaned up the discharge and used more comfortable knickers, I was even more uncomfortable. As I was on holiday I didn't have any cream such as Eurax with me. On the thought of cream, I suddenly thought that I may have thrush but again, I had no cream to soothe the itching that was becoming very sore due to my vicious scratching due to the discomfort. I realised that my discharge was also quite thick where it's usually very thin. I decided to just put a damp, cold tissue on the sore area which calmed the itching for the rest of the evening. My next thought was that I'd let my pubic hair grow but to a length that was making me uncomfortable (I usually shave it every other day, but I'd left it for a few days due to my period). When I awoke the next morning, I shaved off all the stubbly hair and the itching decreased. I still didn't feel completely 'normal' down there, but I just presumed that it would take time to feel better, especially after all the itching. A lot of factors have made me very sore. Once back home, I told my mum what had happened and she advised I just use Eurax, so I did. It helped for a little while but drew my attention back to the itching. It was then that I assumed it was now a mind thing, so I tried to forget about it but no matter how distracted I was, it still itched. Then, I noticed that my labia seemed a lot bigger than usual. It looked almost swollen and not right. When I wiped myself in the toilet, a weird pinky colour would come off on the tissue- It wasn't blood red, it was a similar colour to my labia. Then, when me and my boyfriend had sex again, I bled. It wasn't a lot, but it was enough for me to have to change my knickers. I worried a little as it didn't seem right but again, I just assumed that I was sore and the sex had irritated my still sore lady parts. The itching continued. It wasn't as bad as before, but it was still there. Then, I got home after being at his house a few days after and I was bleeding again but I didn't understand why. This evening, I was watching embarrassing bodies and saw that a lady had an enlarged labia and that there is an operation to get it reduced. I would just like to know what's wrong if possible really as my labia remains swollen, I seem to be bleeding more often in larger quantities but it is proper blood now, not just the pinky colour that was rubbing off on the tissue, the itching also remains and nothing I've done so far seems to have worked. Please help!





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hi im nic and 18 years of age ,I've had an enlarged labia for as long as I can remember, it never seemed to be a big deal growing up, until I starting getting boyfriends around the age of 15, I was so conscious about it, I never let anyone go near me, until at the age of 15 nearly 16 I fell in love, ive been with him for nearly 3 years now and we have never experimented in the ways we would like, ive hidden it from him for that long, he's never seen me completely naked and always asked why im so self conscious soooo, I decided just a few days ago that I would come clean, it was the hardest and most embarrassing thing that I've ever had to do, he thought I couldn't have children or some kind of disease, so when I finally told him he said is that it???? all of this time ive hidden it from him and he truly doesn't care what I look like, he loves me for me, so that night we experimented and I can tell you I don't know what ive been so worried about, it was the best feeling on earth! so ladies, to hell with what you conceive to be something not normal, ive dealt with this elephant in the room for nearly 3 years! and it turns out I was just being silly! it is not embarrassing its just how we were all made differently and unique....hope this helps and shows that you can get over this, its not the end of the world, learn to love your body! its beautiful!...





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I have an enlarged labia and when I wear swimwear it always seems to hang down I have to wear shorts with either a bakini or swimming costume. Thins lowers myself confidence everyday. I am 15 nearly 16 with a boyfriend and this makes me feel self contious all of the time I really don't want it there anymore!!!!!





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I have very large labia minora. I am 25 and have had several sexual partners. Not a single one has complained about them. Only compliments :) just like men, women bits are all shapes and sizes. Be happy with what you have. Your boyfriend doesn't care how it looks, as long as it works.

Hello, I am 14 and have recently been very worried about my vagina. My labia is very large and when stretched can be about an inch long. It's all saggy and wrinkleey and it looks horrible. Is this normal? I am a dancer so when I wear a leotard it buldges and makes it look like I have a penis, it's so embarrassing! also when I put my finger up my vagina there was a round, firm lump that seemed to block me going any further, it was about 3 inches in, is this normal? I'm extremely worried but to embarrassed to tell my mum, please help.





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me too! in a dancer and it's so embarissing because it looks so wierd and I am always so conscious. I'm so relieved that someone else is in the same position and it's not just me being wierd !

What you felt inside your vagina was probably your cervix. It does feel like a hard lump so don't panic. Your labia is normal and could be a little enlarged because you are still going s=through puberty. Every woman's vaginal parts look different so don't' panic :)





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