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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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I am a fairly-young male ( in my mid/upper twenties ), and I have been reading many of these personal comments from females concerned and even worried about the looks/aesthetics of their particular vulva configuration, and so I am compelled from emotion to write something about this important subject. If you are a female of any age, and you are concerned or worried about what other people think of you because of your vulva, you need to realize that many men exist who would be ecstatically overjoyed to share intimate moments with you and your beautifully-unique vulva -no matter its structure. Whether your inner labia are long, large, hanging-down or protruding, irregular or uneven, differently-colored, or any other conceivable vulva configuration, you can be sure to know that there are men, beautiful and intelligent men at that, who would adore and love you and all of you. Ignore the fools of the world who say bad things about different labia. If it happens to be your partner who says bad things about your labia, then you should find someone who will adore you for who you are instead of settling for an unhappy relationship with an ignorant fool whose only preference is the "slit". I am not by any means discriminating against a slit type of vulva structure, though it seems that men of the slit preference greatly outnumber men whose preference is of the distinguished protruding inner-labia. In this case, the minority is right, or should I say, the minora is right! And yes, I know many women will pursue the removal of their labia due to the discomfort they experience, what with the type of clothes worn, bikinis, etc. but I beg you to try something else before having any surgical procedure. In fact, it is somewhat of a nightmare for me to think of meeting a woman, falling in love with her, then to find out she once had beautifully-unique labia that were surgically removed. I would probably be in tears. Just know that all labia are loved, but there are more than several men on the planet who are "LONGING" to "MEAT" someone who has their preference.





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im 22 and i am sick of feeling this way! i want to cut it off myself! i was thinking if i did little bits at a time and constantly put antiseptic cream on would i be ok? what else could happen to me if not infection? thanks.





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I have large labia and when I was a teenager, I was so self conscious and really let myself get down about it. I wish I could go back now and tell myself I was wasting my time thinking about it! I've embraced my shape and I feel GOOD. It's like any other body part, people like different styles. My boyfriend loves my labia and, more importantly, so do I.





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I have the same problem ... I'm almost 17 and I've gotten close many times to have sex with my partner but I back out because I'm afraid of they'll think when they see my labia ... I wanna talk to my mom about it but I'm too terrified and embarrassed to talk about it ... I'm very insecure about that ... I know I can do operation but I know that It would take risks of going through with the operation and I know I can avoid it and love myself but it's just so hard to love yourself with they way you look when all you hear around high school is how only nasty girls have a big labia ... I Feel so ashamed of myself because of what I look like down there it really brings my confidence down .. I cry when I think about it because I always fight with my partner about sex because I mean I am ready to have sex it's just my labia that's stopping me from even fooling around with my partner .... I just don't know what to do and how to live with it and be confident with it ... Please help !





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Girls i feel your pain :( im a young mum and my labia is so big i hate it ...its so embarrassing an no one else i know has the same my ex bf noticed it an saiid it was 'different ' and my now partner who ive been witn for years referred to it as a rooster😕 i laugh about it with him but really its horrie knowing he doesnt really like the look of it! I use to think every girl was the same untill my bf said that Nd before me he had been with other girls and theh all had small labia Its so shit





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Don't worry girls!!. I'm 18 and I actually prefer a large labia as it makes the vagina much more interesting and potentially much more exciting in the bedroom coz you get something else to play with. I think many other guys either prefer a large labia or don't care and if they do comment on it in a negative way then well there just not worth it. :)





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Hi my name is Claire I was out the other night with my boyfriend of 3 years and he mentioned to me about my inner lips making me feel less confident now. Don't know why he said it I think it's ok but is it normal I've had two children in the past it just makes it worse now with us in the bedroom of he's going to be making me feel like that I will end up leaving him





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Girls, I know far too well how all if you feel! When I hit puberty my body went under major changes causing my labia to grow. I struggled many years with my self image and still sometimes do now at the age 24. My advice is to not put much mind to it, you will be surprise how different we all come. I lost my virginity at 15 and have had a few partners since and i have yet to hear a comment about my genitals. Good luck! And trust me when I say you will not be worrying about this 10 years from now☺️





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Same this makes me wanna cry every day it's a big effect on my life I am 16 years Old and won't let any lad come near me because these days it's not attractive to lads they say only slags have them but am still a virgin and haven't done a thing yeyears ago I noticed I was getting shooting pains down below and one day I went the toilet and noticed something different. I am so scared to go to a doctor and don't want my family to find out





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I know how you feel, I have exactly the same problem, I don't want my family to find out (not even my mum) I'm scared to talk about it to anyone, I've looked at labia reduction surgery but it's £2,500 + and being 16 years old and have no money of my own and no credit card I can't afford that type of money, it causes me pain and discomfort on a daily basis and just want it to be over, I'm scared to have any sexual activities because of it, it's ruining my life!

is there any home remedy? I talked to my mother about it and we agreed not to have the surgery until i'm older. (i'm 15 now) and i'm very self conscious about it now that i have a boyfriend once were ready well engage in sexual activity but i'm afraid he will be grossed out. are there any home remedies????





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