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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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Hey..my labia can hang out over an inch when stretched and have a slight odour with is very noticable to myself (but I don't think is to others). They quite often sneak out of my underwear and will rub and ache (and being what most people would class as an "emo" teenager, I practically live in skinny jeans and tights, which doesn't help this situation!) I have been intimate with a few guys (all the way, doesn't need to be written about) and fortunately none of them have mentioned / let on about it. It's quite relieving to hear that others have similar problems, but is it REALLY normal? It causes me much discomfort, emotional distress and makes me very insecure, will a GP be able to help? I don't have a Mum to talk to about this, and I'm under 18 so cannot opt for surgery, I just need some kind of help. -I did just want to add that these 'pornstars' with their surgically improved vaginas / breasts etc. do not set positive images in people's (especially the younger generation) minds! (Goes for boys and girls, guys can add to the pressure of girls wanting their areas to look 'perfect'!-





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I have a very large labia I'm 16 years old, my boyfriend says it's completely normal but another boy iv been with says it's disgusting and calls it 'hanging ham' it's so embarresing, even my mom says it's weird and horrible, I can't even wear certain jeans or leggins because it looks like a have a pair of balls or I get a buldge one side and it looks horrible. please help me, it's uncomfortable in certain underwear as sometimes one of the lips creep out and rub on my jeans.





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Hello, I am 16 years old and have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for three years now. We go to school together so we get to see one another in school but he lives quite far away and his parents are quite strike so we don't get to see each other much out side school. We are both at a very sexual age but since we don't get to be physical together very often at all, masturbation is allowed. But masturbation doesn't really work for me because I have very large labia and a hooded citrus so being satisfied is difficult. I am also not sure of the difficult ways girls can masturbate. So I was wondering if you could add 'Masturbation Issues' to the list problems and give more information on it on the website. Also recently when masturbating I found a blockage type thing in my vagina, it was about 2-3 inches in and it felt circler and firm, I was very worried and unsure if it was abnormal or just my Hyman. So the questions I would love answered would be, What are the different ways girls can masturbate? Is it normal for girls to masturbate? How can I get rid of my large labia and hooded citrus to be sexually satisfied easier? And is this blockage normal?





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I am a man I think the woman's anatomy is beautiful. I tend to gravitate to larger labia an find them very attractive so I think if a man loves his woman he also loves what he see, fee and SMELL! Better believe it.

Hi I'm Alexis. I'm 14 going on 15 years old and I'm EXTREMELY embarrassed about my vagina. My vagina lips or labias I believe they are called hang down and are saggy, wrinkly, darkish, and ugly. I already have major self-esteem issues that made me already consider taking my life and having the vagina I do makes the situation worse. I'm scared in a future relationship when it's time to get intimate to show my vagina or if a guy wants to "eat me out" anything that he would see my vagina. It has an oder to it too because of the long lips. I don't have intercourse but I used to occasionally masturbate. The oder is so bad I smell it from opening my legs sometimes. I have no idea what to do at this point with my labias. I know it sounds dramatic but it's ruining my life. I don't feel comfortable doing anything because I think about it or someone possibly smelling it. There isn't a day that goes by I don't worry about it.





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Hi.im 14. I think we might have the same thing. Mine is normal but then it gets to the middle & there's this big dark wrinkley hanging thing that looks like an enlarged raisin. There one on each lip. It's so emmbarrsing . My boyfriend was going to finger me I think but he got a little confused I'm pretty sure . Because the two things were covering my vagina. He didn't say anything about it . It was way to emmbarrison. My mom dosnt even know. And I really want it removed . :( :( :(

By accident I was useimg DOVE FIRMIMG LOTION on my legs at the top and I have found and this is not a joke the area including the LIPS have shrunk!! No I'm not joking I'm of a age where DOVE FIRMING LOTION is needed !! On legs and arms it's somtjing I use I have used other makes they DIDNT do that It's cheap and can't hurt you have a try

I am 14 and noticed my labia about a year ago. One is completely normal but the other is like 4 times the size, discoloured and wrinkly, It feels uncomfortable when I'm wearing underwear and it gets in the way, especially during my period. I find it really embarrasing too. How old do you have to be to have Labiaplasty? Is it worth it? And what do I do if I want to get it?





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I cannot believe this is on embarrassing bodies!!! It is completely normal and not something to be embarrassed about! This makes girls hate their body. For about 7 years I hated the way I looked and still I find it difficult to feel confident. But please girls it is 100% normal! Check out 'The great wall of vaginas', its a project which has taken casts of 400 women's vaginas to prove that everyone is different. It made me feel more confident, I hope it make you feel better about yourselves too.





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I have an enlarged labia and I am 19 years old, I don't see why anyone should be embarrassed about it. This is nothing to be embarrassed about, it makes many men intrigued, in fact I have never gotten a complaint. BE CONFIDENT LADIES and be blessed. Do not be ashamed we're awesome and unique and rare beauties down there.





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You're amazing. Made me feel much better about myself. 🙏

My labia majora recently has started to swell and irritate me, it's also rather itchy and the inner side of my vagina is itchy. Recently I have done foreplay with my boyfriend and ever since he has fingered me I've been very sore and swollen, I've looked up on the Internet and they said it could be an infection? I don't know and I honestly need help as it really bothers me:(





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Go to your doctors - worrying will only make you feel worse. If it is an infection I'm sure this can be remedied quite easily. Good luck.

I'm only 13 and I've had this for about a year. I haven't told anyone about it because I'm too embarrassed... Is it abnormal to have it at such a young age as this?





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^ Hey! I know it's embarrassing! I noticed this when I was 13 too, and I was always curious as to whether it was normal or not. I know now, that it's normal but it just isn't as common as having a smaller labia. I still feel very self-concious, especially when growing up! Just know that you aren't alone and you're only 13! It isn't such a problem right now! If it still bothers you, you can always take precautions when you're older- but it's completely normal and there are so many like you including myself! - your unconventional, 15 year old teenage punk :)

I'm 14 and had this a long time. Mine is longer than ALL the medical pictures of others I've seen. Don't worry, it could be lots worse. We can cope :) don't worry. Familiarise yourself and come to accept your body xx

No absolutely not! The body starts to change when you reach puberty and it includes your labia! some hit the puberty earlier than others but it's all natural nothing to worry about!

Im 17 and My labia is long it dangles and it is very uncomfortable when I sit down or when I sit a certain way I want to ask my doctor but im kind of embarrassed I scared to what guys may think but then im kind of okay with it guys with a big penis can fit soo u wont have to stay with small ones soo its kind of like a 50 50 good and bad





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Im 26 and after 3 children my labia has become quite large and iys very uncomfortable even to the point of bleeding ive been to c my doctor but there isnt anything they can do as they wont do it on the nhs





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