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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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My labia rubs and causes me really awful pain. It is just one side which is quite large and even walking irritates me, as it will rub away the skin next to it. Is this something the NHS can help me with? I have lived with this for years and it is becoming unbearable.





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Is sex different when u have enlarged labia , r certain postions or touching uncomfortable. Does a enlarged labia cause to much sensitivity on the clitrois. Is sex a problem. .my girlfriend complians that its to sensitive during fingering





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I have enlarged labia and one of my friends do not. We talk about our sexual experiences and we both believe that sex is not different due to it. For me, however, one position is uncomfortable due to my boyfriend's penis sometimes pushes my labia inside of me by accident, or he sometimes pulls it out too far by accident. It's like a sideways position where we are both laying on our sides. Another one is flat doggy style. Those two are the only two that hurts me. Also for me, it causes too much sensitivity on my clitoris.

As a man, I'm very puzzled about women's desire to be small and invisible down here. Clearly, you all forgot to ask us men what we find attractive, what turns us on, and that we find desirable. Where are the women wishing to have large labia ? I can only conclude that this is a desire to be "plain" and not sexy. I asked my male friends and the results are in: This is truly the most stupid thing for a woman to worry about. Most have no preference. (Just "happy to be invited to the party", kind of thing). The ones that did have a preference was for bigger lips. These where also the guys that mentioned giving oral sex was a turn on for them. So, if this is about a woman's wish to be sexy, it's completely misunderstood. And guess what ? When asked about it's importance for "great" sex , this is not a factor. Not even on the radar, Ladies ! Do us all a favor: - Step away from the operating table, lay down the scalpel, and leave those lips alone. We like them !





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Same here I'm 15 and so worried about my labia. It's huge. I keep on thinking that if a boy was to ever come over and reach down my pants, I'd be so embarrassed. I wanna no how to reduce the size of it naturally. Please! It will help. Pray for me please





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Hello, I'm 15 years old and i was born with enlarged labia. It is soooo embarrassing! I can't wear bikinis because it lookd like i have a small penis so i have to wear shorts. I haven't told anyone in person and obviously i'm too young to pay for it or even do anything about it, but i just needed to ask. I can't wear tight shorts (nike pros for example) as they stick out and it just makes me so uncomfortable! I cry at night because when i'm old enough, i'm worried that I won't be able to have sex as boys will be grossed out....SOMEONE HELP PLEASE!!!





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Hun, I had labia plasty last week and I am in so much it's ridiculous, but worth it in a very odd way. You are not abnormal and it's so sad that you have to feel like that at 15. If I was you I would speak to someone about it whether it be your mam, your auntie, sister or any close female relative around you. Boys aren't grossed out by it and if they are and judge you then you shouldn't be hanging around with boys like that let alone letting them near you in that way. I understand how uncomfortable it is I had it since I was 14. But your still young and you can still grow into it. You shouldn't be thinking about sex yet or boys just focus on yourself and gaining confidence. Your beautiful and you don't even know it! Confidence is key. I am 20 now and I had it done because I've had failed relationships due to my confidence being so low. Focus on yourself hun.

Hi, I know how you all feel, every night I would go to sleep and think how amazing would life be if I had smaller labia. I was in a relationship for 4 years and a comment was thrown here or there and i decided that id had enough, I was sick of being uncomfortable as it would hang and rub against my underwear. It felt like I had a tennis ball there every day and just had to tuck it back in. It was horrid. But having this since I was 14 and battled it for years hoping I would just grow into it. I didn't. So at 20 years of age I decided to have it done. I am not on the 6th day and I am in so much pain I can't describe, I can't sit down, I can't stand up, I can't walk. The only thing I can do is lay down with my legs wide open. Bare in mind I also have an infection. But, I can honestly say.. The first look in the mirror, even though it's extremely swolen, red and bruised I feel confident already. I can stand up without it hanging down and already feel that I'm happy with the results. I was 110% sure of having this done and nobody not even the surgeon was able to talk me out of it. I paid £1,643 of my own money and got it done. All I can say is please make sure that you want it done because it's a lot of pain to go through to just regret it and realise it's not what you wanted. To people who post on here and say it shouldn't matter because some people like it, u don't know how it feels and it can bring you so down you have zero confidence. It's not about what people think it's how you feel in yourself. Hope this helps people and if anyone has any questions on the surgery please just feel free to ask!





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Where did you have your operation done? That is so reasonably cheap for the op!

hi well lets just say having this problem is really nerve racking and causes women to feel unsure of themselves but honestly no vagina is perfect and no penis is either. im really young and ive done sexual things and nobody cared or even noticed especially if ur with a virgin its their first vagina so they wont even notice either. mine isnt like THAT bad but it can cause little irritation but not too much. its only a little bigger than the other so it doesnt look like a penis it just looks like a long thingymabob so i dont care if people see me naked....im 14 btw and when i first saw it it was bigger so it shrank over time so im hoping by the time im 18 it will be okay





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I'm in pretty much the same situation.. I'm 16 and super uncomfortable with my labia. I am not sexually active but it can really affect my confidence in wearing particular clothing, and I worry that people will judge me in future relationships. I haven't actually told anyone as it is quite personal and I don't feel comfortable doing it. I've been looking into labiaplasty, but it costs quite a bit and I'd obviously need a parent - I would NOT be able to pay £2,500.. I know it's all in my head, but I can get really self-concious and embarrassed.. What should I do?





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I've been to the doctors twice now and both of them said that my lips would get smaller as I get older I'm now 16 and everyone is sexually active I'm not yet but when I do I want to be comfortable and not worry if I look different. Some of the boys at school make fun of the other girls for having big lips and to me mine are very big for my age. I don't know what to do my mum knows about it and I'm trying to get surgery, it's so painful when they pinch on my underwear and when I just look in the mirror at my body it's the only real thing that I hate about it I just don't know what to do.





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This has always been a major confidence issue in my life, I have large labia which show and look like a small penis, they are uncomfortable and restrict the underwear I can wear. I can't explain how much it bothers me as i have at numerous times been prepared to cut them off myself and face the consequences. I am almost going to turn 18 and have been too afraid to do ANYTHING with a boy as im afraid of what they will say... I'm too afraid to go to the doctors and talk as if I'm able to have surgery I know one of the doctors and she will tell her daughter and everyone will find out. I've tried to watch documentaries about it to build confidence but nothing works... I just don't know what to do.





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I know EXACTLY how you feel! I just turned 19 and I feel like I've been trying to deal with this for forever! I don't even know how to tell my mom or a doctor and I've also thought about cutting them off myself. I'm getting to the point where I'd like to be sexually active but just like you I'm so afraid of getting judged by a guy or any of my friends. It's kind of nice to know that I'm not alone. For the longest time I thought there was something soo wrong with me.





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