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Enlarged Labia

Enlarged Labia

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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 13, and I feel really uncomfortable and and not confident with myself at all about have a large labia. I am worried it might affect my later life with boyfriends etc. I haven't told anyone, what should I do?





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Same thing here. I have learned to just love myself for who I am like you should. It is embarrassing I know. But it is just a natural thing that happens. Don't worry about it too much.

I am 13, and I feel really uncomfortableand and not confident with myself at all about have a large labia. I am worried it might affect my later life with boyfriends ect. I haven't told anyone, what should I do?





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How old do you have to be to have surgery to reduce the size of the labia. Mines quite large and even though my boyfriend don't mind I feel very uncomfortable with it.





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I'm 17 and have very large inner labia lips..around 5cm in length when pulled flat. i've looked on many sites online and have never seen any cases with as large labia as me, and Ive been so so embarrassed! (I used to only be intimate in my relationship in the dark so he wouldn't see) But, my boyfriend has been fantastic about it! I told him I was embarrassed about down there and he's made me feel 200% comfortable with my body, I barely think of it now :) he always tells me how much he loves my body and he wouldn't change anything about it. At the end of the day, if the guy really loves you he won't care at ALL about it! I've learnt to love my large lips! X





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i'm a teenager, i tried keeping this to myself for way to long so eventually i asked my twin sister and my best friend what they thought and they said i should go to the GP, so i did and they just said it's normal etc. but i'm just worried about future boyfriends because i won't do anything unless it's dark and i'm still uncomfortable then. what do i do?





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I'm a teenager and every since I was 12 years old I noticed that my inner labia is really large. And it's only one of them that's like that, I don't feel confident with myself because of this. I feel like when it does come to the time I have sex, that the person will judge me or something.





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Trust me no boy or lad or man will ever make fun of it they don't really care because mine came when I was a virgin an I was scared to have sex at first but then I did it an in the end I got more confident an started letting people see an doing things with the lights on and stuff but really there is no need to feel bad about the way your body is because I know alot of people who's labia is like this and many people actually have large labias so don't worry

I just want everyone to know that this is actually much less of an issue than you think it is. I have turned away so many boys through the fear of being laughed at for what I thought was 'disgusting' down below. Through my personal experience, the only boys to have ever passed comments on what I look like were the most immature boys with the least sexual experience. I spent years thinking no one would ever like me because of it. I'm now 20 and have been with my first boyfriend for nearly 2 years, and he has completely changed my outlook on everything. He has seen a fair few vaginas and cannot stress enough to me how normal I am. I now barely even think of it, and my confidence has grown so much. The sooner you realise that you are actually normal, the more you will relax in the bedroom and you really will thank yourself for it. This used to take over my life and make me feel depressed every time I thought of it, and now it's absolutely not an issue. You will probably always hear of people talking about 'beef curtains' and 'flaps', even girls, however, chances are they have them too! it is FAR more common than people think! So just please be confident girls! And if someone loves you, they won't care what you look like down there. Be happy!





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I have larger labia and its always been a problem for me as long as i can remember. It rubs on my underwear and trousers etc. I also horse ride and have frequently torn my labia through horse riding. Theyre very uncomfortable at the best of times. My question is, i cannot afford the surgery, is there any way the nhs would do the procedure ?





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Took it into your outta lips I can't explain it but come from above it am pretty sure you have played around to see how bad it is an you've most probably tried to fix it so it doesn't hurt but push it in towards your "hole" and took it in your outta lips an see how it feels it might feel uncomfortable at first but you should find a comfy position

Im 17 and I also have a problem with a rather large labia.I've searched large labia's on the internet to see if mine is similar, but it is still bigger than the normal large labia. I know this if often stated as normal but i often hear some of my friends joking about them and I see alot over the internet.I think this is becoming a real psychological issue and im not sure what to do! Ive also heard about cosmetic surgery which can be done to remove it but it costs, is it expensive?.





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I'm 13 years old and I have large lips it's gross. I feel so uncomfortable and embarrassed I don't know what to do. No one knows abut this at all. And I'm just really insecure about it





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Im the same and i dont know what to do!

Im the same and i dont know what to do!

No need to be embarrassed most girls have large lips am just a bit older than you an I got them well I can't remember so basically before I can remember I had then which is a very long time so don't be ashamed of them because everyone's labias (lips) are different and no one will make fun I used to feel down about it then I become sexually active and now I have a boyfriend an I have been with him for 4 months now ino it's not long but he makes me so confident about myself an he says he likes my vagina because most girls have large lips down below it's nothing to worry about or feel insecure about because people don't really make fun well no boy I've had sex with has made fun an I still kind of get embarrassed but my boyfriend always reassures me so don't worry because I have slept with about 6 lads an not one of them have made fun to be honest they always want me more so don't worry





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