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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'm 15 and I get embarrassed about the way I look as I have a large labia, I've been with my boyfriend for 6 months and it'll be my birthday soon but I'm worried when me and my boyfriend decide to take things to the next level as im worried how he'll react to the way I look I get really down about and I'm afraid to speak to anyone about it please help





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I have large labia and I don't think my boyfriend has really ever seen them we are due to have a baby in a few days I'm nervous he will see them and be mean and make rude comments or tell a lot of people someone help me with what to do I'm nervous





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my labia minora has grown from the part by entrance of vagina like a slug down towards my anus on one side it was painful and then settled down. I thought it was a biathlon cyst as that is what I was told in the past but it hasn't gone away this time like before and im worried now as it seems a little enlarged and sensitive again.





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I'm 16 and only one of mine is enlarged and I'm super insecure about it. Reading this did make me feel better knowing its normal, but since it's only 1 I feel like it looks extra awkward and weird.. I don't know how I would tell my parents about the surgery plus they probably wouldn't be able to pay for it. I'm getting more serious with my boyfriend and I want to go farther than fingering with him but I'm scared of what he'll think of it since neither of us have been with anyone else before. It just doesn't look normal. I'm not only insecure because of boys I also just feel abnormal. Any tips?





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I have a very large labia it dangles. Not only does it get very irritated just from wearing clothes, its difficult to keep clean. it hard to wear jeans that dont cause discomfort and pain. and it is stopping me from wanting any relationship for fear that if we end up in bed.... i will be judged. i have had one partner who made a big deal about it. im terrified it will only get bigger. i didnt mention that im only 18. iv searched alot about labiaplasty, but money will be a big issue. i have none.





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I have the same issue as you, and I'm only 18! You don't need to be embarrassed at all. There is nothing to be embarrassed about, and you definitely will NOT be judged.. And any man who does, does not deserve to have you in the way he has! I have learned to accept mine, although lately it's been giving me the same bother with you as clothes ect! Keep your head up, and don't let what people might think of you get the better of you! You are normal :)

As a man I love large labia I truly think it is sex and hot If men don't like it move on

Just wanted to say a quick thank you to the team for this! While the show is fun to watch for a bit of a cringe it's also really educational and has helped me improve a lot about my life, especially because it's not afraid to talk about the really embarrassing stuff. I've hated my enlarged labia for years and worried it was abnormal and all concern is gone from my mind. I still don't love it but knowing it's harmless makes me feel a whole lot better. Thank you so much! Love from an avid watcher.





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I noticed I had an enlarged labia when I was going thru middle school. I hated it & I was so confused because I thought it wasn't normal. I did think about cutting it many times. I'm 17 now & am learning to just accept it. Of course we wish it could be different but all of us don't have thousands of dollars to spend on surgery. My boyfriend, & first love, is completely accepting of it. I told him how I used to be sooo self conscious about it. & he just told me that it wasn't a big deal. And honestly, I am really relieved to see that there are so many more women I can relate to.





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Reading these comments helped me a lot. I thought I was the only one, and due to my enlarged labia I felt very self conscious. They are easily irritate in certain underwear and I've hated them ever since I noticed they looked the way they do. I'm only 15 but I'm worried that someday my bedroom partner will laugh at me. Now I feel a little more at ease knowing I am not alone.





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This is how I feel as well now I know I'm not the only one!, but I'm still worried the bedroom partner will laugh and say silly things to embarrass me and I'm 14 soon, and its very irritable and its stops me from doing a lot of things is there anything you could do to help?

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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To be honest, I feel the same way. I'm 14 and it worsened my depression, but I'm learning to get better now. Although its irritating, I've just kinda learned to accept it as it is.

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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