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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'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

I am a victim of CAH ( congenital adrenal hyperplasia ), I suffer with too many male hormones in which have resulted in many ways, such as a enlarged clitoris, increase in body hair, smaller nipples and enlarged labia. Over my most recent teenage years I have often wondered whether there is any available operations in which could be performed on my enlarged clitoris. I have contacted my consultant and she has told me that there is an operation that can be performed but there is big chance many surgeon's will not do this due to the problem of losing my sensitivity and orgasm when having sexual contact. Recently I have found out that I can have electrolysis for permenant hair removal so that does not really bother me, at the moment my top priority is to get my labia and clitoris if possible to get shrunken to make me feel more feminine and so I dont feel the need to hideit. If you have any information regarding the operation could help me that would be great.





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I remember being around 12/13 and noticing them getting larger after I hit puberty I always thought I was 'normal' until I heard Some guys joke around about girls with "beef curtains" I looked it up and I was like I have them.. Broke my confidence and self esteem I'm 16 and a virgin but I'm always thinking about the future you know like what if the guy I love is disgusted with the way I look down there so I simply shut away every guy that talks to me.. Those words helped a lot and it is true if I guy truely loves you he won't care about what you look like it just hurts my confidence a ton. I haven't mentioned my issue to anyone but it deffinatly helps to know I'm not the only girl with large labia. I don't know how men find big boobs attractive but not big labia.. Take care girls your not alone!





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I am a teenage girl and concerned about the attractiveness of my inner labia. I feel like to guys larger inner lips are unattractive bc of what they see in porn. I've been told I'm very pretty but I don't see it. All I see is a self conscious person who can't open up to anyone and fears future boyfriends will judge me bc of what I look like down there. I'm not even cool doing anything unless it's dark and even then I'm always scared of being judged. I need a guys perspective. Or a girls who had been here before because I don't know what to do.





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I am 33 years old female, I have a swollen vaginal lip with throbbing pains and pulse pains down the side of my leg I have had this for nearly 2 year, was told that it was nothing to worry about, I have seen my GP and Gynaecologists no one seems to know what it is, I am in pain scared and feel left aside, I can not have sex due to the painful embarrassment I have please please help me find what this is please.





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