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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 had an accident when i was younger and ended up slicing my labia .i have skin kind of just hanging there. at the time i did go and have an opperation they only put in stiches which ended up coming out a few days after .so nothing changed.i was young and too scared to go back again .now as i am older i dont feel as confident in the bedroom and want this sorted .i am a little scared





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I have some kind of mutation I don't even know, you see, one labia is alright just a small bit larger than I would like but the other one is full on mutated to put it. I'm 16 and I have no idea what to do, it's more than a few centimetres long and completely abnormal. I told my mom, she said it could be an allergic reaction to some fragrance chemicals or I don't even know what I'm sanitary pads. I've researched but I can't find anyone with a similar problem. My labia isn't smooth on the enlarged side, it's uneven and hangs, sometimes difficult to wear certain underwear. I can't wear a swimsuit because it could easily slip out, what should I do and does anyone have any idea what it could be?





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Wear a tight straight thin g string under bikini bottoms always wear black bottoms it's less noticeable

Is it still seen as cosmetic to have the operation?





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Hi C4 i have redone this for the forum and going to send you a letter directly. happy if you want to take out blog article but thought would be useful reference. if you are not posting this please can you let me know why - thank you For those of you commenting on this thread with concerns about your labia, in my view, as a professional Sex Coach, the participants labia are totally natural and healthy. The programme gives mixed messages as the doctor says the participants labia are of ‘normal variant’ but then suggests she goes to see a surgeon which results in labiaplasty. I am really surprised at this as no alternatives were explored. I had a client who after watching this programme thought she has “enlarged labia” but thankfully after much distress she has been told her labia are totally fine. One of the reasons I am so passionate about this was I nearly had labiaplasty myself. I was in my late 20s and thought my genitals were abnormal as I had one inner labia larger than the other. This deeply affected how I felt about myself and my relationships. It was only through going on a workshop that I realised that there was nothing wrong with me and knowing I was fine had a huge and positive impact on my life.  For any of you reading this who are concerned about your labia size - large labia and different size labia are totally normal and healthy. The medical term for inner lips is ‘labia minora’ and the outer lips is ‘labia majora’. These terms are misleading as it infers that the inner lips are always smaller than the outer lips. The opposite is true for many women whose inner lips are larger than their outer lips. The doctor on Embarrassing Bodies shares on the short video addressing the responses to the programme that women can have labiaplasty through a cosmetic surgeon, if in "pain, discomfort or distress.” In my experience (and I have worked with lots of people of all genders on this issue - into the 100s) 99% of the distress can be resolved through talking through concerns and sex education about the vast diversity of genital shapes and sizes and how their anatomy and arousal works. I have had a number of clients who have come to me after labiaplasty and regretted it. They didn’t have the support or information to make a different choice and some of them are left with a loss of sensation and pleasure on their labia. I have only known one person who said it was the right decision and she was experiencing significant and daily discomfort and had exhausted all other options.  For those of you concerned about the size of your labia, please do some research, educate yourself and get some support. Don’t have labiaplasty unless there is a significant medical or other reason and even then only as a final option. Just as our faces are all different so are our genitals. Stop comparing them, accept them, celebrate them, love them! It will transform your life if you do - I know from personal experience and from the many many people I have worked with. This website shows a range of different labia (though even these could show more larger lips!). http://www.labialibrary.org.au/photo-gallery/ Here is an article about my experiences and how our genitals are all unique that I hope you find helpful: http://www.sarahrosebright.co.uk/the-gifts-of-our-genital-uniqueness/ Thanks for reading, 
Sarah





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Thank you for this because I think my lips are larger than normal and I was doing research to see if it was normal and I came across this site hoping to find it helpful on finding a natural way to make my lips smaller because I really don't want to have surgery. But all I had found before this article was how surgery was the best option and how everyone who got it loved it. So thank you for giving me many reasons not to have the surgery and I already feel more confident about my body. I'm gonna rock my bikini with confidence this summer thanks to you! Thanks Sarah! -Shea

I'm 6 weeks pregnant and have an internal scan tomorrow, I have enlarged labia and I'm so worried that the person scanning is going to stare at it and ask me questions about it in front of other people and in the room and I'm so embarrassed! I'm only17, can someone tell me if she'll ask questions about my enlarged labia??





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I'm about 6 weeks pregnant and I'm scared about that to

My labia minoras are too large, they look disgusting and are uncomfortable, they get caught in my underwear about 5 times a day which is highly uncomfortable and van be painful. I have to tuck them in everytime this happens. They also get in the way when having sex as they are big so they get rubed constantly which is uncomfortable and then they get swollen and can be painful to the touch. This stops me from enjoying sex as much because I have to constantly adjust them during it and I can't have sex for that long. I am so embarrassed of them and I am fed up of constantly tucking them in everyday to avoid discomfort.





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My labia haven't always been large, I don't recall a specific event that caused them to grow but i just remember looking down one day and they were bigger. My boyfriend is fine with it and i don't exactly have the self image issues expressed in a few of the other comments above. HOWEVER, i do find discomfort in the dryness and the extreme itchiness. will the surgery get rid of the issue?





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I'm 19 and I had the surgery 3 weeks ago. I felt really uncomfortable with myself before and I knew that with the self esteem issues I already had it would be best for me to get it done. I've already healed and feel better about myself, there was only major pain the first few days afterwards, I was back to basically my normal routine with a few restrictions. I would definitely recommend talking first to a family member that you can trust if you are considering this. I regret that the first person I told was a physician that I was not familiar with who, after I confided in her said, "eventually you'll find someone that will love you". This statement hurt me so bad that it took another 18 months for me to gain enough courage to tell my mom.





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I'm 15 years old and since puberty my labia has got bigger and bigger. I'm a swimmer so I have to find certain types of swimming costumes which costs my parents a whole load of money. Having big labia causes a considerable amount of discomfort with underwear and bottoms I wear. I've been to the doctors and they see it as 'fine' but I cry all the time because how uncomfortable I am. Surely being this uncomfortable isn't 'fine'. Boys of this generation have a concept of 'normal' and would probably mock if they had a sexual relationship with me and tell all their friends. To be honest it looks like I have a small penis when wearing underwear 😕😓





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That's why they're boys. A man wouldn't mock something beautiful. Learn to appreciate it, and as you get older, you'll find someone that will appreciate it. Good luck.

I understand how you feel. I have the same problem with boys and underwear I have to where girl boxers most of the time when it comes to P.E. I have been to the doctors and they also say it "fine its nothing to be embarrassed about" but Im very embarrassed, I can't stop feeling embarresed. when I do wear normal underwear like you say it looks like you have a mini penis I also have that problem it just dangels lose. Sometimes I have to push it back it to my underwear as it hangs out. If I had a chance to get it opparated on I would with out a dought !

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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 have the same problem, I am 13 and my labia is very long. It's horrible isn't it? I would suggest talking to your mum about it. I talked to my mum, and she said that she'd look at that we could look at surgery when I'm 15 because she feels I'm too young and still developing, but what I want to tell her and am too embarrassed to say is that I want to get it sorted now before I get to the stage of getting intimate with a boyfriend... it's an awkward situation.





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