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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've got one labia much bigger than the other and it makes me so self conscious about bikinis and going swimming etc and I wish I could do something about it for the sake of me, I'm nearly 16 and a few of my friends have lost their V now and basically I'm worried that when it comes to my turn the lads reaction to a large labia will not be good and that whole situation is something I don't like to think about, its all well and good saying that if they do think like that that they're not worth it, but that doesn't stop the situation happening, its not really something I'd want to discuss with my friends because even though our friendship group is really close I still wouldn't want them all knowing, and the thought of going to my GP terrifies me because I would feel mortified and I don't want to put myself through that, I just don't know what to do because even though I know it shouldn't make me feel like this it still does





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I had the same problem, hated the way I looked down there so went to my doctors where they refered me to a Gynecologist. I was told they would operate as I said it gave me discomfort (when it didnt really) I just wanted it gone. Ended up waiting 2 years on the list but I fell pregnant and had to wait until I gave birth to have the surgery. The first few days are uncomfortable with sitting down and doing daily activites. Bleeding is also quite bad but the surgery was nothing as I was put to sleep using a general anesthetic. Now im so more confident in the bedroom with my partner of 2 years :)





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To all women out there who feel self conscious about their labia, whatever the size, dont. When I was younger and first hit puberty I first noticed my labia was large and didn't think twice about it. I felt worried about my labia when boys at school spoke about female genitalia in a negative way. Guys who speak negatively of the female genitalia are either uneducated in this matter or have watched far too much porn and have become desensitized to the female form and think all women must be 'neat and tidy' with no hair down bellow. I struggled with my labia for years and am now at an age where i have bigger and better things to worry about. Long as it functions like it should, you're all set to go. I work as a carer for people of many ages and believe me, have seen men and women down bellow on a regular basis and trust me, we all come in different shapes and sizes. The reason it's a problem is because you've focused on it so much, it's probably become an obsession. The majority of men or women really don't care, as I said earlier, long as it functions properly, you're fine. If they do have an issue then dump their ass. Who wants to be with someone who is that superficial?! AVOID WEARING lace underwear around the groin area, it's sooo frigging uncomfortable and rubs like crazy so yeah, im never wearing a pair again. AVOID very tight trousers or underwear, it'll probably make you feel more self conscious but more importantly can cause thrush. Dont listen to what men/women say about your labia, it's a narrow minded opinion from someone who hasn't seen or been educated in the human anatomy. Truthfully, my partner has never worshiped my vagina nor has he had any issues about it either, when asked he has simply said. "It's a vagina, so what." There you have it, simple as. It's an issue because people have made it an issue. If told that something as simple as, I dunno, your thumb was grim and needed chopping, would you do it? Hell no, course you wouldn't. It's completely irrational. Same as your labia. Dont mutilate your body because it's a 'trend', leave it well alone, as nature intended. Confidence is THE most attractive thing. Not chopping off your body parts. google labia appreciation sites and forums, you'll soon love your labia! (only if your 18plus)





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Hey everyone...so I kinda have the same problem,My labia is enlarged and I'm scared to lose my virginity because I think my vagina ugly.It feels like having a little penis down there because they hang so low..Help!!!!!!





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Same.. Should i tell my parents?!! Ugh. Does my doc need to know

Alice, It all depends who you're going to lose your virginity to, if it's any tom, dick or harry then believe me, you're opening yourself up to hurt, most younger guys are slightly uneducated when it comes the female form, whether it's your vagina, boobs, legs, ect, anything. Choose wisely to protect yourself. There is nothing wrong with your vagina. Whether your clitoris is a little larger or labia, it doesn't matter. The more the merrier, the larger anything is down bellow, the better the orgasm, more skin = more nerve endings and sensation, so us larger ladies are luckier in that aspect. Buy nice undies, love yourself and others will love you. Naturally when we first sleep with someone we're nervous but if you feel that uncomfortable you cannot enjoy yourself then you're simply not ready. There is nothing wrong with you so dont act like there is, if your sexual partner to be acts like there is then his loss! He's lost out. The female anatomy is beautiful whatever you look like, so instead of whinging to the doctors about it, buy some new COMFY undies and love yourself!!!!!!!!!! I hope this has helped in some way, even a tiny weeny bit!!! All my love, Laura. xxx

Just wondering if labiaplastys are still available on the NHS? Specifically in London or the South East of England. It's a problem I'm kind of embarrassed by for the reasons because I'm shy. Even when I've had check ups from the doctors I'm always to embarrassed to say it's problem. My inner labia are larger than normal, they hang down and protrude through my outer labia. It causes me problems when walking and exercising they can sometimes go numb or irritable from rubbing on my underwear and during sex they get caught and its be painful, some times they swell up a lot from this. I've tried wearing padding, lube and Vaseline to ease the trouble but only works temporarily. I have to avoid wearing a lot of type of underwear because it irritates it and even putting in a tampon can be a effort. It's a problem I'm REALLY fed up of, though it's not a problem really appearance wise and my boyfriend loves it how it is, I'm really want to look into getting a labiaplasty to stop the problem. I want to know if getting a labiaplasty is still available on the NHS? Will I be eligible to get it done? Has anyone tried or had one done on the NHS recently?





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Yes you can get a labiaplasty on the NHS, I was once considering one myself years ago. Go to your doctor first and hopefully they'll refer you to the hospital. Like you said, it's not about appearance but the discomfort you're experiencing. the NHS will only do a labiaplasty if you are in a lot of discomfort and it's effecting you from day to day life, which it is. Also, you may or may not know this, but when having a labiaplasty you can keep your labia, they may just trim it a little, take some off the length. I strongly advise you do not remove it all, this can cause effect you having an orgasm due to scarring and how you've healed. Keep as much as you can!! A little tip, have you tried cavilon cream? It's typically used as a barrier cream but is long lasting. The lube that you've said you've used it water based so doesnt last long at all. Cavilon is a little on the dere side but is brilliant. Thrush cream is also really good, obviously we dont have thrush 24/7 but i've always found it soothes the area and prevents any soreness.

I'm 15 and my labia is huge! They hang 3cm down so it's really painful when I walk. It hurts to wear certain types of knickers and jeans therefore my wardrobe is very limited. I'm at the age now where I'm starting to notice boys and they are starting to notice me but with my huge labia Im worried that they will be disgusted I can't look at my vagina without feeling sick. I'm too scared to tell any family members or close friends and apparently the NHS dosent pay for it so there would be no point in telling the GP please help me!?





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I'm in the exact same position, I'm 15 and all my friends have started doing stuff with boys, but I'm too nervous to even let a boy get any where near there! I don't want to tell my family, as were not that close, and our local doctor is my friends mum any way! I feel so unattractive and lack in confidence, I hate it! This isn't how is any to spend my teenage years! I just wish there was some home remedy!😭

Most guys like large labia minora (inner labia), so you should be happy you are built that way. Some women's inner labia are barely there, and their vaginas look boring.

Grace I could cry for you, I know how you're feeling but i promise you, you're at the age when stuff like this hurts the most. When i was 15 I couldn't stand mine either. When you eventually decide to engage with a guy sexually make sure you pick a good'un. If you go for anyone for the sake of it, you're opening yourself up for hurt. Guys your age typically watch quite a bit of porn, haven't actually seen many female bodies in real life, only on their computer or phone screens and compare them with their mates. Guys and girls are all different, whether the penis is curved or bent, whether us girls are larger or smaller down bellow, it's what makes us human, being different. You're wasting energy on hating your body. If it helps, mine hang more than yours. I've slept with quite a few different men in the past. Although i was worrying if they were going to say something, they never did, might of thought it, but they never said a word, they were just pleased they were having sex. It's in our heads more than it is theirs, we obsess over it and it knocks our confidence. Truth is it's a little bit of skin, that's it. I've been with my partner for years and after i slept with him the first time i asked him what he thought of me, his answer. "It's a vagina.", haha, that's how simple it is. You will get the odd person who doesn't like different and might say something but sweetie, who wants to be the same. We're born this way so accept it. Christ hun, the last thing you wanna be doing is having a scalpel put between your legs because your a little self conscious. Love yourself, be kind to yourself and buy undewear that doesn't resemble toothfloss. You can still purchase pretty underwear just avoid lace, cos it kills. . .AND AVOID tight trousers because your probably going to get thrush, large labia or not, really tight trousers hurt. Grace I hope this has helped a little, much love sweetie, Laura. xxxxxxxxxxxx

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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Rachel before you consider any sort of surgery, try different creams. You may want to go to your gp and see if they can prescribe something, although it's a little awkward, spreading the legs for him/her to see, it's worth it if it means you sorting out this pain. I use thrush cream, just buy it in your local pharmacy/chemist. I know it's used to treat thrush but even if you dont have it, i've always found it to be soothing. Avoid underwear at home, go commando to give your labia a break. I know how much of a nightmare it can be to walk down the street, be in awful discomfort but unable to do nothing!!! IF the creams really dont help then go back to your GP and ask them to refer you to the hospital. They will only consider surgery if it is effecting your day to day life. Laura xxxxxx

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.

Sex for a woman with larger labia can actually be incredibly enjoyable. Always make sure you use lube if she isn't 'ready enough', if you get my drift. Lube is also handy because without we get THE worst friction burn around the hole/labia, it's a huge turnoff. Some women just dont enjoy being 'fingered', I find it too sensitive. You might be better off giving her oral sex rather than putting your fingers inside her or straight on the clitoris. It's very uncomfortable for most if you put your finger directly on the clitoris, too many nerve ending and it'll just make her flinch. Try stimulating her over underwear first, always better than diving straight in there. Because she has more skin (labia), means she has more nerve endings... more sensitive so just be wary and a little gentler. Hope this helps in some way!!!!!! Laura xxxx

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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