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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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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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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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My labia has always been symetrical so to speak but 5 years ago I had what I think was a boil come up on the right side, I could barely walk or sit down but it did go away after about 5 -10 days, however since then the right side has not gone back to its normal size, it is now a bigger area at the bottom where the boil was and hangs down more, is this normal after having something like that???





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Hi, I just turned 13 a little while ago, and I realized my folds were huge and hang really low, although NO ONE will be looking at me like that for a long time I hope, it is really depressing, I feel weird and embarrassed and it lowers my self confidence, I live in the U.S. and surgery would be really expensive, and I'm too embarrassed to tell my mom or anyone. Please help!





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I am 40 years old and have large labias. When I was very young, it bothered me, because I thought I was the only one with this weird problem. I still took a chance, and exposed my private parts to my first boyfriend at the age og 17. To my surprise, he did not react to the way I looked at all! Nor has later sex partners or medical personell. I am happily married, have born children and have a great sex life. I would not have surgey and risk complications or infections. My body is healthy and my sex life good. Please do not feel depressed about this. If you want to change it though plastic surgery when you get older you can, but it is probably not going to be an issue with future partners. Penises come in very different shapes and sizes too.

I've had long, large, thinned out labia since before I was ten. I was violently sexually abused multiple times when I was younger and when I see myself naked, I am disgusted by my body and genitalia and see my labia as scars from this. I have even contemplated cutting them off. Is there a surgery I would be able to take when I am old enough to remove or reduce my labia? They look like a duck's beak...





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I am so sorry for both your past abuse, and for how you're feeling now. You didn't deserve to go through that, and you don't deserve to feel the way you do either! People who have experienced significant trauma, particularly at a young age like you have, often do one of two things: they externalize the pain, and lash out at others, or they internalize the pain, and grow to hate themselves and/or their bodies. It sounds like you fall into the latter category, but rest assured it's very normal for people to feel that way after being sexually abused, and you can gradually heal yourself over time! It's usually best to work through these issues with a professional, who can guide you on your way to feeling better. Self-help books on recovering from sexual abuse might also be an option if you're interested (I wish I could recommend one, but alas, I don't know much about them). Part of the recovery process will involve analyzing your thoughts about your body, and seeing if they are in fact true or not. We often see thoughts in our minds as facts, but they're not. They can be wrong, and we have the power to change them! Some of the thoughts that you have that I believe are not true are that your labia are scars from your abuse, and that they look like a duck's beak. I don't think either of those things are true! I'm pretty sure that your labia would look the way they do regardless of what has happened in your past, and I really don't think that anyone else is going to think they look like a duck's beak. Labia come in all shapes and sizes, but they always look like labia. I wish you all the best in the future, and please remember to be patient and kind to yourself while you work through your experiences and your pain.

I am 14 and my labia gets red, swollen and very painful after horse riding or riding a bike. It will be very red and painful to touch and to walk as the two sides rub together. It can stay like this for days and it's so painful while I am riding. I haven't told anyone about it but I don't know if there's actually something wrong please help!





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If you're shaving the area, I'm wondering if this could be caused by the labia rubbing against the stubble? Pubic hair does serve a purpose - it acts as a "dry lubricant" to prevent chafing around the genitals like you're experiencing. If you think it might help, stop shaving for a few weeks, and see if that fixes the problem.





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