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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 18 and one is slightly more noticeable! Honestly it is embarrassing but no one has ever said anything, men/boys need to accept that not all vaginas are the same, exactly the same as a penis! I wouldn't worry personally, it's up to you





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I feel so uncomfortable with my boyfriend because of this I don't like him to see me naked or have to have the lights out when we have set it affects my second life as I don't feel comfortable with my self so don't feel comfortable him looking down below it just looks so ugly to me but I can't afford the surgery to get something done about it before I had my son it looked more neat and tidy lol





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This seems to be a growing concern with women as I've seen a lot of labiaplasty headlines of late. Ladies, let me assure you, while some men may think this is an undesirable trait, I happen to find it incredibly beautiful, and desirable. In truth, I'm a bit disappointed if a woman I'm dating doesn't have larger inner labias. Asymmetrical doesn't matter a bit either. Believe me when I say, there are men, quite a lot of them, just like me, who find it to be very sexy and enjoyable. Embrace yourselves, just as you are...and live your lives fully. Any man who would not only accept but embrace you based on the size of your inner labias, is not the man you want to be with. In my experience, women are often their own worst critics...





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Ive just had surgery... Day 5 and sweet lord it's throbbing!! I can't sit down or stand up, it's far worse than I imagined. Child birth was less than this pain. Im on strong pain killers and inflamitarys that only work to a certain extent & four hours after im back to excruciating pain. I don't want to pee because it stings. I can barely wipe, washing is so painful. The doctor & surgeons didn't explain how painful this would be. I expected less than childbirth but oh my god how wrong am I! Surgeon says will take two weeks to heal but I have to tell you I hope this pain reduces because two weeks of waking up during the night at four hour intervals stuffing pain killers down is not a easy ride. I was in two minds... Lived most of my teenage life worried about it but found most guys didn't mind it was more me really that was paranoid about them and they used to get in the way with sex & could hurt but then I just didn't care, people can take me as I am or not at all we are all different but when I got to 30, two children later the feelings came back but after children you do get abit worried of what's hapoened down there anyway so I decided to go head and have the op. Ladies the pain is immense and ive not got an infection or anything this is just pure pain & swelling after the op. I find myself snappy & argumentative & wanting to just curl up in a ball because it's so sore. If you can live with yourself don't do it... Seriously sore & bruised.





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I have one lip that is big and the other is perfect ... I'm 42 and have three grown children ... But the other day my daughter saw it and said it looked like a penis .... I have always been uncomfortable with it rubbing on my underware but now it's itchy and inflamed





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I have large Lips and I thought it was normal until this year. I was experimenting with a girl when she showed me hers and then mine, she asked if its normal. I began to get paranoid and I searched it up to find I didn't feel normal. Next thing I new the whole school new about my large lips and I used to go home crying. I have a boyfriend now and we want to take things to the next level (both virigins) im scared he will laugh. I told him the rumors arnt true and I'm scared he will laugh. I'm considering surgery but I don't know how to tell my mum or even go through it.





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Ohgodohgodohgod - I love large labia lips. Please ladies, there are all sorts in the world, just the same as there are faces... Remember that a lot of what you see in magazines or in pornography has had the life airbrushed out of it...& do NOT think you're abnormal. My wife has large lips - it's not why I chose her, but it's a definite bonus...nor would i have found someone else if she didn't. She was not comfortable with them when we first met, but I'm pretty sure I've changed her mind.





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Why is my right labia minora swollen? It has been like this for a year and I also have discharge every day. I'm 15 and a virgin and I'm not in any pain it's just so embarrassing.





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Me and my boyfriend broke up recently because I wouldn't let him have sex with me,we had been going out for a while and he thought it was time to have sex..I was ready but I have a large labia and got scared,I don't know what to do as some boys might freak out and he's had a sex in the past so he knows it's not gonna be the same?..I don't know what to do :( I'm 16 btw.





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I had been in exactly the same position as you. Being 16 i felt i was ready for sex. I also have an enlarged labia although it isn't too bad. I was so worried with it being my first time but it turns out the guy didn't actually even care!! Every woman and man are different in their own way. I was always considering surgery, but now i figured that there is no point! Once you get your first time out of the way there's no stopping. If your guy is put off because of this difference then he obviously isn't the right guy and will soon be proved a fool as years go buy because more women then you think have this problem but it doesn't effect them

In 2 months I will be sixteen, I'm determined to lose my virginity either with or without my large labia. I've had it since birth, but I'm in that judgemental generation. I'm self conscious because of it, but I'm confident that I'm ready for sex. I'm just afraid that as soon as I go to have sex, the boy that I'm with will ask questions, or get put off by it? How do I tell him that I have a large labia without him freaking out or telling people. I have considered the surgery, and had meetings about it, but I don't know if anyone would really accept it or not. Do I tell him and wait to see what he says? He's a virgin aswell, and he's self conscious about his penis, because he says it's smaller than a normal sized penis, but he has a lot of girl friends that he's always with and I don't want him talking to them about me or making out that I'm abnormal.





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Hey, do not worry because this is completely normal. And it would be better if you don't go through a surgery at this age, just see how it goes the first time and then maybe if you are still not confident enough then do as you please. Do not rush into it and make quick decisions!





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