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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 13 and have started my period 3 months ago and When I did I noticed my labia felt uncomfortable and embarrassed . I need to see a doctor but I haven't even confronted my mum about the problem . Do you think I should because it is very large and heavy on my underwear . I want it removed but I would feel embarrassed going to my doctor especially because he is a male x





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Hi, I am 16 now and I saw my doctor about my labia when I was 13 but she said I couldn't have the surgery. Since then, my other labia has become enlarged so both of them hang low. Should I go back to see the doctor because it is uncomfortable and am I more likely to get the surgery now? Please help





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Everyones first piece of advice or the first step towards doing something about it is see your gp, but I barely let my boyfriend of over a year look at it, so I don't want my gp looking at it at all, I don't know what to do





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Okay ladies, I was once very self-conscious about my lady parts,but I must say love yourself!I've had guys absolutely love it and the one who didn't, eventually did and it soon became his preference!!!yup that's right long labias are Preferred 😀just love yourselves n you will see your not the only one!!!!





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Hi , I am a 13 year old girl and have been an early developer as I started my period when I was 11 so I was used to being one step ahead but I have always been worried about my labia and if it is "normal" . I really want help , I have told my mum and have been to the doctors but I was so embarrassed that I would show her . I have been getting more anxious and am worried that people will just laugh or make fun of me if they see it and in the future of I have a boyfriend and they just laugh . It's really difficult to think that everyone else has a small labia and no problem and I am just a weirdo . I really need help . Please ??





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Hi, I was in your position a couple of years ago. I was an extremely early developer and told my mum about it when I was about 11 and I didn't see a doctor until I was 13. I am now 16 and I'm about to see the doctor again. I agree, it was embarrassing but I promise you'll feel so much better when it's done! I didn't know what was wrong, I just knew it wasn't normal but the doctor was able to tell me everything I needed to know and it made me much more comfortable. You're not weird at all, I think it's something like 1 in every 1000 girls have this which sounds rare but it is a really common going to have! As for boys, hey are not worth going near your vagina if they are going to laugh! My boyfriend is and has always been more than okay with my labia and he says that he wouldn't like it any way else! So I think you should go back to your doctor because she definitely would have seen it before and you really have nothing to worry about. You can ask to shut the curtain if you're uncomfortable with your mum seeing or she can stand there and hold your hand if you wanted her to. Your doctor will understand that it is difficult for you so I'm sure she'll be nice about it! I hope I've helped, just remember that all vaginas are different and you are not abnormal☺️

Hi Girls, I am a boy. It seems all young people obsess about their bodies especially their genitals. if you are curious about what is "normal" for a girl's vagina the answer is easy....there is no normal. But you probably have similar labia to your mum and that is very normal! If you were to google "vaginas" or "Labia" and click on images you can see that there is no "normal" and there is an infinite variety of shapes and sizes of labia. For me, big labia are more sexy as I like to see part of the sexual organs exposed, and the way external labia cling to the shaft of the penis during sex is a real visual turn-on. If you are blessed with large labia, it might take a while for you to realise what a beautiful physical asset you have. There is a native tribe in Borneo where all the women have enlarged labia, which are regarded as essential for a woman to be sexually attractive. The labia are a pleasure organ in themselves and the grandmothers make sure all the young pre-pubescent girls develop large external labia by pulling and massaging the labia for years until they reach an acceptable size. Girls who make bad comments about large labia may be jealous on a subconscious level of your sexual assets, so trust me, your boyfriend will enjoy your beautiful vagina. If you dont like the look, think about why you think your labia are not pretty and where did you get that idea? Should you agree with that opinion?





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Hi ladies! As a teenager I would end great relationships because I didn't look "normal" and the fear of exposing myself, physically and emotionally, was too much. Until I realised it was my insecurity that was preventing me from being normal! I understand how demoralising it can be, but looking at it realistically, nobodys body is perfect. You are are going to have flaws! And guess what, so does your man, his ex, and even that porn star that you are comparing yourself to! Do not allow this to consume you. You will regret the time you lost feeling unfeminine and insecure, when you can embrace your body as a confident woman. I know I am much happier for it!





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I'm 17 and suffer from the same issue. Although I'm sexually active with my boyfriend, I wouldn't ever allow him to mess around with me when the light is on or look at it close up. Unless I physically tuck my labia away, it dangles down and I hate this because we all know it's a girls dream to have the perfect slit vagina just like some gorgeous porn stars do! It often puts me in pain and discomfort during sex because if it's not wet enough, it gets in the way when a penis is inserted. Or if I'm wearing tight lace underwear or girls boxers, it will get in the way and my underwear will nip it as I walk. Very painful! It's not feminine in the slightest.





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I have then exact same problem

Omg this is exactly the same for me I especially feel uncomfortable wearing lacy knickers in front of people because my labia just hangs down and it doesn't look sexy in the slightest. I am so scared to let anyone see it, as I'm still only 16 I'm afraid that if anyone see's it they will laugh and everyone will find out :c

I am a fairly-young male ( in my mid/upper twenties ), and I have been reading many of these personal comments from females concerned and even worried about the looks/aesthetics of their particular vulva configuration, and so I am compelled from emotion to write something about this important subject. If you are a female of any age, and you are concerned or worried about what other people think of you because of your vulva, you need to realize that many men exist who would be ecstatically overjoyed to share intimate moments with you and your beautifully-unique vulva -no matter its structure. Whether your inner labia are long, large, hanging-down or protruding, irregular or uneven, differently-colored, or any other conceivable vulva configuration, you can be sure to know that there are men, beautiful and intelligent men at that, who would adore and love you and all of you. Ignore the fools of the world who say bad things about different labia. If it happens to be your partner who says bad things about your labia, then you should find someone who will adore you for who you are instead of settling for an unhappy relationship with an ignorant fool whose only preference is the "slit". I am not by any means discriminating against a slit type of vulva structure, though it seems that men of the slit preference greatly outnumber men whose preference is of the distinguished protruding inner-labia. In this case, the minority is right, or should I say, the minora is right! And yes, I know many women will pursue the removal of their labia due to the discomfort they experience, what with the type of clothes worn, bikinis, etc. but I beg you to try something else before having any surgical procedure. In fact, it is somewhat of a nightmare for me to think of meeting a woman, falling in love with her, then to find out she once had beautifully-unique labia that were surgically removed. I would probably be in tears. Just know that all labia are loved, but there are more than several men on the planet who are "LONGING" to "MEAT" someone who has their preference.





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im 22 and i am sick of feeling this way! i want to cut it off myself! i was thinking if i did little bits at a time and constantly put antiseptic cream on would i be ok? what else could happen to me if not infection? thanks.





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I feel that way all the time! I applied for surgery and got rejected, now I'm trying to appeal and no one in the NHS seems to understand what I'm going through and how much pain it causes on a daily basis. I wonder if I cut it off myself then surely the NHS would have to finish the job then.

This comment concerns me greatly. Please do not start cutting bits of your labia away yourself. Talk to your GP about how you are feeling and discuss the possibility of surgery. The labia is extremely sensitive and full of blood, not only would the pain of doing this to yourself would be extreme but you would also lose a lot of blood. You could do permanent damage to yourself. The risk of infection is also huge. There are just so many risks, so I beg you please talk to someone.

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