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Dr Pixie:
The subject of enlarged labia has really got you talking. A lot of you wondered, is it normal to have one side bigger than the other? Absolutely! It’s totally fine, don’t worry about it. We are all different.

Some of you wondered if large labia can affect health and cleanliness and ‘do they give rise to more infections’. Because the cells on the inside of the labia are actually mucus-producing, so they produce secretions, what happens is they actually make the labia stick together. And that can make people feel like they’re unclean or can sometimes give rise to maybe a slight smell. But in no way do they cause infections or any medical problems.

A lot of you have asked, will your labia get larger as you get older? The chances are, they will, and a lot of times this is related to the number of natural births you have.

A lot of you wondered, what do you actually do to deal with enlarged labia? Well, there is a procedure called labiaplasty—which again is something that’s got you all talking and passing comments about—which can be done through a cosmetic surgeon. It is not a routine procedure on the NHS, and is usually done by a surgeon who feels there is a clinical need based on pain or discomfort or distress to the patient. If you’re concerned about your labia, they’re causing you pain or psychological disturbance, it is always worthwhile talking to a doctor.

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Doctor Responses: Enlarged Labia

Dr Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about enlarged labia such as: Will they get bigger as you get older? Can it affect your health and cleanliness? What can you do to deal with enlarged labia?

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Hi I'm wondering if I gently pull my inner lips will the stretch? Also does sex and masturbation stretch out the inner lips. Also if a woman gets labiaplasty for long labia minora, will her lips still continue to stretch if she pulls them or has sex or masturbates?





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I am 14 and have had an enlarged labia for about 6 months. It is extreamly uncomfortable and painfull and it hadicaps me during day to day activities. I really want surgey but I can't bring myself to tell my parents. HELP?





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I've always been really insecure and I never knew another people can have this issue im 14 and I just want to look normal i don't know how to fix it I try to get past it but can't im a virgin and intend on staying that way into marriage but what if my husband is disgusted? Ugh I hate it .





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My labia is enlarged and it's really causing a problem in my life. I'm 17 and i sometimes i'm worried what future partners will think but it's a confidence issue for me, i want to be happy in my own skin and be happy for who i am but i'm really not. Can't go swimming with my friends and on holiday, can't wear really tight trousers or underwear and can't sit in certain positions if i'm wearing jeans because it's uncomfortable. I'm 17 and i want surgery but i don't fancy talking to my parents about it as you can imagine..i just don't know what to do!





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I have had 1 lip a Lil bigger than the other one. Everything else is brilliant. I had issues when I was young. But never had No complaints. I'm 40 now & been single.I want to feel comfy in my own skin.... :/





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I have 1 larger lip on the inside. It's always bothered me. But my ex Fiance loved it. But everybody's different. I'm 40 now so I think I would be a bit more confident. It's just about finding yourself & a new man





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I'm 15 and I'm a virgin but my inner lips (labia) are really saggy and they hang quite low. I'm very self conscious about it and I feel like once my pants come off my partner might freak out. I just want to know if having a saggy labia is common or not.





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I have enlarged labias and I can honestly say I hate it. All of my friends don't have labias that stick out and I feel so insecure about mine. The shape of it is visible in swim suit bottoms and underwear and even leggings. How can I hide it or make the shape of it not lumpy without getting surgery? I'm only 15 so I dont want to get surgery.





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Hi im 14 years of age! I wanted to ask is it normal for my labia to be large? It dangles down and sometimes rubs on my nickers or pants with causes a lot of pain!!! Its madee insecure i am worried that in the future lads would laugh and be disgusted in it. My vagina is ugly te labia is longg and wrinkly! What can i do tonget rid of it? Would i be able to get surgery off the doctor (NHS)?





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Okay. This is really embarrassing. But I just turned 13 in October and the lips are fine on my private spot. But the clitoris dangles!! Omg I'm a virgin and im not going to ever have sex because if this everybody is so judge mental these days! My friend thinks it's fine but I don't! My mom asked my doctor if she could do surgery. But my doctor said there's nothing she can do. She said that once I start growing (getting taller) that it will start to go up there. But the BIG problem is. Is that I'm 4'10. And I'm starting to shrink. Omg. Will someone please help me!!





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I was very insecure because I had this same problem at your age. I'm now 16 and it's actually just stayed the same, hasn't gotten larger, hasn't gotten smaller, but I tend to try not to think about what everybody else thinks and just think about the good things. have so far only had sexual intercourse with 4 guys, all of which I was very close with. To be honest, they don't care what you look like at all. And if they loved you, it shouldn't bother them anyways. Be happy with who you are. :)





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