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Voiceover: 45 year old interior designer Alison is deeply embarrassed by her vagina.

Alison: I remember when I was 16, I just seemed to have a little bit of extra skin and I thought ‘is this how it’s supposed to look’? I don’t even really remember why I thought it wasn’t quite normal but my ageing process has made my problem worse. I think it’s saggy knees and wrinkles, everything goes south including that. It’s all vain stuff but you know it really matters when you are 45.

Voiceover: Newly single, Alison is all in a flap when it comes to exposing herself to a new partner.

Voiceover: She’s plucked up the courage to visit our clinic.

Alison: The debilitating factor for me is psychological, it’s mental, it’s what I will and won’t do in the intimacy of my bedroom and that means that I won’t easily undress in front of somebody. I won’t do certain acts of sex. Maybe I’m neurotic but it matters to me and that’s all I care about really.

Dr Pixie: What can I do for you?

Alison: It’s very embarrassing. I have a worrying concern down there.

Dr Pixie: Women’s bits.

Alison: Yes.

Dr Pixie: Right, ok. What exactly is the problem?

Alison: There is some skin hanging down and being just too much.

Dr Pixie: Does it seem to be on both sides of…

Alison: It’s on the inner part. It’s not really very attractive. I’ve just come to find out if I am normal or not normal.

Dr Pixie: Ok. Well, look Alison. No time like the present. Let’s get you up on the couch and let’s have a look. Now let’s take a look. Alison, you’ve got quite a lot of excess skin round here. Now the skin itself looks very, very healthy alright? So, I can’t see anything that would worry me, alright? Now it might be helpful if we could just get you to stand up. I just want to see how these lips actually protrude and stick out for you, you know, because that’s obviously what’s bothering you.

Alison: Yes. Absolutely yes.

Dr Pixie: From here, I can see straight on that they’re sticking right down aren’t they? Normally you wouldn’t get that appearance. I think I’ve seen all I need to see, I am sure you’re keen to get your clothes on.

Alison: Thank you.

Dr Pixie: Women will come in for a smear or an examination for another reason and they will have a similar appearance to yourself but to some women it doesn’t bother them. Don’t think you’re abnormal or a freak, what you’ve got is a normal variant.

Alison: Ok.

Dr Pixie: I think that we will be able to help you with this.

Alison: So they can help be look ok?

Dr Pixie: I’m not thinking a gynaecologist here, I’m thinking more a cosmetic surgeon.

Alison: Right.

Dr Pixie: They can do a fairly minor procedure and remove that excess skin for you.

Alison: That sounds brilliant.

Voiceover: It’s good news for Alison. Thanks to her courage, Dr McKenna has referred Alison to top Harley Street Surgeon Angelica Kavouni.

Ms Kavouni: The problem is more obvious on the right hand side; there is a degree of asymmetry.

Alison: It’s horrible isn’t it?

Ms Kavouni: It’s not horrible but there is definitely too much tissue there.

Voiceover: Ms Kavouni suggests a surgical technique to take the weight off Alison’s mind and remove her little secret. Alison is having a labiaplasty where the excess tissue from her inner labia will be surgically removed. Ms Kavouni performed 250 labiaplasties last year for women like Alison.

Ms Kavouni: For other women it is the appearance and it is not a problem the patient will easily talk about and quite often it takes an amount of years to go ahead and do something about it.

Voiceover: When Alison comes round she will be comfortable in the knowledge she will not be going home with these.

Voiceover: Back in the clinic Alison has come to show Dr McKenna the results of her op.

Alison: All done four weeks ago.

Dr Pixie: Right. How did it go?

Alison: Overall I’m absolutely delighted. I’m not too sure it’s finished healing yet.

Dr Pixie: Do you want to pop up on the couch Alison and we shall have a look.

Alison: Ok.

Dr Pixie: So, Alison how much in total do you think she removed?

Alison: Quite a lot I think.

Dr Pixie: I think she’s taken off about an inch and a half.

Alison: Easily. It has got to be, hasn’t it? It’s all gone it’s great.

Dr Pixie: Clearly, we are not even quite four weeks post the operation. Can I get you to stand down because I’m intrigued to know how it looks standing? It is quite incredible. Brilliant.

Alison: Yes.

Voiceover: A month ago Alison couldn’t bear to let anyone up close and personal.

Dr Pixie: What are you looking forward to doing?

Alison: I suppose I’m hoping that the next relationship I have all my insecurities will have completely gone.

Dr Pixie: Best of luck with it.

Alison: Thanks very much.

Dr Pixie: Hopefully it’ll open new doors for you so to speak.

Alison: Yes, well. We’ll see.

Dr Pixie: Thanks a lot Alison.

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Consultation: Enlarged Labia

A woman comes to see Dr McKenna about her enlarged labia.

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I really dislike and disagree with the way this advice has been given on the video, she is told that her large labia is perfectly normal as if she has nothing to be ashamed of, but also tells her it doesn't look like a 'normal vagina'. One side of my labia lips is larger than the other, and I am extremely self conscious about it, although my boyfriend has never made me feel self conscious I know that he would prefer a 'normal' vagina, I look to videos and pages like this to make me change my mind about wanting surgery as I am only 19, but the comments on this video are exactly why I feel that my vagina is not normal and is ugly, making me feel 10x worse about myself. I am terrified at the thought of having sex with new people incase of their reaction to my vagina people my age seem to only be interested in the perfect 'tidy' vaginas you see on porn, i can't see me ever going to feel comfortable about my body.





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its a turn off to me as a man if a woman does NOT have a large labia. Large Labia are the most sexiest thing on the entire planet and are the biggest turn on to most men. I would love to know who put this ridiculous notion into any woman's brain that this is not good. A plain vagina looks like something out of a vaginal circumcision or something





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I am 20 years old. I have only had 2 sexual partners. The first one was in love with my large labia. He would make jokes about them towards me, but it never bothered me because he always showed them much love. The guy I'm with now (for 2 years) still doesn't know about them. I self taught myself how to hide it and tuck them in. Especially when he goes down on me. It sucks that I am embarrassed about this, I want to have fun and be comfortable like I was with my first especially because I really love this guy. I know that even if I told him, he would still love me and all but goodness I just cannot! I hate them soooo much. And the sad thing is they have gotten larger since I turned 18.





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The woman in the video looks not only quite normal but many of the women I know have bigger Labia Minora. To me as a guy, she looks quite appealing before and after. I don't know of any men who have ever complained that a women's Labia Minora were too large, but I assume there may be a few out there. Then again I suppose there may be a few women that don't prefer large penises, but I've never heard of a woman saying no to one, lol. That said, I don't think it would be worth the risk of surgery. The risks of any surgery should only be taken in the event of a dire illness or mutilation as a result an accident. In closing, I found it funny that here was a woman that was embarrassed to show her natural vagina to a prospective lover, but was willing to bare it all so easily in front of her doctor and the film crew and then allow a video to be posted for all the world to see.





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I am very disappointed that this subject was approached in this fashion. The doctor described the tissue as "too much" even though she also said it's a normal variant. This sends the message that "yeah, it's normal but still not pretty". I couldn't believe they show her following up with a plastic surgeon too. This is not a medical condition that needs correcting. All that needed to be said about is "it's perfectly normal, many girls have larger labia. if it really bothers you, there are options like labiaplasty"





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I am so embarrassed by my labia, I don't feel normal because of it and I'm really scared to let any guy go near me in case they take the mick and think I'm a freak show. I hate wearing swim suits because I think everyone is looking and laughing at me. How can I become confident enough not to care about how I look?





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hy am 30 would like to find out wat method u use to make critoris larger mine r very small.plz help me..





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Trust me, you do not want to do it

I hate to tell you young girls, but the most revolting "Look" of a woman's vagina are the ones that have been surgically altered, to spoil the natural beauty. Many men like myself, find nothing more turnoffish than a woman/girl with just a slit as a vagina, and no lips to show. I am aware some unlucky girls are like this naturally, but Im sure as they mature into their 20s that the correct bits grow a little. So embrace you large lips, as other women have, I guarantee your Real Man boyfriend will love it.....only childish immature boys, oooh and laugh at a real woman's vagina. There are Millions of photos of beautiful women 18+ on the internet, with perfect full large labia. Dont have surgery, it will only make things worse. BTW, it has been recorded and researched that the huge leap in young women wanting surgery, is because of the stupid current fashion of removing pubic hair, which then makes everything 1000 times bigger. For millions of years women had those bits covered, and didnt care about "loose Lips", now with this stupid wanting to look like a 10 year old girl again, its all out in the wind.....the remedy, go natural, Tasmania over Brazil!!!





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I hate to tell you young girls, but the most revolting "Look" of a woman's vagina are the ones that have been surgically altered, to spoil the natural beauty. Many men like myself, find nothing more turnoffish than a woman/girl with just a slit as a vagina, and no lips to show. I am aware some unlucky girls are like this naturally, but Im sure as they mature into their 20s that the correct bits grow a little. So embrace you large lips, as other women have, I guarantee your Real Man boyfriend will love it.....only childish immature boys, oooh and laugh at a real woman's vagina. There are Millions of photos of beautiful women 18+ only internet, with perfect full large labia. Dont have surgery, it will only make things worse. NTW, it has been recorded and researched that the huge leap in young women wanting surgery, is because of the stupid current fashion of removing pubic hair, which then makes everything 1000 times bigger. For millions of years women had those bits covered, and didnt care about "loose Lips", now with this stupid wanting to look like a 10 year old girl again, its all out in the wind.....the remedy, go natural, Tasmania over Brazil!!!





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Though it is ridiculous to shame women for having larger labia, it is equally outlandish to shame 'unlucky' women for tiny, less visible labia. It is offensive to say that anyone's vagina is revolting. I can see that your intentions were kind, and it is great that men like you and I embrace larger labia - but everyone's vagina is different, and you stating your opinion like it's a fact doesn't really help people who are self-concious about themselves. I know you didn't mean to be offensive but this is a website that is supposed to help people and boost the confidence of those who hate how they look.

I am 20 years old and I was once very self conscious of my large labia minora as well. I can think of at least five ass hole boyfriends I had as a teen who called it "meat curtains", "wizard sleeve" a "package", told me I should get surgery, told me it looked loose, told everyone at school, etc. it kind of sounds crazy, but having larger labia made me a better person. I felt like I had this secret horrible thing that nobody could see and it made me very modest and humble because I knew that every girl had something they were uncomfortable with about herself. At some point, you might meet a boy who is rude about it, but please do not listen to them. There is NOTHING wrong with it. I am finally with a MAN who loves everything about it. He makes me feel so comfortable with myself I forget that I used to ever be afraid of showing them off. When I was 11-12, I remember thinking there was something wrong with me, and the idiots who I dated in high school reaffirmed that until I realized that they only thought that because they had seen vaginas in porn only, and they NEVER use women with larger labia because of sensoring. I promise, it will be easier when you meet someone who knows what a gift you have and who appreciates everything he can do with them. Oral sex is much more fun when you can reach what you're working with! I would suggest that you do NOT get any kind of surgery if you are considering it unless it is a serious medical discomfort. I have to wear pads, as many women do, because of excess moisture down there. Toilet paper gets stuck to me easier. I still get self conscious when I'm wearing tight clothing some days, but there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with me and I now know that. Different guys like different things, but NEVER base your opinion of yourself based on what they like. . I love what I have and I am so proud to be me.





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