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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 think my vagina lips are really big and it worries me that my bf won't like them they look strange and I'm just scared because I'm scared he will break up with me because of it





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I also have this and was really embarrassed! After reading these posts, I feel a lot better. I was always scared to have sex cuz its embarrassing! I always thought my partner would judge me. But, thinking back, my ex did love it! It's crazy cuz i read these posts saying how most men who like oral will actually think this is hot. Really?! I was honestly considering surgery but after reading these, the hell with it I will just find a man who likes it! This all really helped me so thanks to everyone who shared! :)





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I noticed this problem when I was about twelve and I always thought is it supposed to look like that?! I've always been very embarrassed to the point where I don't go swimming or wear skinny jeans because it just hangs down. I'm also a high level competitive gymnast and cheerleader and I have chosen not to compete and pretended I'm ill because of it and It looks awful! I'm also worried about sex and stuff like that and I'm just scared that I won't be able to live a normal teenage life and it makes me extremely depressed, I just dislike how it looks and sometimes it rubs on my trousers and leotard and its so uncomfy. Can anyone help me?





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I am very surprised that some women are so silly and have their labia majora reduced. Don't they know that men like that? The bigger and longer lips, the sexier and more exciting it is. The other day I have seen lips that have been at least 10 inches long when stretched by hands and it is sexy as hell. Make them bigger not smaller!!!





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I'm really worried. I have loads of extra skin around my vagina which makes it uncomfortable to wear pants. It feels as though I wouldn't be able to have sex in the future and I'm really,really worried!! please reply if you know what I should do





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Do not worry about this, men love it and you will have lot of sex. Men love to suck labia like that and it will make you cum and cum. If you will reduce it you will not have such intense orgasm.

My minor labia lips are odd in size... One is big and hangs downs whilst the other is tiny! I hate it. I wouldn't mind if they were both the same size but they're not. It makes me self-conscious and I feel so unattractive. This has really affected my sex life which makes me feel depressed. Why can't I be normal?





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My black GF has the same. One lip is about 3 inches long and the other one is normal size. I think it is so very sexy and I just love it. Men who are oral will love it. Find yourself a normal guy and normal guy will love this. You are unique and gorgeous so be happy and not depressed.

im 17 and have at least 3 inches of skin either side which i hate, however my boyfriend loves it so i don't feel too self-concious anymore. the thing that i hate almost as much as the size, it that theyre so big that they are actually starting to rip away from my outer labia which can sometimes be agony if im trying to walk





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I'm 16 and I have enlarged Libia, when I was 15 I went to visit my GP who told me it was completely normal, I believed her but it didn't change anything. Because the Libia actually comes of my vagina I find it uncomfortable to wear tight underwear or even underwear at all.. I'm now also in a relationship and I'm scared that my boyfriend might want sex or something anytime soon but I don't want to show him my vagina, I feel like a freak! But I'm worried that the NHS won't fund a operation and I can't afford it myself, I'm 16..





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Hi 18 year old guy here men love enlarged labia if you've ever worn tite clothing he will already now about them being larg

you have a gift that real men appreciate, if your BF will not like it, just dump him and find a man that will. There are millions of guys that want huge labia. Huge lips are gorgeous and you better know that.

Hi I'm 32 yrs old I want to ask what should I do cuz I have an problem I have something come out right side of my pussy they called labia minora I really don't know what to do I thought it will be gone by self but I was wrong it's become big like a pimple it's so so painful can't give me peace all the time day and night. And it's so so bothering to me and problem I couldn't walk, sit, n when I'm sleep too. I'm really really badly need help plz. Hope you reply Me asp I'll wait your reply anyway have a nice day.





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You should go to the doctor because i had something like that it turned out to be staff infection. You can get it by sitting on something dirty it is common but needs tocbe treated.

i was just want to that is there any effect of large libia minora,majora and Clitoris on women's pregnancy???? plz tell i'm realy worried about my future life because i'hv a large libia minora,majora and Clitoris.





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I suffer with that problem. I have been embarrassed since I discovered it. It is horrible, it looks ugly and it is also painful. The NHS have declined me getting the operation. I now have to save up £3,700 so that I can feel normal. I've not enjoyed my teenage years and I cannot get them back now. It has affected me in relationships and I don't want a relationship now until it's gone. I can't wait to be made normal because it is depressing for a woman if she doesn't want it. To all the ladies out there who are not comfortable I really do feel for you because I feel the same. Its not nice to live with and the NHS should pay for the operation, they do breast reductions, liposuction...





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