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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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Male point of view here. If you have large labia.....feel very proud. I and most men love them like that. Very womanly and sexy :)





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I have a small hole in the wall of my vigina what does that mean and should I be worried





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So I am an 18 year old girl in college, and I am still a virgin. My labia are a bit big and I am afraid to show guys...will they judge me or compare me to other girls?





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I'm 20 and have had sex with both female and male partners, don't worry about it. If someone wants to make you feel good, they will not care what your downstairs looks like (I should have mentioned that I have enlarged labia as well aha). You shouldn't have to change yourself for anyone. No one I have ever had sex with has even mentioned what my vagina looks like. Also, don't worry about still being a virgin - there's no shame in that and you decide when you want to do it. Find someone who you trust and let it happen, no one will judge you. Good luck

I'm 15 and I have big vagina lips. I'm so insecure about them and it has put me off ever having intimacy with anyone. I feel to have labiaplasty when I'm older as there are so many people who would tell everyone else about how I look down there if they ever saw it and that worries me, but I do want to love myself and my vagina. I'm so confused





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I know how you feel! I am worried about mine too! I am 15 and always feel self concious Incase there is a bulge in my bikini or if anyone saw it! But we shouldn't be embarrased we should appreciate that most women have a larger Labia today. I am going to try and accept who I am and hopefully any man can too.

I'm also 15 and have the same issue as you, I'm so uncomfortable about how my lady parts Look like, reading threw these comments have really lifted some waight of my shoulders I thought I had something wrong with me, but after reading these I've come to terms with how I am and that I can't change it, I'm just happy that I'm not alone now, I finally know that I'm not the only person in the whole world with large vagina lips.

One of my labia minor tore during childbirth and wasn't put back it was causing me irritation so a nhs doctor cut it off they cut too much off and it hurts all the time now there is also an ugly scar and the tear is still there it is painful and embarrassing can anything be done? I'd pay to have it fixed but scared I might chose the wrong surgeon.





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I'm not sure if I'm glad I've seen this or not! I'm in exactly the same boat - 26 years old, though- and I shy away from any sexual contact etc because I am so ashamed of the way I look. I've not really had a partner mainly for this reason - I know that a relationship would turn sexual which I just can't face showing what I look like 'down there' - it repulse me. I'm also too ashamed to even speak about it to a friend or family and my doctor is male! I think I would have plastic surgery, but for now I've resigned myself to a sexless life! :(





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I am in deeply saddened after watching this video. I had to stop watching it half way though. There is very little education out there about how much vagina's can vary in shapes and sizes and how they are all beautiful in their own way. This programme is one of the few mainstream programmes where teenage girls may get their information about how 'normal' their vagina is and that is very worrying as there is no such thing as a 'normal' vagina. They all vary hugely. The Dr gives the lady very mixed messages saying that she has a 'normal variant' of labia but then suggests that she chops it off????? It is just absolutely disgusting and I think it should be taken down. It just promotes the idea of a 'perfect' vagina. There is beauty in imperfection. Do women really need another part of their body to worry about? Please please take this down and end this horrible horrible idea of the 'perfect' vagina.





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i am 17 years old and I haven't had sex yet but I have a really dangly labia minora it is twice the size of the ladies in the video which is shown above. I feel so insecure about it and It's making me not want to do anything with anyone also its not attractive what so ever and making me feel abnormal. Please Help!!!!!





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Stacey, I have to tell you that YOU SHOULD NOT BE INSECURE ABOUT YOUR VAGINA. This video is terrible. It gives an unhealthy message to woman that they need to change what their body looks like in order to be attractive. I am a 24 year old guy. I have been with many girls and every girl has a different looking vagina. I personally LOVE dangly labia minors. I am at a point in my life where I want to settle down permanently with someone and I am so attracted to woman with "dangly minoras" that I know i want it to be with someone who has them. It makes me sad to hear that woman are out there hiding them or surgically removing them when there are men (like myself) out there looking for them. I hope that is helpful. The first time I saw one I was 17 and I started dating a girl in high school. Naturally it progressed to sex andI fell in love with her first and then her vagina. it is also important to add that when we fall in love with someone we fall in love with every thing about them. including their flaws, for lack of a better term. a large minora is certainly not a flaw, for the record though. anyway, her and I have since broke up and its been years and I have moved on but I always think about her minora. every time i get with a girl who has them I get excited. And I have to tell you it is very common. many girls have some sort of dangle. some bigger than others. IN my opinion the bigger the better. You will find someone who loves YOU. EVERY PART OF YOU. But know that some men prefer the "dangly minora."

My wife has always been a little shy when we were having sex and she wouldn't come out and say what it is that was making her feel that way. I just loved the way she looked and how her vagina looked. In my mind it was just the type of look that drove me crazy when I went down on her. After years, like 30 she said something that made me ask her about her labia lips and she took me that when she was in High School other girls didn't have the lips like she did, at least the girls she saw at the time. So I got a video on girls with large lips and told her that she had just fine lips and hers were small compared to the gals in the video. I told her that some gals have small and some very big and a lot of gals are in the middle like her. I love the way they are, so now she feels just fine about what she has and that I love her as she is.

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I'm 22 years old and have only been sexually active since 19. I don't have huge lips but lips around the size of the lady within this video. I have found that after sex without a condom I have extreme pain afterwards to the point I can't put underwear back on or I need to go have a shower to relax the muscles again. I had a consultation with my doctor in regards to this extreme pain caused by my lips, that are in the way being in places that get caught in between us while having sex. I asked what a procedure like this would cost and if it was something that I could get on medicare but she said that this wasn't possible and I would need private health insurance to even consider having such an operation. I am in uni studying at the moment so until I get a full time job in 2 or 3 years I will have to wait. I am not even having sex too rough even when being gentle I still end up in some sort of pain. It's not something I am embarrassed about with the size of my lips it's just the pain I receive from it is unbearable and for someone who enjoys sex it's disappointing that it is now deterring me from having sex or even having my partner conduct any oral or finger stimulation in case it will hurt me. All I would like is pain free sex. Please help.





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This video has made me feel very insecure for many years. Mine are much bigger than that and she thinks they are a problem? What are people REALLY thinking when they see mine???? I refuse to have a smear for this reason, I cannot deal with the emotional hurt.





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Please do not feel abnormal, you are perfectly normal. Not all men are judgemental and to be honest do you really think they notice what a fairys looks like?? NO! Fairys come in all shapes and sizes just like Willies! Please go and get a smear, medical people see people's bits on a daily basis and are not interested in what your bits look like :)


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