There is a wide range of vaginal lip shapes and sizes. Asymmetries of length, width and thickness are always present.
Problems with vaginal lip size may be inconvenient at the time of intercourse or when a woman is wearing tight clothes, so it is not rare for certain women to have recourse to cosmetic surgery to restore their physical and psychological well-being.
Labial hypertrophy: what is it?
Hypertrophy of the labia minora is characterized by a disproportionately big labia compared with the labia majora. This anomaly affects most women and can cause discomfort and psychological anguish in some cases.
The labia minora is more sensitive than the labia majora. Indeed, the latter play a protective role and help avoid the labia minora from being affected by disease or other problems.
In this way, a swelling of the labia minora can be seen when women with labia hypertrophy wear tight clothing. Owing to the friction between the clothes and the labia minora, it can be difficult to carry out certain tasks.
This friction can also cause discomfort of the skin. This can cause some pain and may cause some discomfort to the touch or when engaging in some activities, such as cycling.
In addition, hypertrophy of the labia minora may be embarrassing during sexual intercourse. The labia minora can generate a blockage. This malformation can also have a psychological impact particularly when women are wearing a swimsuit or undressing in front of their partner.
Labial hypertrophy: what are the causes?
The causes of labia minora hypertrophy are not established and there is no description of the "normal" size of the labia minora in women. It is typically puberty and hormones that influence the development of this area in women.
In most cases, there is no known cause of labia minora hypertrophy. Most of the time, this is a condition that appears due to time and hormonal changes. Some women will have hypertrophy of the labia at puberty, while others will experience a loss of tone and firmness of the lips over time with natural aging of the skin.
Pregnancy and childbirth can cause hypertrophy of the labia minora in some cases. There is an increase in blood flow to the genitals during this time, which can lead to anatomical changes. Other factors can be found in cases of labia minora hypertrophy, such as aging or significant weight loss.
Hypertrophy of the vaginal lips: how to remedy it?
Since labia minora hypertrophy can cause pain in women who have it, it is not unusual for some women to resort to cosmetic surgery to restore their physical and psychological well-being.
Thus, nymphoplasty, also known as labioplasty, may remove excess skin at the level of the labia minora in order to restore a degree of harmonisation.