What Does Labial Hypertrophy Look Like

Labial hypertrophy refers to the enlargement or overgrowth of the labia minora, which are the inner lips of the vulva. This condition can vary in severity and appearance from person to person. In some cases, the labia minora may protrude beyond the outer lips (labia majora) significantly, while in others, the enlargement may be more subtle.

The appearance of labial hypertrophy can include:

  1. Visible protrusion: The labia minora may extend beyond the labia majora, leading to a visible bulge or elongation of the genital area.
  2. Asymmetry: One labia minora may be larger than the other, leading to an asymmetrical appearance.
  3. Redness or irritation: The enlarged labia may be red or irritated, especially if they rub against clothing or during physical activity.
  4. Discomfort or pain: Some individuals with labial hypertrophy may experience discomfort or pain during activities such as walking, sitting, or sexual intercourse.
  5. Psychological distress: In addition to physical symptoms, labial hypertrophy can also cause emotional distress or body image concerns in some individuals.

It’s essential to note that labial hypertrophy is a normal variation in anatomy and does not necessarily indicate a medical problem. However, if the enlargement causes discomfort or affects a person’s quality of life, they may consider consulting a healthcare provider for evaluation and potential treatment options, which can include surgical procedures to reduce the size of the labia minora.

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