Vaginal Health

What Causes Labia Enlargement or Labial Hypertrophy?

March 21, 2018

The same as every other part of our own bodies, no two labia are the exact same. In reality, from woman to woman it’s not uncommon for a single side of their labia to seem different, from colour to size, from the other side. The labia consists of the labia major, the outer lips of the vagina, and the labia small, the inner lips of the vagina. The labia’s function is to protect a woman’s vagina and clitoris from trauma.

If you become aware of your labia appears distinct from side to side, then that is probably normal. If you notice your labia has grown or is growing, it might indicate labial hypertrophy or enlargement of the labia. However, your labia does not have to grow over time to be contemplated labial hypertrophy. Labial hypertrophy can affect one or both sides of the labia.

What’s the Cause of Labial Hypertrophy?

There is no obvious cause of labial hypertrophy. Some women are born with large or irregularly-shaped labia. Other girls may develop the condition after childbirth, childbirth, or as a result of aging. It is not due to masturbation, nor is it a sexually transmitted disease. Labial hypertrophy typically affects the labia minora, the inner lips of the vagina. The labia minora can also swell during sexual activity, which is normal, and similar to a penile erection. In case your labia swells and doesn’t come back to normal size, speak to your doctor.

The majority of women do not experience any symptoms or distress linked to labial hypertrophy. Less commonly, women may experience irritation, discomfort, chronic infections, pain through exercise, and sexual intercourse.

There is not any specific test or imaging used to diagnose labial hypertrophy. A doctor will generally diagnose labial hypertrophy according to a physical examination and any vaginal or labial symptoms you might be having.

Fixing Labial Hypertrophy

Typically, labial hypertrophy doesn’t need to be medicated. If your labia is enlarged and causing you pain, there are surgical options–called labioplasty–that can cut the size of your labia. The surgical reduction may also help reduce illnesses and any general discomfort (both physical and psychological ) you might be having about the size of your labia. If you’re concerned about the size of your labia, talk to your doctor or request a surgical consult. 

Other Causes of Labial Changes 

Other common labial issues include Bartholin gland cysts. The Bartholin glands are situated alongside the labia minora near the start of the vagina. These glands supply lubrication and can, in some instances, get blocked and produce a uterus, on in the event of an infection, an abscess. Unlike labial hypertrophy, which can be uniform, a cyst, which is generally just one-sided, tends to be a pea-shaped lump that can be felt or, depending on size, seen. Your labia can also change should you wear prohibitive or bothersome clothing or are an active cyclist. If you’re worried about your labia or modifications in your labia, talk to a doctor.