3:38 pm - 03/13/2012

Long labia minora?

I've had noticeably longer labia minora since I was about nine and began going through puberty. They actually scared me growing up because I thought they were two empty little ball sacks and was convinced I was born a boy! Anyways, so while I know it's not necessarily "normal", is it anything to be ashamed of? I may at some point get them surgically removed but I'm not sexually active and don't plan to be in the near future so it's not a huge problem. Just wonderin'.
kimie_catclaw 13th-Mar-2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Nothing at all to be ashamed of! You may be interested in VP's "Everyday Bodies Project", linked in the sidebar (NSFW).
violentviolet09 13th-Mar-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
http://www.channel4embarrassingillnesses.com/galleries/vulva-gallery/

not safe for work.

just pictures of ladies :) were all different.
kaberett 13th-Mar-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
It's both normal AND nothing to be ashamed of! If you have a look through the photos in our Everyday Bodies Project (see also EBP part II) - there's an enormous variety of body shapes. :-)
mlzcaz 13th-Mar-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
I have one SIDE that's longer than the other. Nothing to be ashamed of, I am married with a child. :)
slinkslowdown 13th-Mar-2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm lop-sided, too.
kjaerlighet 13th-Mar-2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Also lopsided and married and he thinks my bits are amazing! Everyone is different OP :)
misheymo 14th-Mar-2012 12:24 am (UTC)
also lopsided, married and never had a complaint : ]
gryphonwing 14th-Mar-2012 12:20 am (UTC)
One of my inner labia has a little bit that sticks out! It used to worry me because of the asymmetry.
outstare 13th-Mar-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
I definitely don't think they're anything to be ashamed of.

I have really small ones and am kind of jealous of the longer ones. They're so interesting!
earth_to_morgue 14th-Mar-2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Me too!
swampmermaid 13th-Mar-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
I have long labia too, but I would never think about surgically changing them. Vaginas are meant to look different. I think it's just another thing that makes you unique...a lot of men even find longer labia sexier than having pretty much non-existent labia.
I used to be self-conscious about it but I actually like them longer. :)
archangelbeth 13th-Mar-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
One thing you may wish to consider, when contemplating surgery, is that labia often have a lot of nerve endings. Having surgery will damage at least some of those nerve endings. (The version where they just snip the part that shows will threaten all the nerves there. The version where a wedge is cut out of the middle, and the remainder are sewed together (resulting in lower-profile labia) may be less likely to damage the nerves that are not directly near the cut.) If your labia are not causing you pain in day-to-day life, the potential loss of sexual pleasure might be something to consider as a negative. After all, someone who cares about you will not mind whatever genital quirks you have; healthy genitals are nothing to sneer at, and anyone who does? Doesn't deserve to keep seeing them, or you.

Also, like everyone said: totally normal, nothing to be ashamed of, and there are plenty of pictures of longer inner-labia to prove it. O:>
fee_parisienne 14th-Mar-2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Seconded. A surgical operation on your sensitive parts is very likely to reduce your sexual sensations and enjoyment. It would not be worth it for me!
gryphonwing 14th-Mar-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
No part of your body should be a source of shame. It grew that way! It's hard to really believe that, though, with the messages we get growing up.

I personally find longer labia pretty attractive compared to tiny little ones, but I've been with women on both ends of the spectrum and the preference is just not that important. :)

And probably no one who isn't a potential lover is going to be seeing your labia anyway, and potential lovers either accept your body as is or they're not worth having sex with.
realt_stea 14th-Mar-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
i have longer ones(although i have seen longer on other women) and while aesthetically they don't really bother me, physically they do a little. sometimes they get in the way of PIV sex, like i can't be entered because they get in the way, which is painful. but i just move them out of the way and it's all good. sometimes they get irritated from my underwear and i kind of have to tuck them in lol
fallconsmate 14th-Mar-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
i only have one inner labia. :)

people's bodies arent all perfect copies of one another. and that's as it should be. (even identical twins have some differences!)
knittinggoddess 14th-Mar-2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Estrogen has a tendency to make labia longer, your genitalia skin darken, etc. This is totally, absolutely, wonderfully normal.

Mine are distinctly longer than my majora. Sometimes I adjust my vulva before PIV (like adjusting a shirt sleeve before putting on your coat, really), but other than that it's never been an issue. It sounds like a cliche but it's true: nobody who deserves to see you naked will care about this.
_whatnext 14th-Mar-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
I have to adjust before PIV too. My partner actually really likes it, because my hand's right there, so I can just go ahead and guide him in. Super easy!
misheymo 15th-Mar-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
seconded!
knittinggoddess 15th-Mar-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
Entirely possible! I don't know much about endocrine disorders and estrogen sensitivity, but it seems like a reasonable inference.
patchworkorange 14th-Mar-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I have longer inner lips which I pulled on when I was a child lol. I think I actually made them longer by doing it!

As a teen, I became ashamed of them until my husband called it his flower. The lips are really like petals and guys love them. Don't be ashamed! :)
atalanta0jess 14th-Mar-2012 04:03 am (UTC)
Actually, it IS normal, 100%!! As you can see from others comments, tons and tons of people have them. Nothing to be ashamed of, and also nothing at all unusual. It shouldn't be a problem when you are sexually active either. The only times long labia are a problem is if they catch on your pants and are painful, or if you're dealing with some kind of asshole sex partner who can't deal with a normal healthy body. In which case I recommend changing the partner, not the body. ;)

I've got them, and my partner loves all my stuffs.
leeshers 14th-Mar-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
I do as well and always figured it was normal, like the way that most men have one testicle that hangs lower. :)
luinecu 14th-Mar-2012 08:51 am (UTC)
I'm in the club too! It's perfectly fine. The only thing I've found is that some frilly knickers don't fit comfortably. Certainly isn't worth putting a knife to anything!! And for the record, I've had sexual partners who have commented on how much they love them, so I call that a win! :D
nakedfaery 14th-Mar-2012 11:44 am (UTC)
My labia minora are longer than my labia majora. The right side is longer than the left side. It's nothing to be ashamed of at all, there's an enormous amount of variation in vulva appearance.
eatswithfork 18th-Mar-2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
My labia minor are longer than my labia majora and my right side is longer and hangs lower and sticks out quite a bit so that it sometimes reminds me of someone sticking their tongue out :) weird sorry haha but really, it's not unusual at all to have long labia.

Anyway, I've asked around and it seems like the fact that labia can change appearance during puberty is rarely if ever covered in sex ed and that really bothers me. Once mine started changing, i didn't know what was going on and I thought something was wrong with me and even humored the idea of going at them with scissors (didn't - best decision of my life omg). I really wish someone had explained that to me.

I'm sure your labia are perfect just the way they are. In fact, I've heard many people say they're turned on by long labia :)
torsornin 27th-Mar-2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
I have the same issue :) I thought for a while they were an empty ball sack as a kid!

my complaint is underwear, they are always getting caught and pinched - and sometimes they get caught during sex - though for me it isnt painful at all. Oh and then riding my horse - sometimes they get smooshed!

My husband doesnt mind them at all, and I am not ashamed of them - I do think they are a bother though (personally)
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