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Dear Dr. Kate: Are My Labia Normal?

Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City and she answers your medical questions here once a week. To ask her your own question, click here.

Dear Dr. Kate,

My inner labia hangs down lower than my outer labia. I’ve always been self-conscious about this. You don’t see it very often in porn. How common (or freakishly uncommon) is this? And what do you think about labiaplasty to tidy them up?

— Hanging Out

Dear Hanging Out,

Actually, most women’s labia minora (inner lips) extend beyond the outer lips. It’s also common to have one labia that’s longer than the other — like our boobs and feet, we don’t always have the same sizes of our matched sets. So why don’t we see this reflected in porn? For the same reasons that most women have stretch marks and cellulite but you’ll never see them on a model: ads and porn are simply not meant to reflect reality. So please don’t have a doctor take a knife to your lady parts in pursuit of some ideal. Labiaplasty puts you at risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, and chronic pain…not the things you want to associate with your genitals. And there’s no need to take that risk when there’s nothing wrong with you.

— Dr. Kate
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Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City. She also lectures nationally on women’s health issues and conducts research on reproductive health. 

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SS
SS
6 years 7 months ago

No way! Sorry, guess Johnny will have to keep his day job…

Madamoiselle L
Madamoiselle L
6 years 7 months ago

SS said: “Well, you could start a new career, as the inventor of the “push-up brief.” ”

SS, they have them. Tighty Whities with a “secret” built in pad in the package area. Similar to a push up bra, I guess, like you said.

I don’t know if it goes in front of or behind the package, though. Maybe there is both, like the bras that go UNDER the boob and the ones which push in from the SIDES.

Dave W
Dave W
6 years 7 months ago
I’ve always felt that the contention about women in porn having small inner labia and breast implants was exaggerated. Sure, MORE women in porn are like this than in the general population, but it might have to do with what kind of porn you watch. I’ve never really watched a Vivid Entertainment movie, but I think companies like that employ more women with said attributes. They’re like Playboy, I guess, and tend to be the company brought up in the mainstream media whenever porn is mentioned. The videos I watch, however, tend to have women with natural boobs, and protruding… Read more »
SS
SS
6 years 7 months ago
@Johnny, you always make me laugh! Okay, I’m thinking the testeojazzling, or “gonazzling,” as wise-guy Chris was encouraged to get, might just draw attention, which it sounds like isn’t what you’re going for. As for the other, I think there are enough bad Hollywood boob jobs to make you think twice about that route….so, what’s a boy to do? Well, you could start a new career, as the inventor of the “push-up brief.” Women have been doing this for years, Victoria’s Secret’s biggest money maker is the push-up bra, so this could be the next big thing… Seriously, though, that… Read more »
Johnny
Johnny
6 years 7 months ago
^ But to stay on-topic, all vaginas look different. The labes minora and majora (thanks for teaching me those terms, Em and Lo!) vary in protrusion from woman to woman. I’ve seen small labes and big ones (and a huge clit or two) and always just sort of appreciated the uniqueness of each woman’s vagina. Never seen one that turned me off. I’ve also felt bad for girlfriends I had who were self-conscious about their dark, protruding labes. I loved them in bed and thought it was a shame that they’d beat themselves up over something that didn’t matter at… Read more »
Johnny
Johnny
6 years 7 months ago
Figleaf wrote: “if men going to worry about the way something looks down there it’ll be about penis size instead.” Most guys, yeah. I may be the only guy in the world who’s worried about the size of his balls. I feel like they’re small compared to my penis. I also feel like balls have more to do with jeans-bulge than penis does. I wish my balls were bigger. Literally, I mean. I’m satisfied with my figurative balls. Girls have laughed out loud when I’ve confessed my small-ball shame. They said it was the most ridiculous insecurity they’ve ever heard.… Read more »
Tusita
Tusita
6 years 7 months ago

I’m a guy & I love to kiss & suck Outer labia & Inner Labia with so much enthusiasm & I don’t ever care about the size or the shape of it, as long as it’s clean & doesn’t stink!! F.Y.I. there’re a lot of guys there, who love to suck stinkies too!!!

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