Labial Hypertrophy

Also known as: Enlargement of the labia

What is labial hypertrophy?

The labia are the outer and inner lips of the vagina (labia majora and labia minora). Labial hypertrophy is a harmless condition where the inner labia (usually) is larger than normal, however either one or both labia can be affected.

What causes labial hypertrophy? 

The cause of labial hypertrophy is not known.

What are the symptoms of labial hypertrophy? 
In some cases labial hypertrophy doesn’t cause any symptoms. Others times, it can lead to discomfort with certain clothing items, irritation, yeast infections and pain/discomfort during physical activities or intercourse.

What are labial hypertrophy care options? 

Treatment depends on symptoms and individual preferences. Loose clothing and creams may decrease irritation. Surgery to reduce the labial size is available for significant discomfort or distress.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:16:16 PM

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