Sex education, while important, often excludes talk of the female body. More specifically, the shape, size, and elasticity of a woman’s vagina. Unfortunately, this leads many women to be confused about what’s normal. Women have also long been discouraged from talking about their genitalia. This gives room for rumors to dominate in place of facts.
Even worse, women are told that an active sex life will cause their vagina to stretch and become repulsively loose. The labia, in particular, is presumed to take the brunt of it. However, this notion is incorrect. Having sex doesn’t cause an elongated labia, and it also doesn’t mean that your vaginal canal becomes wider or looser with more use. While no permanent changes take place, you may notice some adjustments during or after sex.
During intercourse, there’s increased blood flow to the genitals. In some cases, this may cause the labia to become engorged. It doesn’t create an elongated labia. When the genitals become lubricated and pelvic muscles relax, it may give the illusion that your vaginal canal is widening, but it’s the body’s natural response to being aroused that sparks this change. When you’re no longer aroused, your body will return to its pre-intercourse state, and you won’t experience an elongated labia. Bear in mind that there are some conditions that could make your labia look different after sex. Also, some women may have weak or damaged pelvic floor muscles due to childbirth that may result in permanent laxity.
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Thrush, allergies, and STIs can prompt changes to the vagina, but it won’t give rise to an elongated labia but can contribute to discoloration. Some symptoms you might experience include swelling, itching, discomfort, and reddening. Moreover, if your Bartholin ducts are blocked, you may get cysts, which can make the labia swollen. Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t mean that you have an elongated labia.
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Regardless of what your labia looks like, the key is your comfort and how you want your body to look like, dressed or naked. Every woman has unique genitalia, making it impossible to determine what an “average” labia looks like. If you’re dissatisfied with the way that your labia looks or want to reduce vulvar pain or discomfort, labiaplasty is a viable option. Dr. Tahery performs labiaplasty procedures designed to make you more confident and comfortable in your skin. To discuss your options, book an appointment at either our Glendale or Los Angeles office.