October 6, 2019
The Daily Mail asked a labia specialist about vaginas, and the expert described 8 shapes that are considered normal.
A labia specialist has revealed eight totally normal ways a vagina can look – including having asymmetrical or enlarged inner lips.
Plastic surgeon Ben Khoda, from the UK, told how each month 250 people in the UK search for ‘is my vagina normal?’, and with the topic being something you wouldn’t bring up with your friends or family, many turn to the internet to give them answers.
Dangly or tightly tucked, wrinkled or smooth, thick or thin – the labia (or vaginal lips) come in all different shapes and sizes.
And like any of our beautiful body parts, the way the inner and outer labia (vagina) looks and feels is all part of our genetic makeup.
‘It’s a common misconception that vaginas should look a certain way but, this is not true at all,’ explained Ben, who works at The Hospital Group.
‘Just like the way in which the size, shape or girth of men’s private parts vary, so do women’s. The most common differences in the labia are the shape and size, however the thickness and colour of them varies too.’
These are the 8 shapes:
1. ASYMMETRICAL OR UNEVEN LIPS
2. CURVED OUTER LIPS
3. PROMINENT INNER LIPS
4. PROMINENT OUTER LIPS
5. LONG OUTER LIPS
6. SMALL OPEN LIPS
7. SMALL CLOSED LIPS
8. VISIBLE OR ENLARGED INNER LIPS
So… is YOUR vagina normal?
Let’s get some statistics on this.
If you’re a man, you can answer about your woman’s vagina.
The labia expert also revealed an uncomfortable truth.
Khoda said: ‘You’ll be happy to know that every labia is a normal labia. However, some women have enlarged or uneven vaginal lips which may cause them physical or emotional discomfort, which they may recognise as “abnormal” compared to other women.’
‘If the size or shape of your labia is interfering with your everyday life or even reducing the quality of activities you enjoy, it’s time to think about whether you’d like an expert to take a look.’
‘This may be especially true if the appearance or feel of your labia has changed in recent years and you’d like your old labia back.’
Ben said: ‘Vaginal irritation can over time change the appearance of the labia, this can come from the clothes we wear every day to the type of exercise that we take.
‘It can also come from some more obvious but none the less important factors such as childbirth and sexual intercourse which can affect the way the vagina looks over time. These are are all totally normal and natural ways for the labia to change.
The shape of a woman’s vagina says a lot about her.