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What Causes Dark Discolouration Of The Labia Minora?

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Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016
Question: Do my labia and the surrounding areas look normal? Never had sex. I don't have any itching, burning, or unusual discharge. I just recently looked at my vulva area and noticed that the outer edges of my labia minora are dark and bumpy. I'm wondering if I have some kind of infection or if it's normal for it to look like that. Attached some images (I can't take any higher quality).
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Answered by Dr. Jacqueline Brown (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Your labia are completely normal in appearance

Detailed Answer:
Hello, and I hope I can help you today.

The appearance of a woman's vulva (the outer part of the female genitals) which includes the labia majora and minora, the vestibule- or vaginal opening, and the clitoris and clitoral hood is as varied as the human face. The size, color and shape of the labia vary greatly. Darker skinned women tend to have more pigmentation of their labia.

Some women have labia minora with a smooth edge and in some the small
glands that are present under the surface of the skin can be visible, causing a bumpier appearance. This is not a disease but a variation of normal. You appear to have similar bumps on the upper part of your labia majora as well. These are just glands that lubricate your pubic hair and are also normal.

So in summary, your genitals are completely normal. There are many variations of what the genitals look like, it as long as you have no itching, burning, redness or abnormal discharge, there is no reason to suspect anything is wrong.

I hope I was able to adequately answer your question today and that this information was reassuring. If you have any other questions or need any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Dr. Brown
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What Causes Dark Discolouration Of The Labia Minora?

Brief Answer: Your labia are completely normal in appearance Detailed Answer: Hello, and I hope I can help you today. The appearance of a woman's vulva (the outer part of the female genitals) which includes the labia majora and minora, the vestibule- or vaginal opening, and the clitoris and clitoral hood is as varied as the human face. The size, color and shape of the labia vary greatly. Darker skinned women tend to have more pigmentation of their labia. Some women have labia minora with a smooth edge and in some the small glands that are present under the surface of the skin can be visible, causing a bumpier appearance. This is not a disease but a variation of normal. You appear to have similar bumps on the upper part of your labia majora as well. These are just glands that lubricate your pubic hair and are also normal. So in summary, your genitals are completely normal. There are many variations of what the genitals look like, it as long as you have no itching, burning, redness or abnormal discharge, there is no reason to suspect anything is wrong. I hope I was able to adequately answer your question today and that this information was reassuring. If you have any other questions or need any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me. Best wishes, Dr. Brown