The labia are basically two fat pads to protect a woman's clitoris and vagina from trauma. Labial hypertrophy is a harmless condition in which one or both sides of the labia grow to larger sizes.
- The cause of labial hypertrophy is unclear.
- Having larger than normal labia isn't dangerous, though it may cause pain or chronic infections.
- Women with labial hypertrophy have normal sexual function because the clitoris, clitoral hood and vagina are normal.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches labial hypertrophy
At Children's Center for Congenital Anomalies of the Reproductive Tract, an interdisciplinary team of pediatricians, gynecologists, urogynecologists and colorectal surgeons will work with your daughter to find the best approach to her labial hypertrophy.