The labia are basically two fat pads to protect a woman's clitoris and vagina from trauma. Labial hypoplasia is a harmless condition in which one or both sides of the labia don't form normally during puberty. One side may be normal while the other side grows smaller or is absent.
- The cause of labial hypoplasia is unclear.
- Missing one or both sides of the labia or having labia of different sizes has no long-term medical complications.
- Women with labial hypoplasia have normal sexual function because the clitoris, clitoral hood and vagina are normal.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches labial hypoplasia
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 hypoplasia.