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Labial Hypertrophy

  • Overview

    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.

    Boston Children's Hospital
    300 Longwood Ave.
    Boston MA 02115
     fax: 617-730-0186

  • In-Depth

    What are the symptoms of labial hypertrophy?

    A larger than normal size of one or both sides of the labia

    How will labial hypertrophy affect my daughter's life?

    Labial hypertrophy should not affect her sexual life, but she may be displeased with a "bulge" in her bathing suit or underwear. She may experience discomfort or irritation during activities such as horseback riding.

  • Tests

    How is labial hypertrophy diagnosed?

    A physician can confirm that your daughter's labia are enlarged on one side or both sides.

  • Girls with labial hypertrophy who have no symptoms don't require surgical intervention. If a young woman is experiencing discomfort or increased infections, she can have a procedure to reduce the size of the labia.

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