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Ok so i've been told by my mom that I was born with extra skin on my vagina. Ok so this is the story of how I found out.

I am a 14 year old girl whos had her period for 2 years. I decided that its time for me to start using tampons so I asked my mom to teach me how to insert one.
As I was pushing it in, it wouldn't go. Plus it hurt really bad. I told this to my mom and she told me about the extra skin.

I am so scared to get the extra skin layer removed. I am very affraid of the pain of getting it removed. But I have a simple question to ask.
If I don't get it removed, will it effect me if I decide to become sexually active with other women?

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Are you talking about an imperforate hymen? That's really the only "extra skin" that sounds like what you're describing.

If you're having periods, then you aren't too badly off. This means you could have a microperforate hymen, where there is a hole large enough for menstrual flow to get through, or a septate hymen where there is an extra band of tissue blocking your vaginal opening. Both can make it difficult to put in a tampon or have sex.

Any surgery you might need is very minor surgery, and isn't going to cause you any major pain.

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Just to make sure we're clear, if you do, in fact, have a hymen still mostly intact, or a resilient hymen, but menses can get through just fine, the only kind of sex where that is likely to be an issue is with any sort of vaginal insertion (and even then, given how young you are, it may be a nonissue because it likely will still erode more through puberty for you). Plenty of women have sex with women which involves vaginal insertion, some prefer not to, but either way, not being able to have vaginal insertion if it's not something you're interested in isn't a big.

FYI, if this is about a hymen, it's something pretty much all women are born with. It's nothing unusual.

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What if you have extra skin on your vagina that hangs out of it? Will this affect my sex life? Can or should I get it removed? Should I worry about it being a tumor of some sort?
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