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thestripes
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I have very large labia minora - they protrude about twice as far out as my labia majora. I know they come in every shape and size, but that does seem a bit excesive to me, to be honest - and they kind of... cling together. So that you have to physically pull them apart to access the vagina.

I'm just wondering if that's normal; I was under the impression that their normal state was supposed to be open. Help me, I'm a clueless virgin!


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KittenGoddess
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You sound 100% normal!

Large labia are totally normal (most of the tiny ones you seen in porn have been photo/video altered anyway). As far as them sticking together, think about what's going on down there. Your labia are just bits of skin, there is no bone or cartilage to make them stand up or out. And they're down there between your legs, which are often together. So your legs are together a good portion of the time (which presses your labia together) and they may sorta "stick" together with your own natural discharge. Incidentially, closed is good...part of the function of your labia is to protect your vagina from injury and infection. So by staying closed, they help to keep the bad stuff out.

So it's not like prying open the mouth of a tiger.

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Heather
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It might be helpful to consider the lips on your mouth when thinking of the labia.

Unless your mouth is opened, your lips often aren't. same goes with the inner labia per the thighs being open, save for women with very small inner labia.

And when you're aroused and lubricated, they slide apart very easily.

Remember too, in terms of sex, labia aren't just a gateway covering your vagina, nor is everything about getting to the vagina. The inner labia have a bunch of happy nerve endings in them, they're connected to the clitoral hood and engaging them in sex play -- engaging the WHOLE vulva, not just the vagina -- rather than just moving them aside, tends to be a ticket for pleasure.

Per what you've described, yes, you have long labia (me too! And I enjoy mine). But there's nothing wrong with that, and it is a normal variation. I'm willing to bet they're not even what one would consider "very" large. If you're not sure if something's wrong, you can always ask your gynecologist about it, but chances are, they're going to tell you you're A-OK.

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thestripes
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Hi, this is the original poster.

Thanks for your replies... but to the person who said, "Unless your mouth is opened, your lips often aren't. same goes with the inner labia per the thighs being open" - they cling together regardless of how open my legs are. It's not that they stick together with discharge... it's more like when it's hot and your legs sort of get clammy and stick to each other, if you know what I mean!

It just concerns me that they ought to be open when my thighs are apart but they just hang on to each other stubbornly! I wonder if maybe it's a hygiene issue - I usually just wash down there with water because I'm afraid of irritating things with soap. But maybe soap would condition the skin a bit more and stop the sticking issue. *shrug*


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KittenGoddess
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Even if they don't open everytime you open your thighs, that's alright. Again, a part of the job of your labia is to protect things. So they're not really supposed to pop open all the time. They are supposed to be closed. And yes, even when your thighs are open, sometimes they will remain together. But again that's okay, I promise.

It certainly doesn't sound like any sort of hygiene issue to me. You're right, scrubbing things or using lots of soap down there is not a good idea.

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Heather
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The labia are not "supposed" to be open.

In case that wasn't clear.

Part of their "job" is to keep bacteria from the vestibule, so those that DO just sit open, or aren't large enough to do that, can actually cause troubles for some women.


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sweet monkey
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mine are the exact same way except one side is longer then the other ..AND the both hang down.. i dont like mine persoan.lly very much but..not alot you can do about it..ive never been to the gyno.which i know is bad but theres nothing wrong with them.. and like they said..it keeps all the bad stuff out..
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