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jbraid.
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I know that everybody's vagina (aka my "V") isn't the same. But I was wondering, does the inside of my vagina (like the inner sides of the labia majora and minora) have to be completely smooth? Because the skin looks and feels a little wrinkly...is that normal? And there's like little bumps on my skin? I'm confused and I don't want to go to the doctor again :/
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Heather
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That skin is almost never completely smooth. What's much more typical and common is for genital tissue to look a little like "chicken skin," if you know what we mean.

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jbraid.
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Thank goodness! I was getting sort of worried. And nothing feels wrong down there, no itch or burn. It just looks wrinkly and bumpy and feels like it too. So I'm glad that's common.
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Heather
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One thing a lot of people don't talk to young people about, especially young women, are genital changes with puberty and that they're more than about changes in pubic hair or size. Puberty -- and age, as we go all through life -- also tends to change genital texture.

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jbraid.
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I'm 18, so it's not like I'm done developing in that area, right?
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Heather
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Maybe, maybe not. Puberty tends to be a much longer process that people think it is. Most people still aren't finished with some aspects of puberty well into their 20's.

Genital appearance, however, is an area where you may not see a lot more change in this phase of life, especially if it's been several years since you had your period. How old someone is alone doesn't tell us much about their puberty process, because that's more about what stage of puberty an individual is at: because age varies so much per when people start, and because that process isn't the same for everyone, you being 18 only gives us a sliver of information.

But for many people with vulvas in their late teens, more of what's likely going on with your development now are things like cervical cell development that are internal more than external.

But again, puberty isn't the only time our bodies or genitals change. Any ideas folks have that after puberty, genitals or other body parts will always look and act the same isn't correct: they'll always be changing, just not usually as dramatically as they do in puberty.

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spreadthelove
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It's really common to have concerns about the look of your vulva--it's not like we get much chance to compare! You should check out Nick Karras' book, Petals (www.petalsthejourney.com). He put together a photobook of women's vulvas. It definitely helped my own concerns by being able to look at the diversity.

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lucidkitty
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A guy taking photos of girls vagina's, who would ever have thought! =P. That book looks awesome btw, i shall have to purchase it.
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