Although vulvas come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, some women are self-conscious about how theirs may appear. This is especially true if they have an ‘innie’ or ‘outie’ vagina. While not recognised as medical terms, they refer to the vulva being either larger or smaller than normal.
So, what’s the difference between an innie and outie vagina and what can you do if you are unhappy about yours?
What is an innie and outie vagina?
An innie vagina refers to a smaller vulva. They can vary significantly in size, shape and colour. The length of the labia can also vary. Outie vaginas are the opposite of innie vaginas, resulting in a larger vulva. However, like innie vaginas, they too can vary greatly in colour, size, and shape.
No two vaginas ever look the same, and the labia can also vary in length and width. So, they basically refer to the vulva being too small, or too large.
Can an innie or outie vagina have any side effects?
Mostly, having an innie or outie vagina doesn’t cause side effects. They are purely cosmetic. However, if there is an extreme difference in size, it may cause some issues such as:
- Issues with sexual intercourse
- Difficulty keeping the area clean
- Pain during sports and activities
These side effects are uncommon, but they can occur. The most common effect they have on health is they can lead to issues with confidence. For this reason, many patients seek to undergo a labiaplasty.
What is a labiaplasty?
Although the appearance of each vagina is different, if you are unhappy then a labiaplasty could help. It is mostly used to reduce the size of the labia, although the surgeon will go through your options.
It is a common procedure with few risks and complications. There are different methods which can be used and the procedure itself typically takes around 1-2 hours depending upon the work that needs to be done.
A labiaplasty can be a useful procedure for those who experience issues with their confidence, or who suffer pain and discomfort. Book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley today to see whether this might be a good option for you.