Labia (also known as vaginal lips) come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, and vary greatly from woman to woman. Get to know and love your labia, which are as unique as you! Take a mirror and visit them. We've included a diagram for you to reference — just in case!
: the external parts of the female genital organs that surround the vaginal opening
la·bia | ˈlā-bē-ə
the inner and outer folds of the vulva, at either side of the vagina
plural form of labium
Your labia may be dark and round. Alternatively, they may be pink and flowery. Labia can be light, dark, pink, brown, white, or pigmented. They can be droopy, flowery, round, or square.
Some cultures adorn labia with tattoos and piercings, while other cultures lengthen them at puberty. Sadly, in other cultures, labia are removed or mutilated. Some labia have wrinkles, which, as you approach menopause, may go away as the skin becomes dry and flat.
The beautiful thing about labia, aside from the fact that they protect our vaginas, is that there is no “normal” color, shape, or size. They are just as varied as the women who have them. No matter what shape, size, or color the labia may be, vaginal lips are all made of the same kind of tissue and the skin should look healthy.
The labia majora, also known as the outer lips, are like skin elsewhere on the body. They are covered with hair and contain glands. When you spread them, you will see the labia minora, also known as the inner lips.
These inner lips are nestled just inside labia majora on either side of the vaginal opening. They have no hair but have more glands and muscles beneath the skin than the outer lips.
Both the labia majora and labia minora get nutrients from different blood supplies and their sensation from different nerves. Therefore, some parts of the vulva are more sensitive than others. To avoid or decrease vulvar itching, burning, dryness or bleeding, we recommend following these general do's and don'ts of vulvar care.