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A 40-year-old member asked:

Swollen labia after sex? his or my fault?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Neither: Common. And who lays blame in something so enjoyable? She might simply be excited, or if he's rough, she may ask him to lubricate more or be gentler. There's no risk -- keep the communication open and sex will get better and better.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No blame: I agree with previous answer. Instead of laying blame, seek and answer or solution to minimize the swelling part of which is very normal. The lania are composed of vascular tissue, which like the penis, can become normally enlarged or engorged in the course of sexual intimacy or excitement. If this is bothersome and/or mechanically interferes, consider lubricants or estrogen creams.
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Both: It might just be you got really excited.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What could cause a swollen labia during and after sex?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Lots of things: Too hard, too long, too dry, too rough, vagina too small, penis too big, not enough foreplay, infections, trauma, etc. If the problem does not resolve, you need to get examined by your doctor, don't be shy...Go! in the future, be gentle, use lube if needed (astroglide or pjur), go slow, if it hurts, stop and cuddle and try again later.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Swollen labia during plus after sex. Am I too dry?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maybe: Try a water based lubricant to supplement "mother nature" such as k-y or astroglide. If the swelling continues see an gyn for evaluation for a possible Bartholin's gland infection or cyst.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I'm concerned because I have swollen labia after sex. How can I relieve this and what should I do?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
What you do : Depends on the reason for the swelling. Possible reasons for swelling of the vagina / labia include allergic reaction/irritation due to latex condoms, lubricants, vaginal contraceptives, spermicides, semen; contact dermatitis, infection ; aggressive sex.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for labia to be swollen after sex?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not really: Sex that is too long, too hard, too dry, penis too big, vagina too small, poor foreplay, lack of lubrication and many other things can cause labial swelling. Call your doctor and have an exam. Infections can also cause swelling. Call your doc!
A 33-year-old member asked:

How long does a very swollen labia minor last after sex?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
It depends: Some people heal quickly, others take longer. The level of "trauma" to the labia minora can be minor or more severe. Sex that is too long, too rough, too dry etc can cause severe swelling. It is also possible that you have developed an infection, std or some other problem. If the swelling does not resolve, you need to be examined, call your doctor!

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