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Swollen Labia (Definition)

Labia are part of external female genital anatomy (vulva) & consist of labia majora (hair bearing, fulller, outer) serving from the embryonic genital swellings/folds whereas labia minora from from urethral folds. Swelling of either may be due to congenital deformities or acquired tumors of the tissues (skin, fat, vessels) or a hernia, or allergic reaction or trauma or infection ...Read more


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What could cause a swollen labia minora?

What could cause a swollen labia minora?

Lots of things: If the sex is too rough, too long, too dry etc, the labia minora can become inflamed. It is not normal, but it is not uncommon. Using extra lubricant such as astroglide or pjur can help. Allergy to condoms can also cause the problem. It the problem persists, it is time to have your doctor examine you. ...Read more

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What are causes of a swollen labia minora?

What are causes of a swollen labia minora?

It depends: 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! ...Read more

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Swollen labia minora and majora. Why so much thicker than the normal size?

Swollen labia minora and majora. Why so much thicker than the normal size?

Seek evaluation: Bilateral enlargement of labia minor and major is highly unusual and suggests an allergic reaction or lymphatic venous obstruction. See your gynecologist for this. ...Read more

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I woke up with a swollen labia minora and it hurts. Five times the size it should be. Whats wrong with it? No new soaps no sex in a week.

I woke up with a swollen labia minora  and it hurts. Five times the size it should be. Whats wrong with it? No new soaps no sex in a week.

Be seen: It sounds like an infected bartholin's gland. Antibiotics, or possibly surgery, are needed. If the antibiotics do not work, then surgical incision is needed. ...Read more

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I am having swollen labia minora. This happens often but this time its lil large swelling. Causing pain in walking too. Help please :'(?

I am having swollen labia minora. This happens often but this time its lil large swelling. Causing pain in walking too. Help please :'(?

Swollen Labia Minora: Swollen labia can be arise from congenital causes, vascular, lymphatic, tumor, infection, trauma from intercourse, cyst enlargement, varicocoele, hidradenitis, fasciitis, and many other causes. It is best to see your gynecologist for an exam. ...Read more

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What could cause yellow discharge that smells with itching, burning, and red & swollen labia minora?

What could cause yellow discharge that smells with itching, burning, and red & swollen labia minora?

Infection: Such as yeast or herpes or bacterial or allergic rx, see your gyn for an evaluation so the proper cultures can be done. ...Read more

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Swollen labia minora and clitoris region. Was itching; soothed with ointment. Semi-tender but not enough to qualify as pain. Period started today.

Swollen labia minora and clitoris region. Was itching; soothed with ointment. Semi-tender but not enough to qualify as pain. Period started today.

Ointment?: I suggest that you see a GYN and avoid any ointment to the area, unless prescribed by your doctor. Is it possible that this irritation is related to sexual activity. ...Read more

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I have HPV and was just told by my that I have an ulcer on my cervix and had a swollen labia minora which is fine now. They think its HSV no sex?

I have HPV and was just told by my that I have an ulcer on my cervix and had a swollen labia minora which is fine now. They think its HSV no sex?

HPV and HSV: You should start having protected sex and make certain that you have been adequately tested for all other stds, particularly syphilis, hiv, gonorrhea, chlamydia. You also need to follow up on the status of the cervical changes and strongly consider receiving the hpv vaccine. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can long term chlamydia cause ulcers on cervix and swollen labia minora?

Can long term chlamydia cause ulcers on cervix and swollen labia minora?

Possibly: Usually chlamydia causes a friable cervix and discharge, and ultimately if left untreated can go up to tubes causing infertility. ...Read more

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I have sores, swollen, itchy labia minora?

I have sores, swollen, itchy labia minora?

Allergy/trauma?: Determining the cause is an important clue to treatment. In addition, a true allergy to topical creams, lotions, lubricants or even latex may cause itching. Inadequate lubrication with excessive trauma may also cause shear injury with itching. Please also consider the possibility of stds. Discuss with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Swollen bumpy labia minora on one side only. Why?

Swollen bumpy labia minora on one side only. Why?

Labia wrinkled/swoll: I will advice to consult your gynecologist, it seems there may be nothing seriously wrong but it need to be examined to find out if it is abnormal and needs any treatment. ...Read more

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Reoccuring swollen&discomfort upper labia minora. No discharge or odor. Itches a little a couple days before the swelling.

Reoccuring swollen&discomfort upper labia minora. No discharge or odor. Itches a little a couple days before the swelling.

Probably: an allergic reaction to something which contacted to your genital area. It could be toilet paper, paper towel , detergents used to wash your clothes, shampoo, soap or feminine hygiene products. ...Read more

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Labia minora swollen after rough sex and its red but it has been 6 hours and is till very swollen. Is there anything to be done for it?

Labia minora swollen after rough sex and its red but it has been 6 hours and is till very swollen. Is there anything to be done for it?

It will heal itself: Any trauma/injury to skin takes 3-5 days to heal. You can use some warm water compresses to soothe the pain and swelling. Take a couple of tylenols (acetaminophen) if you need pain relief. ...Read more

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Swelling from labia minora has gone down and I'm fine but out of curiosity why are the glands on my labia minora swollen?

Swelling from labia minora has gone down and I'm fine but out of curiosity why are the glands on my labia minora swollen?

This could be due to: causes such as trauma, infection, irritation. If recurs see gynecologist for answers when swelling present ...Read more

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Right side of my labia minora swollen (tennis ball size for 9 days), red and tender to the touch.No itching or vaginal discharge.Taking iboprofeno 600?

Right side of my labia minora swollen (tennis ball size for 9 days), red and tender to the touch.No itching or vaginal discharge.Taking iboprofeno 600?

Sounds like: It sounds like you have an abscess, or possibly an infected (or abscessed) bartholin;s gland, depending on where the mass is. Definitely sounds like an infection. You can try applying warm compresses to the area several times a day, which encourages the abscess to drain on it's own, but if it doesn't drain, or resolve on it's own, then you need to see a doctor about antibiotics or drainage. ...Read more

Vulva (Definition)

The external female genitalia including the mons pubis, labia majora and minor, clitoris, vestibule, ...Read more