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What causes the labia to swell?

What causes the labia to swell?

Anything...: Anything from an allergy to a lubricant or condom component to simple friction. If this is a significant and/or persistent problem, you'll need to see your gynecologist. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Intercourse discomfort causes labia minora to swell. Why?

Arousal: With sexual arousal, you get engorgement of the labia, clitoris, vagina, and uterus. The increased blood flow helps supply the needed nutrients for the sperm as they swim to their goal.

This swelling may cause your labia to be more painful.

Try different positions to see if you can be more comfortable. ...Read more

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I have a little ball on my Labia Minora and it doesn't irritate me at all, but after intercourse it swells and causes a lot of discomfort?

I have a little ball on my Labia Minora and it doesn't irritate me at all, but after intercourse it swells and causes a lot of discomfort?

Bartholin cyst: Some women have accumulation of fluid in ducts that normally secrete fluids that aid during intercourse. It can swell and some times get infected. I would recommend you see your GYN for further evaluation.
In the interval time, pelvic hygiene is crucial and daily showering is recommended. ...Read more

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What could cause vein to swell on labia minora? It is dark blue/purple, I am being treated for uti. I am not pregnant. Area is slightly swollen.

What could cause vein to swell on labia minora? It is dark blue/purple, I am being treated for uti. I am not pregnant. Area is slightly swollen.

Here are some...: What you saw is what you have lived; so, the dilated vein on labia minora could be just what you are born with but manifested at this time of life and not related with UTI and over time, it may worsen. To help know what may happen to life, perusing the listed articles in http://formefirst.com/eBlogList.html and in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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I'm about 6 weeks pregnant, and after sexual intercourse, my vagina labia swelled. What's the cause of the swelling? Do I need to be worried?

I'm about 6 weeks pregnant, and after sexual intercourse, my vagina labia swelled. What's the cause of the swelling? Do I need to be worried?

It is likely: Just irritation from the direct friction of intercourse. There is no need to worry unless you develop severe abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it normal for your labia to swell after getting eaten out?

Is it normal for your labia to swell after getting eaten out?

Not significantly: There can be some mild swelling during and for a short time after intercourse due to engorgement from sexual arousal, but you shouldn't stay swollen for any period. ...Read more

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What can cause the skin around the labia to itch?

What can cause the skin around the labia to itch?

Lots of things: Some common, some rare. An exam will probably lead to a directed therapy. Meanwhile, the OTC Hydrocortisone is likely to help. ...Read more

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What causes the labia to lose shape and turn purple/black?

See physician immedi: See physician immediately to assure no vascular problem. ...Read more

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I am feeling pains in my labia minora what is the cause because?

I am feeling pains in my labia minora what is the cause because?

Huge gamut of possib: A lot of different possibilities for this — ranging from irritated vulva or vulvar cellulitis (infection), trauma, musculoskeletal pain, etc. Has to be examined in person to start narrowing down that list of possible things ...Read more

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What cause the labia skin to be darker than the body skin colour?

What cause the labia skin to be darker than the body skin colour?

Pigmentation: Increased pigmentation in the labia is normal in the same way that your lips are more pigmented than your surrounding face. ...Read more

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What causes a labium to "overgrow"? Mine personally was never large as a younger child (obviously) but grew very large and long during puberty.

What causes a labium to "overgrow"? Mine personally was never large as a younger child (obviously) but grew very large and long during puberty.

Tissue receptors: The overgrowth of the labia minora is a selective growth response to your hormones of puberty. When they protrude to a significant length(elephant ears), or one side exceeds the other in length, surgical reduction can be preformed by someone with experience in the procedure. If this is producing pain or dictating your clothing choices, set up a visit. ...Read more

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If a person hv opened the labia 2 check hymen a couple of times just look at it nd didn't touch it at all, would tht hv caused it to tear, break, stretch

If a person hv opened the labia 2 check hymen a couple of times just look at it nd didn't touch it at all, would tht hv caused it to tear, break, stretch

Not with usual exam: First, during each annual check-up, the pediatrician may pull on the labia majora briefly to look at the vagina to make sure a girl is developing normally. That stretching does not cause any tears. Things don't break that easily. Secondly, it makes no difference if it tears a bit, because in a normal healthy woman, the detailed features of her hymen are irrelevant (appearance does not matter). ...Read more

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Can trauma to the labia cause swelling?

Can trauma to the labia cause swelling?

Yes, absolutely: Any tissue that is hit or traumatized can swell. Tissues which are more tender and which have a large blood supply like the labia can swell very quickly -- not unlike your lip. ...Read more

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Can recurrent UTIs cause edema of the Labia?

Can recurrent UTIs cause edema of the Labia?

Labial swelling: Swelling of the labia is most often caused by sexual activity if it is on both sides, or a vaginal infection, not a "UTI". A prolonged vaginal infection with bacteria or yeast can cause labial swelling. See your healthcare provider for an exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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What could cause a cyst under skin on labia minor?

What could cause a cyst under skin on labia minor?

Occluded gland: Most commonly this is due to an occluded gland but may be a traumatic inclusion cyst from sex, birth trauma or surgery. It may also be a small cyst or tumor that may require diagnostic biopsy or therapeutic incision and drainage or excision. Discuss with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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What can cause small hard white bumps on my labia?

What can cause small hard white bumps on my labia?

See doctor: Bumps on labia could be many things from genital warts, to molluscum, to herpes, to ingrown hair follicles. Need exam to evaluate. ...Read more

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How can I soothe pain caused by lacerations on labia?

How can I soothe pain caused by lacerations on labia?

Clean and moist: Keepimg the wound clean at least twice a day and after urination/defecation with a mild soap such as cetaphil and application of a thin layer of petrolatum based ointment with avoidance of tension or traction are likely to accomplish the fastes healing. The petrolatum will protect it from the air (like chapped lips) and also diminish pain. Products such as dermaplast are commonly recommended as well. ...Read more

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Why is my labia minora swelled up and itchy? I need some advice.

Labia minora: Swelling on one or both sides of the labia minora can arise from sexual activity with poor lubrication, or from infection, bacterial or viral . See your gyn provider for an exam. ...Read more

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How can I treat the swell of my labia after using latex condoms?

How can I treat the swell of my labia after using latex condoms?

Stop using latex...: Latex allergy is very common. Avoidance is the only sure way to avoid the symptoms associated with latex allergy. ...Read more

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I'm having OHSS. My labia is extremely swollen. What causes it and will it go back to normal?

OHSS: You get significant fluid retention throughout your body with OHSS. This is why your labia are swollen — most likely. As the fluid retention (edema) is corrected and resolves the labia will return to normal. ...Read more

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Each time after sex my labia minora swells I was wondering what could be causing this & what should I do for it to stop?

Each time after sex my labia minora swells I was wondering what could be causing this & what should I do for it to stop?

Swelling: If you use latex condoms that would be high on the list, not enough lubrication, too much friction, possible infection or inflammation could also cause this. If it continues you may need an exam with a doctor to sort it out, best wishes. ...Read more

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What are causes of a swollen labium minora?

What are causes of a swollen labium 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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What cause a cut in the labia of the vagina.

What cause a cut in the labia of the vagina.

Options: An open sore on the labia may be anything from irritation from a yeast infection to herpes. It may be dryness. Sometimes a new, larger partner will cause the tissue to tear. She should see a gyn. ...Read more

Vulva (Definition)

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