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Is my vagina normal?
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An_195790 posted:
My vagina lips are unequal in size and have a bluish black color. is that normal? i am very concerned!!
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Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear Anon: Generally speaking size variations in labia (vaginal lips) are as common as size variations in breasts. It is not uncommon for there to be a difference in size between the two sides of the same woman. In terms of labial size there is an outstanding survey of "normal" size that was done in 2005 (Lloyd, BJOG). Fifty pre-menopausal women were digitally photographed and measured while under anesthesia (don't worry they did sign a consent to do this). The average width of the labia majora (large vaginal lips) was about 7/8 of an inch (21.8 mm). But the range was in size was ¼ inch to 2 inches (7-50 mm). Average clitoral length was ¾ of an inch, but a range of 3/8 of an inch to 1 ¼ inch. Then these researchers attempted to correlate genital measurements with age, ethnic background, past sexual activity, or having had a full term birth. There was no statistically significant association between a woman's health history and her genital measurements.

The genitals are an area of high blood flow (think about how quickly the labia engorge during sexual excitement). Thus there are many blood vessels which can appear darker in color. There can also be more pigment in the skin.

Your best bet would be to have a GYN do a brief visual exam. They could likely reassure you, or if there was some unusual reason for concern, they could examine surrounding structures.

Yours,
Jane


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