No part of a woman's body is exempt from unrealistically high standards - and that includes the vagina. Thanks to porn films showing generally hairless women with 'perfect' rosebud labia, both men and women alike have adopted an expectation that this is what every vagina should look like. But in the same way our faces look different, so do our genitals - and it's completely natural to do so. The rise in labiaplasty surgery - an operation to reshape or shorten the lips of the vulva - is worrying confirmation that, for young people especially, the aesthetic of their vagina is a source of low self-esteem.
What do normal labia look like? Sometimes doctors are the wrong people to ask
Objective: The purpose of this study was to characterize male preferences of vulvar appearance, their awareness of labiaplasty, and their knowledge of genital anatomy. Study design: Men years old were recruited via emails sent by an Internet provider to participate in a question web-based survey. The questionnaire included images and queried demographics, men's familiarity with vulvar anatomy, preferences regarding labial appearance, and awareness of labiaplasty. Demographic data were described using frequencies for categoric variables and mean measures of central tendency for continuous variables. Logistic regression models were used to analyze associations between demographics and responses. Results: Two thousand four hundred three men responded to the survey. After excluding incomplete and ineligible surveys, surveys were analyzed.
Vaginas — or more accurately, vulvas, and all their components — come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. They even have different smells. And unless your normal involves pain or discomfort , everything is likely fine.
Girls are born with two sets of labia. During puberty, hair grows on the labia majora. Labia minora are usually pink and they do not grow hair.