I was waxing today and experienced a tear in the crease between the labia majora and minora. It didn’t hurt immediately but I noticed quite a bit of blood. The wax didn’t pull the skin off, it was just the direction and force that split the skin. Now it burns like hell, especially when I pee. Any advice?
If the bleeding has not stopped, you should go to the ER. If it has stopped, you should consider seeing a doctor. You may also wish to use an antibiotic cream to avoid infection, and calendula cream (which is available from most health stores) can also help. Also, make sure that you keep the area clean at all times.
Most tears in that area heal relatively quickly, so as long as you avoid infection and keep the area clean, you should see an improvement and be feeling better within the next few days.
I have recently noticed that my labia minora is really enlarged and I am going on holiday in a month and I am really self concious of the way it looks in a bikini. There is a very large bulge which is definitely noticeable. I don’t want this insecurity to stop me from having fun as I used to be very confident with my body. I am unsure of what to do as I am only 18 and don’t want to get surgery.
First off, you are perfectly normal. Plenty of other girls are in the same situation. Here are some tips which might help to make you less self conscious about wearing a bikini with enlarged labia:
- Put a pad inside your bikini bottom to add a little more thickness to your suit
- Wear boyshort bottoms
- Get a liner that smooths out everything down there – they are available from this company (and quite a few others online – just do a Google search)
- Wear a retro swimsuit which has a little skirt
- Wear a colorful / patterned bikini which makes the contours less obvious
The most important thing is to have fun on your holiday, and make sure you don’t let your insecurities get in the way of that – it’s just not worth it!
I’m a nurse and in my line of work, I have seen a lot of labia and vaginas. No two have ever been the same. There is no gold standard for a beautiful vagina. And I personally don’t think that there is such a thing as a good-looking vagina and/or labia. They’re all pretty strange looking. For most men, a vagina is a thing of beauty regardless of its shape or size because it is a source of pleasure for them.
Thank you so much for sharing your insights. It is always great to get the perspective of a professional who encounters labia and vaginas on a regular basis – it really puts things into context as most women measure themselves against unrealistic standards which are not representative of the average woman.
Hopefully your insights will help the thousands of women out there who experience insecurities because they think that they fall short of the gold standard for a beautiful vagina.