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It’s a sad fact for many women that their labia cause problems. Labia majora and labia minora make women feel uncomfortable and self-conscious about the size and appearance of their labia. Childbirth, hormones, or the natural aging process are all factors that contribute to the labia’s appearance. Aside from aesthetics, swollen labia may also reduce internal sensations during intercourse, making wonderful intimacy far less pleasing; even painful.

Swollen labia that has a distinct odour, drains or is constantly itchy could be the signs of early yeast infection. These signs could also potentially be an obstructed bartholin cyst, vaginosis, or a hernia. There is no way of knowing if it’s any of these, or none of them without talking to your doctor or qualified gynecologist for examination and possible treatment. Regardless, if you have a few minutes, I’d like to share with you several methods for reducing labia majora and labia minora.

1. Medical Examination

As mentioned before, there are any number of factors behind the cause of an inflamed vagina/labia overgrowth. These causes include (but are not limited to)

  • Hormonal changes
  • Improper tampon use
  • Constricting clothes
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Bacterial infection

The only way to fully understand the cause is to visit your family doctor, who will examine you. Once the cause is known, you may likely be referred to a licensed gynaecologist for further examination and treatment. It is useless trying to “fix” any problem if you don’t know what the problem is.

2. Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is a cosmetic vaginal surgery; excess labial tissue is removed to create a more aesthetically-comfortable shape and size of labia. This removal makes it easier for you to enjoy your daily life while walking, running or indulging in intimacy. As it is a surgical procedure, you will be “put under” by the plastic surgeon with anaesthesia or oral sedation.

Even though this method has proven successful in many cases, there are potential downsides you need to be aware of – as with any surgical procedure.

  • Bleeding
  • Recovery time may be 3 days up to a month
  • Vaginal sensitivity may be reduced
  • Visible labial scarring
  • Possible infection if not treated properly during post-surgery recovery

3. Food

Yogurt is loaded with probiotics. These probiotics specifically kill harmful bacteria while “replacing” them with good bacteria. If you notice an inflamed vagina or swollen labia, consuming two cups of non-fat yogurt per day will dramatically reduce those painful (and admittedly embarrassing) symptoms. Feel free to enjoy those daily cups of yogurts for as long as possible – there is no determinable date yogurt should be consumed, as the length of time depends on your personal state of discomfort. When the inflammation/swollenness/redness decreases, you’ll know the yogurt is doing its job.

Another swollen-reducing food is garlic. Garlic has been touted as a superfood for years and has been used as a medicine by countless cultures for centuries. Since garlic is an anti-inflammatory, it’s a natural remedy for reducing any swollen areas of our bodies – including the genitals in both men and women.  Simply gather 3-4 raw cloves up, chew them and swallow.


Labia majora/minora is completely treatable, as you’ve just seen. It is important to notice physical body changes as they occur, preventing problems from developing into larger problems that will drastically affect your life down the road. Any symptoms may be nothing more than simple labia growth. They could also be the sign of an infectious disease. Please consult with your doctor if you notice any changes to your labia.


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