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Apr 22 / Mr. Science

Is an asymmetrical labia normal?

The question of whether or not it is “normal” to have an asymmetrical labia (the folds of skin around the vagina) is a popular one over at Yahoo Answers and The basic answer is: Yes, it is very common for women to have an asymmetrical labia. Notice I did not use the word “normal” because normal is a terrible word for describing our unique body differences. In fact, recently, identical twins were documented to have physical differences based on how their DNA is activated! So, I guess we just have to get over the fact that none of us are normal—regardless of the symmetry of our genitals.

On a side note, I think the plural of labia being labium is grammatically annoying. Is it a woman’s labia or her labium when we are talking about her inner labia? This inner labia includes two—possibly asymmetrical—lips (one on each side), so does that make them labium? Then when we throw in the outer labia (labia majora), what do we call the complete set of major and minor labial lips?!

Perhaps I’ll just stick to calling that lippy area as that is a lot less lip-locking.

New Labia Trivia:

Labial Lessons of Love:
1. What famous artist painted flowers resembling women's labial flaps?

2. Name the occasionally flappy labia that covers the vaginal opening.

3. Labiaplasty (trimming the labia) is similar to what male surgery?


Why is brassiere singular and panties plural? –Bill Sadgarden

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