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Medical Labia minora size

  1. May 7, 2009 #1


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    In It's Your Body: A Woman's Guide to Gynecology, it states:
    I was very surprised to read this. After some reading, it seems that the women of African tribes having pronounced labia minora is usually due to intended manual elongation started in puberty. Is there evidence to support the claim that the labia minora will grow permanently grow larger due to arousal?
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  3. May 8, 2009 #2
    i doubt it. sounds like they're practicing mechanical stretching, which isn't even close to the same thing. i would expect any baseline differences to be caused by cultural pressure leading to natural selection. i've read some of this type thing before, and i think much of it goes back to racial prejudices of early anthropologists (see the Hottentot Venus) and their views of them as highly sexualized savages.

    androgenic steroids will cause clitoral enlargement, however. not sure about the rest of the package, so to speak. but the androgen levels used by female bodybuilders are quite a bit higher than the small amount of testosterone needed for normal female arousal.
  4. May 18, 2009 #3


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    This sounds more along the lines of telling boys if they masturbate, they'll go blind or grow hair on their palms. It would require something fairly unusual to stretch the labia minora extensively (I can think of some potential methods that are inappropriate to talk about here...if you're curious, turn off Google's "safe search" feature, and I'll leave it at that). There are women who have elongated labia minora, but I think it's more likely just an anatomical variation, not due to anything they've done.
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