Vulvitis is an inflammation of the vulva. The vulva is the outer part of the female reproductive system. The labia majora and labia minora are 2 folds of skin that are part of the vulva. The outer folds are called the labia majora. The inner folds are called the labia minora. Vulvitis causes symptoms such as redness, swelling, itching, and pain.
Girls' guide to what a 'normal' vulva looks like
This new booklet will help to address this need and will inform doctors, girls, young women and their families, as to what is normal and where to seek further help and support if required. According to NHS figures, in more than girls under 18 had labiaplasty and more than of the girls were under These numbers do not include girls and young women having the procedure privately. BritsPAG say these operations do not have a medical justification.
Vulvitis in Teens
Labial adhesions occur when the labia inner lips stick together. This type of adhesion happens most commonly in girls who are between 3 months to 6 years of age, and can persist until puberty. The diagnosis is made by looking at the vulvar area and observing that the vaginal opening is either partially or fully covered by the labia with a white line indicating the adhesion. If your child is having symptoms such as pain, particularly when she is in a straddle position for example, while sitting on a riding toy , or having trouble passing urine, you may have discovered that her labia appears to be stuck together. If your child has not had any symptoms, her health care provider may have noted the adhesions during a routine well-child check.
Younger and younger girls are feeling unhappy with the look of their labia, and doctors are worried by the trend. It can start with girls as young as nine. Meanwhile, Dr Paquita de Zulueta has been a GP in the UK for 30 years and has only recently started seeing girls unhappy with their labia. Many of them are unhappy with the appearance of their bodies generally from a young age. A new Australian non-profit called The Pretty Foundation quotes research showing that 38 per cent of four-year-old girls want a different body size.