If you go to your GP with a sore back, knee pain or a headache, you'll probably feel quite comfortable telling them what's going on. But when the body part that's causing you trouble is inside your underwear, it's often a different story. Women will ignore symptoms that involve their vulva or vagina because they feel embarrassed or ashamed.
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The Large Labia Project has seen thousands of women add their labia pictures to the site
One Reddit user agrees, but her struggle is with a different part of her body: her labia. I wish I had done it sooner. It hurt to urinate for a few days after the procedure, that commenter explained, and she also noticed an odor that persisted for awhile. Her doctors avoided that area in order to prevent reduced sensation, she explained. Another user agreed the recovery from the surgery is painful. Overall, most of the women who commented said they were glad they got the procedure.
Vulvas, psychics, and junk science, oh my. I watched so you don't have to.
Since the middle of , I've had methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus six times and somehow managed to avoid the worst: I've never been hospitalized and don't fear for my life. But, please, take my advice and do everything you can to avoid this dangerous infection. My first episode was in July I live in Boston and was going to visit a friend on Nantucket. I leaned back in my seat on the plane and felt a dull pain, like someone was pressing really hard on my buttock. When I arrived I asked my friend to take a look. That sounds embarrassing, but I couldn't see the problem myself. She said it was just a pimple but really red. By the third day the irritated area was more than three inches wide and burning sharply.
Photo via Flickr user mauroguanandi. This week, two viral Reddit threads highlighted an enduring truth: Nobody actually knows anything about the female labia. In a TwoXChromosomes subreddit , user okcookies wrote in to fume about an overheard conversation between two coworkers, in which both men sincerely stated their belief that "the darker the vag the more dudes she's been pounded by. In another archived thread making the rounds this week, another user wrote of her frustration that "a lot of people seem to be under the impression that a female's anatomy changes drastically with every sexual experience she has. This includes but is not limited to the length and color of her labia.