The Vulva Art Project

I am launching a feature called the vulva art project which will include a series of artistic photographs showcasing the beauty of vulvas and labia.

The feature is part of the pussy pride movement and the aim is to spread the message of acceptance and of embracing the beauty in diversity.

If you would like your vulva to be featured, please get in touch with me at clare@labiaproject.com

Here is the first in the series:

vulva art

Is my vagina normal?

Is my vagina normal? r s tIs my vagina normal? I am a 20 year old virgin. My labia minora is brown in colour and sticks out while the rest of my vagina is pink. As you can see from the second pic where I am pulling the one side of my labia minora to show the full length, the one side is much longer than the other. I am worried that the colour and size may have been caused by masturbation as I have been masturbating every day since I was 9 years old, sometimes more than once a day. My vagina was pink all over when I was young.

Based on your pictures, your anatomy looks perfectly normal 🙂 Many women have darker labia than the rest of their vulva, and it is also not at all unusual for one side of the labia minora to be longer than the other (known as labia asymmetry).

None of this is caused by masturbation or sex. The vulva is very elastic, and it regains its original shape after a penis has entered it during intercourse. The same goes for masturbation, including if you use your fingers or a sex toy or other item to penetrate your vulva for stimulation.

Try to think of your vulva like your fingerprints – no two peoples’ are alike, and they are part of your identity and what makes you, you!

Clare xo

How to get rid of fordyce spots on my labia

1 2 How to get rid of fordyce spots on my labiaAs you can see I have an extreme case of fordyce spots. Please let me know how to get rid of fordyce spots on my labia minora.

Fordyce spots are a natural occurrence as a result of Fordyce sebum (oil) getting trapped in the sebaceous gland. They are harmless but are often a concern from a cosmetic perspective. What many people don’t know is that about 70% to 80% of people have fordyce spots to differing extents somewhere on their bodies.

Generally, it is not recommended that medical or surgical steps be taken to get rid of fordyce spots as they are harlmess, and most “treatments” for them do more harm than good.

Some tips and natural remedies which can help to alleviate or reduce the prominence of fordyce spots include:

  • Maintaining good hygiene down there and use antibacterial soap, especially if you use essential oils.
  • Wearing loose-fitting underwear, preferably made from breathable stretch-material (to avoid sweating in your genital region).
  • Coconut oil (which acts as a moisturiser and reduces fordyce spots which are exacerbated by dehydration).
  • Increasing your daily vitamin intake – oranges and broccoli (the widely hated vegetable among children!) is reported to cause a reduction in fordyce spots.
  • Tea tree oil (which acts as a natural antiseptic that prevents bacterial growth and relieves the inflamed skin).
  • Turmeric powder (which has antiseptic and antibacterial properties) – 1/4 teaspoon combined with apple cider vinegar can be applied to inflamed skin.
  • Have a cold oatmeal bath (which reduces itching, redness and skin inflammation).
  • Jojoba oil (which also has antibacterial properties and acts as a moisturizer).
  • Aloe vera gel (which has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties) – either cut the stalk of the aloe plant and apply the gel to the skin, or buy aloe vera gel from a health store and apply it.

Let me know if any of these tips and remedies help!

Clare xo

Picture of my prominent vaginal lips

Prominent vaginal lipsPicture of my prominent vaginal lips. Thank you so much for what you are doing with this site.

Lovely submission 🙂 And you are most welcome!

The site is driven by contributions and submissions from people like you – I have simply created the platform and brought those submissions and contributions together. So thank YOU!

Clare xo

Hairy labia – bush is making a comeback!

hairy labia hairy 2 hairyI used to keep my pubic hair shaved but I have not shaved for over 6 months now and I doubt I will shave regularly again. Some pics of my hairy labia.

Thanks for submitting!

Women keeping their pubic hair waxed / shaved has become more commonplace in recent years, with some citing hygiene reasons, and others claiming to feel more sexy with no hair.

However, there seems to be a shift towards letting one’s pubic hair grow free, which is coming back into fashion in some quarters – bush is making a comeback!

It will be interesting to see what the fashion is like 10 years from now!

Clare xo

PS from a hygiene perspective, it is not necessarily true that it is cleaner to have no pubic hair. It is absolutely possible to remain clean whilst keeping the hair down there. Pubic hair also serves an important purpose by protecting the vulva – the hair protects it against friction which can cause skin abrasion and injury.

Labiaplasty revision surgery for botched labiaplasty

Is it possible to get labiaplasty revision surgery for botched labiaplasty surgery?

Many plastic surgeons offer a procedure called labiaplasty revision surgery, specifically aimed at people who have undergone a labiaplasty and are unhappy with the results.

Most often, revision surgery is sought when the doctor has removed too much skin during the procedure, where the patient’s expectations from the labiaplasty were not met, or where the original surgery was botched.

Based on my research, it seems that the revision procedure involves using techniques to try to restore the appearance of the labia to the pre-surgery condition.

Contrary to what many people think, labiaplasty revision surgery for botched labiaplasty does not involve reattaching the skin that was removed originally. Most often, it is really a second labiaplasty aimed to achieve a better result than the first, rather, than being a revision in the true sense of the word.

I generally do not encourage or support any form of surgery on the labia unless this is medically necessary – certainly not only for cosmetic reasons.

Given that it is also usually not possible to make the labia look exactly as they did before the original labiaplasty surgery, the decision to undergo labiaplasty surgery should not be taken lightly. It should be taken after receiving expert medical advice from a responsible plastic surgeon (and not one out to make a quick buck), and after thorough soul-searching.

Clare xo

Lesbian views on large labia

lesbian views on large labiavagina 2vagina 3I thought I’d add my voice and pictures to the site as it seems that you don’t have any lesbian views on large labia. Anyone who is turned off because you do not match their idea of perfection is not worth your time. I had a discussion about this a week ago with a friend of mine. I told her to do an online search for pictures of large labia, or hell just labia. I did this not to be pervy but because with a quick scroll one can see just how varied labia are and how there is no shame in having large labia, small labia, asymmetrical labia etc. In fact, you will find many people who are turned on by it. Instead of shame, it is something you can embrace. After all, confidence is huge turn on, it changes how people perceive you.

It’s great to receive views from everyone with a vulva and something to say about the topic (whether straight or lesbian).

PS I agree with your sentiments 100%!

Clare xo

Should I shave or wax my vagina?

So I’ve got a question. I want to start keeping my pubic hair groomed. Should I shave or wax my vagina? I have some friends who prefer to wax, but I know it can be very expensive and I’ve heard that it can be painful. What is the best way to go?

Both shaving and waxing have their advantages and disadvantages, and at the end of the day, it is a matter of personal choice. I personally prefer waxing.

Here are some of the pros and cons of each hair removal method:

Waxing – the pro’s:

  • Waxing needs to be done less frequently than shaving, as the re-growth usually takes a few weeks to come back.
  • Waxing generally gives you a smoother feel than shaving.
  • The re-growth usually gets thinner after a while.
  • You don’t have to deal with razor cuts or nicks.

Waxing – the cons:

  • Waxing can be quite a painful experience, especially in the sensitive area between the outer labia and the inner labia.
  • You have to let the hair grow back to a certain length before it can be waxed again.
  • Waxing can be quite expensive (when done professionally at a salon).
  • Waxing can cause ingrown hairs.
  • You might get wax burns or scarring (although this is less likely if you have a good aesthetician).

Shaving – the pro’s:

  • Shaving is much cheaper than waxing, and unlike waxing, can easily be done at home.
  • You do not have to allow the hair to grow out to a certain length before shaving again (unlike with waxing).
  • If shaving is done properly, ingrown hairs can be avoided.

Shaving – the cons:

  • Shaving often leaves black / visible stubble.
  • The re-growth appears within one to three days, and can be spiky and uncomfortable.
  • The re-growth does not get thinner over time.
  • If you are not careful, you might get nicks and cuts from shaving.

Clare xo