For some reason, among people, including female doctors, there was a very false opinion that the labia minora should be almost the same in all women.
On the contrary, the number of variations of this part of the external genital organs is diverse. The size, shape, and color of the labia minora could be different, with even or fringed edges, asymmetrical, narrow, wide, shiny, matte, etc. — it’s all the norm.
Betty Dodson, an artist, feminist sexologist and famous American sex educator, studying the appearance of the labia minora in women, came up with her own classification of the labia minora, distributing them into groups: classical, gothic, baroque, art deco, modern.
In her first book «Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving» (more than one million copies sold. “They are like snowflakes. Each unique and beautiful,” wrote Betty Dodson. This author’s phrase has become a catch phrase and is used in many publications on the topic of sex.
And what do the statistics of different studies show? The length of the labia minora, their size, depend on age — at the onset of sexual development in adolescence, the labia minora increase — from 1.9 cm to 2.5 cm in old age.
Statistics also show that in married women, the labia minora is slightly longer (2.28 cm on the right and 2.3 cm on the left) than in unmarried and single women (2.12 cm on the right and 2.1 cm on the left). This is due to the presence of pregnancies and childbirth in most married women, as well as a more regular sexual life.
Interestingly, heterosexual (straight) and bisexual women have larger labia minora than lesbians. This may be due again to pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the influence of the introduction of the penis through the vagina during intercourse.
And, of course, the height of women does not particularly affect the size of the labia minora until it reaches the mark of 190 cm and above. In tall women, the labia minora is approximately 1-1.5 cm longer than the average women of other categories in terms of height.