Will a labiaplasty (reduced labia) cause more vaginal dryness? (photos)
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Labiaplasty and Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness during intercourse in young and middle-aged women is usually the result of irritation, medication, anxiety or insufficient foreplay. Any gynecologist can assess you for signs of irriation/infection which might be responsible.
Your photo is not in high resolution, but it clearly shows that you had a wedge labiaplasty and that the clitoral hood has been pulled posteriorly. It is unlikely that this anatomic shift would affect vaginal lubrication.
Dryness after Labiaplasty
Vaginal dryness after genital plastic/cosmetic surgery
Sexual lubrication in a woman comes from 2 sources: 1) the Bartholin's glands opening into the vulvar vestibule just outside of the hymenal ring, at ~ 4/5 and ~ 8/9 o'clock provide that glorious clear natural lubrication when you become sexually artoused. 2) vaginal moisture, from vaginal secretions. A LP should not effect either of these, unless the surgeon went WAY down and removed a portion of the vulvar vestibule/vaginal opening (pretty hard to do in a labiaplasty, bit.....)
What is your age?? If you are getting to be "peri-menopausal (age ~ 40/45 +), maybe your diminished secretions are secondary to diminishing estrogen levels, which especially effect your vaginal lining and degree of lubrication. Additionally, the Bartholins glands lube is significantly diminished around/following peri-/post-menopause.
You might see your original surgeon and ask her/him this question. If you are in "...midlife," see a specialist (a "Certified Menopause Practitioner" is the best) and inquire about hormonal and other vaginal moisture/health/lubricating options. Check out the article " " on my blog page, and other articles in my "Women's Needs Library" om my educational website (click below...)
Michael P Goodman MD
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You had a significant labial reduction.
- The removed tissues were mucosal. They have glands which provide lubrication as does the vagina.
- Absent another explanation - which can be a change in contraceptive, infection, condom, irritation from bathing products - the lack of lubrication is most likely a side effect of your otherwise successful surgery.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.
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