Vaginas — or more accurately, vulvas, and all their components — come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. They even have different smells.
Many people worry that their genitalia don’t look “normal,” but there really is no normal. The only “normal” out there is what’s normal for you. And unless your normal involves pain or discomfort, everything is likely fine.
When people mention vaginal appearance (lopsided or otherwise), they’re usually talking about the labia, or “vaginal lips.”
The fleshy outer lips of your vulva are known as the labia majora. The inner lips — which usually lead the way to your vaginal opening — are called the labia minora.
Even if your labia take after a common “type,” they probably have variations that set them apart from the next person’s. Some labia have characteristics associated with multiple types and can’t be boxed into one specific category.
Wanna get a closer look? Grab a handheld mirror and go somewhere private. Use this time to explore your unique anatomy and learn more about your body.
Asymmetrical inner lips
If one inner lip is longer, thicker, or larger than the other, it’s considered asymmetrical. It’s actually quite common for vulvas to have labia minora that aren’t even.
Curved outer lips
Think of your outer lips like a horseshoe flipped upside down — a round curve that meets evenly at the end. When this happens, it usually leaves the inner lips exposed. They may or may not protrude below your labia majora.
Prominent inner lips
More often than not, the inner lips are longer than and stick out from the outer lips. This difference in length may be more subtle, with the inner lips just barely peeking out, or more pronounced.
Prominent outer lips
Prominent outer lips sit much lower on your vulva. The skin may be thick and puffy or thin and a bit loose — or somewhere in between.
Long, dangling inner lips
These are a form of prominent inner lips. They can dangle up to an inch (or more!) past your outer lips. They may even hang outside of your underwear. You may notice a bit of extra skin or additional folds.
Long, dangling outer lips
These are a form of prominent outer lips. They’re usually on the larger side, often leaving the skin thin and loose. As with dangling inner lips, it’s possible for the folds to hang outside of your underwear. This may give your inner lips a little more exposure.
Small, open lips
Your outer lips are flat and rest up against your pubic bone, but are separated slightly, showing your labia minora.
Small, closed lips
The outer lips, in this case, aren’t set apart, so they conceal and contain your inner lips completely. Although this type of vulva is commonly seen in adult entertainment, it’s actually the least common type of vulva overall.
Visible inner lips
With this type, your inner and outer lips are usually the same size. Your inner lips aren’t visible because they’re hanging outside of the outer folds; they’re visible because the outer folds naturally sit or pull toward either side. They can usually be seen from the top to the bottom of your outer lips.