This has affected my entire life. I can't exercise, as even walking irritates the area. Sex is impossible. I've been out of work since I'm an RN and my job is very physical. No guarantee this is EVER going to get better.
Have done a whole lot of research since the surgery, and have found out,
(too late) that there are a whole lot of guys out there who really couldn't care less about the size of your labia. Wish I could turn back the clock.
By the way, the literature says 1-2% of patients having this surgery will end up w/ chronic discomfort. That's 1-2 out of every hundred, and it means for the rest of your life. Please think hard about this before signing up. Looks aren't everything. Being pain-free and able to function
normally are much more important.
I had this done 20 years ago and they removed all the inner labia - which was not what I asked for - had problems ever since - pain, scarring - embarrassment with guys etc.
Has anyone else had this happen to them??
make a difference to your pain levels. I hope you improve, mentally and physically. I hope we both do.
I honestly hate to hear of any woman having the reduction surgery as a fan of large labia. Maybe I'm just a freak but I really get aroused by larger labia and find it sad that women would think it embarrasing or something.
Does it hurt when you have sex without an inner labia and wat kind of question do guys ask and wats their reaction like when they see it? wat do u tell them?
I too underwent a procedure to reduce my labia re pain and discomfort and awoke to find them entirely amputated. Since that moment my life has been a waking nightmare, both physically and psychologically. Make no mistake, this is abuse and falls under the Female Genital Mutialtion Act 2003. As well as following up whatever medical help I can find (too little), I am actively pursuing a legal case: in my opinion the butchery I suffered constitutes assault, breach of contract, medical negligence, abuse of human rights and action against the medical principle "First do no harm".
If any others out there are interested in forming an online support group (for practical advice as well as emotional support), please post your replies so I can see the demand.
I gave no thought to it though, as I healed perfectly and felt no pain for 10 years. I then noticed when she had stitched me up, she left a small tip of skin that was lose and bothered me when I saw and touched it. It was very sensitive.
Therefore, for years I looked for a doctor to "snip" this excess skin off. I finally came across one last June, he was full accredited and board certified. I had a consaltation, and he promised to remove the excess skin, yet he told me that I looked deformed because I had little labia on the right. Needless to say, he talked me into a procedure that would somewhat "fix" what the other doctor had done. I trusted him and his judgement, and since I had no experience of pain from the prior procedure 10 years ago, I agreed to have it done. WORST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE.
The doctor snipped my minor problem that needed fixing with ease(the only thing I should have needed), but then managed to MANGLE my complete right side of my Vagina. He cut me from clitoral hood, and connected it to my labia and created a mass of skin. I noticed right away but he said it was just very swollen. After 7 months of pure agonizing pain, burning and sensitivity,I complained. He told me that the pain would go away. 9 months later it still didn't, not to mention I was mangeld, scared, and abnormally different on my right side as opposed to my left. I began to have panic attacks, nightmares, and have been living in a state of post traumatic stress.
In February I underwent a revision surgery to fix what he had done. He honestly did the best he could. To a random person, you would not be able to tell.. However, the psychological damage is done. I am depressed, feel worthless, violated, taken advantage of, I feel like a piece of me died on that operating table that day.
It has now been 6 weeks since my revision surgery and although I am still healing, the pain is still there, sensitivity, and burninig sensations. I am literally trapped in a living hell, and I can't escape it because it is on my body. My life has changed. I used to be confident and full of life. Friends called me sunshine. Now I don't see my friends, I have a hard time leaving the house or getting out of bed. It will be a year in June since all this has taken place. I am holding tight to hope and faith that God will bring me through this stronger than I was before. He doesn't give us more than we can handle. And although I feel a piece of me has died, I look forward to the day when I can get past this and find my inner peace once again.
I would definitley advise all women out there to appreciate what they have. Looks fade, and frankly guys don't care what you look like down there, especially when they are with you for the right reasons. This is a horrific nightmare that I would not even wish on my worse enemies. Being a woman is supposed to be fresh, invigorating, and powerful. Not full of pain and misery. Keep your heads up ladies if you have experienced such horror. All we can do is pray, and pray for expertise in our doctors who can only do so much. If I could go back in time I would. But I can't. The damage is done. But I will keep hope and faith, as I hope you all do. God Bless.
I underwent surgery about 11 years ago when I was in my late teens/early 20s. I was surprised to see that the surgeon had removed my labia minora completely, but I was so physically uncomfortable and unhappy with how I was, that the new appearance came mostly as a relief (generally at least).
Not long afterwards I noticed odd vibrations that I couldn't pin point exactly, though they were around the same area. I didn't think too much about it at the time because it's such a sensitive part of your body that you're bound to get some kind of pain or sensation/s after surgery.
Since 2005 life has been horrendous for me. I began to experience odd nerve sensations all over my body when I sat down; mouth, tongue, scalp, back and I suffer from excruciating pains in my feet. The worst pain is now centred around my clitoris, where it becomes swollen on occasions. Sitting down is a nightmare and I have to take too many non-prescription painkillers to get to sleep when it is very bad. It feels like chillblains - I am in a serious amount of pain.
It has hampered my working and social life for the last 3 years and after seeing a gynaecologist last year who thought the outcome was a success (incidentally this specialist was a colleague of the surgeon that carried out the procedure), I have now been referred to a gynaecologist who appears to have done extensive research on the subject. It doesn't look as though I'm going to find better help, so I am very pleased to have been put in touch with this person. I'm looking forward to making some headway at the end of this month hopefully - I'll post back my experience.
Good luck to everyone who is suffering after effects of this op, and a message of advice to anyone young in particular who is thinking of having this surgery; don't do it all all or at least not yet! You clearly haven't finished growing and your body could still change. I think this could be what happened in my case.
(GUEST15; I would like to help/contribute to an online support group - please let me know if you're still interested.)
I feel for all of you. As I write this email, I'm in tears as I too had labiaplasty about 1 month ago. Initially I was horrified about the results but the area has calmed down now. I have scarred (as in have some scar tissue) and I'm so scared that i'll be in pain during intercourse. Before the operation, I was so scared to sleep with someone just in case they commented about my long, fat labia but now I don't think that I'll be able to get intimate with anyone because i'm afraid that it won't be pleasurable as it once was.
I've started seeing a Psychologist, am on anti-depressants and sleeping tablets - I'm horried that I did this to myself! I feel like my life is ruined and I am scared that I'll never have an intimate relationship with someone. I have my family support but i have not told any of my friends as I think that they will judge me for my decision.
I don't know how to cope with what i've done. I've changed as a person - I was once outgoing, happy and had it all - now I'm living in fear of what the future holds for me! And why - because I was celf conscious and abit uncomfortable about some saggy skin! I'm only 24 and feel that my life is over!
Is there anyone going through this who lives in Australia - Melbourne? I would love to talk to someone about this experience as I feel very alone and feel like I'm going crazy.
My only wish is that I could turn back time. I hope that God looks over us and helps us get through this awful experience. I hope you ladies stay strong and I hope that there's brighter days ahead for all of us.
Everyone who has gone through this awful ordeal needs to warn and discourgage other women from getting this procedure done. I would like to also begin an online support group not only for us women who have suffered from this but to prevent others from experiencing this problem. I am still in disbelief that I had labiaplasty and feel disgusted and disappointed - I don't know how to get my life back on track..
If someone is going through the same thing, please reply to this message so we can begin to do something about this - even if we prevent at least one person it's worth it.