Labia majora is a term that refers to the two large folds that cover the labia minora of the woman. These two outer folds are usually covered with hair, and their inner folds are consisted of smooth skin in brown or pink color. This part of the woman’s body can range in shape and size and it can be from thick and short to thin and long. Many variations in shape and size are considered as normal. This part of the woman’s body is primarily composed of fatty tissues, which are considered to be the equivalent to the scrotum of the males, since they are composed of the same tissues during the development of the male and female fetus.
Unusual changes in the labia majora
The theory of medicine states that the hairs that cover the genitals of the woman have the purpose to prevent bacteria and germs from infecting the labia minora, urethra and the vagina. However, it is known that modern women don’t have a lot of benefits from these protective hairs because the labia majora is enough by itself as a form of protection for the inner vulva. However, women who choose to shave the outer labia may face certain issues, because when the hairs start to grow again, they may cause mild to severe labia majora itching. That is not a serious problem and it can be eased with conditioner applied to that region during showering, which will soften the hairs. Although the coloring of this part of the woman’s body varies from one woman to another, the variation from the normal coloring of a woman should always be reported to a gynecologist, especially if the woman also experiences symptoms such as irritation, vaginal discharge or itching.
There are some vaginal infections which may cause labia majora itching, irritation and inflammation. In general, those symptoms are less likely to occur when compare to the symptoms felt in the region of the labia minora, but they still happen with some women. In fact, the infections that have the ability to cause such discomfort in the outer labia are common, including sexually transmitted diseases, bacteria and yeast. The outer labia may also be affected with genital lice or crabs, which also cause itching. When a woman experiences something unusual in the area of the labia minora and majora, the treatment must be provided by a licensed physician.
Other causes of itching: chemicals and sex
Chemical irritation may also cause labial itching, because the chemicals found in laundry detergents, soaps or even specialized products for feminine hygiene – are too harsh for this delicate part of the woman’s body. When douching is combined with chemicals (including the ones that are advertised as “mild” by the manufacturers of feminine hygiene products), those irritating substances will be introduced into the vagina, causing itching to the labia. In order to avoid the chemical irritation, women may use baby soaps or chamomile tea during showering. Another reason for labial itching is the friction which occurs during sexual intercourse. If the vagina becomes irritated after sex, women can use specially formulated anti-itching creams. Sex-induced irritation and itching can also be reduced with water soluble lubricants.