Why Does My Labia Minora Have Dead Skin Encrusted on the Edges?


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Necrosis Or Dead Skin On Edges Of Labia Minora, Dangerous Or Affecting Sensitivity?

Ok I'm going to go into some detail here because I'm really freaked out by the thought of seeing a gyno in person.

My labia minora appears to have dead skin encrusted along their outer edges. It is soft with cracking revealing alive skin underneath. It's not like a scab, I have had it for as long as I can remember, except it has progressively become worse over the years of my life. It starts at my clit and grows thicker and more ugly before thinning off as it nears the vaginal opening. It doesn't hurt when I pinch it but if I pull at a bit of the looser stuff it does.

I am 17 years of age and have been in my first and only sexual relationship for nearly 2 years now (but have been dating for nearly 3). On other sites, girls with this problem noted how long they have been masturbating, which for me is before I turned 12 (I can't quite remember). My boyfriend is curious about the dead skin but not disturbed.

Now, recently me and my boyfriend agreed to experiment with an open relationship. Nothing major has happened except he has gone down on a couple of other girls our age. He told me in amazement how sensitive and responsive they were to his touch. I don't resent him for it but now I feel quite inadequate, as I cannot even get myself off without being extremely horny or by using toys. (I'm not inorgasmic, as I LOVE sex, and masturbation works sometimes.)

It would mean a lot to me if I could get this problem fixed. I wonder if the reduced sensitivity and damage is due to my labia majora being shorter than my labia minora. The dead skin is only in the area where the labia minora is exposed. The clitoral hood is also exposed but does not show any damage. I wonder if this lack of cover is my problem (however, I haven't looked at any other vaginas in this much detail lol).

I do not suspect disease as my boyfriend was a virgin when we got together and neither of us has had genital contact with anyone else. Though, my vagina is often itchy. I assumed it was because of the dead skin, but the itching went away when I got a Brazilian earlier this year, returning as the hair did. I have the implanon contraceptive device in my arm and it makes me breakthrough bleed frequently. Could this cause itching? Many mornings I wash thoroughly in the shower. Is this the right thing to do? I've heard that the vagina has like a delicate pH, chemical and organisms that need to be kept in balance for a healthy vagina, but I can't stand the constant blood.

I am also contemplating having the dead skin surgically removed one day. Is this risky?

Could anyone confirm or dissipate my concerns? How can I stop the itching? I wish with all my heart that I could be as sensitive as those other girls. I feel like I'm missing out in life. Should I visit a real gyno or sex therapist?

Oh, and contraceptive advice would be nice. I hate the bleeding but oestrogen make me chuck and I haven't had kids so my choices are limited.

Thank you for your time.


I hear from alot of people at this question site who express fear of seeing a gyn specialist. unfortunately, the reality is that if you choose to have sex - you really should also choose to get past the fears and find a sensitive gynecologist, maybe a female in your case, with whom you can have a healthy medical relationship. It sounds like you may have some chronic medical/anatomic conditions that the GYn can examine and then help you to find some solutions. I can't be of much help since an examination and full hsitory would haelp a doctor answer your questions, give you a diagnosis and possibly help you to find out why the touch sensitivity is compromised - in fact , that should spur you to seek medical help so you CAN have a healthy enjoyable sex life.

In terms of birth control - I'd recommend a condom be used every time you have sex until you find out the best and most effective birth control option for you.

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