Having a large vulva – that is the outer part of a woman’s sexual organ – commonly called Beef curtains, is a physical condition some women have to deal with, not because it causes them pain or discomfort, but because it reduces their confidence, especially when they wear tight clothing, such as trousers, or even when they are about to get intimate with their partner.
These women perceive the size of their labia to be abnormal and seek to get it reduced any available means, mostly through surgery – a procedure called Labiaplasty. What they don’t put into consideration is the risks that come with going under the knife, and the recovery path to normalcy. This is not to downplay the psychological effect this condition may have on these ladies but to help them realize that no two vulvas are the same. Yes, your labia may be bigger than you peers’, it may be more pronounced in certain clothes than theirs, but that doesn’t make you abnormal.
Therefore, unless your beef curtains cause you discomfort or pain, it is best to lead a healthy life that helps to strengthen your pelvic muscles and help you manage your weight efficiently.
In this article, we will discuss about the societal perception of beef curtains, how you as a lady can deal with the negative thoughts that come with having big labia, and the alternatives to surgery, should you choose to have it treated.
How Does the Society Perceive Big Curtains?
Many people will think no one cares about the size of a lady’s labia except her sexual partner and herself, but that is wrong. Other people, such as parents do care about the size of their daughter’s labia, especially if they have noticed it from a very young age. In their quest to make them fit into the society and have acceptance to the opposite sex, they may make the affected lady feel uncomfortable in her own skin.
Some men have a set idea of what an ideal size of labia should be, but when they come across a lady whose part doesn’t agree with their conclusion, it becomes an issue. Also, the affected lady might be unable to wear certain clothes as her friends and peers do, and this may cause her to lose some sense of belonging.
The problem can also stem from the perception that a woman’s strength lies in her vagina. With this mentality, a lady with beef curtains feel that her strength is not there, and if it’s not, where can she find it, fi not to correct what she and some part of the society considers an abnormality.
Causes of Beef Curtains
Beef curtains are said to be caused by a host of things, chief among them being Childhood Asymmetrical Labium Majus Enlargement (CALME). Other causes may include sexual trauma or abuse at a young age, pregnancy and childbirth, and puberty. Although none of these causes are scientifically proven, except for CALME, there are plausible explanations as to why they can cause beef curtains.
Childhood Asymmetrical Labium majus Enlargement is a condition in female children that is characterized by excessive growth of one part of the labia as opposed to the other part. The labia consist of two folds, one on each side of the vulva. When one of the folds grow so that it is bigger than the other, it is called Childhood Asymmetrical Labium Majus Enlargement.
The cause is unknown but it is treatable through surgery.
Pregnancy and Childbirth
During pregnancy and some weeks after childbirth, it is common knowledge that the female body undergoes a high amount of hormonal change. During childbirth, the vagina stretches to a great extent and can cause the vulva to be traumatized. This can result in asymmetry in the sizes of the labia majora.
Sometimes, the increase in size of the labia majora is noticed as the female child approaches adulthood. In this case, the hormonal changes may be pointed to be responsible for this increase labia growth.
Sexual Trauma or Abuse
It is believed that ladies who have beef curtains may have been sexually abused and the labia, traumatized. In an effort to heal wounds to the labia, one of the folds may have excess tissue than the other, causing asymmetry.
Treatment for Beef Curtains Other than Surgery
The known treatment for beef curtain is surgery. This type of surgery reconstructs the labia and makes the two folds on each side as equal in size as possible, by removing the excess tissue on the bigger labia. However, this surgery, like every other surgery comes with its risks. The wound might get infected, elongating the patient’s suffering or even introducing the infection into the vagina, a more serious case.
Also, there is the discomfort that comes after the surgery, caused by clothing touching the vulva.
However, body positivity and a good diet are better treatment options.
There are no normal or abnormal labia size, the only normal labia are the ones you have and that should be preserved in good health as much as possible. The conception that a woman’s strength is in a vagina (V-confidence) is false.
However, if the size of your labia gives you concern and your obstetrician thinks surgery is the best course of action, do so. However, ensure you lead a healthy life to complement the success of your surgery.
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