Increased labia during pregnancy: itching and pain

The increase in size and change in the color of the labia in pregnant women is the norm. This is affected by the restructuring of the work of hormones. However, some women face the situation when the labia hurt during pregnancy. Future mothers rarely understand the reasons for unpleasant feelings. In addition, a woman can notice how she pulls in the genital area. This is interrelated with the change in the size of the labia.

Not all unpleasant symptoms are dangerous for the health of women and the fetus. It is necessary to understand why there are pains in pregnant women.

Causes of pain


Stagnation of blood often causes pain in an intimate place. This disease is not just on the feet, every third pregnant woman is facing this complication.

Varicose veins do not cause serious harm to the body.Pains are rare or absent, childbirth without complications, and after them the disease passes without requiring treatment. It rarely happens when the varicose veins are in serious form, but if the pregnant woman is confronted with this, she needs a cesarean section. With expressed varicose veins, a woman should constantly take a coagulogram, use compression linen, special ointments containing heparin. Treatment is under the supervision of a phlebologist.

Another cause, which increases the labia during pregnancy, are infectious diseases. The most common pathology is genital herpes. Symptoms are swelling, blistering rashes on the skin, fever, itching in the intimate area, erosion and ulcers. Genital herpes is dangerous for a child, right up until his death, so you need to urgently treat the disease. During the examination, the doctor takes a smear and, based on the results of the analysis, makes a diagnosis.


There are cases when the pain in the labia during pregnancy was caused by syphilis. The symptom that indicates syphilis is an ulcer, or as it is called in medicine - chancre. One of the labia increases, the color changes to purple-blue. The treatment is provided by the venereologist and surgeon.

Thrush is not so dangerous for the mother and fetus, but with it the organs swell and itch. Thrush develops during pregnancy due to weak body protection. The main symptom of the disease is the discharge of milky color, which leads to the fact that it itches in the labia. Treatment of thrush takes from 2 to 6 days, it is recommended to use antifungal agents.

In addition, you can get sick in the labia for the following reasons:

  • passive lifestyle;
  • uncomfortable underwear.

Skin color of an intimate place during pregnancy

Pigmentation of the girl's labia occurs during all periods of her life, and this is not always worth being frightened of. The skin in the perineum can have both a beige color and a black, bright or dull shade.

A common shade of the labia is pink, but during pregnancy changes occur and the color turns red. Many perceive this as a symptom of inflammation. However, this is normal if there is no discharge from the vagina, itching and an increase in temperature. The change in the color of the labia during hormonal changes occurs symmetrically.

Blueing of the labia during pregnancy should not cause concern. This is a characteristic symptom of pregnancy, accompanied by a change in the color of the areola nipples to blue or dark brown, and on the chest can appear venous nets. After giving birth, the skin acquires the former shade.

Cyanosis of the labia may occur in a non-pregnant woman because of uncomfortable underwear, mainly from synthetic material, aggressive sex, early onset of sexual activity, aging.

Black color of the genital often causes doubts and fears in pregnant girls. Do not be afraid, since the darkening of the labia is a normal process in the female body. In addition, about three percent of women have black crotch, despite the light skin and lack of pregnancy.

What to do if the labia hurt

Although the reason for the unpleasant sensations in the perineum is not always dangerous to the health of the woman and the fetus, with increasing pain, you should consult your doctor for diagnosis. Do not delay the visit, because the treatment depends on two lives.

If the pain is caused by improper position of the body or wearing uncomfortable underwear, the woman can solve the problem on her own. It is necessary to reduce the level of physical activity, to move less, to wear comfortable and loose clothes and to remove the thong from the wardrobe.

It is recommended to lie on the side, especially with varicose veins. If after that the woman does not stop worrying increasing discomfort, a gynecologist's consultation will be required.

The increase and change in color of the labia during pregnancy should not cause fear of the future mother. These processes are the norm for the body in this period of time. Diseases that are accompanied by changes in the labia are successfully treated and do not cause complications. To ensure that the body and the fetus are safe, it is recommended that you regularly visit the doctor and follow all his instructions.