The vulva includes many structures, such as the labia majora and labia minora, or inner and outer lips. These are folds of skin that surround the vaginal opening and the urethral opening. Depending on the size and shape of the external structures, the appearance of the vulva can vary widely.

The variation in vaginas depends on the shape and size of the outer vagina lips (labia majora) and the inner vagina lips (labia minora).

Your labia are unique – Vaginas or more accurately, vulvas, and all their components come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. They even have different smells.

Different types of vaginas

1. Asymmetrical inner lips

If one inner lip is longer, thicker, or larger than the other, it’s considered asymmetrical. It’s actually quite common for vulvas to have labia minora that aren’t even.

2. Curved outer lips

If you’ve got this type of vulva, your labia majora will curve round, exposing the labia minora front-on, but will meet evenly at the bottom like an upside down horseshoe. The labia minora here do not tend to hang below the outer lips.

3. Prominent inner lips

More often than not, the inner lips are longer than and stick out from the outer lips. This difference in length may be more subtle, with the inner lips just barely peeking out, or more pronounced.

4. Prominent outer lips

Prominent outer lips sit much lower on your vulva. The skin may be thick and puffy or thin and a bit loose or somewhere in between.

5. Small closed lips

The outer lips, in this case, aren’t set apart, so they conceal and contain your inner lips completely. Although this type of vulva is commonly seen in adult entertainment, it’s actually the least common type of vulva overall.

6. Small open lips

This vulva is similar to the one above, given the small lips. The main difference, however, is that here, the labia majora are set further apart, giving the appearance of being ‘open’ and meaning the labia minora can be visible.

7. Visible inner lips

With this type, your inner and outer lips are usually the same size. Your inner lips aren’t visible because they’re hanging outside of the outer folds; they’re visible because the outer folds naturally sit or pull toward either side. They can usually be seen from the top to the bottom of your outer lips.


Skin colors naturally vary, including the skin of the vulva.

• burgundy • pink • red • wine

The color can also vary, depending on blood flow. During arousal, the flow of blood increases, and the vulva may appear purplish. Some people note color changes when they have certain medical conditions. A yeast infection, for example, may cause the vulva to appear purple or red.


From sexual pleasure to childbirth to menstrual flow, the vagina and vulva can play many roles. Most variations in shape, size, and color are healthy.

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