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See a doctor or gynaecologist

If you are wondering about whether your labia are normal, you will find the answers to a lot of common concerns here. Or talk to a doctor who specialises in women’s health or a gynaecologist.

If you’re looking for a doctor, ask someone you trust for a recommendation or look in the Yellow Pages.

When you make an appointment, you can ask to see a female doctor if that would make you feel more comfortable.

When you call for an appointment, ask the receptionist whether the doctor will bulk bill. If they don’t bulk bill, you will need to pay for the appointment and you will receive a portion back through Medicare. If you have a health care card or if you don’t have an income, the doctor might be able to bulk bill you anyway. It’s worth checking with the receptionist.

You can apply for your own Medicare card once you’re 15. Even if you don’t have your own Medicare card, you can still make an appointment to see a doctor. The doctor may need to confirm your name and date of birth so they can contact Medicare to confirm your details. Your visit to the doctor will still be confidential.

You will need a referral from a doctor to make an appointment with a gynaecologist and they usually charge a bit more.

If you are really worried

If you are worried or are constantly thinking that there is something wrong with your labia, you should talk to a doctor who specialises in women’s health or a gynaecologist. You may also want to sit down with a health professional or gynaecologist and talk through the Labia Library resource. If you are unsure about how to start the conversation, you can refer your health professional to the Labia Library.

Other organisations that can help

These organisations are also good sources of information:

1800 My Options

A Victorian service that provides information about sexual and reproductive health including pregnancy options and contraception. 

Better Health Channel

Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Factsheets
An online resource that aims to provide health and medical information to improve the health and wellbeing of people and the communities they live in.

Family Planning Victoria 

Family Planning Victoria has three dedicated sexual and reproductive health care clinics, two of which are especially for people under 25.

Better Health Channel

Health and medical information for consumers

Love: The good, the bad and the ugly

A guide for young women on love, respect and abuse in dating relationships.

Scarleteen

Sex education for the real world

Headspace

Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Beyond Blue

A national, independent, not for profit organisation that aims to increase community awareness and address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia

Please note:  We are only able to provide links to Australian services and resources. If you are an international visitor, please seek information from your local doctor, women’s health service or healthcare provider. You can also ask your doctor or healthcare provider to visit the Labia Library with you so that you can discuss it together in your appointment.