If your vulva doesn’t match the diagram…
...that’s OK – every vulva is different.
In some rare cases, vulvas look different as a result of FGM.
In the UK, there are an estimated 137,000 people living with the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM)*. FGM, also known as cutting, can involve the removal of the clitoris and the inner labia and is widespread around the world. Some people are so young when it happens that they have no memory of it.
FGM is illegal in the UK and is considered a violation of human rights. If you think some parts of your vulva have been removed, it is important to get the help that you need, and you should speak to your GP and a trusted adult. There are support groups and specialists such as the FGM Network available to help you. It’s important to remember that if you have experienced FGM, it is not your fault, and you should not be blamed for having gone through it.
*Forward UK.org.uk, 2022
Changes for transgender men
For transmasculine people taking testosterone, it’s common to see changes in the vulva, like an enlarged clitoris.