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Vaginal, Vulvar and Anal Bleaching or Lightening

Though there is no normal colored vagina, vulva, or anus, in most women the genital areas will be darker than other skin. Some women seek help to correct the darkening of these tissues that occurs with age and normal activity.  

Why women consider vaginal, vulva, and anal bleaching/lightening

  • Discomfort with appearance

About Darkened Genital Tissue

In most women, the genital areas will be darker than other skin. There is no "normal" colored vagina, vulva or anus. Simply, the skin in that area is darker.

This change in tissue color is caused by a higher amount of melanocytes – the cells that secrete melanin (pigment that provides color). Melanocytes naturally increase in the genital areas with age and/or states of increases in or vacillating estrogen levels. (A perfect example is pregnancy.) In addition, excessive friction or rubbing of tissues can also result in an increase of melanocytes and darkening of the genital areas. This may occur with obesity and the rubbing of skin or increased activity. Consequently, it is completely normal for genitals to darken with age.  

Our Approach to Vaginal, Vulva and Anal Bleaching/Lightening

Although darkening of the genital areas is normal with time and aging, it is very common for women to seek options to lighten genitals. We seek to offer help for these women that is both safe and effective. At Minnesota Women's Care and Costmetic & Reconstructive Gynecology, we firmly believe in empowering women to make educated choices about their health care and their bodies.