I am 15 years old and have never had sex. However, the skin around my vaginal area is darker than any other skin…

…and the labia minora is also a discolored purplish brown.  Is this normal or even safe?

This is a great question!

The human body comes in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, and even coloring!  How genitalia looks can vary quite a bit. It’s healthy to remember that everyone is different; there really is no such thing as normal. Anatomically, darker skin around the labia is very common.  However, if the discoloration is a new occurrence or you’re in pain, you may want to make an appointment with a medical provider to know for sure!

Keep in mind that not only do people come in different shapes,  sizes, and colors,  people like different shapes, sizes, and colors!  No matter how unique your body parts may seem, chances are there’s someone who prefers the way you look.

If you find yourself worrying often about how your body looks, consider contacting the Boulder Youth Body Alliance (BYBA). BYBA is a group of high-school-aged peer educators who are trained to help you better understand and love your body. (Visit their website here, or friend them on Facebook.)

You can also come into Teen Clinic by making an appointment here. All of our Teen Clinic staff specialize in teen care and treat teens without judgement!

Don’t forget that your body is fabulous, unique, and just right for you!