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What are the labia minora?

The labia minora are the hairless, thin, inner lips of the vulva. After puberty, estrogen makes them pink and moist. When estrogen levels fall to persistently low levels after menopause, the labia minora become pale and may actually shrink. Some women develop painful cracks, or fissures, in the delicate skin between the labia majora and the labia minora, or at the bottom of the vaginal opening.

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