Is the skin of the Vulva the same as the skin of the rest of the body or is it more sensitive in comparison?

May 16 2019 Gynaecology Skin concerns

The skin of the labia majora and the perineum are covered with skin just like on the rest of the body. In contrast, the labia minora are lined with a mucous membrane, whose surface is kept moist by fluid secreted by specialised cells.

The area is often moist from normal vaginal discharge, sweating and in some women, incontinence. The combination of being close to the germs from the anus and being moist increases its risk of being infected. This is particularly so during the menopause when skin pH rises leading to less antimicrobial defence of the skin. Further, lipid production is reduced after the menopause which slows the healing process.

Dr. Tan Toh Lick
3 April 2019