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Color of private area after having a baby? (Anonymous)

February 28, 2009

Hello Ladys Just need some education on private area color after having a baby. I have been very self conscious about the color of my genital area, I do remember before having a baby the color of genital area being fairly close to the color of the rest of my skin, and once i got pregnant I noticed genital area getting a darker color as well as armpits and belly line, i know is very common for this to happen while you are pregnant, But what about after pregnancy??? What are your experiences on this? Did you get darker color as well and did it stay the same after pregnancy? Bit on my background, Im latina and my skin tone is a fair tan, and genital area is a chocolate color, and its been 10 years since i had my baby and dark color in genital area stayed the same and im guessing it will stay the same color forever.



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33 Responses to “Color of private area after having a baby? (Anonymous)”

  1. Krystal Says:
    February 28th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Hmm, not sure on this one. Im 5 months pp and my area has always stayed pink… Im not hispanic though, Im white. I never changed colors like that. Im sure its common though.

  2. joys of pregnancy Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 7:36 am

    i believe its permanent, its a change due to hormones in pregnancy and aging. there are “safe” bleaching products for your genital/anal area. you can check them out online. or if your comfortable, ask a dermatologist..

  3. Angele Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Im not much help, but I do think, it has something to do with the skin pigmentation.. I know that my skin has changed drastically since giving birth..Have you spoke to your doctor about it?

  4. Ashley Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Its totally normal and may not be permanent. I know it happens more often in people with dark skin. Don’t bleach anything! If your worried about it not fading ask your doctor about it.

  5. Lucy Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    It’s normal for the internal labia of the vulva to become a darker shade during and after pregnancy. Mine became darker and stayed that way, and I feel it is just as beautiful as any color it was or could be. I feel it is a mark of giving birth to my child, as are my stretch marks. A vagina that has held and birthed a baby is lovely like a mature flower blooming in its full colors.

  6. Melissa Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    My skin tone is similar to yours, I’m also part hispanic. My skin color changed down there some time after puberty but before pregnancy. It’s normal for our skin color and nothing to be worried about.

  7. Alicia Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Your vulva becomes more vascular during pregnancy (heavily endowed with blood vessels and thus richly supplied with blood). This causes your labia to appear darker then they were before, particularly the inner labia. This is usually more obvious when you are aroused. The color is often described in medical texts as a ” deep wine” color.

    You can find more info here: http://health.discovery.com/centers/sex/sexpedia/vulva.html

  8. *N* Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Im not latina but im asian. My private areas used to be pink and very “compact” as in everything in place. Haha. Since then the outside looks looser and darker. I’ve had 2 children.

  9. Shealene Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Actually my stomach is darker after having my daughter. Everyone’s like, “Oh! Were you tanning?” And it’s like, do you honestly think that’s the case since the rest of my body’s pale? So it’s nothing wierd…it’s just that your skin is stretched!

  10. shelly Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 6:44 am

    It took a year or more for my labia and nipples to return to their pink color, but they did. My linea negra only lasted a few months after the baby.

  11. Beth Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Mine is darker and I am very white and fair. It’s also a little looser. Doesn’t bother me at all. It hasn’t changed since I had my daughter 7 years ago so I’m guess it is permanent.

  12. Anissa Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I am 5 months PP, during pregnancy mine was darker I am north african, and now my genital part is about to recover the original color, my belly line is fading out but still visible my nipples are darker than used to be before pregnancy, and after my first pregnancy the original color recovered after about one year.

  13. ah the joys of pregnancy Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    actually it is considered permanent. and there are safe bleaching agents for sensitive areas. how do i know? ive used them (on my butt, lol) and they work. pinkcheeks.com, southbeachsolutions.com, or ask your doctor for a safe presription.

  14. amber Says:
    March 6th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I do belive this is entirely normal im white and since pregnancy my area’s are darker than before,it may lighten up but im going to bleach.I want to feel beautiful and I would say whatever makes you feel better.

  15. Sarah Says:
    March 21st, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve heard people talk about it, but I’ve honestly never given mine ANY thought. I have never really looked. It’s natural. I don’t think that bleach is a very good idea. Bleach on your skin? And tender skin? Doesn’t sound like a good idea.

  16. tina Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 5:17 am

    Yes, it stays the dark color forever… I gave birth 20 years ago to my first, and had two more children. I am a “white” woman with olive skin and drak hair. I gave natural birth to all my children. I think the color is due to the skin reacting to the stress and hormones during pregnancy. Its like a mask that us darker skin women get on face.
    Do not bleach it.

  17. Rosie R Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I am 57, have had 4 children, my labia and nipples used to be a nice pink, now they are a grey like dead tissue look, very embarassing, my nipples have turned dark and huge like some of those islanders you see on nat’l geo shows. What can I do, it makes me self consious and with hold sex to my man because I just can’t ler him see me this way.
    What will I do? I am still a very hot looking woman at 57, but do not want my clothes off

  18. Sheena Says:
    July 2nd, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Hey im only 20 years old. My daughter is 7 months and i have noticed around my nipples, armpits and crotch area have stayed a darker pigment since being pregant. I really feel self consious about it and want to get some kind of safe bleaching product to rid myself of the embarrassment. I dont feel “sexy” anymore because of it. :(

  19. kat Says:
    July 16th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    yeah i do think that is normal, i have noticed that after i went through puberty. it might not even have to do with pregnancy, i am native american and i have the same thing, i think it is genetics. you shouldnt bleach anything, it can lead to yeast infection even if it is safe.

  20. anonymous Says:
    December 8th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Mine is dark bluish still (6 months pp). I am armenian, dutch and spanish. I have light skin.

  21. Dana Says:
    April 13th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I am white and my vagina has always been darker then other females. Vaginas come in all colors and sizes. I wouldn’t worry about, your normal like everyone else. =)

  22. val Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Hi girls,I am 20 and my daughter is 16 month old. I am hispanic with olive skin and dark hair,since I had her,my areolas have become bigger and darker,my breasts lost a lot of volume and went from perky Bs to saggy Cs,and my inner thigh,perineum area,and labia majora have become prominently darker.I feel embarassed because I don’t want to ask my hubby for oral,though I do want it.I want my private zones to match the rest of my skin as it once did,but it is so dull and wrinkly.I’m so sad because I’m young.I’m jealous of girls my age with pretty pink and unwrinkled labias.if I went to the doctor to get a prescription would it cost me a lot? And also how long would it take for southbeachskinsolutions lightening gel to lighten my erogenous zones back to normal? Have I waited too long? Plz help, depressed young mommy

  23. Marty Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    W’ell I never had a baby and my privates turned dark down there, am a light brown skin african american and I just hate it.Is their any body out there who has had the same problem

  24. Cassie Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Hi my name is Cassie and I have been wondering this to. Now im glad im not the only one it has affected..lol not to be mean :) I am white and my vagina in dark used to be pink now its brown and looser looking as well, i wish I could change it but now I learned cant do much about it..lol :(

  25. Linda Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Hi everyone I’ve read most of the comments and I feel a lot better after reading everyone’s dilema knowing that Im not alone. I have seven children and since my first child my body changed. Darker n enlarged nipples, darker down there and armpits and even elbos, n belly line. I just want to say there is some hope though girls to do a more natural remedy, but it takes longer to see results. Unfortunately they will never go back to exactly how you had them before but at least lighter if you use a mixture of lemon/salt like an exfoliator. I do it twice a week and leave it on for at least 20 to 30 minutes before I shower. Or use the lemon like its a rollon and leave it all day for more effect when Im at home all day. I have noticed I lost the darkness n it has gone completely from my elbows that Ive had for years from being overwieght. I just started on the pubic areas and it has lightend quicker than I expected. Well I hope this works for everyone, they also have a creme that smells really good and also has orange extract with the same concept by Nutrise that I apply to my face because of the sun spots since I live in florida. Well goodluck everyone Hope this helps!!!

  26. Jaden Says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Hi, my labia is shit brown and my vagina is looser than a ducks lips. Theres lots of vaginal discharge and it smells sorta like fish I never even had a kid. Can someone please help. I dunno whats wrong.

  27. Alicia Says:
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I’m glad this is a category on here, and i’m glad someone was willing to ask. its good to know i’m not the only one who’s noticed a difference. just being honest here, but before i had my kids, i had a beautiful (for lack of a better term?)exterior vagina. i’m caucasian. the outer labia were the color of my skin, and the inner parts were the nice, pretty pink color, and tight. while pregnant with, and after my first was born, the color of the inner parts changed from the pretty pink, to a dark reddish-brown color. the tightness was still kinda there. but after my 2nd baby, it looks gross. the color never went away, and now its saggy and and stretched out and gross. it got even worse after my third. i was able to do kegels to get the inside muscle tone back so sex is more enjoyable, but unfortunately with most of the external parts being mostly skin and not muscle, theres nothing you can do for it. and now it makes me really self concious because my husband and i have since divorced (our youngest is 15 months), and i’m with someone else, and i’m afraid to have sex wduring the day if the opportunity arises, or at night if theres too much light shining in the window because i don’t want him to see it :/ how does everyone deal with it?

  28. Penny(gigi) Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I had to comment on this issue…I have 2 wondeful full grown children now adults am almost 23yrs pp with youngest and a grandma to a wonderful lil boy 3yrs old I was so lucky to never have had the darkening that stayed but my daughter(25YRS OLD) has the stripe on belly and darkened pits and am sure has else where :)BUT her fiance’ loves her all the same and she states if no one likes what they see they shouldnt be looking:) I have had alot of giggles while reading all the comments and fact of it is…IF YOUR MAN/WOMAN TRULY LOVES YOU AND RESPECTS YOU THAN THE DARKENING WONT MATTER TO THEM…is part of childbirth unfortunately some never get back natural tone. As per Jaden well dear sounds to me like ya might wanna go see your OB/GYN cause if you got major discharge and smells there is most likely something going on down there such as yeast infection…kegels definitely help tighten things back up and definitely make sex better I do em 2x daily…So ladies keep your chin and JUST LOVE YOUR BODY WITH ALL ITS FAULTS GOD GIVES YOU THE BODY YOU WAS MEANT TO HAVE WE CAN ONLY TRY AND IMPROVE IT WHAT WILL BE WILL BE…THIS COMING FROM A PLUS SIZED 44YR OLD MOM OF 2 AND GRANDMA OF 1(FOR NOW) WITH FIBROMYALGIA AND CANCER SURVIVOR(CERVICAL) There unfortunately is no way of tightening the vaginal lips back up after birth most men the love it all the same :) GOD BLESS LADIES AND BEST OF LUCK

  29. Ronald Says:
    November 18th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I’m surprised to see this called a ‘problem’. As a male I can say ladyparts come in all sorts of colors and shapes and they are all normal in my mind. If anything, I prefer darker pigments, but either way is fine. My GF’s linea negra line is cute to me. I really hope you all can focus on something else, and only use bleach on clothing.

  30. Lilly Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I am Mexican, I used to have my nipples and private parts pinkish. After my twins, and a third baby(second pregnancy) had them dark. I don’t really care about my parts being dark. As long as my partner is okay with the I’m alright with them!

  31. mena Says:
    January 7th, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Maybe you guys should try an herbal cleansing, im pregnant, im planning on doing one a bit after I stop breastfeeding. Its usually just hormones that change your colors, but when its certain areas it can be parasites, so a black walnut cleanse would be good. Ask a health food professional on how to dose yourselves tho, like anything like it, it could dehydrated you. Also anything that makes you poo..

  32. Sue Says:
    January 12th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I personally feel it’s hormones. Look on the bright side “they aren’t on our heads!” There are worse things in life!

  33. Ana Says:
    January 16th, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Hi girls, im latina. Very light skin with light brown hair. My genitals was dark (really dark/black) since puberty. I just used to feel self concious and i visit my dermatolyst. He said it is very normal. So then i start accepting my self as i am and start enjoying sex even with the lights on :-). My husband dont care about it. So girlss it is normal, talk to you boyfriends about it, he will love you and sex you as always.

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