Functions of the labia minora

The labia minora have a range of functions, many of which may be enhanced in larger variants.

Protection
The term 'curtains' is apt - when unstimulated the labia minora close together, protecting their inner mucous membrane and closing off the vaginal entrance. It's been suggested that larger labia may interfere with sex but this is misleading - they guard the entrance and if they don't open to let you in, then she's probably not ready. Occasionally one or both may be caught up inside, but this shouldn't normally interfere, in fact it may provide exciting extra stimulation.

In addition to their role as a physical shield, the labia secrete antibacterial substances as a defence against infection.

Visual Stimulation
Many men are highly aroused by seeing the labia minora in a naked standing woman, as swollen labia are a powerful signal of female arousal (and may also signal ovulation). This so called 'extra' skin is actually seen by many as representing extra sensuality, and more fun in foreplay. The visual appeal may also be enhanced by the colour. Generally darker than your skin tone, your lips may be black, brown, purple, pink...., and the shade or colour may vary in different areas; just like some flower petals... The colour may also alter with increasing sexual arousal.  

Sexual stimulation 
The labia are rich in nerve endings, and in fact so called 'hypertrophic' labia have 50% more of these nerve endings*. This means their owner may get special pleasure from their nibbling, tugging, stroking or licking. 

Moistening with extracellular fluid during arousal the labia minora help to lubricate sex. Many men also find that larger labia provide extra stimulation during intercourse, as they rub or wrap around him. For this reason - and those above - many women in Africa (and in the West) practice a gentle stretching technique to lengthen their labia. 

Other Functions 
In their closed peg-like form the labia minora help to direct the urine stream (useful for hikers!)

*Malinovský L, Sommerová J, Martiník J: Quantitative evaluation of sensory nerve endings in hypertrophy of labia minora pudendi in women. Acta Anatomica 1975;92:129-144 (DOI: 10.1159/000144435)

86 comments:

  1. Those of us with smaller labia minora who still enjoy hiking can obviously use a specially designed funnel...!

    I'd never really given much thought to this before, but stumbled across a link to your page during a discussion about male circumcision (which disgusts and horrifies me). It seems such a horrible shame that women feel any embarassment about the size or shape of their bodies.

    I think it's great that you're providing information and raising awareness of this issue, and promoting satisfaction with the natural body!

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  2. As a young girl I was made to feel like a freak by other cheer leaders when we bent over and they could see that I was larger than all the other girls. Even through my knickers that we wore with our uniforms.

    It is good to finally know at almost 40 why that is and how my experience can be enhanced by my endowment.

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    2. an aroused labia is a thing to behold, it is so good to tongue and suck on

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  3. Very informative of the labia minora. I am a student taking intro to anatomy to finder further information about the female reproduction and was fortunate to find your blog! many thanks!

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  4. Ladies do not be ashamed or feel freaked out if you have protruding labia, like each petal on a rose they are all beautiful, I can not understand why some would want to have them chopped off for any other reason that's not medical. Big, small equal or just different, love them, and if you partner don't like them, change your partner... I love everything about labia, look ,feel and taste..... Yeah I'm a bloke.

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    1. I wish you were my husband, he does not like it at all, that makes me feel insecure plus he does not come down at all, a thing that I am missing lots.

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    2. Sweetheart i understand you are married, but if your husband make you feel insecure about such a beautiful part of a womans body...I'll email you some divorce papers.

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    3. I agree.... large labia are extremely sexy. I LOVE to see flower pedals... Women with tiny or no lips are not very sexy... nothing to play with. :(

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  5. This is very informative, but I still have to say that the sight of my larger labia still makes me sick. I can see nothing beautiful about them. I have been growing more and more disgusted over the last few years and have gotten to the point that I would love to cut them off myself, but I am afraid I would make them look worse.

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    1. I love large lips, as a man.

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  6. thank you thank you thank you. i had been so confused about my long protruded labia minoria for ages since the start of my puberty.. tho i m just 17 right right... i found nothing pretty or beautiful about them. i think they are disgusting as the stick out and they look brown and black coz i m a asian. and they discomfort me all the time and i hide them inside every time after pee and bath. you info above is very very useful and i m glad that there are actually girls like me having protruded labia minoria. at least i now know that i am normal and some guys would think it is arousing appealing and attractive. i live in a chinese traditional city and i dont really get a boyfriend so early in my study stage. so i never have experience of sex and never know how guys think of this or how they taste like lol. now i can know more and be a little bit more confident about myself and down there.. thanks.

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    1. That's just your beauty don't b shamed

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  7. I was really concious about my labia minora, because of their size and colour. I was reluctant to start my sexual life, and didn't want to be seen naked in any circumstances. Until my first sexual partner. He wasn't specially aroused by them, he didn't even noticced them, except during oral sex:) I got it then - nobody cared but me. now, I'm a happy sexually active nudist, I have no problems with my body, we are all different and naturally beautiful.

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  8. Very informative! For you information the stretching is performed to girls at age of. 13 by elderly women at a secret venue for 2 or more weeks! These young girls are taught the practicalities of sex in preparation of adulthood! Westernisation and gender activism eroded the purpose and value of labia stretching and equated to genital mutilation! Some tribes in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania still practice labia stretching! Some men are known to have divorced their wives who have small labia minora!

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    1. So true. Am a Malawian n for a girls its a must to have these in most cultures. It not arois orgasm but also holds th penis making t not 2 fal off nnt hw. Women r also tod to jv ths for their husbunds to find smthn to play wit during fore play. Most white men love going for black women because of this

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    1. Are you a man or a woman saying this?

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    2. Your ugly i bet your grandmother has one and you don't even know it.

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    3. I bet he does know it! Intimately.

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    4. If he dont like them it mean he likes balls he a gay man lol

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  10. I can only be sexually satisfied by woman with extra large labia.If you are one of such please send message on billymosiame@hotmail.com. I live in Botswana

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  11. Hi Guys,
    Please come to Rwanda and see how this libia elongation i being practiced. A woman without stretched libia is regarded as an iresponsible lady who might be having lazy aunts and carries risks of being devorced.

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  12. I love sucking on my wifes long labias. They are long and beautiful. I really enjoy stretching them!!

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  13. As I recently discovered I am hypertrophic after yeas of wondering what was wrong with my vagnal appearance (especially color), this is only the third article I read on hypertrophy and already my feelings ( very strong feelings ) towards reconstructive surgery have been put to ease. Thank you so much for tis article. Although my fiancé has reassured me many times how beloved my body, this article has confirmed to be of his blanant honesty. Thank you thank you

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  14. Every vagina is different. Go to www.AustinLabiaplasty.com (Austin Labiaplasty Institute) and go to the info section. You can see under the "Information tab" that out of 2,981 women surveyed, all of them had different length labia. Love your body for who God made you to be. If you are uncomfortable, then there are medical procedures that can be done.

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  15. The thought of your article is pretty distinctive which is a good factor in driving more visitors to visit your site.I even told my friends to take a look at your post and in fact your blog is already bookmarked on my computer. Hope to see more of this. Keep it up!

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  16. Without the visual function of long labia, The vagina would be nothing more but an entry way with no directions leading the way. I live them! They are Beautiful just Like The petals Of A Flower. The longer, The better. How boring would a flower look with no petals. They also taste extraordinary and carry the scent of a well nurished woman in bloom. women should embrace this advantage Over Men And accentuate their beauty in this area. Think of it being The long beautiful hair on the head of a woman. It shows her glory

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  18. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I am 18 and have hated my labia for years- this post has been a much needed reality check, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

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  19. I think that large labia will soon be considered as desirable as big cocks.

    They are much more fun and suckable...

    J - ps I'm straight with a normal sized cock but I love large labia

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  20. Large labia is simply a wonderfull gift that not all women are lucky to poses! to those that have them I say big congartulation to you!

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  21. I have large labia myself, and I really didn't notice when I was a little younger. 19 now. Married. Planning on having a baby soon. I used to be so insecure and sometimes I still hate the way they look because I think mine are down right hideous especially when I bend over they are totally noticeable but oh well, why go through surgery for that when my man loves me for who I am?

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  22. About the age of ten I started noticing my inner lips were getting longer. I have always been on the slightly plump side and I have always had a proturding mons. I asked my mother about it and she said everyone was different. As I got older they got longer. It got to the point were I could not were loose fitting panties. My lips would rub against the crotch or sometimes get hung in the elastic. I complained to my mother and she suggested wearing tight fitting panties, I did. That solved the problem. Now all I wear is tight fitting thongs or g's.

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  23. Congs all those with long labia minora, we Africans love them so much.

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  24. Can you still have kids?

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  25. Thanks for all these comments..now i feel so confident about my labia..I used to have sex with the lights off because i am so embarassed about it but now i'm ready to have sex with the lights on :)

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  26. Mine is not that long compared to the others i saw online but i still think it looks gross until i read this comments ... Thank u guys so much :)

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  27. please ladies, dont worry about your labia minora, every guy will love them no matter what color or size they are! Labia are sexy!

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  28. I have to add a comment even though I am a guy. girls with long labia minora are in my opinion very lucky. I think they are beautiful. My little boy asked me once what my favorite thing is, and I had to hum and hah around that question because, well he is not probably old enough to have the information that his dad's favorite thing in the world is a pair of labia minora. You ladies who are ashamed of your protruding labia are like a mountain who is ashamed of its peaks rising higher than all the other mountains around it. Nature or God gave you a great gift, please, please, please learn to appreciate those lips and be proud of them.

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  29. I definitely have embraced the appearance of my vagina, before I felt ashamed and embarrassed but now I have realised what is there to be embarrassed about.. what some of us ladies call extra skin, men call extra sensation and sexual attraction. my labia minora is large and I feel proud as all of the women on here should because every woman is beautifully different :)

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  30. If only both sexes could be done with being or needing to be fixated with genitalia size/appearance, and get on with what really matters... enjoying life as you are. Being a male with a smaller than "normal" penis size, I wasted decades of my life staying solitary out of the fear of not being able to "measure up" in the eyes of a women. It wasn't until I met a lady that told and proved to me that the most important sexual organ is located in your skull, not your crotch, that I discovered with the right partner, size/appearance really doesn't matter, and with that came peace of mind and acceptance of what God give me.

    Don't needlessly penalize yourself like I did, life is already too short.

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    1. Yea im a bit young but my labia are already pretty long...... i kinda noticed them a couple if yers ago. I hate how the get stuck to my panties or the hamg in the shower. And i wonder can i still have kids when im married? What if my husband soent like them?

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  31. I was recently reading an article about how women are having "labiaplasty" to make their labia minora smaller. I found this funny because my labia minora is small and I remember when the guy I'm dating and I first talked about porn. I mentioned a porn star and I told him "I hate her, I wish I had a larger labia minora like her. I'm so jealous." He just looked at me and asked why. I began telling him that I thought it was sexier, I am not dissatisfied with my vagina but I think a larger labia minora is much more exotic. It can make sexually stimulate someone by just looking at it. It gives a guy more to play with, more to enjoy. Ladies, don't be ashamed because I think y'all are so lucky!!!

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  32. Oh, you (probably still young) ladies who are embarrassed by large lips, please dont be. I was raised in the west, seen much of the world and now live in asia and i agree with the african men here who consider protruding lips to be very sexy and cant get enough of to nibble. Please do NOT be ashamed nor cut them off! and just wait until you find a man (or woman), who likes such or at least doesnt mind at all(maybe not from your own village or culture if they are too closed minded). Take my word, guys who dislike such are in the dumb minority and probably not worth it in terms of good sex or even good sound life perspective. One advice is to keep your petals cleanly washed because big or small lips, we dont like it if it smells. I hope you all and your partners soon enjoy your beautiful flower!

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  33. Pro tip, don't get labiaplasty as the labia contains nerve endings that make sex feel good.

    In a related note, don't get circumcision as the foreskin contains nerve endings that make sex feel good.

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  34. SO thankful for this article. I'm 32, have had a very active sexual life, but always thought I should be more "tucked in." After seeing images of other women's labia, it turns out mine aren't even "big"- normal at most. But I was still self-conscious! I even asked my gyencologist once, but his reassurance was nowhere near the comfort and confidence I found in this article. I choose to believe my "down there" is beautiful. We need to stop hatin' on our bodies, and start loving every fleshy inch of them :)

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  35. Its wonderful to see them and got terribly aroused. I like such women and I can be very much happy to marry one. I'm living in South Africa. If possible lets share this god wonders together: tsk.mofokeng@gmail.com. I appreciate you. Thanks.

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  36. I'm 15 and I've been terribly insecure about my large labia minora. Yes, I'm still a virgin but sometimes I wonder what the guys of my generation would think or say if they wanted to have intercourse. Every one these days are so judgemental, you wouldn't know what they would thing. All in all, I suppose this post made me feel a little bit better about myself.

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  37. When I was 16 I had my mom take me to the doctor because I thought my labia minor was too big. The doctor assured me that I was normal. I was so relieved!! I can say for certain that as an adult none of my partners have minded at all...quite the opposite in fact. Ladies, Relax! However you look you are just perfect!

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  38. The more I research about the vagina, the more confused I get...originally I was researching about the hymen as I thought mine was broken, later I found out that the skin was actually the labia minora however I only had one on the right side which has made me feel a bit insecure...does anyone else have this condition?

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  39. I was so worried about mine because I thought it was really big but the comments on here are saying labias are better bigger thankyou

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  40. Ive always been one to judge myself and one of those judges happen to be my labia minora. I have a boyfriend now who absolutely adores them and i told him i wanted to have a labiaplasty and he replied, "if you do, then theres no reason to be with you, there wouldnt be anything special aboyt you anymore" but i just absolutely despise them, my mom has it too, but my sister doesnt. & ive always thought i was curseddd. I know a lot of people have em, but ive had people make fun of them and call them curtains before. I never heard of that but then i realized he was talking about my parts. I realize that guys enjoy,em especially mine but,ive never felt comfortable.

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  41. I hate my large set. They embarrass me when go to the beach because I know that they protrude from the side of my binkini. I notice men looking at them and I just turn beetroot red.

    All of my boyfriends have told me that my labia are strange and gross, so I believe them.

    Is it safe to remove them yourself if I use a very clean and sharp razor blade?

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  42. Am a Nigerian, 24 yrs old. I used to feel very uncofortable with my Labia. At 1st I thought it was because I was molested and exposed to sex @ a young age. Once a friend (female)said some disgusting things about my size and it got me so worried. I went as far as making love to a lesbian just to compare my labia to another. Funny enuf my partner ended up succking me all day and praising my labia. She said as a lesbian, mine was the biggest and best she ever had. I am married to a medical doctor, who keeps telling me how much he loves those protruding lips. He enjoys foreply with me coz I am so endowed. Be proud of those petals ladies...

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  43. Google Andie Valentino and you will see one of the most beautiful porn stars of all time. She is gorgeous, and her labia are huge. I can't imagine any man on earth not wanting to get with her.

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    1. You are so wrong, her long labia are beautiful and I would love to "get with her", as would the majority of other men on here. Long live enlarged labia minora.

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  44. At the age of 48 I have never seen large labia. Can someone who is brave enough show me live.

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  45. I need help, am a 21 old girl ,who has very tiny labia lips, I want to know weather its still possible for me to stretch my labia lips, and how long will they take before they start growing....help pls..I love large labia lips.

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  46. ALL MY XS HAVE A LARGE LABIA THE FEEL LOOKS PLAYING WITH THEM TURNS ME ON ANY LADYS WANNA SEND ME A PIC MY EMAIL IS THEODORERITOLA@

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    1. i have large labia also and a 6 in clitoris when im hornny do you want too play

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  47. Hi,im 23 n mrid.om very worried and scared bcz i dnt hv libia lips.my husband knws abt them n hestating to tell me to strech them.plz help me wana save my marriage..any advice on wat to do n wat i cn use to streth them email me at chiwomba@gmail.com..wll b very greatful..thnk yu

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  48. I thought they were unusual at once but now I'm loving myself more I thnk we r unique nd should b thankful as others r longing for them

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  50. Hi My name is Rob, I went out with a girl in Penwortham and she had the most perfect lips, always a pleasure to go down on them.

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  51. ..labias...cherish the memories........

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  52. Thank you. The memories will allways be with me.Allways, In my view Cath from Penwortham was perrrrrfect in that department. better to have had than not!! Rob.

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  53. wow...im glad to read in this blong and to hear different views.I am 40 yrs SA woman who is naturally blessed not so much but its 5 cm protruding.Every man I have dated goes crazy about my pair.I recently divorced,and got a chance to explore,it was amazing to learn how blessed I am.Im now dating a Zimbambian (Shona) man who has proposed.we so connected and talk about anything.he shared a story of a Malawian girl who had pulled her per which was so long that she folded them when she was dressing.This gave me a thought that she would love mine longer though he has expressed his complements on the current one. I like to explore and I have started stretching mine, my goal is to have at least 30cm.I dedicate two hours a day, in the morning and in the afternoon,started a week ago.I feel so deprived as a South African that we do not have this initiation schools where we can learn all of this.I am motivated to start one for those who will choose that this tradition is important.I really enjoy the cries of a man when he is hypnotized by this pair,it makes me feel so feminine,I also enjoy the feel of my pusy sucking the guys dick,its amazing.who wants to join me ladies for moral in our lambia pulling khondlof@gmail.com.for our enjoyments girls

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  54. I think this is superb, the longer the better, I would love to add my email address for any pictures but I appreciate that this may be a step to far. Keep on pulling girl and fold them a way when dressing. Rob

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  55. I think a womans large labia are simply the most sexy and gorgeous things out. Trust me they really turn me on.When surfing porn the first pics I look at are the girls with large labia.You girls with nice protruding labia are blessed no two ways about it.

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  56. OMG!!the only way I googled about labia is because itought it was not normal and iwanted ways ican get rid of them.I'm a South African Zulu girl and I've always felt so ashamed about my Labia and tought there weren't normal coz I've never really seen any before and iwould have a boyfriend who wud appreciate them but I'd think he was only being nice to me and wud get some1 who wud ask me what it is and iwould feel so embarassed but after reading this ifeel so confident about my labia and iaint gonna hide it to my partner.Thank you so so much itought it was a desease.Thank you so so much really ihave sufferer for 20 yrs with this.

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  57. I heard that labia should be upright, if it is loose then it cause problems, is it true?

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  58. What do you mean by upright? If you google labia minora fun page there are lots of examples of labia minora no two are a like.

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