You know what we are talking about… yes, the FUPA. The Fat Upper Pussy/Pubic Area. More anatomically correct, this is the area between your lower abdomen and the top of your pubic bone.
In the medical field, it is called the ‘panniculus’ and is considered very normal and healthy. Although, it is seen as something to be embarrassed about (other than Beyonce herself showing love for her extra cushion), leading to more women looking for a way to lose this fat.
So, let’s talk about it, the causes of fat vagina and how to get rid of fupa.
What Causes Fat Vagina?
Thankfully it doesn’t come down to just being the luck of the draw. Just like there are some of us with innie or outie vaginas, there are some of us with a thicker mons pubis.
Some women are predisposed to an enlarged mons pubis due to their genetic makeup. This isn’t just a body-conscious feature for women. Many men have extra fat in their mons pubis, though it is extraordinary that men take up a minuscule amount of non-invasive surgeries.
Excess fat may gather in the mons pubis from to gaining weight with age and during pregnancy, giving it a raised appearance.
Since the mons pubis fat tissue is estrogen-sensitive, elevated estrogen levels can cause mons pubis fat to accumulate.
Abdominal Cosmetic Surgery
Surprisingly, undergoing procedures like liposuction can cause puffiness in the pubic area. Many surgeons have stated how women, post-lipo, come to them asking, Why is my vagina so fat? Just to prep them for another procedure to fix it.
The Size of Your Mons Pubis Can Fluctuate
In another similar way to our labias (the distinction between an innie or outie vagina), our mons pubis will alter its size and appearance throughout your life. We even tend to notice the size of our breasts fluctuating, mostly during weight gain/loss and pregnancy. Genetics and hormones are inevitable. When it comes down to why the size of your mons pubis is becoming puffier, it is more than likely due to weight gain. 1 in every 4 women (28% of women in the U.S. in 2023) are considered obese.
If you experience a sudden increase in weight, the skin in the abdominal and lower area will expand to make room for the additional fat. This can result in the appearance of a swollen or fatty mons pubis. Conversely, when the weight is lost, the fat cells in the pubic area will disappear, leaving behind loose skin. In both scenarios, there may be an accumulation of excess skin that resembles a pouch.
How to Get Rid of Fupa
Even though it can be annoying to hear, it is impossible to specifically target this area with exercise. There are several studies (like this one and this one) that have conducted very detailed research on this matter and have yet to see a correlation between exercise and BMI to the FUPA.
Diet and Exercise
Didn’t we just say that exercise has nothing to do with getting rid of the FUPA? Yes, but there is a correlation between overall weight loss and the appearance of your mons pubis. Look at it like this, your vulva (yes, your mons pubis is a part of your vulva, not your vagina) has some stubborn fat cells and fatty tissue that are not going anywhere unless surgically removed. When you gain weight, go through pregnancy, or even experience a change in hormones, more temporary fat cells cause that extra puffiness.
Another in-depth study done by the University of Connecticut proves that targeted fat loss is impossible.
If diet and exercise are not effective, surgical procedures like mons lipo or monsplasty can be considered to remove excess fat in the mons pubis.
This isn’t really a tummy tuck, but more of a pubic lift. This is a minimally invasive procedure that you will be conked out during. A small incision is made amid the pubic area and extra fatty tissue disappears with a small tool (cannula). A couple of stitches and you’re out of there the same day. Surgeons and doctors recommend wearing loose fitting bottoms and sticking to positions like doggy style and reverse cowgirl for at least 8 weeks.
Photo source: Memorial Plastic Surgery
When fat cells are removed with liposuction, they are gone for good, and keeping a healthy weight can keep the size and shape of the mons pubis from changing in the future.
Also known as apronectomy or lipectomy, is a surgical technique that includes removing extra skin and fat from the underside of the abdomen, ‘the apron’. Sometimes our skin decides not to snap back after a significant weight loss or pregnancy. We can lose all the weight we want, but there is still excess skin. This is also not considered a tummy tuck. This surgery is only performed to alleviate pain and discomfort, not a cosmetic enhancement.
Laser liposuction is a type of liposuction that involves the use of a laser to “melt” the fat in the area being treated. The fat is extracted through the use of a relatively narrow tube that contains a suction device. The cost of laser liposuction can range anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 or even more, depending on how long you’re going under the knife. Plus, Beverly Hills will cost more than the local surgeon in Iowa.
Or to be scientifically fancy, cryolipolysis. This technique, CoolSculpting, has received FDA approval, and applies targeted cooling to specific areas of the body. The extremely low temperatures caused severe damage to the fat cells in that area. The price of the procedure could range anywhere from $700 to $4,500, based on how much you’re lucking to sculpt.
When to See a Doctor
It is recommended that you seek the advice of a gynecologist if you are concerned about the appearance of your mons pubis or if you experience pain, discomfort, or other symptoms in the area where the mons pubis is located.
They are qualified to advise you on matters relating to your overall health and your way of life, as well as address any concerns you may have regarding your genital region.
FAQs of Fat Vagina
Why do I have a fat private area?
A fat private area can be caused by factors such as genetics, weight gain, and hormonal fluctuations. It is very normal and nothing to be concerned about. Since your mons pubis is a spot that tends to store fat deposits, like our breasts, weight gain is a large cause to a larger private area.
What is vagina fat called?
Vagina fat, or the fatty area above the pubic bone, is called the mons pubis. You might hear it referred to as a FUPA, which stands for Fat Upper Pubic (or Pussy) Area.
Are fat labias normal?
Yes, fat labias are normal, as the size and shape of the labia vary widely among individuals. If you are concerned about the size of your labias or you are having difficulty functioning during the day, this is abnormal and you should contact your gyno.
Can the size of your mons pubis fluctuate?
Very much so! Like stated before, weight gain both naturally or through pregnancy, those dang genetics, and even just a change in hormones as you go through life.
How do you lose labia fat?
While you cannot specifically target labia fat, adopting a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise can help you lose overall body fat, which may also reduce fat in the genital area
How can I slim down my pubic area?
To slim down your pubic area, you can try a combination of diet, exercise, and targeted exercises for the deep core muscles. There are products like compression underwear that can help ‘suck’ in any extra fatty area in your midsection.
Now you know that there is nothing to be worried about and especially not self-conscious about your FUPA. Own it baby! This can come and go throughout your life with changes in hormones, diet, and overall body health.
Just don’t go searching for the ‘Best Way to Lose Your Vagina Fat’ diets and expect it to magically shed the excess cushion pudge.