I recently noticed a weird flap on my vagina as I was taking a shower. It is oddly discolored and almost purple to the rest of the pink. I am fifteen years old and well into my puberty (I got my period when I was twelve) and have not yet had sexual intercourse. I am embarrassed that this is something abnormal and I'm afraid to talk to my mother about it. It's a flap of skin that is pretty big and can extend past my outer lips; it's very stretchy. Please give me some advice!
I had read somewhere that it could be my hymen. Besides, shouldn't the labia minora be two flaps of skin? Not one, like I have?
EDIT: I just washed my hands and checked. I'm pretty sure it's not the labia minora. For one thing, it is one large flap, not two. Secondly, it is located in the center (perhaps a little down) of my vagina. The labia minora are like doors, correct? They open into the vaginal orifice. This doesn't do this.
Hypothetically, if it was my hymen, what should/where should the hymen be located?
Your hymen covered your vaginal entrance while you grew in your mother's womb. What was inside the hymen was your insides, what was outside was your outsides. It is literally located where your insides and outsides came together.
As such it is around the outside edge of your vaginal entrance, not deep inside. It is certainly possible that it can tear lose on one side and hang down. It can also be a septate hymen, or a septate hymen where the fleshy bridge broke lose.