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Large Vaginal Lips With Tiny White Bumps

Published: December 17, 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
My vaginal lips are large. Also, they have lots of tiny little white bumps on them. It's not from sexual activity or anything like that either...So it couldn't be an STD (right??)...What is it? Help!
Signed: Large Vaginal Lips With Tiny White Bumps

Dear Large Vaginal Lips With Tiny White Bumps,

Unfortunately, TeenHealthFX cannot make diagnoses over the Internet and therefore cannot tell you what is going on with your vagina. However, rest assured that there is a lot of variation among women's vaginal lips, and the bumps you have found could just be a characteristic of your skin, so what you're describing might be completely normal. But, it's not a good idea to take any chances with your sex organs, as you're going to want functioning ones later on in life - so it's a good idea for you to get checked out by your doctor just to make sure everything is ok.

The outer lips of the vagina are usually fleshy and the inner ones are usually thin, but in reality, they really do come in all shapes in sizes. In some women, the inner lips are completely enclosed by the outer lips and in others; the inner lips actually hang down further than the outer ones. This is all completely normal.

If you've never had any type of sexual contact, then the white bumps on your vagina cannot be a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It's important to remember, though, that oral sex can transmit some diseases, including herpes. However, herpes tends to produce painful blisters that appear, disappear, and then reappear over time and has other associated symptoms like a fever and flu-like feeling. It is quite possible that the bumps you have are simply tiny glands present in your skin or even an irritation due to the natural moisture in the genital area. But, again, any changes in your genital area should be checked out by a doctor just to make sure everything is ok. It's important that in the future, if you do become sexually active, you need to remember to practice safe oral sex and safer sex to protect yourself against STDs

If you cannot go to your own doctor, you can call a teen health center or Planned Parenthood in your area. Teen health centers can see teens for sexual health reasons without your parent's consent and on a low/no cost basis. If you live in Northern New Jersey you can also call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at (973) 971.6475.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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