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Bumps On The Vagina

Published: 26 October 2010
Dear TeenHealthFX,
What are the bumps you get on your vagina area, but you have never have had sex before. it cant be an STD can it. ? Please answer this.
Signed: Bumps On The Vagina

Dear Bumps On The Vagina,

 

If you have never had sex, it is hard to imagine that the bumps in your vaginal area are due to an STD. There are many causes of the bumps and pimples that can occur in the female genital area, and most are nothing to worry about. While it is easy for women to get easily worried at the site of any kind of bump in the vaginal area, it is important to keep in mind that the bumps are not necessarily contagious, due to an STD, or representative of a significant medical problem.

Bumps in the genital area can be caused by things such as:

·         Blocked hair follicles. This is probably the most common type of “bump” seen in the genital area of both men and women.

·         Clogged sweat glands.

·         Skene’s duct cysts.

·         Bartholin cysts.

·         Skin tags.

·         Lesions or sores associated with genital herpes.

·         Genital warts associated with HPV.

·         Molluscum contagiosum, a viral infection that causes small, fleshy bumps on the vulva.

Depending on what is causing the bump, medical treatment may or may not be needed. If your bumps are causing you pain or do not seem to be going away, consult with your doctor. If you have been sexual active (especially if you have had sex without using a condom) and subsequently notice any kind of bumps in the genital area, see your doctor right away as it could be the sign of an STD. Generally, you should not try and “pop” or squeeze out bumps in the genital area as this could make the situation worse, such as by causing scars.

Again, an STD is extremely unlikely if you have not been sexually active. However, FX cannot know for sure what the exact cause of the bumps is in your genital area. What FX suggests is that you ask your doctor about it on your next visit. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.   

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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