If you’re like most people you wish and hope that your health will take care of itself. Nobody wants to go to the doctor and hear bad news so many just don’t go. Still, others suspect that they might have a problem but simply ignore it, thinking it will go away. Yes, confronting health issues can be scary but there are two bits of good news that come with seeing the doctor:
- Most of the time things we fear might be problems are actually nothing and
- If there is a problem, it’s always, always, better to catch it earlier rather than later.
These rules apply no matter where on the body a potential problem may arise, including the vagina. As such the best thing you can do is to grab a mirror and get intimately acquainted with your crotch.
Vaginal Bumps and What They Might Mean
Vaginas are by and large pretty low maintenance. But that’s not to say they’re no maintenance. Every so often it pays to grab the aforementioned mirror and give your groin a thorough inspection. This is certainly easier if you’re clean shaven down there but even if you’re not, it’s still essential. You’ll just have to get your hands involved a bit more. You’re not looking for anything in particular, just anything that looks or feels out of the ordinary: like lumps and bumps. What’s the big deal if you find a lump or two on or around your hoo-ha? Well, it could be no big deal at all. Then again it could be that your vagina is trying to tell you something. Such as…
Your Shaving Routine Needs to Change
We’ll start with a rather benign signal your vagina may be sending. If you are fond of keeping things hairless but your inspection turns up bumps it might mean you have to change how you achieve your silky smoothness. Shaving often results in ingrown hairs and ingrown hairs can produce a bump that can also be quite painful. Try to resist squeezing or otherwise poking ingrown hair bumps because you could just make thing worse and perhaps even cause an infection. If shaving your vagina is causing ingrown hairs you might want to consider a different technique like laser or Brazilian waxing. Or just clip your pubes close and embrace the fuzz.
You Might Have an STI
There are any number of acquired conditions that could be causing lumps and bumps on your vagina. For instance, herpes will often manifest itself as a series of bumps or blisters that are painful and often itchy as well. Lice can leave little bumps where they bite that often look blue. Genital warts are an all too common STI that typically manifest around the anus and vulva. They don’t always hurt but they may itch, and they’re definitely contagious. It’s possible your body’s immune system may be able to fight off the virus that’s behind the warts, but you can also have your doctor freeze them or burn them off. It’s easily done and you’ll feel better. Another type of infection that produces little bumps around the vagina is molluscum contagiosum. This virus is more common in children though not unheard of in adults and may manifest itself in areas other than your vagina.
You Might Have a Skin Condition
Not all skin conditions are the result of viruses. In fact, the most common ones – eczema and psoriasis – have nothing to do with viruses. Although their origins and causes are still largely unknown, it’s estimated that some 125 million people suffer from psoriasis and somewhere between 500 million and 1 billion people suffer from some form of eczema. These skin conditions don’t always result in lumps, but they can. If you feel lumps in your vaginal region and suspect eczema or psoriasis (perhaps because you have it on another part of your body) see your gynecologist just to be sure. You don’t want a wrong self-diagnosis coming back to haunt you. Another potential cause of a vaginal bump is the humble pimple. You can get them on any other part of your body, so what’s to prevent you from getting one on your vagina? Do yourself a favor though. If you discover a pimple on your vulva, don’t pop it. This could lead to further complications and you don’t want the words “your vagina” and “complications” to be uttered in the same sentence if you can avoid it.
You May Have a Problem with Your Bartholin’s Glands
All that liquid your vagina secretes during sex to keep things nice and wet comes from your Bartholin’s glands. These are a pair of pea-sized glands positioned just inside the opening of your vagina. On occasion cysts may form on one or both of the glands and they’ll feel like lumps when you run your hands across them. The exact reason why cysts form on Bartholin’s glands is not known although research suggests some may be more prone to developing this type of cyst than others. Another thing you should know is that this type of cyst may be quite large. So you may not even need to feel around to be aware of them. The good news, however, is that they’re usually not painful and they will usually clear by themselves in time. In some cases however the cyst may become infected in which case it can become very painful. If you have a painful lump on the inside of your vaginal opening, don’t delay. Make an appointment to see your gynecologist. If your problem is an infected Bartholin’s gland cyst they can drain it for you and then provide you medication to eradicate the infection.
Don’t let small problems grow into bigger ones. Do a visual and tactile inspection of your vagina several times a year and if you discover any lumps or bumps make an appointment with your gynecologist to have it looked at. Chances are i