i have little bumps around my vagina

dear heather,
This is so embarrassing to ask about, but I thought it might be better if I did. I have little bumps around my vagina that look almost like pimples. Is there a problem?

I can understand why asking about little bumps around your vagina is embarrassing…but what else am I here for?

Bumps around the vulva are very common. There are a number of explanations for them–some medically serious and some not.

Dr. Karen Rosewater, a doctor of adolescent medicine, says that the pimples may be caused by irritation around the area, often caused by wearing clothing that is too tight or underwear made out of synthetic material. If this is the case, try to keep the area dry. Consider wearing cotton underwear, or, at the least, underwear with a cotton crotch, as well as looser fitting clothing.

However, if you are sexually active, the bumps may indicate something more serious, like the presence of a sexually-transmitted disease (or STD). Genital warts, according to Dr. Rosewater, are often mistaken for pimples. They are quite common and tend not to be painful. Herpes, on the other hand, usually manifests first as pimple-like bumps, and then turns into ulcers, which can hurt. Both genital warts and herpes can be treated. Though there is no known cure for herpes, a doctor would be able to help you manage your condition.

The pimples you’ve found may very well turn out to be a rash, but since you are experiencing something new, it’s a good idea to see a doctor. If you are sexually active, I would suggest abstaining from sex or using a condom until a doctor has diagnosed the problem. Better to be on the safe side.

take care,

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  • britt

    I feel tiny bumps…like the size of a mechanical pencil led tip tiny…around my vagina hole. Im scared. Ive never felt them before. Theres about six of them or less but still…I have been sexually active for almost a year.