Finding a bump in your nether regions can quickly send you into a panic, but not every issue down there is cause for alarm. Bumps can be anything from a pimple to a skin infection, so to keep yourself calm, it's good to know what kind of pubic area bumps to look out for. According to OB-GYNs, you'll no doubt encounter one of these at some point in your life, so it's important to know how each of these bumps differ and how you can prevent them.
Dr. Octavia Cannon, M.D., an OB-GYN, tells Bustle that lumps and bumps around your vulva are not uncommon. "Some are normal and may resolve on their own. However, it's always best to get anything new checked out by your gynecologist to be sure. You should check [your vulva] out at least twice monthly to make sure that everything looks normal down below."
It's important to note that bumps you may notice on your external genitalia are most often located on the vulva; for example, a bump on your clitoral hood. Or they may around the anus or on your perineum. This can help clear up some confusion when confronted with a bump or talking to your doctor. Here are 13 kind of bumps that OB-GYNs say every woman should look out for:
Seeing a bump may be scarily initially, but it's typically no need to worry. Your doctor can help you identify what is causing your bumps, as well as how to treat them.
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Dr. Octavia Cannon, OB-GYN
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What bumps are normal down there? ›
Harmless bumps in the genital area include pimples, cysts, angiomas and mollusca. Cysts are yellowish round lumps under the skin, which feel like a small ball or pebble that can easily be moved around. Cysts may enlarge slightly, but in general they stay about the same and don't cause any problems.What does it mean if you have bumps in your vag? ›
Vaginal bumps may be caused by sexually transmitted infections such as genital warts and genital herpes. Two common sexually transmitted infections can cause bumps around the vagina. These are genital warts and genital herpes: Genital warts: Small, flesh-colored lumps, these may have a cauliflower-like appearance.What STD causes bumps on pubic area? ›
If you've got odd lumps in intimate places, there's a chance it's either genital herpes or genital warts. Both are caused by viruses and can be transmitted through unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex or intimate skin-on-skin contact. Genital herpes is a very common STI.Can yeast infection cause bumps? ›
Yeast infections can also cause bumps and blisters on the vagina that are tender on the touch and can cause pain during urination and sexual intercourse. The lesions can be itchy, painful, and also result in a burning sensation.Do VAG bumps go away? ›
Genital pimples will usually go away on their own in a few days. Contact your doctor if the pimple hasn't cleared up within a few weeks. Pimples form near the vagina for many reasons. They typically clear up on their own.What STD looks like folliculitis? ›
Ingrown hairs (folliculitis) are painful, but even more concerning is that they can sometimes mimic the symptoms of herpes or other sexually transmitted infections.Can BV cause bumps? ›
Bacterial vaginosis does not cause a rash or lesions. If you notice a rash or bumps, you should visit a GUM clinic to get checked for STIs. Lesions may be a sign of genital herpes, while bumps could be caused by genital warts.How long does it take for STD bumps to appear? ›
Symptoms can develop within a few days or weeks, but sometimes they do not appear until months or even years later. Often there are few or no symptoms and you may not know you have an STI. If there's any chance you have an STI, go to a sexual health clinic or GP for a free and confidential check-up.Where are yeast infection bumps located? ›
Yeast Infection Symptoms
Among these are: Bumps, redness, or swelling around the vagina and vulva. Itchiness and discomfort.
It can feel like itching or maybe even burning. Or you may have swelling so extreme, it leads to sores. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe, a yeast infection can be uncomfortable. Also known as vaginal candidiasis, yeast infections are caused by a fungus.
Can a bacterial infection cause bumps? ›
Bacterial skin infections often begin as small, red bumps that slowly increase in size. Some bacterial infections are mild and easily treated with topical antibiotics, but other infections require an oral antibiotic.When should I be worried about bumps down there? ›
It's a good idea to see a doctor if you're unsure about changes to your body. You should also see your doctor if you have a new lump that doesn't go away in a few weeks. As well, see your doctor if you have pain or signs of infection, such as: discharge from the lump that contains pus or blood.Is it normal to get bumps on your private? ›
Yes, a pimple can form on the external tissue (vulva and labia). It's also known as vaginal acne. You may be surprised to find a pimple in this area. But it's nothing to be concerned about.What does VAG bumps look like? ›
She says vaginal bumps can look like an ulcer, a blister, a freckle, a wart, or even a series of little bumps like a rash. They can be skin-colored (depending on what that means for your specific skin tone), red, pink, or dark brown. Basically, if it's a raised surface of some type, it could appear on your labia.Should your VAG have bumps? ›
“The vagina is not a smooth surface; it has a natural texture, so [you shouldn't] be alarmed.” That said, it's a good idea to have any new bumps you find checked out by a gyno because they can sometimes be a sign of a health condition, like a sexually transmitted infection, for example.