So, you've noticed some weird-looking bumps on your vulva and now you're freaking out and doing the ol' stress-induced Google at 1am. What fun!
Your crazed search history probably looks something like this: WTF do vulva pimples mean? Can you squeeze them? What if vulva pimples have no head? What's normal and what's not? What can I use on vulva pimples? CAN YOU USE ACTIVES ON YOUR VAG?
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But look - not every bump on your vulva is a major cause for concern. Like, they can be anything from a pimple to a skin infection, and they're actually super common. So, no need to stress.
To save yourself from spending hours staring at your vulva and asking WebMD a lot of confronting questions, it's good to know what pubic area bumps to look out for.
We hit up OB/GYN Dr Nicole Stamatopoulos and dermatologist Dr Cara McDonald, and asked them everything we want to know about vulva bumps and pimples and how you can prevent them.
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Important thing we must say: The bumps we're talking about in this article are the ones you might notice on your external genitalia. So, we're talking about pimples and bumps ON the vulva (not inside the vagina). Kapeesh? This might also help clear up any confusion when you're talking to your doctor.
What causes vulva pimples?
"Pimple-like lesions affecting the vulva (external parts of the female genitals) can result from a number of different causes," confirms Dr McDonald.
But as we mentioned before, vulva pimples are super common and you'll no doubt encounter them at some point in your life.
"A bump or lump in the perineal area does not mean there is anything wrong with you," adds Dr Stamatopoulos. "Often it is not as obvious as we think it is, and that's because it is such a sensitive area and it magnifies the concern."