Post # 1
So I was feeling around down there and noticed that there is a really defined bump underneath the skin of my outer labia. It’s not big, it doesn’t hurt and there’s no sore–it feels sort of like a really, really big zit stuck really deep under the skin–but I’m terrifed that something’s wrong with me. I’m obviously making an appointment for my doctor, but does anyone have any idea what it might be?! 🙁 🙁 🙁
Post # 3
@mumeishi: If you shave or do any kind of hair removal, it may be an ingrown hair. That’s usually what these things turn out to be. It could also be a cyst, a pimple, or some kind of STD. You have the right idea – go to the doctor to confirm.
Post # 4
@mumeishi: It’s probably a Bartholian cyst. I get them occasionally. Mine start to really hurt and eventually pop (GROSS!). They go away after a couple of weeks. Unless it stays for a while, I wouldn’t worry about it 🙂
Post # 6
Or a cyst…. I once had a lump in the same area that was quite large, the size of a quarter maybe but felt deep and more like a full sphere shape, not just a round disc shape (if that makes sense). I was only like 14, so it was DEF not an STD lol. The gynocologist told me it was a cyst and to hold a warm compress to it and take some warm baths, I think with epsom salts. It went away on it’s own. But if yours is closer to the size of a pimple, I’d be more inclined to guess it was an ingrown – which can hurt or itch, sometimes pop. They go away on their own too
Post # 7
@mumeishi: soak it with alcohol/witchhazel until it comes out on its own
DON’T try to pop it. I know easier said than done.
Too Much Information ALERT I am such a popper, but I got one in the space between my thigh and my bikini area that I tried to pop. Big mistake. It swelled to the size of a golf ball (baseball all around) and it hurt to walk for a day or two before it popped on its own. It was disgusting.
Post # 8
@anneh1990: +1 This, or some other pimple (like a sebaceous cyst). I get them too, every so often. Very annoying, especially if it hurts, but it usually goes away on its own.
Still, if you can get to the doctor, it’s not a bad idea to mention it.
Post # 9
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Well, this is a Too Much Information topic, so I guess I don’t need the disclaimer, but I get these from time to time, the first one freaked me out and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I ended up popping it, and it was basically just a zit down there and once it popped it went away in less than a day. I had one that was more like wouldyoukindlyy that got a bit bigger (definitely not that big though) and hurt more before draining/popping on it’s own.
This kind of pain/added swelling is because it did pop, just the wrong direction, spreading the “gunk” to more tissue on the inside before pushing back out again.
If it doesn’t hurt I wouldn’t mess with it, chances are it’ll go away on it’s own in a few days. If it’s getting substantially bigger or starts to hurt (without you messing with it) then I’d recommend a visit to the doctor.
Post # 10
Happens to me every few months in the one same spot.
Dont pop it- itll become huge & embarassing.
If you want it to go away faster, put hot washclothes on it (as hot as you can tolerate) which will open up the pores & help it disappear faster.
Not a DR but this helped me 🙂
Post # 11
@mumeishi: Honestly I wouldn’t even bother going to the doctor yet. I’d wait a bit (unless you have awesome insurance that covers 100% of the visit). I got one of these a few months ago and was really freaked out, but after a few days it went away and all was back to normal.
Post # 12
Chances are if it’s just one bump (no clusters or anything) and not painful/causing discomfort — it’s nothing to worry about and will go away on it’s own.
Every so often I’ll get a cyst down there and learned the hard way as others mentioned that it’s better left alone except for the occasional hot wash cloth.