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A common concern of women are bumps that they discover on the vulva. Before you panic, know that there are a several causes of bumps or pimples on the female genitalia and most of them are NOT contagious, NOT life threatening, and NOT STDs.
Here's what you need to know:
Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. In the vulva (the area near the vagina) they often arise from a blocked skin gland. They often look like pimples or lumps under the skin. If fairly large or uncomfortable, it can be incised and drained by a doctor. Squeezing them on your own is NOT a good idea as it can cause the introduction of bacteria and cause infection. A few common genital cysts in women include:
1. Skene's duct cysts. These occur on either side of the urethra (where you urinate). You can self treat these with warm compresses, or if large, it can be opened up by your doctor.
2. Bartholin cysts occur on either side of the lower part of the labia majora, the outside of the v...
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Life must be wonderful without menstrual cramps ; I have always thought that if men had menstrual cramps they might be a little more understanding. Alas, only a woman can understand this pain. But beyond the normal aches and pains of menstruation lies a curse called endometriosis . This condition makes the usual monthly cycle of dysmenorrhea look like a walk in the park. Those with endometriosis experience frequent extreme, knee-buckling pain, severe bloating, diarrhea (or constipation), nausea a...
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