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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.
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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...
When it comes to STD tests, a lot of teens want them all. “Test me for everything ,” they say -- but that’s not really practical. The reason is simple: There are more than 20 sexually transmitted diseases out there, and it wouldn’t make sense to do 20 different tests when you go the doctor. Instead, you get certain STD tests based on whether or not you: are just getting a routine check-up and don’t have any symptoms have symptoms have genital bumps or sores practice certain sexual behaviors find out your partner has an STD just want an HIV test Here are some examples of each reason you might get tested for STDs: Reason 1: It’s a Routine Check-Up, You Have No Symptoms Example: You’re a guy getting a routine check-up. Your urine can be checked for leukocytes (white blood cells) which could mean an infection with gonorrhea or chlamydia. To be sure, you get a urethral swab to make the diagnosis. Or -- if the test is available to your ...
I’ve recently discovered a huge obsession with pubic hair in today’s world, or at least in the metropolitan city in which I live. The last three guys I dated all enjoyed meticulously grooming their bushes, and slyly pressured me to do the same. Now, you might assume that I’m simply attracted to guys who are well dressed and clean-shaven. Though I would gladly welcome a guy that fits that description, that was not the case. In fact, they all had facial hair and/or longer hair. One even had dreads. Yes, they all took great pride in their “unconventional” nature and, I admit, that was one trait I was initially attracted to. Unfortunately, a couple of them were so “alternative” that their resistance to deodorant was causing a repellent odor. Facial hair? Bring it on! Body odor? I’m all natural, baby. P ubic hair? Trimmed and treated like a poodle at a d...
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