What Causes Red, Painful Bumps On The Labia?


Asked by Samantha

What Causes Red, Painful Bumps On The Labia?

Is a red, painful bump on the labia a sign of a STD? Could it also be a reaction to rough sex?


Fortunately, most bumps and lumps in the vaginal area are harmless.  Many women are concerned that a lump means cancer, but vulvular cancer is actually quite rare, accounting for only 4% of all gynecological cancers. The women who do get it are typically over age 50, and doctors often find that the cancer is actually a slow-growing type of skin cancer.

Lumps and bumps can also be STDs such as herpes or genital warts. Genital herpes causes small lesions that look like bumps rather than a single bump, and they will begin to look like blisters. They itch, burn, and can be quite painful.

Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus or HPV.   These bumps resemble cauliflower and can grow in numbers.   You can get genital warts through genital to genital contact  or even from touching genitals with wart   infested hands. They can grow on the labia, inside the vagina, on the cervix, and even around the anus.   They start as pink, tan, or red swellings which are the size of rice grains.   Some warts are painless and hardly noticeable while others can grow in size to over three inches.   Some genital warts will cause itching and burning.

If you have concerns you may wish to contact your doctor or gynecologist.  Here are some other links you might find helpful:

Myths about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

10 Things You Need to Know About STDs

Answered by Merely Me