You suddenly notice a difference in your nether area and start to think when exactly you developed that lump over there. Then you start wondering if it’s normal or is it a malignant lump. We know how freaked out you are right now.
So what should you do when you notice movable lump labia majora?
Lumps or bumps down there can be caused by several different reasons. And different lumps require different care. But what you should not do in these cases is think of the worst. They are most likely not malignant, neither life-threatening.
Well, here is a complete guide to all the possible causes for lumps in your labia and what you should do to get rid of them. Do read on if you are fretting over yours!
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Know Your Anatomy!
We know some of you often tend to confuse between a vulva and a vagina. But it’s alright. Let’s just get our facts straight first before we start with the problem at hand.
The vagina is just a part of your vulva. The inner reproductive organ that you can not ‘see’ is your vagina. It is connected with the cervix at the upper end and the cervix opens up in the uterus.
And the base where your vagina sits in the back is your vulva. Other than your vagina, the vulva also contains your clitoris and urethral opening. Vulva forms the exterior of your reproductive organ. And the concerned labia majora is a part of the vulva, not the vagina.
Now that we have reviewed a bit of human anatomy, let’s move on with our not so bumpy journey!
Feeling Movable Lump Labia Majora – How Normal Is That?
Feeling lumps and bumps in your nether lands out of nowhere can be really concerning. You might feel some unusual lump there and think ‘Wow! I did not feel that yesterday!’
But we can assure you it is completely normal. It is common to develop some lumps or bumps in your vulvar area occasionally. No biggie!
But you have to keep in mind that what is normal for you, might not be so normal for someone else. Each of us has a unique vulva. So our normals differ for each person too!
Let me give you an example. For someone who has had a vaginal skin tag all her life, this is normal for her. But it would baffle someone who just developed a skin tag for the first time, right? Yes, that’s how all these work.
What Do These Lumps Look Like?
Sadly, this question has no definitive right answer. The outlook of these lumps will vary depending on the cause. A lump caused by a certain disease will definitely not resemble another of a different etiology.
But to put it simply, they can look like a blister, an ulcer, or a freckle. You can also expect warts or some rash-like bumps too. And they can be the color of your skin, red, pink, or brownish. Some of them will be flat, others will be raised above your skin level.
Types of Movable Lumps You Can Find in Your Nether Regions
There are different reasons why you could develop a bump in your labia majora. Let’s go through them one by one, shall we?
There’s a mucus-secreting gland just beside your vaginal opening called Bartholin’s glands. There are two, on each side. Their function is to lubricate your vagina.
Now for different reasons, if these glands get blocked, a lump or cyst may develop. The glands cannot let out the secretion due to blockage, so that gets trapped inside a cyst.
Their sizes can be different too. From a pea-sized cyst to a ping pong ball-sized one – the sizes vary.
And their contents can vary as well. Sometimes they secrete a clear liquid, sometimes it is whitish pus. And sometimes, you can not find any fluid inside, just a solid lump is what it is.
These cysts can either be painful or not. Depends on the size mostly. Bigger cysts would cause more discomfort and pain. They can be treated at home easily.
Ingrown hairs are caused due to shaving methods. They develop when the hair is cut at such an angle, it grows back into the skin. Shaved hair has a sharp edge at the cut end. So they are very likely to poke your skin in the wrong direction.
This hair that grew back, is recognized as a foreign material by your body. That is why inflammation and pain follow. Also, a round lump is formed surrounding the ingrown hair.
Sebaceous cysts are a very harmless and benign kind of cyst. They can generate anywhere on your vulva but are most commonly seen in the labia majora.
These cysts are round, can be single or multiple, and are whitish-yellow. The good news is, they go away on their own so no you don’t need to worry much about them.
Another upside to sebaceous cysts is, they are painless.
Genital warts unlike other labial lumps are caused by a virus named Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These are pretty common and easily transmitted via skin-to-skin exposure during sexual contact.
These warts appear like raised cauliflower. And oftentimes, they are multiple. Although they are supposed to be a raised lump in the labia majora, sometimes you will find flat warts too.
Genital or labial warts are very easy to treat and go away on their own. But seeing a doctor can make them go away faster.
Herpes in the vaginal orifice is a pretty common problem why people go see a doctor. Although you might think getting Herpes is something to be frowned upon, actually it is not. A lot of people get herpes every year.
The bumps formed due to Herpes Simplex Virus infection are normally small in size. They have around red blister-like appearance. It is the pain and uneasy feeling that makes people more concerned about this.
Genital Herpes can hurt pretty severely so do consult a physician when you think you got one.
Another sexually transmitted disease to cause a bump or lump in your lower regions is Syphilis. These are caused by a bacteria named Treponema pallidum.
These syphilitic lumps are not actually lumped. They are more of a round, sore, and open chancre. In primary Syphilis, it is just one chance that forms in your genital area.
Normally these lumps are a size of a dime or can even be smaller than that. Syphilis can get pretty scary so you should consult a doctor as soon as you can.
Good thing is, Syphilis can be completely cured with medications if you take them regularly. Also, regular tests and early detection go a long way in this case.
In case your Syphilis gets more serious, it can lead to very severe health problems. Blindness, Lower limb paralysis, and brain damage are some of the extreme outcomes.
Vaginal Skin Tags
Let’s talk about what’s a skin tag first. Skin tags or acrochordons are small and harmless growths that erupt from the skin. They resemble your natural skin color and texture.
They look like a little bit of skin held out by a tiny stem. But they can take the form of a mole or wart too. They are very tiny – between 2 to 6 millimeters in size.
And they emerge in the areas where the skin brushes against itself very frequently. Like armpits, near the genitals, or under the breast.
You have nothing to worry about skin tags though. They are very harmless and benign in nature. But if you feel like yours around your genitals is bothering you, go see a doctor. Your health care provider would help you get rid of it.
But keep one thing in mind, that is do not try to remove it by yourself. They tend to bleed a lot so you might be in for an infection if you do so.
Varicose veins are basically swollen veins. They can be found around your vulva too, but most commonly found in the lower limbs. Varicosities are common during pregnancy and older age.
You might see some bluish-raised lump or swollen round veins around your labia majora to identify it as a varicose vein.
They correct themselves for pregnant women after 6 months of childbirth. So you do not need to worry much about them.
But if you are uncomfortable with the heaviness it comes with, surgical treatment can be an option for you.
It is one of the more uncommon bumps in your labia. It generally affects women who are going through their menopause or have already gone through it.
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Okay, maybe you have never heard of it before, but there’s a chance you actually got this one without even knowing. This less known but frequently occurring Sexually Transmitted Disease kinda sounds like a Harry Potter spell, huh?
They are seen in children and sexually active adults all the same. How can you tell them apart from other bumps? They form an aggregation of red blisters surrounding a crater-like blank spot.
They can be around the size of a pencil eraser and appear on the vulva, sometimes labia. Generally, adults with an immune-compromised condition develop these bumps. They can go away on their own within a year. But for prompt recovery, go see a physician.
Post Hair Removal Rashes
During hair removal, shaving or waxing can cause an infection in the skin and hair follicles around the labia majora. These infections called folliculitis then create a lump there.
Folliculitis can range from a razor burn rash to a pus-filled boil. They normally go away on their own when the hair removal process is discontinued. Taking a break for at least 30 days from shaving or waxing can drastically improve your condition.
But to be safe, try switching up your grooming methods and products. Like if you are used to razor shaving, try waxing for a change. Similarly, if you did waxing previously, go for shaving now. Sometimes this switch-up does the trick.
A warm cotton compress can help with these rashes too. Try applying it at least three times a day for 10 minutes at least to see the results.
Cancer (Probably not)
The reason we put cancer as the last and extra option in the list is that it is the least likely of all. Not all lumps and bumps in your labia majora or vulva in general mean it is cancer or going malignant.
Frankly speaking, vaginal cancers are one of the rarest ones to occur in women. I would say the same for vulvar cancers too. But the thing is, it is even rarer.
The rate for women developing cancer in their nether regions is 0.2%. So it would be wise to not jump to that conclusion as soon as you feel lumps down there.
But for the rare percentage, vulvar or vaginal cancer is associated with painful urination, bleeding, a burning sensation while peeing, and itching. If you happen to have these symptoms along with a painless lump in the labia, you should probably go see a doctor.
But these symptoms do not mean it is always cancer either. Because for any other infection in the urinary tract, these symptoms are the common ones.
How to Treat Them?
Now we have to keep in mind there is no one panacea for all lumps in the vulva or labia. Different lumps are formed due to different causes and need different treatment. But we are listing some common ones below that you can turn to at times:
A Sitz Bath
Try to take a sitz bath on a regular basis. It encompasses taking a bath in lukewarm and shallow water and soaking everything below the hips.
A sitz bath has multiple benefits including medical ones. It helps soothe the pain, itch, burn, or swelling down there. They tend to have a miraculous effect, especially for cysts.
But if you seem to find your lumps painful or tender, experience fever, or pain during sex, and generally have trouble walking, you should probably go see your doctor. Early treatment can do wonders for your problem, trust me on that.
A Warm Compress
Using a warm compress can help pacify your cysts too. Irritations like pimples, bumps can be eased up if a warm compress is applied over them.
In the case of ingrown hairs, this basically helps open up the pores. So eventually the swelling subsides and the hair comes out. Applying a piece of clothing soaked in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes does the trick nicely.
Change Shaving Methods
Like we have previously advised, try swapping your shaving methods to avoid rash-like lumps. Sometimes shaving products can irritate your skin too so use a good quality cream or unscented soap while shaving.
An Antibiotic Ointment
Say you have swapped your grooming habits and are still suffering from lumps in the labia. Then this is most probably caused by bacteria.
In that case, using an antibiotic ointment after each shaving may help you. They will keep the bacteria at bay. One thing you must remember, these ointments should NEVER enter INSIDE your vagina. They are for external use only.
Otherwise, it can harm the normal flora inside the vagina and cause a whole lot of other health problems for you. We don’t want that now, do we?
Keeping things clean down there
Maintaining good personal hygiene is recommended for a better outcome. We all know that our vaginas clean themselves, but what about the rest of your vulva?
Do take the time to clean your nether regions regularly with mild soap and warm water. Keeping it clean keeps away a lot of unwanted bacterial infections.
Wearing Loose Clothing
You should try wearing loose clothing if you are not already doing it. Your tightest pair of jeans is probably what’s causing your skin to rub against it. And that is what leads to irritations down there.
Also, these tight fits are something that traps all the moisture and sweat in the labia and causes bacterial growth. So try wearing loose and breathable pants.
Wearing Cotton Panties
Your newest lace panties might seem very alluring now, but what if we tell you it aggravates your labial lumps?
Yes, this kind of material may chafe your labia majora skin and cause your cysts to burst and make it even worse.
So try wearing loose cotton panties from now, at least until your lumps get better!
Seeking Your Doctor’s Help
If you ever feel like the lumps are getting too much to handle for you, your health consultant is always the answer. Also, they are the only ones who can effectively help you with skin tags, STDs, warts, and molluscum contagiosum.
They would choose what treatment plan fits your problem the best and proceed with that. It might be laser treatment or surgical procedures.
Do labia cysts go away?
Bartholin’s cysts are often painless and very small. They go away without any treatment with some homemade remedies. But if it’s infected, you need treatment.
How do you tell if something is wrong down there?
Notice these changes – a change in color, odor or amount of vaginal discharge, redness or itching sensation, unusual bleeding, a mass or bulge in the vagina.
When should I worry about a lump under my skin?
You should seek medical care if there is any change in the size or appearance of the lump, the lump feels painful or tender and is red or inflamed.
No, the lumps you feel in your nether regions are probably not life-threatening or anything serious. But if you are feeling uncomfortable, do consult your physician as early as possible. They can guide you on the right path and help you treat these movable lumps in labia majora.
Hope you could learn everything you needed to know from this detailed discussion. Don’t forget to wear a mask while going out! Stay safe and hydrated until we cross paths again!