Theres sometimes the risk of abrasions or lacerations inside the vagina as a result of this, says Dweck, so dont be embarrassed theyve seen everything. You have lumps or bumps somewhere in the general vagina area. If you have a swollen or painful bump on your vulva, it might be a Bartholins cyst, which is basically a clogged gland outside of the vagina.
Another common crotch bump is a sebaceous cyst, which is a small lump under the skin, which can be caused by a skin lesion or clogged pores or ducts. They can also vary in size and may contain some white material, says Dweck. Like a Bartholin’s cyst, these are usually no big deal and can clear up on their own with warm compresses or soaks. But if they don’t go away or they get infected, check in with your doctor.
Folliculitis is a clogged and infected hair follicle, says Dweck. And yes, it can happen with pubic hair follicles, because life isn’t fair. These might look like little red bumps or whiteheads, and in bad cases it may lead to scarring. You can get them from shaving, waxing, leaving on sweaty workout clothes, or even being in a hot tub. They may clear up on their own with warm compresses or soaks, but head to your doctor if it’s not going away or getting worse.
If vaginal lubrication is just not a thing that is happening, it can be really uncomfortable, especially during sex. But don’t assume you’re all dried up and broken — you’re not. Lots of things can cause dryness, like some forms of birth control (especially low-dose versions), allergy medicines, or breastfeeding, says Minkin. You might be able to try another birth control method or allergy med, or you can always opt for some lube.