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Recurring itchy bumps on labia minora. How can I prevent them?

Hi. I have an itch on my labia minora . It only itches when touched. They are small and look like swollen taste buds. They are the same color as my labia and I have no irregular discharge . I am a virgin of 17 and I might start my period soon. I get these bumps from time to time and I am just wondering what they are and how to prevent them or stop them from itching. I worry about if they are something serious so can someone please tell me what they are?
Asked On : Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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It isn't possible to diagnose your problem without an examination, but it sounds like you have a condition called vulvar vestibular papillomatosis (VVP). That's a mouthful of words for a condition that is really quite normal. Many otherwise healthy women have VVP, which is characterized by small, wart-like, flesh-colored bumps on the labia and around the opening of the vagina (the vestibule). VVP is not contagious, and it isn't associated with any disease, such as cancer. The main concern with VVP is its resemblance to genital warts (not a consideration in someone who's never had sex), which makes some women and their sexual partners uncomfortable. In some women, VVP causes mild itching or burning, which can usually be addressed by wearing cotton underwear (rather than synthetic material) and avoiding tight-fitting clothing (e.g., pantyhose), panty liners, and perfumed feminine hygiene products.
Women who are extremely uncomfortable about VVP can have it removed by a dermatologist (laser is probably most effective).
It would be prudent to see your doctor to confirm your diagnosis; he/she can also review your options for treatment, if you decide you want to deal with this condition.
I hope that helps!
Answered: Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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