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Is it possible to get pimples on the labia minora? During certain times of my cycle I get breakouts on my face, and it’s not uncommon for a stray one or two to appear in the neither region. However, this is a new location that has me a little concerned. There’s only one – it is small and feels like a very tiny bead under my skin. It is about the time this kind of thing happens, but like I said, it’s the location that has me on guard. Should I be worried?

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It is possible to get pimple-like things down there. My advice would be to hold a hot compress (a hot washcloth) on the area once or twice a day. Don’t try to pop it or pick at it because that could create some kind of infection. If it doesn’t go away or if it gets worse I would seek medical attention immediately. If it’s something like that which requires attention asap your doctor should be able to get you in whenever you want. I would also get an STI screening done, but I’ll get to more of that in the second part of your question.

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Is a thick, white discharge just at the opening of the vagina bad? I have normal discharge, except for right at the opening where it just kind of gathers and doesn’t really go anywhere. I never noticed if it was like that before, but I didn’t pay much attention before (no sex=no worry about STIs, so I didn’t!). I am paranoid about STIs at the moment… new (my first) partner who looks clean, says he’s clean, but I don’t know when he was last tested or anything, so anytime something is just slightly out of order, I’m VERY wary.
Thanks for your input.

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A thick white discharge is normal. Typically if it’s very thick it will just sort of linger inside the vagina or barely work it’s way out. The type (thickness, amount, etc) of discharge you get will vary depending on the point you are at in your cycle. The only thing you should worry about is if it smells abnormally bad or if it has the consistency of cottage cheese. Or, of course, if it’s green or some other strange color.

As far as STI’s go, I would say that both you and your partner should go get tested before doing anything together. It’s just the safest way to go, since if he has had sex before you he really cannot say for sure that he is clean unless he has been tested. Some STI’s hide and you might not know you have them. And- for you- you could have been born with something. It’s rare, but it’s possible. The safest thing to do is get tested before you become sexually active and before each new sexual partner.

Good luck!

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