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Small clusters of lumps on my labia: what are they? — Ask Dr Jean

Ask Dr Jean 1 Feb 2021
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When it comes to women's health, there is no such thing as a silly question. Do you have a question you want answered, but have been too afraid or embarrassed to bring it up with your GP? Or you forgot to ask while you were in the doctor's surgery? Now, you can 'Ask Dr Jean'.

Answering your questions for this edition of 'Ask Dr Jean' is gynaecologist and Jean Hailes Medical Director, Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM (pictured below).

Question

For the last year or so I’ve had these small clusters of lumps on my vaginal lips [labia]. They don’t hurt or get irritated, and never discharge anything (like pus). I’m a virgin and have never shaved down there so I’m very unsure as to what they may be.

Dr Elizabeth Farrell

Answer

There are many reasons you may see small or tiny lumps on your vulva, some of which may be normal anatomy. They could be Fordyce spots, which are tiny clusters of whitish spots on the labia and are normal. Sometimes they appear more prominent, but are totally normal.

Depending on your age, small lumps or skin lesion, such as sebaceous cysts or cherry haemangiomas, may develop especially after menopause. These are also benign.

It would be best to see your GP or a women’s specialist GP to examine you, check what you are seeing on your vulva and explain what these lumps are.

Read more about the vulva in our booklet (link below) and on our vulval webpage.

Resource The Vulva Booklet

Learn more about the vulva and how to take care of this important body part.

Download our booklet

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