Dear Dr. Northrup,
I’m thrilled to part of your community! I’d like to ask a question on behalf of a few of my friends. Several of them mentioned they have a white bump or two (pimple like) that have appeared on the outer part of their vagina and clitoris. Their doctors told them it’s nothing to be concerned about, but haven’t explained what the bumps are. A few have been tested and do not have any STDs. While I am not experiencing this situation myself, I am curious to know more about these white bumps. I’d like to be able to talk intelligently with my friends about their situation, too.
Thank you so much – M.C.
Those white bumps are called sebaceous cysts, and are analogous to white heads on the face. They are filled with a waxy substance known as sebum, an oily secretion from the hair follicles of the skin. Cysts form when the opening of the hair follicle gets blocked and sebum collects under the skin. A healthcare practitioner can drain them easily, if they get overly large. You simply pierce the small ones with a needle and squeeze out the contents, or make an incision with a scalpel and squeeze out the contents. I’ve done this many, many times in the office. In my experience, they rarely recur. Of course, you don’t have to do anything at all because they are not dangerous in any way. There you have it!
Most sincerely – C.N.