What Are the White Bumps on My Vagina?

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Pelvic Health

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.

Dear 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.

Last Updated: June 16, 2010

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. Monica
    6 months ago

    Hi Dr Northrup. Want to say how much I appreciate your work and wisdom. Love listening to you. Have read your books and have helped me get through some tough periods. Wondering if you could talk about endometrial hyperplasia. Have had multiple D&C’s for and wondering if there is any type of preventative measures I can take to prevent from re occurring? Can’t go on hormones due to having Ludein Factor V. Any tips? Is this something I have to just deal with? Hate any unnecessary procedures as they are always risks. Also have multiple gut issues I am dealing with and hate the thought of an potential antibiotics that may be prescribed. TIA

  2. Bella
    7 months ago

    I have white really tiny white spots in my vagina but not my hole just close to the hole but not inside im itching but it does not burn nor burn when i pee. I have discharge (white) but i have always had white discharge so thats normal for me but im worried sick, does anyone know what it is? Or how to get rid of it?. I dont think its std because i had went to my ob gyn monthly check up friday and i had a urine sample done and cotton swab, i think they would have said something?..

    1. Dj
      4 days ago

      I’m having the same thing

  3. Kayla
    10 months ago

    I’ve Been Having Some Itching Lately Down Below And When I Finally Look I See About Four Or Three Little White Bumps Should iGo Too The Doctor Or I’m Fine?

  4. Alexis Miller
    11 months ago

    I’m Just wondering can you help me out with a Little Problem I’ve Been Having Some Itching Lately Down Below And When I Finally Look I See About Four Or Three Little White Bumps Should iGo Too The Doctor Or I’m Fine?

  5. Adele
    11 months ago

    Dr Northup.. my question is regarding litchen sclerosis..I’ve been so fortunate with Menopause except for this. The itching is unbearable and now I think I’ve done irreparable damage to the skin with scarring. I don’t want to put on it the normally prescribed cortisone ointment and opted for Emuaidmax which is an amazing natural ointment. Could you provide advise and expand on this condition. Your experience and expertise would truly be an asset on moving forward, as it is my understanding that there is no real solution for this condition. Thank you for the wonderful advise you provide for us all.

  6. Darry Dalbec
    12 months ago

    Vaginal dryness with itching and painful sex may not be due to a lack of estrogen. After three years I was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus.

  7. YM
    1 year ago

    Dear Dr. Northrop,

    I had a hysterectomy in November 2015 and haven’t had a partner for the last 1 1/2 yrs. Recently I had a new partner and experienced vaginal dryness during intercourse. Also, noticed white pimples around the vagina and anus a few days after intercourse. Also when I urinate, it’s extremely painful. What could it be?

  8. Ana Gonzalez
    2 years ago

    I have white bumps on my vagina and really bad pain. I cant sit or bend down to oil up anything without it hurting. What can i apply for the pain?

  9. Jennifer
    2 years ago

    Will this bumps go away by its self?

  10. Becca
    2 years ago

    Hello . I am 52 years old. I have not menstruated in a year and recently I have been having a lot of discomfort with ” vaginal tightness” . I had an appointment with the Doctor who said it might be vaginitis but the tests were negative and the use of Fluomizin for a week did nothing. I have another appointment with the Doctor but from my racing it seems to be vaginal atrophy. I have been unable to have intercourse as it is too painful. Is this a lack of estrogen and how can it be treated?

    1. Becca
      2 years ago

      I meant from my reading.

    2. sandra
      1 year ago

      I had vaginal atrophy about a year after my hysterectomy and I went to a holistic doctor and she gave me cream to insert with an applicator in my vagina. Since I can not have estrogen due to complications this was my best route. The cream had small amount of testosterone and a small amount of estrogen in it. I did an applicator full everyday for a week and then after that every three days. I now do not need it but to keep things fresh and not dry in there. She instructed me to insert with the applicator 100 percent pure coconut oil twice a week. I was also told to use a vibrator a few times a week because as she put it, if you don’t use it, you lose it. My vagina is in great shape and so is the “sleeve” as my inside was called by the physicians after I had a total hysterectomy, I do not have a cervix now. It has been 5 years since my surgery and I have not had too many problems with my vagina. I do need to use extra lube when I have intercourse every now and then but otherwise it is great. good luck

  11. nimra
    2 years ago

    I have a white pimple on my labia. It does not hurt but sometimes I feel a wave on pain for a second. I am worried. Is it serious?

  12. Megan
    3 years ago

    So a few days ago my vagnia was hurting, not itching just hurts. Then bumps, on my vagnial lips and around my butthole, I know it’s bot herpies. Please help me it’s scaring me

    1. Juanita helsel
      2 years ago

      Me to I am not a woman that sleeps around nor does my partner I have the same problem and it hurts a lot my lip is swollen n whit bump it is very painful

    2. Danou
      5 months ago

      I used to have them too and they hurt like crazy plus the horrible itching. I found out it is from Candida. I am not on a lacto fermented cabbage juice which I make myself and the painful bumps are gone..check Jillian Mai Thi facebook group for the recipe and her protocol

  13. Polly
    3 years ago

    Dear Dr Northrup,

    I was wandering if u could help me out, I have a pea size, red lump filled with pus on my vagina lip for about three days , it just popped and I cleaned it with hot compress and it just became a bump again it is really sore and I’m too embarassed to go to the doctors so ease tell me what I should do.

    1. Juanita helsel
      2 years ago

      My mother also has vaginal squamous carcinoma and had a clitorectomy n bilateral lyphectomy recently

  14. CZ
    3 years ago

    Dear Dr. Northrup,

    I love your program on Hay House and am very grateful for your help in so many ways. Would you please be able to let me know your thoughts on the cause of skin boils or large pimples in the lower nether regions (inner thigh, pelvic area). I am a healthy woman who keeps myself fit and well and occasionally shaves the pubic area. The skin boils seem to come up for some reason one after the other, they flare for a while then do not come up for a log time then flare up again. I cannot figure out why this is happening. I have gone to my physician only to be informed to stop shaving down below. I would very much appreciate any help you could provide. Thank you for being so fabulous.

  15. Cheryl
    3 years ago

    Dear Dr. Northrup,
    A friend of mine asked me about a whitish color layer on her vagina wall, wondering if I had heard of this before. I have not. She went to her doctor and was told it was nothing to worry about. What is your opinion?
    Thank you ,

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