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Vaginal bumps during periods: Dos and don’ts you should know

Vaginal bumps during periods are quite common. They may be due to hormonal changes or your sanitary pad. Here's why vaginal bumps pop up during menstruation and some dos and don'ts you should know about.
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Natalia Ningthoujam Updated: 9 Apr 2023, 16:49 pm IST
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Menstruation often brings along mood swings, pain in the abdomen and low energy. Some may even have pimple-like bumps on their vagina during periods. A little swelling or strange discharge down there would make you ask if it is normal. So, if you see vaginal bumps, you would naturally be concerned. You can may blame the hormonal changes or your sanitary pad for the bumps. But let’s find out if there’s more to vaginal bumps during periods.

Health Shots connected with Dr Seema Sharma, Associate Director- Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paras Health, Gurugram to find out if it is normal to get bumps around the vagina during periods.

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It is quite common to have vaginal bumps during periods. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Vaginal bumps during periods

If you thought that you’re the only one affected by it, that’s not true. In fact, it is not uncommon for women to experience bumps or swelling in the genital area during their menstrual cycle. Some women may experience discomfort or pain during this time, while others may not notice anything at all, says Dr Sharma.

Bumps or swelling in the vaginal area during periods can be caused by certain factors.

1. Hormonal changes

One of the most common reasons is hormonal changes that happen during the menstrual cycle. These hormonal fluctuations can lead to changes in the amount of blood flow to the vaginal area, causing it to swell or become more sensitive, says the expert.

2. Sanitary pads

Pads or tampons can cause friction and irritation, which can contribute to the development of bumps or swelling in the genital area. If you are not changing sanitary pads or tampons frequently enough, it can lead to skin irritation and the development of bumps or sores.

3. Underlying medical condition

Vaginal bumps during periods may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, or a sexually transmitted infection.

How long should women wear sanitary pads?

Wearing a sanitary pad for a long period of time can increase the risk of developing bumps or irritation in the vaginal area. This is because pads can trap moisture and create a warm, moist environment that will feel like home to bacteria and yeast, and you don’t want that. It’s best for women to change pads every 4 to 6 hours, or more frequently if the flow is heavy, suggests the expert. It is also important to choose the right type of pad for your needs. Pads that are too thin may not provide adequate protection, while pads that are too thick may be uncomfortable or cause chafing.

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You should maintain hygiene down there. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Ways to get relief from bumps on vagina during menstruation

It goes without saying that you need to practice good hygiene to get some relief. Keep your private area clean and dry to help prevent further irritation or infection, says Dr Sharma. Here’s what more you can do!

  1. Apply a warm compress
    A warm compress can help to reduce swelling and discomfort down there. Soak a clean washcloth in warm water then squeeze out the excess water. Apply it to the area where you can feel the discomfort and keep let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.

2. Use over-the-counter creams

The expert says that over-the-counter creams or ointments like hydrocortisone cream can help to reduce itching and inflammation. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and only use the cream for the recommended amount of time.

3. Take pain relievers

Pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to reduce pain and discomfort associated with bumps on the vagina during menstruation, says the expert. But follow the instructions carefully and do not exceed the recommended dosage.

4. Talk to your doctor

If the bumps don’t vanish after a few days or become severe or are accompanied by other symptoms such as discharge or fever, it is important to speak with your doctor. They can help to determine the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment options, such as antibiotics for a bacterial infection or antifungal medication for a yeast infection.

What not to do about vaginal bumps or pimples

When you notice them, there are certain things you should avoid doing to prevent further irritation or infection.

1. Do not pick or squeeze the bump

It might be tempting, but don’t touch the bump much. This can cause further irritation or infection and may make the situation worse.

2. Do not use harsh soaps or perfumed products

Using harsh soaps or perfumed products in the genital area can irritate the skin and make the bump worse. Stick to mild and unscented ones and water.

3. Do not wear tight-fitting clothing

Wearing tight-fitting clothing like leggings or tight jeans can cause friction and irritation in the genital area, making the bump worse. Choose loose-fitting, breathable clothing instead.

4. Do not have unprotected sex

If you have a bump around your vagina, it is important to avoid having unprotected sex, as this can increase the risk of infection or spreading the infection to your partner.

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About the Author

Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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