9:52 pm - 04/14/2011

shaving bumps or herpes?

I have been sexually active for about 3-4 months now with my significant other. We lost our virginities to each other and are in a monogamous relationship. I just noticed today that I have two bumps the inner sides of my labia.

I recently started shaving my pubic hair. There are a few "red bumps" on the skin over my pubic bone area, which actually look more like pimples and resemble the two bumps on the inner lips of my vagina. I know herpes can be transmitted via oral sex, but I was wondering how common it was to develop bumps on the vulva/labia region due to shaving. Is this a possibility at all? The bumps do not itch.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!
hr0nk 15th-Apr-2011 02:01 am (UTC)
I get bumps all the time, even if I just trim! If you're worried maybe you can go get tested at a Planned Parenthood near you?
asmadasrabbits 15th-Apr-2011 02:06 am (UTC)
It's definitely common. When I shave too soon after a previous shave or have sex too soon after shaving I get a lot of red bumps, and sometimes I get them for no reason. It's a very easy to irritate area.
wanderquail 15th-Apr-2011 02:15 am (UTC)
The 2 on my labia aren't red at all, more like - this is going to sound gross, sorry - but like pimples that are ready to break skin. Is that similar?
afilteredview 15th-Apr-2011 02:46 am (UTC)
That sounds like razor burn or ingrown hairs to me.

Actually, my two most recent bumps/ingrown hairs were really red and painful and it took a few days for them to get a head and be "pop-able"/zit like

wanderquail 15th-Apr-2011 03:39 am (UTC)
goodness, is it safe to actually pop these babies?
afilteredview 15th-Apr-2011 03:43 am (UTC)
If you do, you'll probably just have pus coming out like a normal pimple. It might be better not to since the skin down there is sensitive and it could be prone to infection more than anywhere else on your body.

Try not to worry about it :)If you can, keep a warm compress on it and it will eventually resolve on it's on.
asmadasrabbits 15th-Apr-2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Yep, definitely happens sometimes. It definitely wouldn't hurt to get them tested if you're really worried, but if they develop like pimples then I wouldn't worry too much.
alicia_beth 15th-Apr-2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Sounds like shaving bumps to me.

To prevent them I use "No bumps rx" from Sally Beauty and then monistat anti chafing gel and it seems to at least keep the majority of them away :)
afilteredview 15th-Apr-2011 02:40 am (UTC)
I stopped shaving because I would ALWAYS get razor burn or ingrown hairs even after doing the things you should be doing (soaking in warm water before hand which I think opens up the pores and using a new razor/new razor blade) and I've made many appointments to see my doctor to be told it's just that, razor burn

If they look like pimples then they probably are shaving bumps and it's very common

jennifer0246 15th-Apr-2011 05:34 am (UTC)
Shaving bumps are very common, but typically would be where there is hair growth. It sounds like what you're describing is on the inner labia, where there isn't any hair - is that correct? If so, it wouldn't sound like a shaving side effect.
tigana33 15th-Apr-2011 06:10 am (UTC)
They can be anything from pimples that are just pimples to pimples that are really herpes. Herpes can have very varied symptoms. If it would set your mind at ease get them cultured and a type specific herpes blood test.
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