You discover bumps or a lump in your vagina or on your vulva the outer genital area — maybe while you are shaving, showering, or having sex. Your first thought might be that there is something seriously wrong, such as cancer or a sexually transmitted disease STD. Most of the time, however, bumps or lumps in these areas are not a sign of something serious. It is highly unlikely.
Back to Health A to Z. Some types of cancer, such as cervical cancer , can spread to the vagina. This page is about cancer that begins in the vagina. If you have these symptoms, it's much more likely you have something less serious, such as an infection. It's unlikely you have it, but it's best to get checked so that any serious problems can be ruled out.
Illustration, Joel Louzado. Getting the kiddo out required an episiotomy where they surgically cut the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to aid in delivery and prevent ruptured tissues. And at three weeks postpartum, I was popping pain killers and sitting on ice packs, but the area around my vagina still hurt like hell. The skin was healing, but not smoothly.
The external female genital area is called the vulva. The outer folds of skin are called the labia majora, and the inner folds are called the labia minora. Within the labia minora is the vestibule.