Sores ulcersblisters, pimples and lumps can form inside or nearby the vagina. These changes can occur with or without pain. This guide is intended to provide you with a better understanding of what may be causing your problem, if you have one of these changes.
Vulvar ulcers are sores that appear in this area. Vulvar ulcers can be extremely painful and, in some cases, they may not hurt at all. Most of the time these lesions are caused by sexually transmitted infections STIs but many other issues can trigger an ulcer.
Back to Health A to Z. Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina that can cause itching, discomfort and discharge. If you're sure you have thrush and you've treated it successfully in the past with over-the-counter medication, you can treat it yourself again.
Genital sores may be painful or itchy, or may produce no symptoms. Other symptoms that may be present include pain when you urinate or painful sexual intercourse. Depending on the cause, a discharge from the vagina may be present.
A year-old woman presents with painful vulval ulcers and severe dysuria Figure. She has not been sexually active for the past three months and is otherwise well. She has no history of gastrointestinal disease.
Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. Most women experience minor vaginal problems from time to time. These problems can be related to menstrual cycles, sex, infection, birth control methods, aging, medicines, or changes after pregnancy.
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Female genital sores are bumps and lesions in or around the vagina. Some sores may be itchy, painful, tender, or produce a discharge. And, some may not cause any symptoms.
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. If you see changes on the skin of the vulva, or if you have itching, burning, or pain, contact your gynecologist or other health care professional. Your health care professional may examine you, ask you questions about the pain and your daily routine, and take samples of vaginal discharge for testing.