A 21-year-old female asked:
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i have a small bump on my inner vaginal lip and it stings sometimes. i know it's not an sti because i recently had a pap test and it only comes when i'm about to get my period. what could it be?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Wrong test: Hi. A Pap tests for cervical cancer, not STI's. So please do not conclude it's not an STI from a normal Pap smear. Talk with your gyn about this; she/he will know what to consider.
Answered on Nov 10, 2014
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Dr. Melanie Mintzer
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Labial irriation: This bump could be a gland that serves to lubricate the labia and vagina, which is changes with hormone secretion. Alternatively it could be a herpes lesion that comes out around the time of your menses. A pap test will not necessarily dx herpes. Ask your medical provider to culture it when it presents just to make sure. There is medication available to suppress herpes infections.
Answered on May 2, 2015
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