Yesterday I was shaving down there (I’m a female) and I noticed a bump, almost pimple-like…

…It hurts when I put pressure or itch it. I tried popping it but nothing. I’m really scared because my friend has Herpes of the mouth from her mom and we shared food, drinks, and Chapstick and she transferred it to me. I haven’t had an outbreak in months, but I masturbated the night before it showed up. I don’t want to tell my mom about it so please help!

It’s hard to say for sure what’s happening without seeing someone in person. Pimple-like bumps can be several different things including razor burn, an ingrown hair, a pimple or blemish, or an infection. The only way to know for sure though is to see a medical professional.

In very rare cases, a person could transfer oral herpes to their genitals by touching a cold sore, then directly touching their penis or vagina. However, this is highly unlikely.  The Herpes Simplex Virus is most easily transmitted through mouth-to-mouth, genital-to-mouth, or genital-to-genital contact. However, if you are experiencing itching, burning with urination, or pain in the genital area, be sure to see a healthcare provider soon.  The bump may be part of an infection, or it may be a harmless, normal part of your genitals. A Teen Clinic practitioner can help you learn the difference.

Call Teen Clinic at 303-442-5160 to talk with a medical professional who can let you know for sure what the bump may be.