Genital warts on my perineum?

I really want to thank you for everything you do. The women who send you submissions are brave AND beautiful, and the sum of it all has lead to me feeling more comfortable with myself.

While I don’t have a submission of my own, I did find a submission very close to my own. It’s funny, because seeing the labia on someone else made me feel that it’s beautiful. Isn’t that the way it is though – always our own worst critics.

I also have a question for you, and I hope that you can help me with it. Two years ago, I went to the local sexual health clinic for my usual check up. The doctor was very newly out of medical school. I asked if she could do a visual examination to make sure that everything looked normal, and I explained to her that I feel very self conscious about my bits. She then did the examination and told me that I have genital warts on my perineum, near my vaginal opening, and then provided a freezing treatment. She told me to come back one week later for the next treatment.

There was a different, more experienced doctor the next week, and when I explained to her what I was there for, she said that she couldn’t find any reason for it. I told her that I had kept a steady eye on the area that the first doctor had treated from that first day onwards, and nothing had changed. That second doctor did not do any treatment on me, but asked me to come back in a few days so that her other very experienced colleague could examine me at the same time. They both agreed that although my texture was more “prominent” than some others may be, that it was indeed my natural texture.

That was two years ago. The texture is the same. I went for a checkup, and asked the nurse to do a visual examination, and I provided her with the aforementioned history that I was very paranoid about. She saw the area that I spoke of, asked a few questions about it, and then finished the examination saying that everything looked fine. The thing is, the bumps are still there.

I’m so confused, and worried. I have a committed partner, and I don’t want to put him in harms way, but that is two doctors and a nurse who have given me the okay, but now all that I can think about is that I have a wart causing HPV strain. In fact, I’m so paranoid that even after the nurse said it looked okay, I put cotton batting with apple cider vinegar on that area overnight and ended up burning myself. It’s been about a week and I’m only now starting to heal from that.

I know that labia can be different textures, but is that true for perineum? What could those bumps be? The girl in the submission said that she wasn’t sexually active, which gives me hope, but I’m so lost and worried. I do hope that you can give me some insight.

Ps. I don’t mind if you share my story, but please make it anonymous.

Thank you for sharing your story.

It’s difficult for me to express an informed view on what it could be without seeing what it looks like.

You mentioned HPV (which is commonly known as genital warts and can show up as a group of small bumps anywhere around the vaginal area). That is the most common STI – in fact, it is so common that most sexually active men and women get it at some point during their lifetimes. The body usually clears the infection on its own, so if the bumps were caused by HPV, you may no longer be infectious, and they may be a remnant of a previous infection.

Given your concerns about infecting your partner,  you may wish to undergo a HPV test, which will test for the virus in your system. It’s done as a swab best and can be done together with your routine pap test.

Please let me know your test results in you do undergo the test!

Clare xo

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