For a few months now, I've had a small lump on my mons pubis that I assumed was a "shave bump". This morning, I realized it has gotten bigger (about the size of the eraser head of a pencil) and it is sort of whitish in the center. My mother looked at it and told me it resembled a cyst and that I should put warm compresses on it.
I want to know if a. it's anything to worry about b. it could be a sign of an STI c. I should see a doctor about it d. there's any way I can get rid of it (such as avoiding shaving for awhile or putting Neosporin on it)
Usually, sores on the mons -- rather than on actual genital tissue -- are things like cysts, boils, ingrown hairs or pimples.
Mind, if you've been sexually active and you're not current with your STI screens, you want to do that anyway, especially since most of the time, STIs don't create noticeable symptoms at all.
If you are current with those and know you're all clear of infections, I'd go with your mom's suggestion of using a compress. I'd also avoid shaving or picking at it, try and keep with loose, cotton clothing,and some Neosporin or aloe vera should be fine. See if that helps over the next few days, and if it keeps growing or you see no improvement, then I'd check in with your doc.
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