Our expert says:
If the lumps are in the hairy area, they are probably infected hair follicles. These are commoner if you shave the area There are exfoliating creams which you can use to try to prevent ingrown hairs. The red itchiness could be thrush. Canesten usually helps for this.
The bloating you describe is typical of hormonal changes in the cycle. The Pill often relieves these.
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