Re: Vaginal Polyp/Cyst
Hi Sally X -
I have had surgery and a marsupial opening made for bartholin gland cysts in my vaginal wall - and then just this past October, I had major surgery for a prolapsed bladder, rectum, and uterus. I am considered young for all this, but my uro-gyno-surgeon told me that he regularly has younger women than I (under 43) in his office. I've had 2 vaginal deliveries, so nothing unusual, but add-in constipation & colon spasms all my life, and it all impacts the pelvic floor.
What I am finding now while going thru Pelvic Floor Therapy post surgery (I got incontinence after the surgery, which I did not have prior!), is that years of constipation may have caused much of the prolapses. The straining a female does, whether it's lifting, child birth, or difficult bowel movements, all have an impact and can cause prolapse. If you have constipation, work on getting that solved too and you may notice some difference. The small bulge on the bottom of the vaginal opening was my rectal prolapse. The uterian prolapse looked like more of a big bulge in the center that would drop down. They looked very different from one another.
In regards to the cysts, I've been very suspectible to them in my body, including my breasts. When the surgeon went in to remove the large cyst on my bartholin gland, he found it had 2 other cysts attached to it. He said it looked like a Mickey Mouse shape all attached to my bartholin gland in the vaginal wall. (oddly enough my other bartholin gland has never had one problem!)
What I experienced was a lump on my left side wall, right near the vaginal opening. It felt like a large marble that I could move with my fingers. It was very tender. At times, it would go down a little, but when it got filled with the secretions (it is supposed to deliver lubrication into the vagina), it was very noticeable and painful. When the opening on the bartholin gland gets plugged, it basically backs up and forms a pocket behind the gland to hold the fluid. The gland is meant to lubricate, especially during sex. I noticed it hurting most after sex, when my family doctor thought that maybe sex and the pressure would release the secretions. It didn't. He also tried - and did - take a syringe and draw the fluid out, and another time lanced it open to drain it. (talk about painful!) It did make it go down, but the gyno I finally went to (who is a big time specialist gyno at a university hospital), was Furious with my family doctor! Those procedures are the wrong thing to do! The gyno got it figured out right and surgically removed the cysts, as well as made an opening (marsupial) for the gland to drain properly. I've had no trouble with it since, other than some tender scar tissue near the gland's opening... But, it's still much better than before and the lump and cysts are gone to my knowledge!
Ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to see more than one doctor! Some are guessing and some really know their stuff. It took me most of my adult life to find the right gyno who knew what to do with my various female problems.
Good Luck to you. I totally understand how troublesome it is to not know what is happening down below.