For the past few months I have had some sort of growth on my vestibule area of my vagina. It is a round lump that is mostly painless with no discharge. My Dr. says it looks like a polyp or a cyst and is sending me to a gynocologist. It usually causes me no pain, except every once in awhile, I feel it aching and some shooting pains upwards inside me from where it is. I am wondering if anyone has ever had anything like this before? I've been tested for STD's and all negative.
My urologist said I have a cyst inside my vagina. The gyno did not tell me if he had found one a few days earlier. I guess that I should just go back to my gyno and make him have a look. I also have prolapsed uterus and bladder.
Let me know what your new dr. says about your cyst.
Thanks for your feedback. I had wondered about maybe having prolapsed uterus and it is causing bulging into my vaginal area, but for a few reasons I figured that couldn't be it. (I'm only 29, no children, no pain) Now that you say that, I am a bit paranoid again! When I look at what it is, it is something bulging just below my urethral opening. I'm going to go nuts waiting to see a Dr. I might call on Monday and see if it can be rushed. Anyhow, anyone else who is reading this, I would love to hear your stories if you've had polyps or cysts. I am definatly going to look into prolapsed uterus and bladder a bit more though....
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.
I had polyps on my cervix... and I had no idea they were there. They caused me no discomfort that I was aware of. But then I suffer from constant abdominal pain anywayz
I just wanted to chime in and tell you to not stress yourself out over this. Stress can also cause many a problems... most that you just would not associate with stress. Just take it day by day, and when you see the Gyn hopefully they will be able to tell you right away, and offer the best course of treatments. Whatever it is, I am sure you'll deal with it fine.