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3 Ways to Identify Vaginal Cysts

By Contributor ; Updated August 14, 2017

Lumps Around Your Vaginal Opening

Vaginal cysts are lumps or sacs filled with fluid or semi-solid material. They are located in and around the vaginal walls and are typically benign. Vaginal cysts are most commonly caused by imperfect healing following trauma to the vagina. Trauma includes things like childbirth, episiotomies and hysterectomies. In some cases, the cuts and tears created by these processes do not heal smoothly, leaving little clumps of tissue along the scar site.

You can identify vaginal cyst by looking for the typical symptoms. The most obvious is that, upon examination, you can feel a small lump close to the opening of the vagina.

Sexual Intercourse Is Painful

Another way you may identify a vaginal cyst is if sexual intercourse becomes painful for you. This might occur as the cyst gets rubbed or pressed, causing it to become raw and tender. Vaginal cysts can sometimes also cause swelling of the vaginal walls, which could result in sexual discomfort. Another symptom is that you may detect the same uncomfortable sensations while trying to insert a tampon during your menstrual period.

A Pelvic Exam Unearths Cysts

The best and most accurate way to confirm that discovered lumps are cysts is to have a pelvic exam conducted by your gynecologist. During the short procedure, she will examine the entire area, looking and feeling for swelling, lumps and irregularities. Most vaginal cysts are harmless, but if the sac feels fairly solid rather than fluid filled, the doctor may recommend a biopsy to rule out the possibility of cancer. Your doctor may also order some x-rays if he finds the cyst located close to other organs, like the bladder or urethra.

If the vaginal cysts are not causing you any discomfort, you can basically ignore them. If you are experiencing pain, the cysts can be removed with surgery.

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