JJJ

Portland, OR

#592 May 1, 2012
I have read through all of these posts and unfortunately have not found many answers. I am 37 and have given birth vaginally four times. I am a little over weight since the birth of my last child (19 months) & have developed a chronic/asthma/allergy related cough the last few weeks. I currently do not have a gyn dr as we are in between insurance. My husband and I are sexually active and we do not have other partners. Both of us are STD free. Today I was changing my tampon (3rd day of period) and I found a rather large, perhaps 3" length bulge inside along the left, rectal side of my vaginal wall. It doesn't hurt, no pain...no pain during sex, no pain with tampon, or when sitting, etc. I have regular, but heavy periods...nothing different/typical slight cramping. But today, it was difficult getting the tampon out. That is when I noticed the bulge. I am now afraid to even use another one! Again, there is no pain associated at all & I do not feel that there is anything bulging outside of my vagina, but it is definitely at the cusp of the opening. I read that the cervix lowers during your cycle and your vaginal wall can thicken, but after everything I read here I am now deeply concerned with a possible fluid build up because the bulge is firm but soft, or a rectocele (rectal prolapse)? Sometimes I do have to press on my vagina to help go number two. No problems peeing. Has anyone visiting this forum have anything similar, a bulge, no pain & during your cycle...or has had a rectocele...if so, how was it medically treated? My husband and I enjoy sex during this time, but I am now terrified if my insides have decided to give up, or God forbid it is the big "C" I do not have the desire. I am going to see what happens after my period, and if the bulge is still present I am going to make an appt. for when I can with who I can. I will be sure to log back on with an update. Updates are what this forum is missing the most :D Also, for all the young ladies out there concerned about your body...please let someone close to you know & get checked out! You only have one body & you are young, but need to take are of it. I remember I was not sexually active until I was 16yrs, but I had to be placed on the pill at 14yrs to regulate my periods. I went to a teen health center at my high school and they were private, free, and helped! There may not be teen health centers anymore, but there are other resources out there for you. Take care & God Bless.
JJJ

Portland, OR

#593 May 3, 2012
This is the follow up that I promised, though I am not sure if anyone reads this thread anymore, but if so I hope it may help.
Yesterday when I was exploring the bulge/lump that I had discovered the day before, blood and tissue let go into the toilet. I collected it and it was a distinct white/gray mass. I put it into a cup of warm water to see if it would dissolve like a clot would and it did not, but it was painfully obvious that I had just miscarried. I did not feel any pain, but with the bleeding we decided to go to the ER. I was examined, the tissue was examined, I was given an ultrasound and blood tests. Everything checked out okay. We did have a miscarriage and my body expelled it naturally. We were appx. 3mons along & did not know. That is why my cervix was larger than usual and dropped down a little....that is what I had been feeling.
The ultrasound technician stated that though I had a gyn exam, the only way to really tell if a woman has experienced some sort of prolapse or collapse of the pelvic organs is to have an exam while standing up because of gravity. I guess it is really difficult to tell while lying down. The gyn DR in ER couldn't find any lump or bulge just a thickened cervix. Just to be sure, we have a follow up appt. in two weeks with another gyn. I will request the exam while standing, and see what happens. I will follow up after that exam as well. This could have been much worse if I had ignored these signs. Please, please go in and be checked, even if you are scared of the outcome. This was a heart breaking outcome, but I am relieved we have an answer of a sort.
Take care & God Bless
Lucy

Stowmarket, UK

#594 May 3, 2012
Really, really sorry to hear that JJJ, but it's good that you have some kind of answer to your mysterious lump now. I think I'll go and get checked out again in a few months as I have exams coming up and I really don't need the extra stress that will result if something is up. I've noticed that I don't feel any pressure that you would expect with a prolapse, just the odd stinging sensation I get at the opening and deep inside sometimes. But then I wouldn't be surprised if it's all in my head as I do suffer from anxiety.
Take care.
JJJ

Portland, OR

#595 May 3, 2012
Hi Lucy,
Thank you! I hope that you are able to find answers as well. Sometimes they are not what we expect or what we want to hear, but they are answers just the same & in them we can find some relief. I still have a very odd bulge that I hope the GYN will be able to determine when I go in for follow up. The GYN at the ER couldn't see anything odd because I was lying down, same as with the ultra sound. I know though that something more than my cervix is going on. I feel that whatever it is could possibly be the cause of the miscarriage. I am a wreck right now so my mind is going a million miles an hour with possibilities...I too suffer from anxiety :). Being a psych major I suffered tremendously from self-diagnosis syndrome! I hope all is good in your case, as well with all the others. We are women, unfortunately for us, we have such delicate & intricate plumbing that anything and everything could go wrong at any time. Until this happened, I never knew anything about any of this quite frankly. The more I research it seems so common among women of every age! But I never hear it talked about or discussed whatsoever. I hope more and more women discuss this openly, perhaps if celebrities came out to discuss it? Anyway, I will keep you in my prayers. Take Care & God Bless.
ILmom72

Romeoville, IL

#596 May 7, 2012
JJJ wrote:
I have read through all of these posts and unfortunately have not found many answers. I am 37 and have given birth vaginally four times. I am a little over weight since the birth of my last child (19 months) & have developed a chronic/asthma/allergy related cough the last few weeks. I currently do not have a gyn dr as we are in between insurance. My husband and I are sexually active and we do not have other partners. Both of us are STD free. Today I was changing my tampon (3rd day of period) and I found a rather large, perhaps 3" length bulge inside along the left, rectal side of my vaginal wall. It doesn't hurt, no pain...no pain during sex, no pain with tampon, or when sitting, etc. I have regular, but heavy periods...nothing different/typical slight cramping. But today, it was difficult getting the tampon out. That is when I noticed the bulge. I am now afraid to even use another one! Again, there is no pain associated at all & I do not feel that there is anything bulging outside of my vagina, but it is definitely at the cusp of the opening. I read that the cervix lowers during your cycle and your vaginal wall can thicken, but after everything I read here I am now deeply concerned with a possible fluid build up because the bulge is firm but soft, or a rectocele (rectal prolapse)? Sometimes I do have to press on my vagina to help go number two. No problems peeing. Has anyone visiting this forum have anything similar, a bulge, no pain & during your cycle...or has had a rectocele...if so, how was it medically treated? My husband and I enjoy sex during this time, but I am now terrified if my insides have decided to give up, or God forbid it is the big "C" I do not have the desire. I am going to see what happens after my period, and if the bulge is still present I am going to make an appt. for when I can with who I can. I will be sure to log back on with an update. Updates are what this forum is missing the most :D Also, for all the young ladies out there concerned about your body...please let someone close to you know & get checked out! You only have one body & you are young, but need to take are of it. I remember I was not sexually active until I was 16yrs, but I had to be placed on the pill at 14yrs to regulate my periods. I went to a teen health center at my high school and they were private, free, and helped! There may not be teen health centers anymore, but there are other resources out there for you. Take care & God Bless.
Bartholin cyst...they can be painless or like mine with excruciating pain which requires surgical drainage or removal of Bartholin's gland (glands on each side of vagina which produces lubrication). I get cyst on left side every few years and last time I had surgery doc didn't know what he was doing and butchered me. I have permanent disfiguration now. If it is not painful, just bring it up at your annual check up. If you have a fever and/or pus discharge then see doc bc of infection. Hope this helps...I'm a pro dealing with this issue since my 20s;)
ILmom72

Romeoville, IL

#597 May 7, 2012
JJJ wrote:
Hi Lucy,
Thank you! I hope that you are able to find answers as well. Sometimes they are not what we expect or what we want to hear, but they are answers just the same & in them we can find some relief. I still have a very odd bulge that I hope the GYN will be able to determine when I go in for follow up. The GYN at the ER couldn't see anything odd because I was lying down, same as with the ultra sound. I know though that something more than my cervix is going on. I feel that whatever it is could possibly be the cause of the miscarriage. I am a wreck right now so my mind is going a million miles an hour with possibilities...I too suffer from anxiety :). Being a psych major I suffered tremendously from self-diagnosis syndrome! I hope all is good in your case, as well with all the others. We are women, unfortunately for us, we have such delicate & intricate plumbing that anything and everything could go wrong at any time. Until this happened, I never knew anything about any of this quite frankly. The more I research it seems so common among women of every age! But I never hear it talked about or discussed whatsoever. I hope more and more women discuss this openly, perhaps if celebrities came out to discuss it? Anyway, I will keep you in my prayers. Take Care & God Bless.
So sorry I didn't read this update before I responded...I also lost a baby much further along (almost six months). I was forced to carry baby with no heart beat until doc surgically "removed" it. I had no symptoms whatsoever of miscarriage and found out during prenatal checkup heartbeat ceased. I now have a healthy 10 year old son after going thru very high risk pregnancy. Cannot have more so I am very blessed and will pray u have same success. Again sorry I didn't read more thoroughly before my reply and thank goodness ur physically ok.
Elizabeth z

Independence, MO

#598 May 10, 2012
I have a lump on my left side I have it was a pimple llile thhing
Redd

Brookhaven, MS

#599 May 17, 2012
I have this lump on the left side of my vagina under my skin.. It has been there for 2 months now I have no idea wat it can be it has no painful effects but I always have a vaginal discharge.. Can anyone tell me anything?
dede

United States

#600 May 18, 2012
Hi. I have the same problem I'm pregnant and I have this lump o. The top of my vigina area and it hurts soo bad when I rich it pain goes every where. I dnt know what to do but ima go to the doctor since that is the best thing for me and my baby ...I'm going to also pray about it as well ....I pray that I'm ok
kylie

Quezon City, Philippines

#601 May 20, 2012
im in my early 30's and i suddenly experience heavy menstrual bleeding to the point i had a few big blood clots coming out of me, so while i was washing myself i found this red lump protruding it's like the clots pushed it out of me am scared, help!
JJJ

Portland, OR

#602 May 21, 2012
Lucy & ILMom72, thank you for your kindness! dede, I hope everything turns out okay for you and your baby. You will be in my prayers as well! dede, kylie, redd, & elizabeth you all should go in and be checked out asap! After you are seen by your dr, please follow up on this site when you are able. I think many women are experiencing similar issues and we need to discuss them but we also need answers. I have my follow up appt. this week with my family doc. He probably will not do an exam, but I am going to request to see a specialist regarding what I am experiencing (we too are on limited income/insurance). I still feel a "protrusion" or lump of sorts off to the left/back of my vaginal wall, not in any way painful, but my gut feeling is it needs to be addressed. I still haven't decided whether to try for another baby because quite frankly I am terrified of another miscarriage, or worse. My major in college involved a ton of research and I have researched so many websites, magazines, scientific articles, and text books about pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Also Bartholin cysts, ovarian cysts, rectocele, cystocele, etc. The one connection that I have found in everything I have researched so far is that POP and variations of, is extremely common! 8 years I spent in college, and I do not remember EVER learning about POP! SO many women suffer from prolapsed pelvic organs, thin membrane walls that have failed, incompetent cervix, etc. BUT it seems that these issues are never discussed! We are NOT alone...YOU are not alone! It could be POP, it could be a pimple, a cyst, a 'cele' of one sort or another (AT ANY AGE).....Get into the Doctor & get it checked out! Do NOT be embarrassed, do NOT hide what you are experiencing! Confide in someone or people you trust if you can't get in right away. ER rooms CANNOT turn you away! If you are low income you can typically work out payment arrangements! And if you decide to share your symptoms on this blog, please share with us any and all diagnoses, med treatments, etc with a follow up when you can. I believe these medical issues unique to women need to be brought to public light! Not that I wish this issue upon anyone, but it would be great if a famous celebrity/public figure would discuss this publicly so that women who have symptoms and are too embarrassed or too scared would find it perhaps easier to do so! I will follow up when I know more. God Bless.
Natasha Ball

New Malden, UK

#603 May 29, 2012
amy wrote:
i have a fleshy cherry sized lump up inside my vagina i am aware of it all the time it kind of aches please help im only 15!!
I have like 3 lumps in my vagina and they really hurt more then they used to do... its really hard to sit down and i dont even bother having sex as it would hurt

I went to the doctors and they said it is pressure from having a baby but i dont believe them so i am going to go back!
JJJ

Portland, OR

#604 May 29, 2012
Hi Natasha, I am sorry to read about your painful situation. If you have recently given birth it can be very painful to sit or have sex or even to go to the bathroom! Sometimes a blow up donut shaped ring helps to relieve the pressure when you sit. Also, your entire pelvic area is not the same after delivery, it can take up to a year or more for everything to go back into place. Please do update this site when you find out more when you can.
Take Care & God Bless
hayl

Europe

#605 May 30, 2012
I have been experiencing strange symptoms down below for a few months but as Im ill anyway I just put it down to that, it wasn't until I thought I would look at 'her' in the mirror that I realised when I open my vagina there is no visible hole inside, just a strange lump where i could normally see the hole. Sex and stimulation has been painful for months and I am so tight sometimes it is too painful to even insert a tampon. I saw a nurse today but she did not look, just took a swab of discharge (need to physically open to see it visibally) I have to wait for swab results but does anyone out there know what this could be as its been an issue for a while! Thanks
Lucy

Cromer, UK

#606 May 30, 2012
hayl wrote:
I have been experiencing strange symptoms down below for a few months but as Im ill anyway I just put it down to that, it wasn't until I thought I would look at 'her' in the mirror that I realised when I open my vagina there is no visible hole inside, just a strange lump where i could normally see the hole. Sex and stimulation has been painful for months and I am so tight sometimes it is too painful to even insert a tampon. I saw a nurse today but she did not look, just took a swab of discharge (need to physically open to see it visibally) I have to wait for swab results but does anyone out there know what this could be as its been an issue for a while! Thanks
That's how I'd describe mine too, it's literally like a ball of flesh is blocking it. Mine has started to throb sometimes which is really freaking me out! Tampons are also quite uncomfortable too.

I hope you're coping okay JJJ, and yes I agree that the issue of prolapse needs to be addressed more as it is really common. The only celebrity I've found discussing it is Katie Price, a model/tv personality from the UK- she had uterine prolapse and had resuspension surgery in the US. It can literally happen to anyone, and I'm not going to lie this whole ideal and the thought of having prolapse in my teens has made me really depressed. I'll find answers in mid-July when life has calmed down a bit. I'll keep posted.
JJJ

Portland, OR

#607 May 30, 2012
Thank you Lucy, though I am terribly sorry to hear about your depression, though I would be lying if I said that I feel the same since my discovery of my "lump" as well.
Hayl, you described exactly what I see when I view my area as well, just a large lump of flesh something right there at the opening. I am actually afraid to have sex any more when my husband and I used to have a very active, regular sex life. I no longer feel capable of being sexy? The miscarriage took me by complete surprise and I am still struggling with that as well, but in so many ways I feel that it is my own body that let me down. I talk with people and they disagree but I can't help but to feel that the "lump" or protrusion had something to do with it! I am going in for my follow up with a gyn expert, but I am kind of afraid because the specialist that my doctor has recommended is a guy that has a huge reputation for surgical procedures...hysterectomy, etc. When I was 21 he was the gyn specialist who performed a laporoscopy on me. I know who he is and I am afraid of what he is going to find. It is kind of funny though, I think I am most afraid of him finding something like a prolapse or rectocele and him telling me that nothing can be done about it :(. I need to just hold my head up and go in already. Hayl, an emergency room doc did perform a complete exam on me and I even had an inter-uterine ultrasound and the doc said nothing seemed out of place to her other than she said my cervix seemed a little lower. I told her about the protrusion and asked her if she could see anything at all, she said nothing was out of the norm.
The ultrasound tech said it is virtually impossible to see a prolapse or rectocele while lying down, but when I look in the mirror I am lying on my bed and see it plain as day! I will definitely update when I know more & Lucy, thank you, I will google Katie Price.
Take Care & God Bless
Allison

Silver Spring, MD

#608 Jun 4, 2012
amy wrote:
i have a fleshy cherry sized lump up inside my vagina i am aware of it all the time it kind of aches please help im only 15!!
hi everyone im 16 and i found a lump in my vagina, its very painfull and if i press on it it helps a little, but it also rolls when pressure is put on it. im making an apointment with the gyn but im scares... anyone can help?
sarah

Bristol, UK

#609 Jun 4, 2012
I'm 15 I haven't had sex before and have found a lump inside my vagina, please help me, I'm so scared ... can some just please please help me
Ravi

Crawley, UK

#610 Jun 10, 2012
Hey girls, I know this sounds stupid but I think u should suck it up and go to the doctor. Sorry, but some of u r mums so what kind of example r u setting ur kids if ur scared of doctors. And also they've seen everything. How do u think doctors help you give birth? By lookin up your vagina! And some of u younger ones, the lump might be ur cervix.
Love Ravi xxx
amber

Los Angeles, CA

#611 Jun 22, 2012
ooh hey have you had sex it actually happens when you have .jut tell your mom she neds to now you feel pain. it can get nerveus but its beter if you tell her

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