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Hi, I have a painless swelling in the lower part of my outer

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Hi, I have a painless swelling in the lower part of my outer labia, just near the entrance to my vagina. No other symptoms, just suddenly noticed it and looked in mirror and it shows. Harder to feel when I am standing up...worrying. Will go to GP, but not sure there is a female doc.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr Owen replied 2 years ago.

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well here is what I suggest

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use a warm bath, with Epsom salts, you might have what is known as a Bartholin's cyst, a blockage of fluid, and hence what you are getting

Customer:

Ok - actually had a warm bath this morning, but hadn't noticed it then

Dr Owen :

okay - well a warm/ hot bath and massage the area should help

Dr Owen :

and as long as it is not painful you really do not need to do anything

Customer:

really? nothing to worry about, cancer etc?

Customer:

it is quite prominent

Dr Owen :

at your age Unlikely to be a cancer

Dr Owen :

also if you have had normal PAP smears and you do not smoke, again very Unlikely to be a cancer

Dr Owen :

the are you are describing is very much associated with a Bartholin's cyst

Customer:

yes up to date and ok with smears

Customer:

what causes them?

Dr Owen :

usually a blocked duct - where a portion of your vaginal discharge comes from

Customer:

ok. i have recently been sexually active again after a couple of years. could this be a factor?

Dr Owen :

yes - as this can cause irritation to block the duct too

Dr Owen :

so this is not something that is concerning - and since you are not in pain - this can usually be helped with the warm/ hot Epsom salt bath

Customer:

and should go on its own?

Dr Owen :

It can and unless you are in pain, you really do not need to be seen

Customer:

any kind of lump is worrying, i guess...

Customer:

yes and not really keen on being seen by male gb

Customer:

gp

Dr Owen :

I understand

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by you have really no worry

Dr Owen :

your PAPs are normal

Dr Owen :

and you probably do not smoke

Dr Owen :

so I would not be concerned

Customer:

i don't, but non smokers get cancer too?

Dr Owen :

RARELY

Dr Owen :

You do not smoke and you do not have an abnormal PAP

Dr Owen :

and you are describing the area of the Bartholin's gland

Dr Owen :

so hence you really do not need to worry about cancer - this is not going to be a cancer

Customer:

yeah the fatty tissue by the opening...

Customer:

feels bigger than the other side

Dr Owen :

Again, this equals Bartholin

Dr Owen :

not cancer

Customer:

ok, thank you. hope that is right.

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Customer:

thanks, XXXXX XXXXX add, isn't inside the opening...outside

Customer:

outside the lips

Dr Owen :

yes I understand

Dr Owen :

same as far as you would be concerned - the inside is just how we treat IF necessary to open up,

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so do not worry about this

Customer:

ok, thank you

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