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I'm glad that you have an appointment to be examined since that is really the only way to be 100% sure of what is going on. But I can say that most likely it's not something serious such as a cancer.
My first thoughts are that it is perhaps a loosening of the structures of the vaginal wall. The medical term is "prolapse".
That's a relief. I've been really scared.
Just inside the vaginal opening, there are often a series of hymenal ring remnants.
It is most likely that one of these is what you're seeing.
I had a prolapse about 4 years ago and had surgical intervention. There's a mesh between my vagina and the back passage now.
I've also had women mistake the front wall of the vagina for a round mass when they see it sitting at the opening.
That would be called a "cystocele".
Yes, so it's possible that it's now a different portion of the wall, either the sides or the front that is prolapsing.
That is MUCH more likely than anything serious.
although the swelling is fleshy and round, it looks like the tissues behind it are almost a part of it and it looks on first impression like a long roundn piece of swollen flesh that's sticking out of my vagina
Vaginal cancers are relatively rare and would present as a bleeding painful mass that is firm.
A long round piece of swollen flesh may be a hymenal ring remnant. Do you have the ability to take a digital photo and upload it into this chat?
it's not bleeding at all. just sore to touch and this pain in my bladder area occasionally
Vaginal cancer look "ugly and angry".
no this looks very healthy
So most likely a normal part of the vaginal wall anatomy that has started to prolapse.
That is MUCH more likely than anything serious. By far.
I'm no good at technical stuff. I wish I could!
Well that's ok. I hope you've found my opinion reassuring.
When is your appointment?
but there's a definiate round blob attached to the vaginal wall
my appointment is on Monday
The other thing that we often see are cysts along the walls of the vagina.
thank you very much for your thoughts. I'm not so scared now!
These are called Gartners duct cysts but usually they wouldn't be that visible unless there was some prolapse.
cysts. ok. yes it definitely could be that.
Again the fact that the tissue looks healthy tells me the chance of it being anything serious and scareyis VERY LOW.
I was searching the internet and couldn't find anything to fit my symptoms
I appreciate your help. Really I do. I can handle anything as long as it isn't cancer.
Is there anything else I can help with today?
thank you very much for your time.
no thank you. You've been a great help.
This really doesn't sound like cancer at all.
I wish you all the best for the future :-))
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you're welcome. Thank you very much xxx