4:28 pm - 03/27/2008

My vag is terrifying me!

Hey! Some background info about me: I had sex for the first time this past November. Since then, I've had sex two more times. Other than that I've been very inactive, and have never had any "scares," mystery bumps, rashes, or even yeasties in my life. I've been lucky enough to have a very quiet and well-behaved vagina. Recently, a couple of things have happened that scared me badly enough to make an appointment with Planned Parenthood to get a full exam, but I thought I'd come here to ask a few questions before then (it's in 10 days, which is way too far away!).

1. Does anyone have any information about hymenal tags, or carunculae myrtiformes? The reason I ask is because I assume my hymen has been broken/stretched recently, as prior to sex I really couldn't fit anything more than a super-slim-junior-skinny tampon in there. I am hoping that these little "skin tag"-looking things that have appeared just around the opening to my vagina are hymenal tags and not genital warts, but it's really hard to get a good grasp of what either look like, especially the hymenal tags. The bumps really just have the texture of the rest of the skin around there, but my opening to my vaginal canal has, to the best of my knowledge, always been very smooth, with no bumps or lumps.

2. On the inside of one inner labia, I kind of have a ridge of tiny raised bumps or abrasions (skin-colored), with one white-headed bump. Are these just pimples? Why are they in a line? What the hell? I recently used a lotion around there that ended up making my face break out similarly, but I didn't think that inner labia (the mucous membrane) could get zits, and especially in a suspicious little ridge like that.

Thank you for any insight...and again, I am going to get it checked out...I just need a little help falling asleep at night until then.
myrcwood_rose 27th-Mar-2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
A) Probably hymen tags, not always, but usually, genital warts look, well, warty, and the texture isn't quite the same. B) yep, you can get pimples any where you have skin, I get them from time to time (and boy did I flip the first time!). I actually have very bumpy looking skin under my outer lips, I can remember being about 12 when I first noticed and being hysterical about it, thinking I had some strange disease that I was going to give to everyone and then die from, (I know, I know, like I said, I was 12), lol. I think you should just try and relax until your appointment, I'm pretty sure you're ok.
queensugar 28th-Mar-2008 01:10 am (UTC)
As far as the bumps on the labia -- those are very common! They're generally just enlarged sebaceous glands, or oil glands. I have them all over my inner labia, and along the "ruffle" of the inner labia they go in a cute little straight line. Some just look like bumps (the famous vulvar chicken skin) and others are white and, when squeezed, exude a white waxy oil.
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