9:59 pm - 03/08/2010

vaginal skin tags? or something more serious?

okay, just some basic info.. I'm seventeen years old, and I'm sexually active. the kind of unique thing about my situation is that my boyfriend is long distance and we've only slept together once, which was my first time having sex. we did not use a condom, but he was tested for stds both before and after we slept together and the tests said he was STI-free.

maybe two months ago though, I noticed what looks like skin tags around the opening to my vagina. they don't hurt and are the same color as the skin of my labia. there are maybe five or six of them all around my opening, and the largest one is maybe the size of half of a fingernail. I've done some research and it sounds like they could be remnants of my hymen (hymenal skin tags). but I also started noticing an abnormal vaginal discharge about the time I noticed the skin tags. the discharge isn't abnormal in that it's oddly colored or itchy or has a strong smell, but just in the fact that there seems to be a lot of it. for the most part, I need to wear a panty liner every day because of it. is it possible that this discharge is related to the skin tags (if that's what they are)? or are what I think are skin tags a sign of some larger problem? or is all this just normal?

I know that the best answer to all of this is to go to the doctor, but at the moment, it's out of the question to reveal to my parents that I'm sexually active. I've been considering making an appointment at planned parenthood, but I wanted to get an opinion about my situation before I spent the time and money. 

queensugar 9th-Mar-2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Hey there. :) First off, on a quick maintainer note, can you edit your post so that it doesn't use the word "clean" to mean "STI-free?" You can read more about that in the VP guidelines. :)

Moving on: It also sounds just like hymeneal tissue remnants to me.

As far as the discharge goes -- as a general rule, if it doesn't have a foul odour and is clear, white, off-white or slightly yellowish, and isn't accompanied by other symptoms, it's generally normal. Some people produce more discharge than others.

Another thing I'll add is that I know that myself and a number of people I know found that we went through periods in our teens where we produced quite a lot more discharge than we did as our bodies settled into adulthood.

Anyway, I wouldn't personally worry about these things. That said, a doctor may be able to explain better. You certainly don't need to tell your parents you are sexually active -- you could always make an appointment with your doctor, and give your mom a pretext -- like that you've been having really painful periods lately, or even just that you've had some really bad headaches.
celticdaisy 9th-Mar-2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I would be concerned. I have the exact same thing going on and for months I stressed but kept saying, "It's probably just skin tags". They don't have a cauliflower appearance like typical pictures I've seen of genital warts but I started with 5, in 3 months it's gone up to about 30 total including ones that are around my vulva, anus, and near my vaginal opening. I have a doctors appointment next week. I don't have any abnormal discharge, itching, or pain. The only reason I noticed them is from washing myself and then looking in a mirror.

Mine look exactly like skin tags too, but after searching the net for many hours looking at genital warts, reading lots of descriptions, and staring in the mirror, I'm 90% I have genital warts. I've read through a lot of VP posts and looked through the VP website and it seems like that's probably what it is. Like you said, you should just go to the doctor and find out once and for all. I've been so stressed about it for months and I'm pissed I put it off for so long. (Once again though, no one will be able to say for sure...I think a dr's visit is worth it)
whatever2416 9th-Mar-2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
first off, I'd just like to say thanks for the replies =]

I feel more reassured now that what I have is normal. because, unlike what celticdaisy was describing, I have not noticed any change in the tags since I first noticed they were there a couple months ago. there hasn't been an increase in the size or number of them and they haven't spread anywhere. that being said, I will still ask about it the next time I have a check up at the doctor.

anyway, thanks again for the replies! I really appreciate it.
whatever2416 9th-Mar-2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
oh, and I did change my entry to say "STI-free." sorry about that! I missed that part in the guidelines.
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