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Lump in vagina (of all places)

qwerty4

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Hi,

One month ago I found a lump in my outer labia. It's hard, painless, about the size of a marble and it moves a bit (left and right) but at the bottom it is attached. It is under the skin and not visible. I think that one the right side there is a similar lump but much smaller. I went to the doctor who said it is a gland. I want to believe him BUT I am scared that it could be something worse, like soft tissue sarcoma (which can develop in a gland). I know it is rare but I also read that they get misdiagnosed often because they resemble benign conditions.

I feel like I have to get it checked out more, like ask for a scan or a biopsy or whatever, because he just felt it..so how can he really know? But another part of me knows that I should just believe my doctor and not bother him, especially during corona. This is keeping me very restless because I am not sure if I should pursue it further or just try to leave it at this (which to me feels like a risk). Any advice on what I should/could do?

Thanks in advance
 

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At most, it may be worth seeking a second opinion. See a different doctor and see what they say. I generally recommend not suggesting scans / imaging tests, because 1) they can be costly, and 2) it may not be medically necessary (e.g. the doctor genuinely sees no reason to do it). But ask another doc about it, and see if they agree with the first doc. It's perfectly okay to tell the second doc "hey, my primary doc said this, but I'd like a second opinion just to be on the safe side."

Once you get a second opinion and they agree with the first doc, can you let it go at that point? You should. Seeking a second opinion is not inherently wrong, unless it becomes a pattern and you're doing it every time you see your primary doc.
 

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The Bartholin’s glands are on each side of the opening of the vagina. ( On the lips of the labia ) So if it is glands there might be one on the other side too. One you never picked up on. First check the other side of the opening of the vagina. If you happen to feel the same thing there ' happy days '. All is normal. As a male not my area of expertise. At times we might feel a lump and think it is the only one there. Always working checking the reverse side too.
 

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Sounds like a glad tbh.
Think about it this way. the doctor has many people that go to him for this issue i’m sure, if he had any doubt he would refer you in for a biopsy.
Lumps and bumps can form anywhere in the body. And most are benign
 

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I agree with all above, have a second opinion and if the second dr doesn't get alarmed, then let time heal it.
It will probably disappear in a while? maybe.
You said it was one month ago, did you notice changes in size? That would be clear answer to you actually, one month is not a short time. If it was sinister then it would grow a lot bigger by now.
 

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I get those all the time. I used to be so worried about it until I remember that almost everyone with a vagina gets one. A blocked up gland in there that's there and then it passes. I have had plenty and I think I'm okay. But yea, if you haven't, check back and see. Still, probs just a gland.
 

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Well the only small bumps under the skin I get there are usually those persistent mega-pimples. And they stay for a while but eventually go away.
 

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No change really. I can't go for a second opinion because in the meantime my country went into lockdown again and you can only go if it is urgent, so I'll have to wait.

The lump is still there but I think it didn't get bigger, so I hope that means it is indeed just a blocked gland or something. It has helped to read all these replies though
 

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No change really. I can't go for a second opinion because in the meantime my country went into lockdown again and you can only go if it is urgent, so I'll have to wait.

The lump is still there but I think it didn't get bigger, so I hope that means it is indeed just a blocked gland or something. It has helped to read all these replies though
I’m sure it is
 
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