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Lump Inside Vagina, Cervix Cancer Symptom?

Monday, March 13th, 2006

I would like to ask a question about something I felt up inside of my vagina. I believe what I am feeling is on my cervix. I feel a small bump that is hard and the size of a pea. It does not hurt or feel like a sore. It does not feel like it is on the surface of my cervix so it does not feel like a growth on top the cervix but rather a growth from within my cervix that is causing the bump/lump I feel (I hope that makes sense, it’s smooth skin over the bump, not open at all). I have made an appointment with my doctor but I have to wait over a week and I am so scared that it would be cancer that I’m searching the internet. My last pap smear was September 2004 and there were no problems then. I quit smoking in January but smoked for several years prior. I’ve been on birth control (ortho tri cyclen) for about 7 years now but I have never been good with taking them consistently. As far as I know I do not have HPV.

Dr. Joshua’s Answer:

Perhaps you’re just feeling the cervix itself, and it may be irritated and slightly swollen because it may have been manipulated frequently. I’m happy that you have a doctor’s appointment in about a week - that’s soon enough, no need to rush it. I’m also happy that your pap smear was OK - it is highly unlikely that you have developed cancer of the cervix.

My advice: try to relax, there is probably nothing seriously wrong. I know it’s not easy, but try not to worry about it - just wait for the appointment, and leave it to your doctor. Searching the internet is not advised - it’ll only make you worry more. The problem with health information on the Internet is that without medical training, it’s hard to put it in context and evaluate what applies to you and what doesn’t. Let me know how it goes.


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