Vaginal Cysts and Vaginal Cancer
What are vaginal cysts?
These are small sacs filled with fluid, that are found predominantly in the vaginal region. These cysts are caused due to a lot of factors. They are treated easily. Some cysts come and go on their own. There are many cysts that grow in size and sometimes also become cancerous. So, it is important that if the women show any signs of having vaginal cysts then one should immediately consult her general practitioner or gynaecologists, and discuss the problem at length and then investigate it.
These vaginal cysts come out as small lumps on the inner vaginal walls. They are small in size and then grow larger if they are not treated. Women having vaginal cysts normally complain of a lot of vaginal lumps that are most of the time protruding. These cysts are caused due to a lot of things the most important being a cut in the vagina. This cut leads to a wound which sometimes gets filled with a liquid and then becomes a cyst.
Many times these cysts are seen to occur with the Gartner’s duct. This is a gland that becomes active when a woman is pregnant. After the delivery, the gland ceases to be active. But sometimes there are complications when the gland is active. It sometimes results in the development of a cyst in the vagina.
Vaginal cysts do not cause many problems and are checked for a lot of changes. If the vaginal cyst is very large then it has to be removed. These cysts show symptoms of vaginal cysts and induce a lot of discomfort during sexual intercourse or while inserting a tampon. Surgery is the last resort and is normally used as an emergency treatment.
Vaginal cysts and cancer
Vaginal cysts normally are not troublesome and rarely are cancerous. It is very important to check for any kind of such cysts. So it is important to have regular health check ups.
These cysts do not show many symptoms are normally felt as a soft lump that is felt in the walls of the vagina. When examined a bulge of the vaginal wall is felt or seen by the doctor. A biopsy becomes necessary to rule out the possibility of vaginal cancer. It is more recommended if the bulge is seen to be solid.
Sometimes the cyst is located under the urethra or bladder. At such times, X-rays are used to ensure that the cyst is not affecting these structures. It is better to have a routine examination at such times and keep a watch on the cysts for any changes in growth or structure.
Sometimes surgical removal is required if the cysts is showing malignant symptoms. But this as said before is only the last option. But surgical removal normally ensures that you wouldn’t see these cysts reappearing again. Cysts as such do not cause a problem, if they are not malignant. But a surgical excision carries the possibility of a lot of complications if the cysts are found in places where they could affect other structures.
So in case at any point of time, you happen to feel a lump in the vaginal wall or a protrusion then make sure that you visit the doctor and get yourself thoroughly examined for any kind of vaginal cyst or vaginal cancer symptoms.