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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Jack, Community Member, asks

Q: Can sebaceous cysts on the inner labia look like genital warts?

If the answer is no, then I guess I get to wait for something to start growing on me>.<


I had "the conversation" with the girl I'm currently with (before fooling around) and she said she was clean and had papers from a few months ago to prove it. I then noticed (after making contact) some growths.


She insists that her doctor tested her thoroughly, that she is clean, and that when she asked about the growths the doctor said they are sebaceous cysts.



So my question(s) I guess are:


1.  can sebaceous cysts appear on the inner labia?

2.  can they look like genital warts?

3.  assuming yes to 1 and 2, are there any health concerns I should be aware of?

4.  if no to either 1 or 2, other than waiting for something to start growing on ME, is there anything I can do to get myself tested so soon after sexual contact? (it's been less than a week)

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Paul, Community Member
8/19/09 8:57pm

Sebaceous cysts can appear anywhere. Some help may be found in this article written by Merely Me, the community leader here.


But a doctor would have to decide which was which. I refer you to this site which has a lot of information about genital warts. The following was taken from there:

"The signs and symptoms of genital warts include:

  • Small, flesh-colored or gray swellings in your genital area
  • Several warts close together that take on a cauliflower shape
  • Itching or discomfort in your genital area
  • Bleeding with intercourse

Often, genital warts cause no symptoms. They may be so small and flat that they can't be seen with the naked eye."


A sebaceous cyst, a lump or bump, is a closed sac occurring just under the skin which contains a "pasty" or "cheesy" looking substance. A trained eye, a doctor, would be the deciding judge of exactly what you were seeing. 

Jack, Community Member
8/19/09 9:48pm

i'm not sure this answers any of my questions.  Certainly I've read both articles.  The descriptions of the two are quite dissimilar.


They look enough like what I'm worried about that I'm asking the question so...


Can sebacious cysts look like genital warts?


If the answer is "No." then what tests are there available to me to verify what I may or may not have without having to wait for something to show itself visibly.

charley, Community Member
1/19/10 9:01pm

long time since you posted so i don't know if you still need this.  my experience (personally) is sebaceous cysts no, but sebaceous hyperplasia, yes (i'm not sure i spelled that right).  i am posting this from the female perspective.


i went in with concern at finding the "growth".  the doc said he'd test, but that it looked like genital warts.  i was so niave i didn't even know that was an std.  don't laugh.  since at that time i had never had sex, obviously the tests came back negative.  went for biospy and results said hyperplasia.  doesn't go away, but does wax and wane with stress and hormones. (or at least mine does).  currently have a cyst in about the same location.  looks completely different!


test for the std, but can't test for something that isn't there (like cyst or the hyperplasia)  i've read one article that said sebacious hyper plasia could spread--i'm not sure if that means like an std.  it hasn't spread any on me. 

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