Alternative Names Vaginal cancer; Cancer - vagina; Tumor - vaginal Symptoms Bleeding after sexual intercourse Painless vaginal bleeding and discharge Pain in the pelvis or vagina About 5 - 10% of patients have no symptoms. Signs and tests In patients with no symptoms, the cancer may be found during a routine pelvic examination and Pap smear . Other tests to diagnose vaginal tumors include: Biopsy Colposcopy Other tests that may be done include: Chest x-ray CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis
Alternative Names Inclusion cyst; Gartner's duct cyst Symptoms Vaginal cysts usually do not cause symptoms, although there may be a soft lump felt in the vaginal wall or protruding from the vagina. Some women with vaginal cysts may have discomfort during sexual intercourse or difficulty inserting tampons. Signs and tests Upon pelvic examination, a mass or bulge of the vaginal wall may be seen or felt by the examiner. A biopsy may be necessary to rule out vaginal cancer , especially if the mass appears to be solid. If the cyst is located under the bladder or urethra, X-rays may be required to be sure the cyst does not involve these structures.
Recently I have had two very enlightening conversations. First of all, in my conversation with Dr. Tara Allmen about her new CD, “Menopause in an Hour,” she stated that all women need to start thinking about the health of their vagina as they enter menopause. A couple of weeks later, I was at happy hour with several girlfriends who are in various stages of “the change”. One woman expressed how painful it became to have sex once she reached menopause.
Vaginal dryness is caused by the loss of estrogen that women experience as they enter menopause. “Estrogen…helps keep vaginal tissue healthy by maintaining a normal vaginal lubrication, tissue elasticity and acidity,” the Mayo Clinic reports. “These factors create a natural defense against vaginal and urinary tract infections.” But the potential issues with vaginal health don’t end with dryness. “Over time, vaginal dryness can turn into vaginal atrophy, which means that th...
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