Vaginal bulges and stuff sticking out after childbirth- am I an "Alien..?!"
Oohh, my dear! You are "normal" and decidedly NOT "alien." You have a combination of prolapse of some hymenal tags, a "urethrocoele" from the top of the vaginal opening, and most likely a modest "rectocoele," which is a herniation/bulge of the vaginal floor. These are all termed "vaginal support issues," entirely secondary to vaginal childbirth(s), and can be "fixed" by a combination of carefully planned surgery and perhaps pelvic floor physical therapy. BUT-- no need to do anything if it does not seriously bug you functionally or sexually. If it does, see a gynecological or urogynecological specialist who also is savvy cosmetically.
Michael P Goodman, MD
Davis, CA, USA
the large tag is a hymenal remnant and should be excised in office if bothering you. The more major defect in appearance is also probably a functional one: dropping of the anterior compartment of the vagina (bladder side) from presumed childbirth. Usually but not always this is accompanied by an equal defect on the rectal side of the vagina with looseness. This is a more difficult problem when symptoms develop and you should address this with your OBGYN/UROGYN in my opinion rather than a cosmetic specialist. It would be nice to have this be one and the same Dr.
Go easy on yourself. What you have is a small amount of the hymen remnant protruding from the vaginal opening. This requires a small procedure to remove it. Easy peasy.
The second thing is vaginal laxity or looseness of the opening. This can arise from childbirth most commonly. The opening can be tightened with other surgical procedures so that it is smaller and tighter.
Lastly, you may have an element of prolapse. This is where some of the organs like the bladder or rectum push into the vagina. Best to see a doctor you trust for an eval. No reason to live uncomfortable with yourself!
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