Help! Is this Vestibular papillomatosis? Or warts? **Photos**

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I went into the clinic after noticing these bumps for the first time and the doctor said that the bumps are a normal part of my anatomy. She said that some people's vaginas just look this way. I'm worried though that it might be genital warts. I have never noticed these bumps before! Will these go away on their own? Can I have them removed? Is it normal for these to coincide with another vaginal infection? Thank you!

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    More info: no biopsy and no vinegar test was conducted. They believed the visible bumps were too soft, looked too skin-like and were not “projections” and therefore not be warts.

    I have not been vaccinated for HPV. I have never examined myself before and cannot pin point exactly when the bumps appeared. I noticed the bumps after my first yeast infection this past month, due to antibiotics. I have only had one partner, who is clean, and it was just (unprotected) oral sex. I was previously on hormonal birth control pills for about 8 months and went off them about 3 months ago.

    I am planning on getting a second opinion once clinics reopen.

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    i dont think they re warts, neither papilomatosis. maybe they were there forever and you never notice

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      Thank you for looking at my photos! I agree that perhaps I may have never noticed these bumps before. I now know that they are definitely not vestibular papillomatosis because the bumps aren't on the inner labia or vulvar vestibule. Thank you for adding your comments, I really appreciate it.

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    Has anyone seen a vagina that looks like this?

    I can't find any pictures online of anyone else who has skin like this!

    Any opinions would be much appreciated - I am very worried and feeling self-conscious!

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    Hi allie,

    Like some others, I'm not convinced they're genital warts because they're symmetrically positioned on either side of the vulva and they have a smooth surface.

    The purple box highlighting the anus shows a skin tag, not anal warts.

    The vinegar test is as effective as hydoxychloroquine for covid-19. Acetic acid (vinegar) is useful when identifying abnormal areas that could be pre-cancerous (acetowhite reaction) on a woman's cervix during colposcopy, but not when it's applied to external genitalia.

    Rgds,

    Adhari

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      Thank you for looking at my photos! The explanation you've provided for why they don't resemble warts has been reassuring. I was not aware that I had an anal skin tag. I was also unaware that that vinegar test was ineffective on external genitalia. Thank you so much for the clarification. You have given me peace of mind and I greatly appreciate it. Thank you again.

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    hi! i have something very similar to you in the same area, except i have more and they are smaller and flatter. the 1st time i noticed them i was 13 and i wasn't sexually active at the time so its not hpv. I always get so paranoid that it is even though they were there before i became sexually active. i have vp but its on the inside of my labia and inside the vagina entrance as thats where they grow. I have no clue what those little bumps are ! i guess they are just part of our normal anatomy , they have caused me so much anxiety ! i hope it helps knowing there is someone with something similar 😃

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      Thank you so much for replying and for sharing your story! I appreciate it so much and you have made me feel so much better! I feel so much relief knowing that there are others with similar bumps. There are so many different variations in anatomy, sometime it’s really difficult to differentiate between what is normal and what isn’t. Thank you so so much!!! ❤️

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    hello, how are u? i agree with adhari, and I have some things to add.

    have you been taking any anabolic steroids? and you commented on yeast infection .. maybe it could be that, because that was what happened to me... or any allergy.

    keep calm, ok?

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      Hello, I am doing much better thank you : )

      I have not been taking steroids but I was dealing with a recurrent yeast infection for two months, which I believe was due to antibiotics (doxycycline) I was taking for two months for a scalp condition. Thank you for sharing that you had something similar - it is a huge relief to know that there are others who have experienced similar bumps! You have made me feel so much better ❤️

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