hello, first time asking a question but i hope i can find some useful info (im a tiny bit embarrassed)
so i was wondering how bumpy the inside of your vagina is meant to be?? i know there are normally ridges but to me i just feel a sort of bumpy/bulge-y area.. i was wondering if this is normal or if there are any conditions / disorders this might be instead ? i feel like my GP brushes me off when i talk to her about it, and i haven’t properly seen a gynecologist or anything. it generally isn’t accompanied by any pain, but i do experience pretty bad pain after sex sort of around the opening of the vagina (not sure if related to anything)
Welcome @aanon! The inside of the vagina isn’t smooth, but full of ridges, as you said. Usually the bumps & bulges are just normal anatomy, which will be unique for every person! Sometimes it may also be also be a sign of prolapse or other issues. If you’re worried, it’s okay to ask your doctor for an examination. This is usually done by feeling inside with their fingers and possible having a look with a speculum. A regular GP will have done many, many vaginal exams & will have a good understanding of what’s normal anatomy & what’s a problem.
@Nurse_Nettie what do you suggest when you’re GP likes to change the topic when these issues are raised?
I know at least one person who visits my GP for their regular pap smear solely because their regular doctor (who is great for everything else), changes the topic and avoid the discussion and examination. I know that doctors go to school for everything, but why do some of them like to bring their personal hangups to work.
@MsBlueStreak a GP who won’t discuss basic sexual or reproductive health is not doing their job. I would advise going to another doctor if anyone comes up against this! It’s not something that should be expected or accepted. On the other hand, some people may feel more comfortable going to a GP who specialises in sexual health (e.g. at a Family Planning Clinic or Women’s Health Centre). You can also search a directory of GPs and nurses with additional training in cervical screening & STIs here.