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I have a piece of tissue protruding from the vaginal opening that I have not seen in any of the diagrams of the vulva anatomy and I'm wondering if it is normal and what it is.

The only way I can describe it is like a small, thin tube-like tongue protruding from the bottom of the vaginal opening, slightly to one side. It is the same pink color as the surrounding tissue, although it can be quite sensitive and throughout my life when I have had vaginal pain it is located in this area. It was smaller when I was a child, almost thread like, but enlarged as I went through puberty, and is now maybe 1cm in length and curved slightly upward. I am also wondering if it contains any erectile tissue, as it lies flat against the vaginal opening or sticks out beneath the inner labia, rather than drooping. I am worried that when I become sexually active it will obstruct my vaginal opening or become irritated from intercourse.

I've searched all over the internet for what it is, but as I say, I haven't seen it in any diagrams of the vulva (they just show the vaginal opening as a hole and nothing sticking out), and can't find any medical reason for it. I wanted to check here before going to the doctor in case it is something really obvious or that everyone has. Thanks
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replied April 23rd, 2008
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It is possible that it is hymenal tissue that is torn and left over, that's all I can really come up with. Otherwise, I would definitely ask the gyno while you're there, if it's abnormal, she'll notice right away.
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replied April 25th, 2008
Thanks Georgia59. I had done some further research since posting and agree that it is likely a hymenal tag or skin tag. I will mention it to the doctor and hope they can remove it.
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replied July 31st, 2013
After reading up on this in different forums of such it looks like it more common than people think (which is good to know; I just always thought I had a slightly weird vagina perhaps). I haven't had kids or anything I just always remember being it that way, I think.
Apparently the surge of estrogen at puberty can sometimes make the leftover bit of the hymen thicken up and become like this.
I've never had any problems with it (I derive no pain or pleasure from its presence) and my ob/gyn has never mentioned it so I guess it's fine.
If you're experiencing any pain or uncomfortableness with it though I'd definitely see your doctor though. Just be careful if you do get it removed though because they're can be a lot of bleeding afterwards if they're not careful, and possible scar tissue.
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replied April 25th, 2008
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If it's not too bad, I really wouldn't try to remove it. The only reason I say that is because it would leave scar tissue behind, which could lessen sensitivity in the area. But of course, it's up to you! Good luck
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replied September 17th, 2008
I had the same symptom!
Hi, I noticed the same symptom with the tissue looking like a tongue. I noticed it about 2 wks after I gave vaginal birth (prematurely). My OB said that it was the tip of my cervix and that it would rise back up. Well 4 yrs later, I noticed it again one day while in the shower. I went to see my most recent OB and he said it was my cervix. At my age, gravity and due to the history of miscarraige and pregnancy it will not go back into position by itself. Its called Vaginal prolapse. I decided to have surgery for it. it was worth it. there are other options like a pursery ring or hysterectomy. I hope this info was helpful to you. I did a lot of research on it using the internet
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replied June 9th, 2009
i have this too and to be honest, i've done a lot of reading and it just seems to be labia that came from the inside and strecthed from sex or babies. i haven't had babies so i think the sex did it. i noticed it after i had sex a couple of time with a guy that was a little larger. i've been to tons of paps and even spent 3 months with a fertility specialist who looked at my vagina weekly. nobody has ever seem concerned. i think alot of women get this.
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replied March 6th, 2010
I have fingerlike structres
I have small finger like structures developing on my vulva im 35 i started noticing this 2 year ago at times they are itch but not serious at first it was one now they are 3. the same pink color as the rest of the area. Someone told me that this could affect my baby during birth is this true im 5weeks pregnant. Pliz help what could this be.
P/s it doesnt affect my sexual life
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replied February 23rd, 2013
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Hi everyone, I just underwent outpatient surgery to have a hymenal tag removed from my vaginal opening. I suffered from excessive bleeding after the surgery and wanted to share a few tips on here as I received no advice from my healthcare professionals. I am 29 years old, no kids, no major health issues. My OBGYN performed the surgery under general anesthesia because mine was in a "complex location." It was basically inside/outside. I went home and they told me to expect bleeding similar to a normal period. By the evening, however, I couldn't keep up with changing my pads fast enough and whenever I sat on the toilet blood poured out. I tried to call my doctor/nurse on call but kept getting transferred and got no useful advice. I went to the ER . My blood count was slightly low but they told me I was fine and sent me home. The next morning I had huge blood clots coming out and went to my OBGYN. She thinks she may have cut a blood vessel and didn't stitch or notice it. I learned a few things from this...ALWAYS get your surgeon's personal pager or phone number after a procedure in case there are complications. NEVER take Advil/Asprin or anything with them in it after surgery EVEN IF the doctors say you can!! They told me Advil was perfectly fine, but it thins your blood! When I stopped taking it, the bleeding eased up. If you have this procedure done, SIT UP afterwards as much as you can. This applies pressure to the area and helps stop bleeding (no one told me this either). If blood is pouring out of you and you have large clots, it is NOT normal, you are not crazy. Make sure you do what you can to control the bleeding as soon as possible. Mine is probably a rare case, but I think it is important to learn from it.
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replied February 24th, 2013
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Your advice is very good, but Advil is Ibprofin. Ibprofin thickens blood and it is routinely used to stop light bleeding.

Aspirin is a blood thinner. That is why it helps heart conditions and when you have to sit for long periods of time.

Thanks for sharing!
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replied February 24th, 2013
(Sorry if this posts twice)...It's hard to find a lot of info on the subject, but Advil/Ibuprofen does affect blood platelet count and can interfere with blood clotting. This would explain why my blood platelet count was low at the ER after taking Advil/Ibuprofen all day for pain after surgery. While Ibuprofen does not thin the blood like Aspirin, it does affect blood clotting. Several nurses told me to keep taking Advil and Motrin, and that they were "perfectly safe," but I had a funny feeling about it so I went off them and my blood started to clot. When I saw my OBGYN the next day for follow up she said, "I know my nurses told you that Motrin was okay, but I'm glad you stopped taking them." I wish she had told me that sooner. I think more people should be aware of this if they experience bleeding problems...I had no idea until this happened.
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replied February 24th, 2013
I've since been told that Advil can affect platelet count (which would explain that when I received my blood report from the ER it showed my platelet count was below normal after I had been taking Advil for the pain). While not used as a blood thinner like Aspirin, Advil and Ibuprofen can interfere with blood clotting. Several nurses told me it was okay to keep taking Motrin/Ibuprofen, and that Ibuprofen does not thin blood, but I had a bad feeling about it so I stopped taking them. When I saw my OBGYN the next day she said, "I'm glad you stopped taking the Motrin. I know my nurses told you it was fine, but it's not always." I had no idea it could affect bleeding negatively either until this happened.
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