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I can feel bumps on my cervix. My recent PAP came back negative

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I can feel bumps on my cervix. My recent PAP came back negative and the examiner said she saw nothing abnormal. There used to be two, now there are 2 more and they are all varying sizes. What else could it be?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. C. replied 2 years ago.

Dr. C. :

I am glad to help you. Answers are intended to provide general medical information only.

Dr. C. :

Bumps on the cervix are almost always Nabothian cysts.

Dr. C. :

These are extremely common. We see them several times daily.

Dr. C. :

The vagina and cervix are covered with glands that secrete fluid and mucous to keep the tissues moist and provide lubrication.

Dr. C. :

Cervical glands also secrete mucous that is important is sperm transport.

Dr. C. :

It's very common that these glands get plugged and form small purplish bumps on the cervix.

Dr. C. :

Sometimes they pop on their own and cause a temporary increase in clear mucous discharge.

Customer:

So any tips to clear them?


 

Dr. C. :

There is nothing that can be done.

Dr. C. :

They often pop on their own but often they sit for many years.

Dr. C. :

They are a normal finding. We see dozens of them daily.

Customer:

So they just grow until they discharge?


 

Dr. C. :

They usually don't get any bigger.

Dr. C. :

Just stay the same.

Customer:

Thank you for that. It was never explained to me.

Dr. C. :

I've seen a few occassions where they did grow large and need to be popped.

Dr. C. :

Look up google image search to see what they look like.

Customer:

so they start off small and get bigger until they discharge and sometimes they never do?


 

Dr. C. :

Yes.

Dr. C. :

They rarely get any bigger. Usually stay the same for a long time. Sometimes pop on their own.

Dr. C. :

I've had a few that needed to be drained.

Customer:

If its that common why have I never heard of them. Very scary :)


 

Dr. C. :

They were causing painful sex.

Customer:

I see. So a regular docotr may not know about them?

Dr. C. :

I'm not sure. They are extremely common. Sometimes even the general doctors don't know about them and send a patient to us on referral to check them.

Customer:

haha


 

Customer:

OK


 

Dr. C. :

Right. I've had several referrals from general doctors about this.

Dr. C. :

But gynecologists have seen them hundreds of times over their careers, probably thousands.

Customer:

Wow. That is a relief...I think I did have one previously and a ER doctor said "Oh my god what is that?" and it was a purplish thing. That would have been it?

Dr. C. :

Yes they do look purplish.

Customer:

Not a great thing to say when a dr is examining you


 

Dr. C. :

It's the skin stretching over the clear mucous that looks purplish.

Customer:

OK


 

Dr. C. :

Right:)

Dr. C. :

Anything else?

Customer:

and if they begin to cause discomfort I can request that they get dealt with?


 

Dr. C. :

That would be very rare.

Dr. C. :

But yes, they can be popped easily.

Customer:

but I will probably have to ask or get a referral to an OBGYN?


 

Dr. C. :

Yes.

Customer:

Awesome. You saved me from much anxiety this evening.


 

Dr. C. :

They are generally painless and cause no trouble at all.

Customer:

Perfect.


 

Dr. C. :

ok, please click accept so I get credited from your deposit and be sure to ask follow-up questions if you think of any.

Customer:

Have a great evening! I definately will.


 

Dr. C. :

Thanks.

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