Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Possible skin tags?

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Hi, I am an 18-year-old girl who is recently been experiencing some issues. It seems that every time we have sex I experience excruciating pain and my boyfriend has described it as the first few inches of my vagina feeling like sandpaper. I am positive that insufficient lubrication is not the issue. I began to check around and I noticed what felt like bumps at the opening of my vagina. This freaked me out so much that I began looking at various STDs that could be the problem. After scaring myself with countless amount of pictures of HPV, genital warts, syphilis, etc., I have decided to take a couple pictures. Thank God this looks nothing like any of these STDs. I read a little bit more and they closely resemble skin tabs on the inside of my vagina. There seems to be about five or six and upon spreading my vagina as much as I can, it almost resembles a skeleton inside. I have attached to images, one of me not spreading the canal and one of me spreading to show the inside. Any help that you can offer is much needed. The anxiety and stress I am getting from not knowing what this is is almost as bad as the pain itself. I'll also add that when I touch or feel the bumps, there's no pain! It feels like normal tissue just like the regular tissue around my vagina. Thank you very much, I am seeing a gyne at the end of the month but I really need to take the edge off my worry.

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Donna,

They are called squamous papilloma and are common in sexually developing women. It is a normal skin variation and is permanent. It will be checked by your OBGYN with a pap smear when you turn 21, but not before then because you are not considered to be "at risk" for any major condition like cervical cancer or HPV at this time. However, if you need a second opinion, then please make an appointment with your provider for clarification.

Cheers,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

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3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

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American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

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*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

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Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

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*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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