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worriedandconcerned posted:
I have noticed that when my period starts each month I have been having some pain and swelling in my labia. Is this normal?
Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear worriedandconcerned: This is one that will have to be seen. Some possible explanations (depending upon the degree and location of the swelling) MIGHT include:

1. Recurrent Bartholin's gland cyst---This would be a tender soft mass at the lower margin of the labia majora. These are usually unilateral. A lit search at the National Library of Medicine site did not yield any citations on recurrences linked to menstruation.

2. Referred pain via pudendal nerve to the labia.

3. Varicose veins of the labia or even pelvic congestion syndrome.

4. Referred pain from uterine contractions--Some women will experience pain from menstrual cramps down the thighs or in the lower back. Yet overt swelling is not usually seen with this.

Please make an appointment to see your GYN at the time the symptoms are present so a thorough exam of the area can be done.


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