Oct 15, 2012 - 12:01 am
Hi, I'm new and I've been looking for info and support/people who can relate & understand, because I think I'm going to need it.
I'm 38 and last Thursday finally wondered why the heck I was itching (and have been for a while). We changed detergents a couple months ago & I thought that's what it was, but grabbed the ol' hand mirror to take a look anyway. I'm a very fair skinned person so imagine my surprise when I saw what's normally healthy pink is now partially dark colored, with 4 slightly raised dark bumps/spots and I can see another appears to be coming up - the skin has faintly changed color but it's not raised yet.
I immediately got on Google & started searching. There are few images out there (I can understand why, who wants their goodies displayed online for the world, literally?) but found a couple of photos that look very much like what I saw in my mirror, and of course they're VIN photos. I've been Googling since Thursday, hoping I could find an alternate reason for what I'm seeing, something other than VIN, but everything I find says VIN. So I'm calling my gyno tomorrow to make an appointment. I'm overdue for my yearly check-up anyway, ironically :-\
I've been crying a couple times a day over this. I'm scared. I'd never even heard of this until I got online to google "dark spots labia" and down the rabbit hole of info I went.
Would anyone who's been through this already, or going through this, please tell me what to expect? I've read women will have red, white, or dark lesions/bumps, that may or may not be slightly raised. And that the only way to determine if it's VIN is to biopsy. Is that accurate so far? How do they usually biopsy - scrape, punch, cut it out? What's recovery time for a biopsy? Are there any treatments they try before surgical options, or does it depend on what stage you are? I know the Doc can tell me all this, but I want to know something now. I feel helpless and know I'm trying to feel like I have some sort of control over the situation. My monkey wrench with medical situations is that I have drug allergies. I can't have ibuprofen, aspirin, codeine, sulfa products, and some antibiotics, to name a few. I have to wonder how this is going to complicate any treatment.
Any information is appreciated, thanks.