Hi everyone, sorry for the sock, but this is embarrassing for me.

I have a mole (or two, one is very tiny) on my vulva that seems suspicious. They're on the inside of my left labia majora. The larger one is very dark – nearly black. They're right next to each other, making them look like a tiny vampire bite.

I thought I had noticed in the shower yesterday that it had gotten bigger, but that was only by feel, not sight. When I got out of the shower and examined it, it seemed the same size as it has been. I'm pretty sure I haven't had it my whole life, but I can't be sure. I think I first noticed it a year or two ago, and as far as I know, it hasn't changed since I first saw it other than the shower situation which might have been nothing. I wish I had taken pics of it when I first found it to compare, but it didn't cross my mind until now.

It's perfectly round, alarmingly dark as I mentioned (unlike other moles on my body) and it's a bit sore right now, but that could be because I've been moving it around a bit trying to see it better.

I have an appointment with my GP in a few hours to get it checked out, but it's making me nervous. Any insight would be really appreciated. There's a history of lung cancer in my family, but not skin cancer. I've researched Vulvar cancer and know that it's pretty rare, especially for someone my age (30) but I just need some reassurance. I don't tan at all, and I'm very fair-skinned.

I've been in the hospital for a week so I'm not very trimmed down there, should I gently trim/shave to make it easier for my doctor to see or does that matter? Can he remove it and send it off for study, or do GPs generally refer cases like this to dermatologists?

Thanks for any thoughts.

UPDATE!  I went to the doctor, and oddly enough, it's a swollen blood vessel! Sort of like a hemorrhoid. That's why it's so black, I noticed that it was actually a bluish color when he put a light directly on it. I feel so much better, and I had no idea that a swollen vessel looked and felt like that! He's referring me to a dermatologist just in case, but it's not even a mole, so that's great. Now I'm just wanting to get that blood vessel to calm down.

Thanks everyone!

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12 Responses to Mole on vulva

  1. Eevulova says:

    i’d be more worried if the edges were not uniform, not that it is dark or raised. my partner has many large, raised big moles (she’s 25) that she gets checked regularly, and they all are considered fine and normal. plus, if you’re having it examined, i’d say try not to worry. you’re doing the right thing and investigating early.

    ps. whether or not you trim hardly matters; honestly. however, if you feel more comfortable, it would hurt.

  2. EcaNo says:

    Thanks, I appreciate that. Hopefully this mole will be considered normal as well, especially since it’s very round and symmetrical. The only reason the color of it is so alarming is that none of my other moles are like that. All the surrounding tissue on my vulva and in my vagina looks pink and healthy, so hopefully this is just a common mole that just *looks* uncommon on me. 🙂

    Thanks for the trimming feedback as well!

  3. Knious says:

    I don’t think this sounds like too much to be worried about. As the poster above said, moles are usually a cause for concern when they’re not uniform. My mom has loads of moles like the ones you’ve described and they’ve never given her any trouble.

    Good for you for getting it checked out, though! At least you’ll know for sure. 🙂 But seriously, I wouldn’t stress too much about it.

  4. EcaNo says:

    Thanks, this makes me feel better. The fact that it’s really round does put me at ease, I just think if there’s even the slightest chance of it growing I should probably get it looked at. Just a little nervous.

    Thanks again!

  5. EbaNobody says:

    I know my GP can remove moles right at her office. It involves a local anesthetic and takes all of 20 minutes or so (for the anesthetic to set in and for the mole to be removed).

    Very good, getting a doctor to take a look at it. I have *very* dark moles- almost black, but that is due to my pigmentation (I’m Hispanic). My sons also have very dark moles, but my daughter is lighter-skinned and has slightly lighter, and larger moles.

    Relax, you’re getting someone to look at them and possibly remove them. Don’t worry. The removal site will be sore for a while, but that’s normal. You can trim if you wish. Most likely, if the doctor is going to remove the moles, they will shave the area to get to the mole and to keep the new wound site clean anyways.

    As the saying goes: Don’t Panic!

  6. EcaNo says:

    Thanks for commenting! I’m definitely not panicking, just a little nervous about the whole “what if” aspect of everything. It does make me feel better to know I’ll have a professional on board about it soon and I’m being proactive about it.

    Not sure if I’m prepared for removal today or not, only because it seems so fast since I’m only planning on him looking at it. But I’ll go with it if he thinks it’s the best course.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with me, it definitely helps to know what to expect if I need to have it removed.

  7. Remoma says:

    I had a mole removed down there. It was a very simple procedure done with a local anesthetic and didn’t take long. They sent it off to the lab and it was just a regular old mole– nothing scary.

  8. EcaNo says:

    Thanks for commenting! Was your mole similar to mine? If you don’t mind me asking.

  9. Remoma says:

    It was just outside my vagina and I actually didn’t even know it was there until I went for a pap and my doctor commented on it. I’m pretty sure it must not have been there before since no doctor in all the times I’d had paps before had said anything about it. I know my doctor showed it to me with a mirror when she found it, but I honestly don’t remember much about what it looked like except that it wasn’t very big. She didn’t have to put a stitch in or anything where she removed it– she just used a silver nitrate stick to cauterize where she cut it out.

  10. Ogheva says:

    I’m with everyone else here – probably doesn’t sound like anything alarming, but you are still definitely doing the right thing by getting it checked out (if for nothing more than peace of mind!). I’ve had a few annoying moles removed (just because they were annoying, not because they were a cancer danger!) and they all sound like what you described – dark and round, raised, uniform. If it’s perfectly round, that’s a good sign. You might want to get them removed anyway if they’re causing you stress – getting non-cancerous moles removed is usually a pretty quick, simple, and painless process and will nip any possibility of the mole developing in future years in the bud.

    When it comes to skin cancer, the “ABCD” rule is usually a decent early way to figure out whether a mole needs to be examined further (copied from here:

    A – Asymmetry: Normal moles or freckles are completely symmetrical. If you were to draw a line through a normal spot, you would have two symmetrical halves. In cases of skin cancer, spots don’t look the same on both sides.

    B – Border: A mole or spot with blurry and/or jagged edges.

    C – Color: A mole that is more than one hue is suspicious and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Normal spots are usually one color. This can include lightening or darkening of the mole. Melanoma cells usually continue to produce melanin, which accounts for the cancers appearing in mixed shades of tan, brown and black.

    D – Diameter: If it is larger than a pencil eraser (about 1/4 inch or 6mm), it needs to be examined by a doctor. This is includes areas that do not have any other abnormalities (color, border, asymmetry). But, don’t be fooled by size alone – it can be smaller.

    Sorry for the long comment, but as someone who is completely freaked out by cancer, I wanted to extend a hand of reassurance. It sounds like you’re probably fine but it’s still good you’re getting it checked.

  11. EcaNo says:

    Thanks for all the info! I was paranoid so I researched all that, and found it to be comforting. 🙂

    I went to the doctor, and oddly enough, it’s a swollen blood vessel! Sort of like a hemorrhoid. That’s why it’s so black, I noticed that it was actually a bluish color when he put a light directly on it. I feel so much better, and I had no idea that a swollen vessel looked like that! He’s referring me to a dermatologist just in case, but it’s not even a mole, so that’s great. Now I’m just wanting to get that blood vessel to calm down.

    Thanks everyone!

  12. Syrco says:

    I’m glad it turned out to be nothing serious. How fascinating! I didn’t even know that could happen in such a way.

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