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Bumps On The Cervix

Q: I have recently noticed several bumps on my cervix. I was told that it is normal to have bumps on your cervix and that the cervix is not smooth like we believe it is. Is this true or do I need to be concerned?

Dr. Donnica: In general, the cervix is pretty smooth, but there are some "bumps" that may be perfectly normal.  The most common condition is called "Nabothian cysts" -- think of these as little cervical pimples.  They have no consequence and need no treatment. (They are generally more common in pregnancy.)

 There are other cervical "bumps" that are not normal, however, so I recommend that you consult your gynecologist for an internal exam.  One common example of abnormal bumps is cervical warts, caused by the sexually transmitted infection HPV or human papilloma virus.  It is also possible-although rare-to have a cervical fibroid or a cancerous lesion. 

Created: 4/5/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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