Vaginal skin tags are small growths that can appear on female genitalia, particularly on the outer area of the vulva region known as the labia. They are a kind of common condition known simply as skin tags or acrochordon.
In general, these tags grow in places where your skin forms creases, including your armpits, neck and genital area. In addition to developing in the vaginal region, women can also have tags under their breasts and on their face, particularly on the eyelids.
Vaginal tags, like all growths of this kind, first appear as tiny, soft, flesh-colored bumps. Eventually, they grow to about the size of a grain of rice, and will often appear darker than the surrounding skin.
In some instances, vaginal skin tags will swell during menstruation. However, this condition is only temporary, and the tags will return to their normal size once your period has stopped.
Vaginal skin tags are attached to the vulva by a fleshy, flexible piece of tissue known as a stalk or peduncle. Once they appear, these growths will remain on the vagina unless removed.
Why and when do they occur?
Skin tags are extremely common, affecting about 45% of the population. They are believed to be caused when skin is rubbed or irritated for long periods of time. Vaginal skin tags are found frequently in pregnant women.
Some speculate that irritation of the vaginal area combined with the weight gain and hormone changes that occur during pregnancy may contribute to the development of these tags.
Once they’ve formed, vaginal tags can become further irritated by sexual activity or regular contact with sanitary napkins or tight underwear.
Are they cureable/removeable?
Vaginal tags are not cancerous or harmful, but can be unpleasant and embarrassing. Because of their size and location, these growths can sometimes be mistaken for the contagious STD vaginal warts.
Check with your gynecologist, he or she can help confirm whether your growth is a wart or a tag.
You may also be able to identify them by their small size, general painlessness, and pliability.
Since these tags do not pose a danger to your health, you can just let them be without anything serious happening.
However, there are a few options if you decide to have them removed. Liquid nitrogen can be used to detach a tag through a practice known as cryosurgery.
In addition, electrocauterization uses a heated electric current to remove the growth. Other medical options include cutting off the tag surgically with scissors, a scalpel, or laser.
There are also natural alternatives to the more medically invasive procedures used to remove vaginal skin tags. Some of the popular home remedies include taking chromium picolinate supplements or applying tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, or a holistic topical treatment directly to the tag until it detaches from the skin.
A good resource that I’ve found is No More Moles, Warts, or Skin Tags™ by Chris Gibson. It deals with how to remove vaginal skin tags naturally.
Can they be prevented?
There is no definitive way to prevent vaginal skin tags that I know of. However, there are things you can do to promote overall wellness, which may reduce the likelihood of them appearing.
Tags appear in areas where excess skin is rubbed or irritated, so maintaining a healthy weight may help keep growths to a minimum. Eating a diet of fresh vegetables, proteins, whole grains, and fruits along with regular exercise may be one of the most effective ways to achieve a physique that is less susceptible to developing skin tags.
Although it isn’t proven, I believe that eating a healthy diet will make your skin healthier and more resistant towards these growths. So keep eating your fruits and veggies!