Nabothian Cyst

This is a photo of a woman on day 11 of her typically 30 to 31 day cycle. She has had three births via cesarean section, though with her first, she did dilate to 6 cm before the c-section.  Six months before this photo was taken, she had an ectopic pregnancy at 9 weeks with removal of right fallopian tube.  More recently, she had a miscarriage at 6 weeks due to low progesterone and is currently on Clomid. In picture you can see a Nabothian cyst above her os.  Nabothian cysts are mucous filled and can generally be felt as a small firm bump on the surface of the cervix.  They are generally benign and resolve on their own. 

25 thoughts on “Nabothian Cyst

  1. I felt a few small, hard bumps in my cervix and made a doctor’s appointment to have them checked out. When I saw the doctor she told me that it isn’t possible to feel your own cervix and that the bumps I felt are on my vaginal wall. I am 33 years old and I know my body very well. I certainly know what my cervix feels like!!! She continued with the exam and swears that I have no bumps on my cervix. I was so upset that I took the disposable speculum from the office and went home to investigate. Astride a mirror with the help of a desk lamp I found my cervix and guess what!!! Bumps, just like I said. I took a picture of my cervix and I showed my mother. I feel like my doctor thinks that I am stupid and I will be getting a second opinion. I’m crossing my fingers that the bumps are cysts and nothing more. Power to the ladies who aren’t afraid to touch themselves and ask questions when something feels wrong.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Wow! Good for you! Sounds like its time to get a new doctor :)

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    Anon Reply:

    I’ve had a bump on mine for as long as I can remember. It was never remarked on. Your doctor sounds like an arrogant twit. BTW my ‘bump’ didn’t affect dilation and several beautiful labours. I’ve never had surgery so don’t believe that it’s scarring.

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    Bea Reply:

    Why would your Dr deny what he had

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    medical evaluation Reply:

    Physicians are clinicians meaning they like check boxes. If they haven’t been taught about something in med school a condition may not exist to them. Some physicians discount the woman and say, I don’t see something or this is all in your head, when they don’t know what the problem is. What physicians need to simply say if they don’t know is I don’t know what this is so I am referring you to someone who might know.

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    Tammy Reply:

    My Dr. told me the same thing, she litterally said “I doubt you are feeling your cervix” and then she never told me whether she saw anything. I never went back to her. You CAN feel your cervix because the vagina is only about 3 inches long, an when sitting on a toilet in a crouched position you get a really good angle to feel it. I was stunned at my Dr.’s ignorance. Especially since she’s supposed to be palpating my cervix with her fingers during her exam! I’ve monitored the bumbs ever since. There is two, they sometimes feel about 6mm and other times feel about 3mm… I’m still looking for a good Dr to go to instead in anycase but I’ve really been skeptical since.

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    Leesha Reply:

    I had the same conversation with a male doctor while i was pregnant with my oldest. I had checked my cervix in the shower and found that i was slightly dilated and I had noticed that I’d lost my mucous plug. I was only 6 months pregnant at the time. He told me the same thing and insisted that there was no possible way I could have touched my own cervix. He told me “you’d have to be a contortionist”. While I’m very flexible, I’m no contortionist. And I know what my cervix feels like. I found this page because I too have two bumps on my cervix that I’m slightly concerned about. I was so disgusted with him from there on in that I requested another doctor in the same practice. When he showed up while I was at the hospital for an induction I told him to get out of my room.

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  2. I had the same thing happen to me, I felt two small hard lumps around the opening of my cervix and I went to my doctor and she sll so told me I should not be able to feel my cervix. She performed a pap test and also said she did not feel or see anything, but Im sure they are there. Did you get a second opinion and what did they say.

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  3. wow – no way. I’m TTC after my first babe. I’m 39.5 years old so we’re looking at a tall order. The first babe was so easy. But it took 14 months to ovulate after the first babe.
    Now with Fertility Awareness, I’ve been feeling my cervix. I was at hospital a few months back. Turned out it was my first post Partum ovulation and a cyst had burst on the ovary. He looked at the vagina and said it was fine.
    Now I feel a bump on the cervix. I was due for a pap so my 17 month old and I went in for the exam. The doctor listened well to my concerns. Then did the exam. Said he saw nothing but a slightly off center (normal) cervix. But then he palpated. And he agreed that he could feel a bump. He thinks it would be a cyst. Hope all is good.

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  4. I hope I don’t have this my pap smear was abnormal plus I have a hard bump my gyno said she didn’t know what the bump was until she gets the lab results /: im nervous

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  5. I had a LEEP done today to remove what is believed to be cyst from the back top right of my cervix. After 5 trips since March they finally removed it!!!

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  6. i have a nabotian cyst too, but its my first opinion on my doctor, i worry about my menstruation cycle, its abnormal, in one month i have a 2 to 3 weeks of menstruation, in after that spotting, an i have a whole blood came out, it’s just because in my nabothian cyst?

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  7. i dont have a child, im worry about if i cannot make a child just because i have a nabothian cyst.

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  8. I’m 37 and I also diagnosed of nabothian cyst last january this yr.the prblem here is my menstrual cycle coz its gettin irregular and sometime its only spotting.I’m worried ..

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  9. same the others. i feel like i have a nabothian cyst too. because since i went to obgyne pap smear, the doctor say clear and i have a redish inside just because of meanstruation she said. but im worried so i try to check inside,yes i do but when i use my finger in put inside i feel something small and hard bumps on my cervix.i’m shy to share but i want to know it’s possible to get a baby even i have a Nabothian cyst and how to remove and how to cure. im 32 yrs. old until now i don’t have a baby.

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    A nabothian cyst is not usually harmful. They most usually resolve on their own. They are simply a mucous filled cyst. You don’t hVe any symptoms from them and don’t even know they are there unless you feel them while examining your own cervix or while your health care provider is completing an exam.
    They are usually not treated unless one becomes rather large and is blocking the osor cervical opening. The treatments, well let’s just say that they are uncomfortable.
    FIND a doctor that you are comfortable with and Talk to them. And NO, they don’t cause fertility problems.

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  10. A nabothian cyst is actual kind of a normal variant and should not be associated with any harmful pathology. They can occur, burst, and recur over time. No big deal and certainly not going to hurt u.

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  11. Yes, one can feel one’s own cervix. Any physician who says otherwise needs remedial training. If you research using an IUD as contraception, you will discover that part of having an IUD is to manually check to see if the removal strings are still in their proper place each month. You insert a finger and feel the cervix to make sure the fishing line type strings still protrude, and at the same length. Many women have a lumpy cervix. This is almost always a benign condition, but a colposcopy can reassure you if you have doubts. If you are having trouble finding a good OBGYN, ask the labor and delivery nurses at your local hospital. They know these physicians intimately and will happily direct you to one who has both compassion and sense.

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  12. I did an exam myself yesterday, which was not intended to be an exam, but since I was on the toilet I figured…anywho I felt two bumps also, one larger than the other. It could be hormonal changes, as I just came off my cycle…and I an VERY regular by the way…to the DAY..or it can be HPV…or a N.Cyst…not sure. I have an appt in two weeks. Funny…when I made my appt, the “desk girl” was like… “no…you are not feeling your cervix” I’m like… “mmm…yes the hell I am…and there are two bumps on it”

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  13. Honestly a cyst on the cervix is like a pimple it cannot and will not affect your menstrual cycle or your ability to fall pregnant !

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  14. Hi! I am 32 years old and just ordered my first self-exam kit from this site, so I can get a glimpse of the bump(s) that have formed on my cervix in the past half-year. I can only feel one large (.75 cm), hard, painless, bump on the tip of my cervix, next to the opening, but I was told by an ultrasound tech that I have at least four nabothian cysts. My doctor didn’t visually confirm this with a pelvic exam, and–even though I have had pain during intercourse, a knife-like pain in my cervix, mid-cycle bleeding, and general pelvic pain for over a year–she doesn’t seem concerned, as I’ve just had a normal pap. Could anyone reading this tell me, from their experience, whether or not it is normal to have over four cysts on their cervix at once, with at least one fairly large bump on the tip that has persisted for months? I don’t have any children, but am recently married, and thinking along those lines…It’s really hard to trust doctors after so many have told me things that are obviously untrue, such as, “You can’t feel your own cervix.”

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    You could always get a second opinion or get another doctor who fully explains why they are saying what they are saying. I cannot diagnose, but the pain/bleeding you’re talking about might be indicative of pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, etc. You also might see if a naturopath or acupuncturist might be able to help balance hormones and reduce inflammation naturally.

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  15. Thank you for your reply! Pelvic Inflammatory Disease was ruled out months ago, but I have had many doctors say that my pains could be from endometriosis. I suppose that the nabothian cysts could be endometriosis-related, as well. A couple years prior to the pains starting, I definitely experienced a severe shift in my mood/libido and have been suspecting a hormone imbalance for a long time–so that could be when I started developing endo. I’m located in N.C. if anyone has any recommendations for who to see for balancing hormones.

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  16. p.s. I received my self-exam kit in the mail and was able to visualize my cervix. Thank you! Everything looked normal and the nabothian cyst was really hard to see. It wasn’t white or yellow like they say, but the same color as the surrounding tissue (pink/purple)–just a little shiny because of the swelling.

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