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Woman Reveals Her Cyst Was Misdiagnosed as UTI for Over 10 Years | Her Clitoris Ruptured Because of It

Woman Reveals Her Cyst Was Misdiagnosed as UTI for Over 10 Years | Her Clitoris Ruptured Because of It

For about a decade, doctors dismissed her pain as a UTI until her clitoris ruptured.

Melita Stutsman, now 23, first went to the doctor with her mom when she was 14, after she complained of pain. Then, she was diagnosed with a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) and was given pain medication. 

But recently, Stutsman took to the video-sharing platform TikTok to share the horrific story about how doctors misdiagnosed her for years, writing off her clitoral pain as UTI.

"After 10 years of being misdiagnosed and what I would say is negligent care by different doctors, I finally have a diagnosis to a reoccurring problem I've been having. SPOILER ALERT: IT'S NOT GOOD," she said. 

She shared that all of it started when she was 14 years old, adding that she told her mom that she was experiencing some discomfort one day. Her mom took her to the doctor where she was informed that it was a UTI. She was prescribed antibiotics and the pain went away because of it.

"Fast-forward to when I'm 20, it came back. It came back but it came back so bad that it was uncomfortable when I walked. So, I went to an actual gynecologist this time," she shared, adding that even the OB-GYN told her it was a UTI. She was given more antibiotics, a stronger dose, and it went away again. This was in 2018.  

 

"Let's skip to this March. So, I'm 23 now. In the span of 24 hours, my clitoris swelled to the size of a grape. It was causing me so much pain that I had to miss a day of work to go to the doctor because it was so bad," she said. When she went to the doctor again, she was told it was a UTI. But this time, the doctor took a few swabs to rule out any infections, but told her it seemed like a "really horrible" UTI.  

"She prescribed more antibiotics, I went home, I stopped by the pharmacy on my way. I took the first dose that night and while I was trying to sleep—with seven ibuprofen and an ice pack between my legs—with my knees propped up because nothing could be touching this thing and it was still the worst pain of my life."

But that's when it got worse, she said, before sharing that her clitoris ruptured.  

"IT RUPTURED. MY CLITORIS. IT RUPTURED. There was pus, there was blood, it was a whole thing. Amazingly enough though, after the initial pain, it felt so much better because all of that was off of what it was hurting." Thinking it would get better, she finished off her antibiotics. But, she noticed that there was a lesion that just wasn't healing. 

"I called my doctor and left a voicemail—they never called me back. So, I called and got an appointment a couple of days ago with a different doctor. As it turns out, this whole time, I have had a cyst and it keeps getting infected. So now I have to have it removed," she concluded in her video.

 

Basically, what Stutsman has on her clit is an epidermoid inclusion cyst. An epidermal inclusion cyst is one of the most common cutaneous cysts, according to Cleveland Clinic. They are very common and are generally considered benign (non-cancerous). However, there have been rare cases of malignancy within the cyst.

An epidermal inclusion cyst usually appears as a slowly enlarging, mobile, dome-shaped lump, filled with keratin material; it is commonly located just below the surface of the skin. Most often, there is a “punctum,” or small dark-colored opening on the surface of the epidermal inclusion cyst, which connects to the cyst located below the skin’s surface. Through the opening, the keratin material may be drained out. However, this is something that should only be done by a dermatologist or other healthcare provider.

"It's rare enough that my doctor needed a second doctor to confirm what they were seeing. It’s important I share my story so other women who may suffer the same fate know what to ask their doctor," she told BuzzFeed.

"Thankfully, the surgery won’t affect the clit itself. The cyst is under the hood but not in the body of the clitoris. There is always a small risk in surgery, no matter what type, but this doctor who finally listened to me is giving me confidence that everything will be fine afterward," said the woman, whose surgery is scheduled for June 20, 2022.

As for being misdiagnosed for years, all she has to tell healthcare professionals is, "Your patients know more than you think, and it’s important to listen to them because they know their bodies best."
 
References:

https://www.tiktok.com/@mjgamesalot/video/7098758151931006254?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21465-epidermal-inclusion-cyst

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kristatorres/womans-clit-ruptured-tiktok

Cover Image Source: TikTok | @mjgamesalot
 

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