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Bartholin Cyst


Hi Ladies,

I recently got a bartholin cyst and was wondering if anyone has experienced this and has any good advice.

Just to let you know I refuse to have the surgical procedure called marsupialization done. I have been doing sitz baths a few times a day and using a heating pad over top of clothing.

It has been over a week and still not gone.

thank you!
Jan 09, 2012 @ 11:25 am

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Witch Hazel

If it's not painful then it has not become abscessed yet. The one I had that formed a couple weeks ago is now gone. I don't believe it popped, because I'm sure I would have been aware if that happened lol After I read this forum, I did the sitz bath one night and then started applying the witch hazel to it! Left it on for about 45min to an hour...it did burn a little, but it's nothing you can't handle!
Feb 02, 2013 @ 03:45 pm

Recent illness a factor?

Hi.. I am a 25 year old female who is no stranger to cysts. I generally have had moderate acne since I was 12 years old. I've had a pilonidal cyst (2 older sisters with the same issue) drained twice before. I noticed a small pea size bump on my left labia minora about 4 days ago. I've never had it before and am wondering if I'm in for a lifetime of random pain and no sex. I know it's not an STI or other infection. It hasn't gotten any bigger only now it's kinda irritated because I've been trying to get a good look at it. Do you suggest not touching it? Also... I am still recovering from a bad cold/cough. I don't know whether this is relevant or not but does anyone else experience these things when stressed? sick? etc? I also took Mucinex. After doing other online research, I discovered other woman who thought their vaginal discharge and/or pee smelled like Mucinex. (Mucinex thins out mucus, this includes your vagina ladies!) But no one not even doctor's tell you that your vagina smelling like Mucinex is a side effect. I wonder if this all has a connection.. but I'm definitely thinking stress and being sick have a big effect on it...

I have found that sitz baths didn't do anything for my pilonidal cyst except annoy me. This Bartholin's cyst isn't truly painful yet and I'm hoping it won't be. Any idea on how to nip this thing from the beginning? And how long can I expect it to be there? (For people who have had it go away on it's own). It seems after reading all this thread that most people go in to get it drained. Yeah, I'm not going that route. I think some women are just more prone to getting cysts than others. I am getting sad when I see woman getting depressed! Don't get depressed! It's not cancer! :) Thanks for any and all help!
Feb 05, 2013 @ 02:54 am

Also wanted to add that my period just ended as well. I've read online that the hormonal imbalance can cause cysts as well as stress. Oh and this website tells more about treatment of infected Bartholin Cysts: http://stitchbug.hubpages.com/hub/Caring-for-a-Bartholin-Cyst
Feb 05, 2013 @ 03:18 am


i've had 7 bartholin cysts starting from age 22, and I am 25 now. Only one has turned into an abscess and was one of the most painful experiences I've ever had. I have been successful in keeping the cysts at bay for about a year now by making sure I change my pad every TWO hours. I don't know if this is the reason why they haven't come back but I'm praying that it is. It seems extreme to change that often but if your vaginal area is sensitive to infection or bacteria it makes sense. If you already have a cyst, sitz baths help with the pain but honestly I can't say how effective they are... it usually takes me 4-5 days for them to burst and by that time I am so uncomfortable it gets to the size of a small golf ball. Pain meds are the only thing that helps by that time. I've had the word catheter done (fell out too early) and was scheduled for a marsupialization but by the time I got on the surgery table the cyst had deflated.
Feb 05, 2013 @ 06:17 am

Super Nervous

First of all, i feel relieved that i'm not the only person to have to deal with this.
I'm a 20 year old female (soon to be 21 in April)
I noticed a week ago that it hurt a little to wipe when using the restroom but didn't bother really investigating. Once i found the source it went from a small lump to a larger one. At first i thought it moved location but in reality it had become larger.
I read that consuming dairy products doesn't help the problem. I'm not a huge fan of drinking milk but for the past month i have been due to the fact my boyfriend found out i love Oreos so he buys me a new pack when i run out. (It's like he's trying to fatten me up or something). But maybe all the milk consumption helped with the forming of this?
I talked to my sister who is schooling to be a nurse and she suggested it may be an ingrown hair due to close shaving. I highly doubt that and am pretty sure what i'm experiencing is a bartholin's cyst.
It's gotten more painful to walk, sit, and even lay down and sleep. I have to put a pillow between my legs for enough comfort to sleep.
I'm considering trying the herbs and getting the cyst to burst (which kind of sounds terrifying but if it stops all of this pain i'll try it)
I will start using a warm cloth on it and begin sitz baths. Hopefully this will all be over soon because i'm terrified of going through a surgery to drain it.

I guess i'll just have to wait and see. If there are any improvements i'll be sure to share my results
Feb 10, 2013 @ 10:51 am


It sounds like a bartholins..like previously mentioned, after I had mine for a few days(of sitz baths and putting a warm/hot wet wash cloth over the area, and numerous hours of reading threads online, I found someone mentioned apple cider vinegar. I think I was on day 5 when I finally tried dabbing a bunch in the area with a cotton pad..at first I didnt really feel much(outside the already pain that existed). I did this just before bed. I woke up the next morning feeling even more pain thinking, oh god Ive made it worse! I left the house to run errands and after about an hour (approximately 8 hours after applying vinegar) it bursted while I was out. Not gonna lie, it was pretty graphic visually but I was so relieved. It sounds like letting it burst on its own is the best long term result. Good luck, I feel the vinegar really helped alongside all the bathes and cloth applications.

oh and not to sound graphic but it seems nobody really describes how this burst is and I was really looking for the..what to expect answers in these threads..for me at least, it was like a heavy discharge. It didnt hurt anymore than the pain I was already experiencing from the cyst. I think my increase in pain was because it was getting close to burst time. If it increases I would recommend maybe use of pantyliners around that time
Feb 10, 2013 @ 11:54 am


Reading these threads said that the cyst can be due to hormone imbalance and/or stress. Last month i messed up on my birth control and had 2 periods (one when it was due and one 3/4ths done with the pack). This is the first month i had messed up my birth control for the whole year and a month i've been on it. I'm also due for my period in the next couple days and it's terrifying to need to deal with that during this. I'm sorry if this information if it is disturbing, i just felt maybe this could have been a cause?
Are there are any repercussions taking care of this yourself speeding up the process making it rupture? I don't want it to come back
Feb 10, 2013 @ 01:08 pm


Im not certain, I just experienced my first cyst like a month ago and so far thankfully no 2nd one, at least not yet (fingers crossed). it seemed that many posts I read of people having the surgery have them remotely frequently so I opted to hold out as long as I could and hope for a natural burst. Do the baths and wet washcloth treatment as much as possible and I recommend the vinegar since I feel like it helped for me..there is also a post a few above this(in the past 3 weeks i believe) of someone with a longer post and recipe of something that worked for her too with witch hazel and such.
Feb 10, 2013 @ 01:21 pm

Getting it drained is OK!


I just want to share that I posted earlier - I had a Bartholins cyst and since I had no idea what it was, I went to the OB and she drained it. It was a small incision inside the vagina and a tube put in to drain the fluid (I wore pads for a week to a week and a half and changed them frequently, took baths 3x daily and put Neosporin on the site after bathing). I was out of work for the rest of that week and laid around all weekend. Yes it is painful and uncomfortable, but so was the cyst to begin with! I just want to reassure everyone that is trying to do home remedies that if you do need to get it drained you WILL live through it. 2-3 weeks later I'm having sex just fine and everything is totally back to normal. Any good boyfriend/husband will understand. Mine was not infected but it had gotten to be very large by the time I went in (probably half the size of a ping pong ball), so my doc said she'd drain it since obviously it wasn't going away on its own.

Going forward, she said there was NOTHING I did wrong to get this, and that in the future I should do more tampons instead of pads, and change pads frequently. I'm going to mix in more hot baths with showers, and definitely clean up a bit after sex.
Feb 11, 2013 @ 10:04 am

one more thing...

Just another note about the tube that was put in - that sounds really scary but it wasn't too bad. It was uncomfortable, yes, but it was a tiny catheter that was meant to fall out 2 days after she put it in, which it did. No big deal, it fell out in my sleep.
Feb 11, 2013 @ 10:06 am

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