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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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I have a B cyst or abcess. I have done the epsom salt and warm compresses. Well I squeezed it and stuff came out well I'm on day three of this horrible thing and each day I get stuff out but its still huge and my god painful. Is this normal that it continues to fill up it has never drained only when I get the courage to squeeze does anything come out. I assume it hasn't truly ruptured am I correct?
Jul 25, 2013 @ 07:55 pm

ruining my life

I am 22 years old and I have had about 20-25 bartholin cysts since i was 17 , my first one was misdiagnosed as an ingrown hair and lasted 2 weeks and grew to the size of a golf ball. I have had two marsupializations and a catheter both of which i was told were going to fix it permanently , my problem is trying to get an ob/gyn to understand how much this effects my life and that i want the gland removed . I have to miss work sometimes because i am in so much pain and sometimes i cant even walk or sit . I just had a cyst last night it only lasted two days but it grew to the point where i couldn't sit and i walked funny . It is always on the left side and i can now tell the second when i am getting one . when it drains , sometimes it is internal , but most of the time the scar tissue from the surgery's rips and drains outwards, its a brownish bloody mucus that follows . I take the Epson salt baths and anti bio-tics along with T3s usually I am given apo-cephalexin which i think works because then they only last about 2-4 days . I am worried there is not a permanent solution for this . Has anyone experienced this or has found a solution ?
Jul 31, 2013 @ 10:45 am

bartholin cyst home remedy

I only recently started having them. The second time this is what I did with awesome results. Ladies let me know if u try and if it works for u as well as it did for me. First let megive u some background on the cyst. The first time I was small and not painful but the second one was big and very psinful even though it was not infected. My general practioner was if no help and zero advice so I sought out forums and stories and this is what I did. I used a medium size bowl a half cup of epsom salt and hot water with a clean face cloth and held that to cyst. I repeadly dipped face cloth into hot water to keep it hot once the water and cloth was cold I used cotton pad and put muxture of witch hazel and peroxide on the cyst for a period of time. I repeated this again and again until I went to bed. Within a couple of hours it just suddenly stopped hurting abd I was finslky able to fsll asleep. When I woke a few hours earlier I saw the dried puss. It didn't drain completly and so I used same method again. However not as often. The cyst is so much smsller now and is slowly draining away. But the good news is that within a short period of time I was pain free. I also want to let you know that the tissue that has drained has returned to normal texture. I am confident by this time tomorrow it will be completly gone. I plan to do this once a day for twenty mins as a preventative. Hopefully it keeps the ducts clear and functioning normally. Very interested in feed back. Good luck
Aug 23, 2013 @ 03:14 pm


I've delt with bartholin cyst (abcess) since late 2011. My first two happened between November and December and at first I had No idea what it was or why it came just found it so weird that they would come around that time of year....anyways came to find out it was a bartholin cyst after not being able to deal with the pain (couldnt sit, stand for too long, or walk) or thought of not knowing what the hell it was and why it happened to me. I visited an urgent care in my area because I do not have health insurance and can't afford a dr. At the time well actually the first 3 they told me it was too deep within me to cut open and drain it, that was a relief in a way because with the pain it had given me I wanted no where near around me down in that area especially a freaking needle or knife noo way! So I was perscribed antibiotics and Inuprofen 800mg which neither did much. I began my crazy googling and researching to see what anyone had to say about it and found out antibiotics won't help much because of the lack of blood flow so it made sense why it was still hanging around. I was too stubborn to try warm compress and sitz bath so I'd just patiently wait and pray the thing would go away on it's own. Eventually they would but after around 2 whole weeks! Well after reading many different experiences from other girls/women who've also had this I was so thankful my cyst only came around one a year hearing girls would get it every other month. I felt soo bad for them because I too know the pain. I've had a bartholin cyst now 5-6 times and only twice it reached the size of about a large walnut, the others about the size of a large egg or golf ball >.< ....well recently well my last 3 cysts that's including the one I have right now as we speak have all occurred this year alone so it's been a few months in between I'm cyst free and I BELIEVE my issue happens when I have more sex than normal within the week or month or whatever. So they say our gland produces lubricant and our little tiny tubes get clogged so it makes sense. Well this time around it hasn't got all that Big thank The Lord BUT being stubborn this time paid off because I haven't gone to urgent care for meds (the last cyst I was perscribed a diff antibiotic which made it TRiPPLE in size within a day) so I got mad and said screw it ill deal with it....however my last cyst June2013 Burst on it's own!!! All I did was sitz baths about twice a day and somewhat massage it while soaking. Anyway to get to the point of why I'm actually willing to share my story with whoever may read it is because I believe I have found a way better and quicker solution to our problem!!! Unfortunately once we get this sorry bartholin cyst we will get it again an again through out our lives even if you remove the entire gland it's more likely to happen the your opposite side so I wouldn't dare...well out of every single story and review and website I've ever read I've NEVER seen anyone try what I have and it's soooo simple and Cheap!! This time around I started my sitz baths the moment I felt my left side a bit sore (I also rubbed all around to feel because mine hide pretty deep) and felt the lump starting to welcome itself. I was taking Aleve every 4 hours for the pain until my mom kept insisting I try applying Aloevera gel from the actual aloe plant so I on ally have in and said what do I have to lose it's gonna hang around another week or so anyway! Sooo last night I rubbed a cut open piece of aloe vera and only because it's tender and swollen it hurt to do that because you actually have to touch it and my aloe vera pieces are kept in a container inside the refrigerator so it was cold also. Well after doing so I watched some tv and then fell asleep, as I wake up today I did not have to take any Aleve for the pain and my cyst has gone down in size ALOT like it's almost gone compared to all the others I've had...I have applied some more today in hopes of it completely disappearing between today and tomorrow! Ill update as soon as I see what happens or if it goes away!!! Whoever is willing to try this my only advice is wear a panty liner so that the gel doesn't get on your underwear! I hope this works for myself and for all others who are willing to try this method instead of taking all these weird vitamins and antibiotics and actually being cut open and stuff! GOODLUCK!!!
Aug 28, 2013 @ 08:42 am

Re: Aloe

How did the aloe turn out?
Nov 13, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

Making out???

Inquiring minds and vags want to know, did you just make out or did you have intercourse? I can understand making out without penetration, but unless your partner is very small in size or width.. that would be unheard of. It's like razor blades in there.. it's even covering the opening so there is no room for him anywhere in there. Just checking? I think he just was trying to find a way to kill two birds with one stone.. I can tell you in my case his bird would of been stoned. thanks~
Nov 18, 2013 @ 10:35 am

Mine just spontaneously ruptured

I had a Bartholin's Cyst 6 years ago. I was perscribed antibiotics and it eventually went away. Unfortunately, last week after having intercourse I developed a cyst that quickly turned into an abscess. It was painful and debilitating. For a few days, I couldn't walk or sit without it bothering me.

Just last night, it spontaneously burst. It seriously has been the most relief I've ever felt because prior to it bursting, the pain was unbearable. I was woken up at 3am by it and couldn't go back to sleep for 2 hours. It was a very intense burning pain from the inside out. I was about to go to the ER when it burst. My abscess was skin deep and did not come to a head. It burst from the inside. Other than fuicidin cream that was perscribed to me, I didn't take any oral antibiotics for my abscess. Instead, after researching on the net here's what I did for a week:

Sitz Baths 3-4 times/day
If you don't have a bathtub, you can buy a sitz bath at your local drugstore which is placed over your toilet. I sat in my baths 3-4 times a day, 30mins - 1 hour each.

Pheobe's Method 2-3 times/day

Calamine Lotion: 2 tablespoons
Witch Hazel: 1 teaspoon
Tea Tree Oil: 1 teaspoon

Mix these 3 ingredients and soak a cotton ball in it. Apply to your cyst/abscess and keep the cotton ball in place for 1 hour. Warning: some may have more sensitivity than others to Tea Tree Oil. It can feel like your skin is burning. Try 1/2 a teaspoon first and move up to 1 teaspoon if you don't feel a reaction.

Hot Compresses - as much as possible
Keep a warm compress on your cyst as much as possible through out the day. Heat will slow down the pus/mucus production in your cyst and may even keep the trapped liquid from getting too thick. A heat pad works best, wrap in it a thin clean cotton shirt so you don't expose your skin to synthetic materials like plastics/rubber.

Drank garlic tea 1-2 times/day
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Although garlic tea doesn't sound appetizing, I was desperate. Cut up 3-4 cloves and boil them.

The night my abscess burst, I rotated a hot compress with a cold compress. This may have also helped it happen because I've read other women say that they did this as well before it burst. During my week (where I was mostly in bed with a compress), I spent a lot of time reading every single forum/website I could on Bartholin's Cysts. I hope all of my collected info can help you out.
Dec 26, 2013 @ 07:13 pm


Also, if your cyst ruptures you should still continue to take hot sitz baths 3-4 times a day for up to a week to keep it clean. This will also help to have it continually draining. Keep away from milk products because they produce more mucus in your body. After intercourse/sexual activity, make sure you urinate right away to clear out any bacteria and take a sitz bath to keep your glands clear. Good luck
Dec 26, 2013 @ 07:28 pm


I was wondering how long it took to go away, (assuming it did)?
Feb 17, 2014 @ 05:19 am

Word Catheter Procedure DONE

I am the originator of this forum post on "Bartholin Cysts" (BC). I got mine in Dec 2011 and honestly it never went away, though it did not turn into an absess and remained a cyst it drove me crazy and made my life difficult physically and psychologically. A few days ago I went through the procedure where you get a word catheter placed, mine was done at a clinic that uses lasers to create a new "hole" instead of old fashioned methods. My fingers are crossed. I have to wear this word catheter for 4-6 weeks... I haven't even completed 1 week yet and I'm pretty uncomfortable. Doctor says 3x sitz baths daily (baking soda, I'm using organic) and I add a few drops of essential oil (rosemary my choice). Keep the area as dry as possible. While in the sitz bath the doctor recommends to massage around the balloon portion of the word catheter. Not a fun experience....
I've also been drinking tons of water to flush out all toxins.

I was wondering if anyone has had this procedure done and had success around it? I will of course update all of you concluding my 4-6 weeks and hope to come back to this forum with some good news for all of us BC suffers....

I will also provide the clinic name if that can help out any of you Canadians... Since it is covered by healthcare here (minus a $100 word catheter out of pocket fee)..
Apr 03, 2014 @ 07:32 pm

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