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What is a Bartholin's Gland Cyst or Abscess?

By August 28, 2008

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Has your doctor told you that you have a Bartholin's gland cyst or abscess? Discover the facts about Bartholin's gland cysts and abscesses from the discovery of the Bartholin's gland to symptoms and treatment information.
April 24, 2007 at 10:52 am
(1) Cocl says:

What happens after a bartholin cyst is removed with thick old blood in it?
Is is malignant?

May 27, 2007 at 1:49 am
(2) LYNNIECE says:


September 17, 2008 at 1:02 pm
(3) Annie says:

I have been told that I have a bartholin gland cyst although the truth is they really don’t know exactly what it is growing down there. It could possibly be a tumor since they did not biopsy anything. I am most likely going to have it removed, but unlike everyone talking about lancing it, this is more complicated according to my gyno. He said it is deep and I will have to be either under general anethesia or have a spinal for the surgery. Anyone hear anything about this more complicated surgery? I’m scared.

October 16, 2008 at 6:09 pm
(4) Linda says:

I have a 2.5 x 2.5 cm cyst or abscess of the left bartholin gland. Mine also is deep and the doctor is talking general anesthesia. I am 56 years old and this is the third go-round with this. It is painful!

did you have surgery and how did it go?

November 12, 2008 at 9:47 am
(5) Jennifer says:

I had a Barthlon’s gland cyst, and it came back four times before I got surgery. Honestly, getting it lanced is pointless, in my opinion. It is utterly painful when it comes back, it looks ugly, and getting it lanced only makes it go away for a little while. I got surgery, yesterday in fact, and, I’m not even totally sore!I don’t remember a thing, and it only pinches a little when I walk, but I’m back to school in a few days.
And, it doesn’t have to be a disease. The gland being blocked, is apparently, hereditary. But the infection CAN result from getting STDs, but, some people, like myself, are just prone to infection. Getting tested for STDs after you find that you have a Bartholin’s gland cyst is always the smart thing to do.
But no worries anyone! It’s actually really common to happen to women, we’re not freaks. =]

December 3, 2008 at 1:24 pm
(6) Amy says:

I used a homeopathic remedy, Silica (also sometimes Silicea) 30C and my cyst, which developed about a week ago and had gotten huge and painful, started to drain 3 hours after the first dose and is still draining 24 hours later. It’s a painful and scary problem but this remedy seems to be working so far.

December 6, 2008 at 2:14 pm
(7) jack's mom says:

I wish I had known earlier what was going on. I had one in July that apparently drained on it’s own. I went back to my gp on Wednesday and she sent me to OB/GYN yesterday where they drained it with a needle, not a pleasant procedure! Although he used Lidocaine to numb the area it still hurt due to the sensitivity of the area. It was infected (puss & blood) and I’m on Kelflex (Cephalexin) antibiotic used for skin infections & UTI’s 4x day for 7 days. I now get to wear the Word catheter for 6 weeks which will, as I understand it, create a new duct for fluid secretion and presumably the cyst won’t come back. I don’t really feel the catheter & I am MUCH more comfortable compared to the cyst. Sucks since my hubby & I are trying to have a baby right now! The OB also recommend shallow spritz baths as a good treatment/prevention of the Bartholin Gland Cysts. If you think you have one of these get it checked out early-they can rupture if not treated in time. I can’t even imagine how that would feel! Knowing is half the battle right? I am sorry to read about the more severe cases, good luck everyone!

December 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm
(8) Maria says:

Hello, Everyone…

Just had a Bartholin’s glad cyst removed,and WOW was it PAINFULL!!!
Per my Gyn I decide to had the drain place with a cath, hopefully it will not return….

December 17, 2008 at 3:27 am
(9) Cindy says:

Hi Everyone,

This might be a little detailed or gross but I wanted others to get some insight from my experience. Hope this helps…

After much pain and the left side of my vulva blowing up almost the size of a golf ball I decided to go to a walkin clinic. I was checked out by the gyn and was told that I had bartholin gland cyst but need not do anything much except take a sitz bath. I was given a pill(diflucan) for the yeast infection I got as a result of this and was told to return if the pain didn’t stop. After taking the pill and doing a few sitz I felt much better the next day. From then on the cyst somehow got much smaller and the pain had gone. I believe the relief had more to do with the pill than the baths. Anyhow, two months later the cyst swells up again and this time I was going out of my mind. I can’t believe how much pain women have to endure!!! I couldn’t take it. I couldn’t even walk! I decided to take hot baths(as hot as possible without burning myself) 4 times in one day and sometimes for more than an hour at a time. I just kept adding more hot water when the water was beginning to get lukewarm. After that day of intense warm baths and my skin looking like prunes, I went to rest but the pain seemed to have gotten even worse so I decided to put an ice cube in a face towel as a compress to somehow cool the pain. I felt less discomfort and was actually able to fall asleep. I think the constant warm baths and the final ice compress worked because when I woke up the next morning the cyst opened up itself and began to drain (blood and pus) on it’s own. It’s been one day now but I feel soooo much relief and I can walk now! The only pain I get is when I want to pee but I try to cover the cyst area as best as I can to avoid the stinging. Prior to this I had ordered the Silica pills as mentioned by others but haven’t received it yet. Hopefully I don’t have to go through this again. If I do then those silica pills better work cause I can’t see myself doing surgery. It sounds too painful from what others have mentioned.

January 18, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(10) Lisa says:

Hi,everyone I can honestly sympathize with all of you ladies,as I myslef have been dealing with this condition for the past 19yrs since the birth of my 1st child. I am now 39yrs old recently had yet another 2nd procedure of a word catheter placed. Right now I am in excruciating pain every movement is torture the tube to the catheter just will not stay in place & is causing me horrific pain & bleeding. The docot now wants to do a marsupialization which I’ve heard horror stories about as well. It’s not an end all to this tortorous,extremely painful condition. I’ve so had it with this already. Over the years it would flare up causing me to go to the ER on 2 occasions but I’d be given antibiotics & was told by my then Gynocologist it was best to leave it alone if it didn’t hurt he said that surgery would only be more painful & more complicated & it wouldn’t be a permanent solution “boy was he ever so right”! My husband has the patience of a saint it’s now been over 2 months since we’ve had any relations @ all. At first the drainage is immediate relief for me but they insist on keeping the word catheter in for 4-6weeks & I guess as it is healing the tube falls out and it just makes it that much more painful to walk,sleep,sit etc no differnce from having the abscess.I recently tried pulling it out myself I was so desperate for relief but it only made matters worse.Ladies I have a high tolerance for pain but this is like nothing I’ve ever felt before every part of you hurts.I also have a 2 1/2 yr old & it’s not easy when your in pain constantly. Please if anyone has had the surgery (marsupialization) I’d like your opinions on it…Thanks all my wish for all of us is a painfree, healthy bartholin gland

January 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(11) LeAnne says:

I have had my bartholin glad drained twice now and it is swelling back up again. This last time I would have had the dr put in a catheter while I was already numb, but she didn’t have any on hand. I have an appointment on Thursday for my yearly checkup and at that time I will probably go ahead and have her do the catheter.

As for the pain, just to give a wide variety of experiences for those who are dealing with this and don’t know yet what to expect…the draining of the cyst is painful because of the shots they give to numb the area. It’s not horrible, but it does hurt. Once the area is numb it’s always been easy from there for me. I have always healed up quickly and with no complication. My glands have never hurt before the drainage either, they just swell up really big but are not painful.

I’m anxious to see what happens with the catheter. Good luck to everyone who has to deal with this!

February 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm
(12) Cathy says:


February 15, 2009 at 11:45 am
(13) Samtuco says:

hye everyone,
i have got a bartholin cyst in my right vulva. i had been admitted to hospital during 3 days and was put on antibiotics. its really not paining but am worried coz the swelling is still there. am really afraid of surgeries and all. can you help me finding a home treatment to have the swelling disappear. there is no discharge anything only the swell which is present. Need help. Thank you.


February 21, 2009 at 6:43 pm
(14) AmyJ says:

Wow, I think I need a new gyno.

Twice, I have had abscesses. The first time was one of the worst experiences as my life.. incredibly high fever, then the swelling/pain and the draining sore.. I ran to my gyno in an absoulte panic and he figured it was herpes. All STD tests came back negative but he still didn’t know what was going on.

It went away.. a year later, it came back. This time I ran straight back ASAP and we ran all STD tests again. This time, he suggested I soak in warm baths several times a day. That was the only thing that gave me any relief, and made the abscess break open much sooner than the previous one. Tests again came back negative and my doc seemed confused.

A few weeks later I was at my primary care doctor and he asked why I’d recently been in to the gyno.. I explained and he immediately told me the name of the gland so I could researc it and explained what had happend.. and that if it keeps happening there are options!! GOOD LORD why didn’t my gyno know this!! And why doesn’t WebMD have any info on them, that was the first place I ran to.

Anyways, good luck to all of you experiencing this, it is excruciating. Warm baths, add some epsom salts or boric acid to the water even, and I bet antibiotics would help if its a really bad infection.

Keeping my fingers crossed none of us need to ever experience a repeat, but I’m so glad to know what happened to me twice now!

March 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(15) H. says:

I had two marsupialization surgeries — one seven years ago, another seven weeks ago. There were no problems in the seven intervening years.
When I first saw a gyn. about it, he didn’t know what it was, either. All the general practitioners were able to diagnose it right away.
Some dr.s suggested they lance it, and others said it would be a bad idea. I went with the surgery. The first time around, there was not too much pain afterward, but I couldn’t empty my bladder by myself, and had to have a catheter for two days. The hospital didn’t warn me this could happen, and they’ve sent me home. I then had to return, of course, and spend the night in the hospital.
The second time around, the dr. said she was using a different type of suture. The post-surgery recovery was harder, and though I’ve been told that sexual activity could resume in six weeks, the swelling still persists after seven.

March 10, 2009 at 2:32 am
(16) kat says:

I am 21 years old and I’ve had a history of recurring cysts since last year. The last one was so painful I’d cry after just walking for a few meters. I couldn’t take it anymore, I just wanted to die. But then we went to this good gyn who suggested that I have the gland marsupialized. And I did. Just hours after the operation, I was feeling great (hours because the anesthesia was still there so I wasn’t sure if it was still sore or not). It has been 3 months since my operation and I have been feeling fine.

March 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm
(17) A says:

I sympathize with everyone that has posted an experience. I apologize in advance for how ling this is –

In January 2000, I had my first cyst on the right side. Over several long excruciating days, it became an inflamed abscess and had to be drained. It was an extremely painful procedure, as the local anesthetic used does not work if you have an abscess. However, the relief was immediate. The moment the doctor cut into it, I felt relief. A ward catheter was inserted and remained in place for several weeks. About a year later, it came back. I had the procedure done again, and again, a ward catheter was put in place to help prevent a reoccurrence. The catheter fell out a few days later. The doctor could not replace it without causing agonizing pain. I have since read that if the incision is too large, the catheter will fall out.

About a year later it came back a third time. This time I talked to a specialist that scheduled a surgery to have the gland marsupialized. After the surgery, that required going under a general anesthesia, I woke up and felt minimal discomfort. I could feel the stitches, but the healing process was quick. It has been about seven years and I have had no problems on the right side. Occasionally, I feel mild tenderness or a little bit of swelling but, overall, the surgery was a success.

A cyst has formed and popped or drained by itself twice on the left side a few years apart. The first time, it was swollen and painful and drained during a long car ride in the summer heat. The second time, it again drained by itself during an extremely hot summer day. I believe that heat will help a cyst drain without medical intervention if you can tolerate the pain.

Most recently, on Saturday I started to fell the characteristic swelling and pain of a bartholin cyst. I also felt sluggish, tired, and feverish. I immediately knew what was happening. The pain had gotten so bad by Monday that I had to stay home for work and wait for the on-call gynecologist at my clinic to see me. That afternoon, he drained it and inserted a ward catheter. This time, I did not feel immediate relief. The procedure was significantly more painful than the two previous times. Also worth noting, this time think clotty blood cam out as opposed to the other times when a watery puss-like liquid came out. I was in the most pain I have felt since this whole ordeal began almost a decade ago. When I went home, thick blood clots continued to come out which was extremely painful with the catheter in place. I had to call the doctor to prescribe vicodin. I had never experienced blood draining from the glad and am not sure if that is normal.

It has been four days since the procedure and I am still in pain.

March 18, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(18) Astar says:

Im wondering…….I havent been to the gyno but, def know I have a block Bartholins gland. It doesnt hurt at all and unless ive had sex or anything is the only time it swells up….if push on it the liquid comes out…..one time it was slightly tinged red but have never been in pain from it………..does that mean i have a re occuring cyst? it started happening a cpl years ago but i read up about it and wasnt concerned due to the lack of pain…..

March 20, 2009 at 12:49 am
(19) sulu says:

hi girlfriends, sympathizing with all of you. this is no fun, for sure. i am almost 49, mother of three wonderfuls born by cesearian, divorced by default for a decade, and have been in a “monogamous” relationship since. first bartholin gland swelling started on the left about two or three years ago, first a grape size, then a walnut size, but no pain at all. i only knew something wasn’t right there. the cyst formation then became an abcess during a period of lots of stress and self-neglect, facing foreclosure, selling my home, moving twice in six months, and learning of my long term partner’s infedility only when questioned about my compromised physical condition. great time, hear my sarcasm? still i didn’t seek med attention because of $$ and no insurance. self-treated the first abcess with hot compresses and tea bags (recommended by a knowing friend, the tannic acid helps draw out the poisonous infection). immediate relief, nothing but ugly pus, and i seemed fine for a while. but then it swelled again, this time a bit more painful, and almost egg-sized, and after more hot compressing, when it erupted, it was dark blood mixed with pus. scary, but i still avoided docs, again no $ and fear of docs in general. all seemed okay for a while, but now i have a constant seeping of not so nice smelling discharge of the gland; more pus dishcarges when i press on it, again no pain, but i am sure there is infection, and i am sure i need antibiotics or biopsy possibly. research i have done scares me, though, about the possibility of cancerous situations at my age.
does anyone know of any home remedy antibiotic treatments for such weird infections of such a weird gland situated in such a difficult place in our bodies? thanks in advance for all response.

March 24, 2009 at 2:40 am
(20) kf says:

I would just like to say thank all you wonderful ladies for sharing.I am a mother of five and have been dealing with this cycst for a while now off and on. I never knew what it was since it never hurt(would just swell up, then go away after a while)I seriously thought something was wrong with me, thank you so much for the education. I have an apt this week to see about this draining process.

March 25, 2009 at 3:17 pm
(21) jen says:

Inhousepharmacy dot com you can order antibiotics if you can’t afford to see a doctor. I have just started to deal with this problem now for 2 weeks it swelled and i went to a doctor he referred me to OGYN to get it drained with a word tube and prescribed me antibiotics. It started draining that night so I decided to save money and monitor it myself. I had to use antibiotic cream/ peroxide wash. and i would constantly squueze out puss and even have to pull puss until there was no more. that area healed. now two weeks later the front area is doing the same thing. I am hoping to get all the infection out so i dont have to go through this again. Good luck with all this. I have order anitbiotics to go on them for a couple weeks.

March 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm
(22) bc says:

I had my first cyst when I was in my mid-20s. It was the only one that went away on its own. After giving birth to two children I had 4 more that all abscessed. All of them were on the same side. I reached the point where I was having them every six months. One was incised in the doctor’s office. That was very uncomfortable. I found it was easier to live with the pain of the abscess and have it rupture on its own, as it healed quicker than if the doctor opened it. When it ruptured on its own, everything drained out immediately and it healed rapidly. However, it was excrutiatingly painful waiting for that to happen. When I got my last one, I had it marsupialized in the hospital. I really wish I’d done it sooner. I was out of the hospital the next morning. There was minimal discomfort afterwards and I felt slightly cranky for 24 hours after getting home. It also has never returned and it has been about 13 years.

Unfortunately, I have now got one on the other side. I thought I was too old for them (48) but obviously not. This time, the doctor has prescribed antibiotics. I’ve been taking them 24 hours and haven’t really seen a change – it just hasn’t gotten worse. The doctor said it was too deep to bother taking sitz baths but I might just do so anyway as it won’t hurt.

April 1, 2009 at 7:15 pm
(23) Gracie says:

My first Bartholin cyst appeared 3 months ago at the age of 50, just 3 weeks after a routine baseline colonoscopy. Coincidence? Maybe not, and people might want to think twice about prophylactic antibiotics before such a procedure…the orifices are awfully close.

Anyway, within a month I took a strong course of antibiotics, had the gland lanced, but the infection returned twice in a four week period. I decided to go with Marsupilization. The site where the Marsupilization (done under general anesthesia) and Word Catheter insertion (I wore that 4 days post-op) is a little nubby but not too bad. I was home from the hospital five hours after admission and up walking around the next day…went shopping the day after that, and rode a motorcycle a week later, all pain free. Hope the infection stays away. Wish everyone luck with these things. They are painful and nasty, especially when they burst on their own, like one of mine did.

April 1, 2009 at 8:35 pm
(24) Cathy says:

I just wanted to leave a little bit of info to hopefully give some of you some hope! I noticed a golf ball sized growth around November of last year. Did some research and was reasonable sure that I had a BGC. Went to the doc in December and had it confirmed. My doc is a jerk and said that unless it was hurting me, he wasn’t willing to do anything to it (no lancing, no nothing). Well, I don’t know about you guys but even if it isn’t hurting, infection can be growing and let’s just be candid: it’s not the most attractive thing in the world! Talk about an intimate mood buster! Anyway, I did some internet searches and found an at-home thing to try: everyday for about a month I took HOT baths, twice a day with lavendar oil and juniper berry and branch oil. After the bath, I applied neosporin cream. And every chance I got, I also spent some time in the jacuzzi (the hot water can break up any material that might be creating a blockage and preventing drainage). By the end of January, the cyst was greatly diminished. In fact, no one would know it was there. I now do the bath thing once a week just for good measure and maintenance. So if you aren’t having any pain, you might try this before doing surgery. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

April 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm
(25) Stressed Student says:

This is my 2nd time getting a BGC. The first time resulted in me having to withdraw from school due to the pain and missed days. When I went to the gyn, it lysed right in her office. She then proceeded to place the word catheter in but the opening created from the rupture did not allow it to stay in and in the middle of the night the balloon from the catheter burst. I am stressed because I am back in school and don’t want it to get to that point again. Where can I purchase some Silica pills? Also my nursing school instructor stated something about alternating warm and cold compresses. I sure hope this works because I am stressed…

April 4, 2009 at 11:00 am
(26) Jess says:

I just had a BGC removed on the first, the pain is moderate…lots of swelling and bruising.I have an eight month old who I have had to have alot of help with. I hope to be back to work by Monday. I am hoping after 9 years of dealing with this that I will be able to forget about it. My OBGYN opted for complete removal of the gland, she told me the other procedures often did not work and were painful as well. I had already had it lanced 3 times, always came back immediately.

April 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm
(27) jennifer says:

I just had a BGC drained a couple of hours ago, though the draining was extremely painful atleast when I left the doctors office afterwards I was able to walk without wanting to cry which is the condition I was in prior to the prcedure. When the cyst first appeared I researched Web MD thinking I might have a latex allergy and through my research there soon realized what I had was a BGC. The site amongst others said not to worry unless the cyst became painful. The cyst was never painful until this weekend when the pain switch went from minor discomfort to excrusiating pain within a matter of 24 hours. My OB was concerned with just how much fluid came out of it and has prompted me to make a follow up app for next week, she also said it is very common for the catheter to follow out prior to the 6 week healing period, most falling out within the first week. My only issue now is the catheter burns really bad but then again the procedure did just take place hours ago, did anyone else have this issue with the catherter? Well atleast I got some percocet from my doc for the pain…

April 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm
(28) Lisa says:

I had a Bartholin Cyst exactly one year ago. I had no idea it was there and it was HUGE! Lancing in the office did not work (too sensitive) The first surgery in the hospital DIDN’T work! Cyst filled again and I had to have ANOTHER sugery a few weeks later! Was laid up for almost one month, with a very attractive ice pack tied between my legs. Now, I feel it filling or growing yet AGAIN (in the same spot) Left gland. Now that I’m aware of what the cyst feels like, I know this is what is going on. Mine is very painful/uncomfortable. Trying Sitz Baths until “my friend” is finished….so I can go see GYN & have exam. Not looking forward to another surgery.

April 11, 2009 at 9:41 am
(29) A Fear says:

I have an Bartholin Cyst on my right gland. Its my first and I have to have it removed by surgery. Even though its not a major surgery, I have never had one before and I’m afraid. I hope I canbe put to sleep and was wondering just how painful it is and how long is it to recover?

April 20, 2009 at 8:57 pm
(30) Shannon says:

I am so glad I found this site! Thank you all for sharing your stories. A few years ago when I was 18 my left gland would swell every time I had my period. It was never painful and always went away. Well one time it became swollen and very painful and didn’t go away after my period. I had never mentioned it to my doctor before mostly because it never hurt before but also because I was embarassed and didn’t know what it was. I had no idea so many women deal with this! I have never met another woman who has had this. When my cyst became too painful I went to my gyno. She drained the cyst and explained to me what it was. I can say it was the most painful and disgusting experience of my life up to that point. It took a few days for me to be able to walk comfortably and for the blood and pus to stop draining from the gland. Well since then, my left gland has swelled without pain almost every time I have had my period. Finally, just this past period a few days ago the gland became swollen and painful again. I knew it was only a matter of time before this happened again. Knowing what it was this time, I went to my gyno sooner and had it drained again, today actually, before it got too bad. I didn’t have any pus this time so no infection and no antibiotics needed. Instead I’m just taking Tylenol 3 (acetophetamine, codeine, and caffeine). Today was even more painful than I remember the last one. The local anesthesia is the worst part. It is administered via syringe directly into the cyst and I actually screamed out loud, crying the entire time. I told my gyno I do not want to go through this ever again, so she told me I should have it removed. Having done research, I asked her about the cathiter. She said it’s often extreemely painful, must stay in for several weeks and most women can’t take it that long and have it removed early. Having the gland surgically removed is the only way to ensure the cyst never comes back. I have never had this problem with my right gland, but I wonder if it would be worth it to remove it anyway? All I know is that draining is incredibly painful and will not solve the problem. The cyst will eventually come back, it’s inevitable.

Good luck everyone with whatever you decide. Talk to your gyno’s about ALL of the options and do research so you are fully prepared.

April 26, 2009 at 1:12 am
(31) 3 years in pain!! says:

I am 23 years old and have had these cyst problems going on 3 years now. I am having a huge amount of problems trying to find a cure for this issue!!! i have had so many i am all scar tissue now! i am currently in the end of one that i have had for about a week! my dr. is thinking about doing Marsupialisation” on me but honestly i do not feel this will help or work! I was cut open and then given a cather and then within 4 hrs it well out and the cyst was back and huge! the worse i had ever had in the past 3 years! the cut that was there 4 hrs before had already closed. i had so much discomfort i couldnt walk, sit stand lay down, go to the restroom, shower nothing made it better! so i made it open myself and i drained it! it was all i could do! This wasnt the first time i had to do that! because most dr’s tell me that your fine come back in a few days etc! and i have to stay in pain and continue to be in discomfort! I am currently looking into a surgery that will remove my gland compeletly! this surgery is called “excision of a bartholin gland cyst” I am very interest in this more so than the marsupialization” because if the cut doesnt even stay open for 4 hrs how will the marsupialization work for me! i know they pin my skin back but i rather just not have the gland at all! if anyone had any input on this please let me know
- 3 years in pain!

May 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm
(32) Rach says:

I just had my bartholin’s cyst drained a few hours ago. I’m only 21 and this is the second time I’ve had to deal with them. They can be so painful and I’m hoping this is the last time I’ll have to cope with that pesky bartholin gland. Do they always tend to re-occur? I hope I don’t have cysts the rest of my life.

May 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm
(33) Rachel says:

I am 22 yrs old and have had 5 recurring cysts in 3 yrs. I am currently battling one, the worst one yet might I add, & there is no relief!! My mother is a nurse in the ER & dissuaded me from going to the ER to get it lanced & drained because they’re not specialized in those things even though they know how to do them, but my OBGYN appt isn’t until Monday…I know I’ve had these before, but is there nothing else out there to help? 5 cysts later & I’m still ignorant as to a solution…when will it drain? I’ve had it for 3 days now & I’m losing hope again. I don’t think I can keep doing this :-(

May 3, 2009 at 1:07 am
(34) Barb says:

I have also been fighting a Bartholi Gland Cyst for the past 2 1/2 years Well actually I have had the thing for about 15 years but my OB/GYN just decided to drain it 2 1/2 years ago and could not get a word cath in that first time so of course it sealed off and came back within a little while. I have been thru 2 word caths and about 5 rounds of some pretty bad antibiotics with no success. Last week I went to a different OB/GYN and went into out patient surgery He did a marsupulazation with ANOTHER word. This one has been different from the last 2 I have had a lot of pain and the stupid thing is still draining!!! WHEN WILL IT END!! I really wish I had found a doctor that would just remove the gland!!! That is my next step. I am SO TIRED of fooling with it

May 8, 2009 at 4:03 am
(35) nic says:

I am 29 years old now and when I was 19 I began getting these cysts. I had endured approximately 7-9 of them in a one year time span. Every time I would go to the doctor they would lance and drain it and give me antibiotics. Sometimes it would re-occur before my antibiotic was finished! And every time they came back they got bigger and more painful. These things are VERY painful and obviously this lancing and draining thing was not working (it typically dosen’t). I finally found an OB/GYN that listened to me and was very understanding. He could not figure out (for the life of him) why no one had tried the marsupialization after all these times. He did the marsupialization for me and it was the best decision I ever made. It hasn’t returned as of yet. It was very painful to have done but so worth it! I understand that now it is typically done under general anesthesia (lucky people)! Mine was done with only a local but, like I said, it was well worth it!

May 8, 2009 at 11:24 am
(36) Bri says:

I had my 1st BG problem at 19 (6 yrs ago) and on my way to the doctor it drained on its own. The doctor still wanted to do a marsupialization and scheduled me for surgery the following day… after asking around I found out that this doctor was known as a ‘cutter’ so I cancelled and chose to go to my regular OBGYN and he said to let it be. I had another about a year later and did the sitz baths as soon as I noticed the lump, it went away. I went about 6 more months without one and then had another when I had strep throat. The doc gave me antibiotics for that (I didn’t say anything about my BG as I was too nervous to get surgery) it went away, with the help of antibiotics I think. I had another last summer and it was horrible…but after dealing with it for almost 4 weeks, it burst. This year I have had them come back about 3 times, but about 3 weeks ago it was the worst ever!!! I had high fever, could not sit, stand, and could barely lay without crying from pain. I had tried everything-sitz baths several times a day, tea tree oil in the bath and directly on it (read it on the web somewhere) but no help. I was forced to go to the ER. Once in they told me that it needed to be drained and that a WORD catheter should be put in for a few weeks. I was very reluctant because it sounded so painful, but had no choice. They hooked me up to all kinds of machines and gave me something in an IV that cause me to become ‘cloudy’ and gave me a shot to numb the area. I won’t lie…it was super painful, but soon, nothing. I was awake (but not completely ‘with it’ when they did the procedure. It took about 15 minutes and it was over. The catheter was very strange because it is like a balloon in you with a tube hanging out about 1.5″. It was very uncomfortable the first day, but they gave me strong pain meds to deal with it. The second day it wasn’t so bad and after the surgery, although awkward feeling, it was immediate relief compared to what I was feeling. The catheter fell out the end of the second day. I was so scared I would have to have it redone. To my surprise, this happens often. The told me to just keep it clean and go to my follow up the following week with the gyno, as they couldn’t replace it. There is no pain whatsoever. I think that although it was a painful procedure, it is SO WORTH IT! They say that the odds of it coming back are very small. It is a huge relief in itself knowing that I shouldn’t have to worry about it coming back!!! I would recommend the WORD catheter to anyone…just get it over with!!! I had a friend get the marsup procedure and it has come back several times. The doctors are moving to the WORD catheter more because of the effectiveness. I really hope that if you have one, you will face it and just get it done for peace of mind … and NO MORE PAIN!!!! 1000% worth it!

May 12, 2009 at 9:40 am
(37) Stacey says:

I have been dealing with a bartholin cyst for several months now. It was not painful, just a bit uncomfortable and annoying. I took hot sitz baths most days, and went to see my doc, who told me it should go away on its own. After that it got larger, so I requested a referral to a specialist (which is why I had to wait two months for my appointment!).

Yesterday I finally got in to see the gynecologist, and he suggested they drain it and insert a word catheter. I have read everything I can about the cysts, so I was expecting this. He inserted it precisely and quickly, so the only pain I felt was the needle numbing the area with lidocaine (felt like a couple of quick stings). I felt no pain at all during the procedure and was able to drive home fine.

Not soon after that the lidocaine wore off and it was pretty painful. Every time I use the bathroom, fresh blood appears, so it seems like it’s reopening and not healing up quickly. Luckily, I had a couple vicodins on hand, as the doc told me ibuprofen should suffice. That helped, but today is the second day and I am still seeing the blood and having a hard time sitting up, standing, bending over, or walking. It’s very uncomfortable!

For those of you who have had word catheters inserted, is this normal? How long should I expect to keep bleeding before it starts to heal? How long until I’m able to get out of bed and get to work? I’m curious to see if others have had similar experiences, or if mine just went badly!


May 24, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(38) Carla says:

I had one of these cycts in my left gland 13 years ago. A gyn then drained it in a surgical procedure. I have not had any problems at all with it since. Now I have one on my right gland. My new gyn is talking about removing the gland completely. Has anyone had this done? I am mostly concerned with the possibility that I will no longer be able to produce the lubricant that the gland is for. Does that become a problem?

May 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm
(39) sam says:

i’m 23,and experienced the 1st one 2 months ago. As i took my sweet time getting myself to a doctor, it abscessed and i was sent to the ER by my OBGYN.The resident GYN suggested immediate Marsupialisation.From my research, i now see that this is a second or third option for these pesky things.
Well,after the surgery, i had decent scar tissue which has started to subside, but 3 days ago, less than 2 months after the MARSUPIALISATION, its back.Lucky for me, i had a spare pack of anti bi’s that i’d kept around after the last one.
i will see how i go over the next few days. but if it does not subside, i will be forced to have it removed.The pain is like nothing i’ve ever felt in my entire life.Most describe it as worse than childbirth!
to all the ladies out there, who are going through this, i feel your pain! literally.

May 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(40) Jennifer says:

Hi Everyone!
Well I has a cyst for about 2 weeks. The pain was undescrible. I couldn’t do anything. I even has to take off work. Went to the OB-Gyn today and he did surgery on the spot. Did not hurt at all and I had 100% relief when I work up in recovery. I would recommend it to anyone. Surgery was nothing.

June 1, 2009 at 12:07 am
(41) Sarah says:

SUGGESTIONS FOR REACCURING BGC?? I am 27 years old and am expiercing my 4th cyst. The first one was so out of control I was admitted to the hospital, the second one was marsupiled (spelling?), the third I caught in time and was treated with antibiotics…and now, same story…back at it again. The obgyn wants to do another marsupile, but here’s my question, you have to be put under for this procedure which is supposed to make it not happen again, correct?….wrong! because i’ve had it done and it is back again….does anyone know about actually removing the gland? what are the cons of having it out? is it a common procedure? I’ve asked the dr and he doesn’t really comment on it. feedback would be wonderful!

June 2, 2009 at 4:54 pm
(42) Melissa says:

I am 23 years old and this is my fifth Bartholin Cyst the first two were drained but not catherized, the third one was catherized but fell out on the way to the doctors visit two weeks later and hurt everyday the catheter came out involuntary and still inflated, three years later I just had my four one this MAY 2009 and they almost had to put my under because I was in so much pain and I had so much scar tissue from previous incisions, so they drained it and put in a word catheter, which also fell out inflated and hurt but felt better as soon as it came out… So now 10 days later I have my fifth one and now I refuse to get another catheter. So now in a few days I will be getting a marsupulazation and hoping this will be over with but I am so scared I just dont want anymore PAIN or SWELLING!!!!

June 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm
(43) Fiona says:

I am 42 have a pain free cyst but my doc says I need it out as over 40 .It is quite big. Does it effect sex life having no gland and is operation /recovery painful?

June 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm
(44) Ellen says:

I am so glad I found this site!!! I’m 21 and a few weeks ago I noticed the swelling and went a doctor. She told me I had BV and I took antibiotics and the swelling went away. I noticed a few days ago that the swelling has returned and I finally decided that I need to see my OB/GYN (haven’t made the appointment yet, though) to get this fully looked at. It doesn’t hurt at all and the cysts are small; it is just a scary situation when you feel/see some growth that you know shouldn’t be happening. I never considered it could be a cyst and I’m glad that I’m not the only woman out there that has this problem. Thanks so much and I hope that everyone is well!

June 22, 2009 at 3:03 am
(45) Nancy says:

To everyone that has posted here, I totally feel your pain.

I had a Bartholin’s abscess right before Christmas in 2008. It was misdiagnosed by my family doctor who determined that I had some sort of rectal infection. He gave me scrips for Keflex and oxycodone. This stuff didn’t work at all!

Two days later we traveled out of town over the holidays and I was in so much pain…traveling 4 hours in a car was almost unbearable. The day after we arrived at our destination, my hubby took me to an Urgent Care Center where the kind female doctor there immediately knew what was wrong. She lanced my abscess and I gotta tell you…it was horrible…more painful than childbirth! Before the lancing, I asked if my hubby could be there during the procedure, and she said, “Honey, I can tell you that you REALLY don’t want your hubby here during this.” She was so right! She then prescribed strong Vicodin for pain and a sulfa drug for infection.

When we got back home after three days, I was still in so much pain. After sitting again in a car for 4 hours I developed a large marble-sized balloon-like abscess in a place that was NOT where I was lanced! Fortunately, it burst the next morning while I was on the toilet and I felt immediate relief! Sorry to gross anyone out, but the blood, pus and smell was really obnoxious, to say the least.

So, now I have two lesions…the one where I was lanced and the other where the abscess burst.

And now the abscess has come back again after six months. Doing IB for the pain and going to OB/GYN or family doctor in the morning.

I just really hate this!

June 22, 2009 at 1:00 pm
(46) leah says:

Hello all, I am looking for some advice as i seem to getting nothing of doctors, I have had a BC for 5 days it took three doctors two visits to a snd e and one to a walk in centre before anyone would tell me what it was, when they did they said i would be fine with antibiotics, knowing i was in severe pain and researched the internet i was sure there was an abceses i took another visit to a and e in terrible pain having not slept for 3 days, i was there for 6 hours to be examined by a doctor who said there is no visable abcese and to see how i am in 24hrs!!! No internal examination was carried out though!! Having been taking the warm baths and 6 days after the pain started it has just popped, i now researching what should happen now, i have a very smelly brown discharge and blood!! now more than less pain free i have looked in the mirror and have a massive abceses wound just inside the vaginal wall. Any advice would be appreciated, like will it come back?? do i need to see anyone now?? is the foul smelling coloured discharge normal??
Thank you so muchxx

June 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm
(47) kim says:

You poor ladies…like all of you i have had these several times. I am 33 and presently have my 6th abscess. I know what you’re going through, it is the worst pain i’ve ever experienced! you’re not alone!
i’m goign to my doc tomorrow for a consult. we had discussed during my last draining appointment that i should have the gland removed surgically when the cyst caem back but before it became an infected abscess again. so tomorrow i’ll consult with the doc and hopefully have th esurgery. then i’ll report back with any and all informaiton i can provide for y’alls!
hang in there! try sitz baths in hot, salty water (use epson salts or baking powder), alternating with cold compresses. this is supposed to help abscesses drain faster. unfortunately i’d just recommend going to the doc to have these drained, as they can put you through excruciating pain for days. (my last one had me down for about 7 days,and i missed 5 days off of work>..) don’t suffer, go to the doc!

July 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm
(48) HS says:

I have dealt with Bartholin cysts for over 10 years, but only in the past year realized what it was. They started in my mid-teens, and quite honestly I thought it was because during sex part of my skin was being irritated to the point of swelling. It always aches when I get turned on – weird right? But last year it got infected for the first time and the pain is unimaginable. I was going to call the doctor the day after it started hurting real bad, but I woke up in the middle of the night and it had burst so I never went in.

Anyway, ever since that I would get them without the sexual aspect – how annoying! And they wouldn’t go away. They didn’t hurt, but they were in the way of sex. So I talked with my gyny, and when she saw it she couldn’t believe it wasn’t infected or didn’t hurt – I was dealing with a golf ball size. Two weeks later I had it marsupialized, because the word catheder does nothing as you all know, so we skipped that step. The surgery was painful of course, but I had good painkillers and pillows to sit on and a week later, my vagina had never been happier! It did swell up one more time a month later, and I was very angry to have gone through the surgery for nothing but it burst a day later instead of staying for months, and hasn’t been back since – this was January. I haven’t had a problem a single time since and I am relieved as all get-out. Every once in a while I will wake up with heavy discharge and I do believe it gets irritated during sleep but drains due to the stitches right away.

To all the women that had issues after a marsupializing and continued pain: you have a bad doctor.

July 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm
(49) Edna says:

Wow! Some of these cmts are scaring me! I guess I have been lucky so far…. I am 60 yrs old and had my first cyst in June 2008; it lasted a few days. It was painful, I couldn’t sit down. My GYN lanced it and it drained pretty good. I didn’t need any meds, just sitz baths. Now, just over the 4th July weekend I got another one! It was painful, but not as bad as last year’s. It lasted a few days. It burst on its own a couple of nights ago so when I went to my GYN today, there wasn’t nothing to lance. The area feels okay. I guess I should feel lucky that mine have not been as bad as some of you. I wonder if removal of the gland will solve the problem. If yes, why can’t they just do that instead of everyone going thru all the pain and trouble. Good luck to all.

July 7, 2009 at 9:48 pm
(50) jen says:

Okay I am 17 yrs old an I have this thingg it hurt like hell I’m not gonna lie of coarde I didn’t tell anybody cuz I’m 17 an way to embarressed only my bf knnew well it staryed bleeding an whatnot does that mean it drained by itself?

July 7, 2009 at 11:52 pm
(51) Becky says:

JEN: you need to go to the gynecologist! Tell someone! It may get much, much worse, VERY quickly.
I had an abcess recur 3-4 times within a year and had it lanced at the ER on the 3rd recurrence. It came back. Went to the gyn immediately and scheduled the marsupialization the next day. I was not about to waste my time lancing it. My Doc told me this was the best option for no recurrence. I have had no problems since my surgery. There is nothing to be scared of!! (Lancing it is what you should be afraid of–awful, excruciating pain) My only small issue is that the stitches haven’t completely dissolved yet (they can take up to 6 weeks), so I still haven’t had comfortable sex. It has been about 4 weeks now and I am SO GLAD I made the choice to have the surgery. Don’t make the mistake of just having it lanced, unless you are desperate like I was (Saturday morning ER trip). Go to the gyn as soon as you see the symptoms. It can swell up in a matter of minutes! Sex will make it swell up even more. (The fluids really start “flowing” during intercourse, as we all know!) Get medical attention asap and take your docs advice: have the surgery for recurring abcesses.

July 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm
(52) Beth says:

I have been bawling my eyes out for the past 30 mins reading all these stories. I actually had no idea what this was a year ago the first time I got it , until I ran across this website. After my first trip to the gyno last year around march , I was diagnosed with a treatable std which I guess is a trigger for bartholins? As horrible as being diagnosed with the former & dealing with that , 3 days after my appoinment , I expierienced the most horrific pain I’ve ever felt in my life. as naive as it sounds I thought it was an in grown hair that was majorly infected. I couldnt walk , I couldnt sleep , I couldnt go to work. The day of my follow up appointment with my gyno , the swelling and pain had magically disappeared. I have not had it swell up since. Is that common at all? To be able to go a whole year without seeing any kind of swelling or pain? Please let me know. This website has been such a help!

July 13, 2009 at 11:47 pm
(53) Kate says:

Thank you all for sharing. I’m 37 years old, and I just had this awful pain last Saturday,for the first time ever, couldn’t sit or walk very comfortably – and found it very hard to describe to my sister & mother (who were visiting) where it was! They thought it was an ingrown hair or a boil, but I couldn’t tell them it was closer to the “inside” not the “outside” – way too embarassing!! I self diagnosed myself by Sunday with WebMD. I was also relieved when this burst on it’s own (puss & blood came out.) I figured it was overwith…no reason to call the doctor today. But after reading your stories, it sounds like this could be reoccuring and that I should call my doc after all. I hate getting older!!! Life used to be so simple…. Thanks again for sharing!!

July 23, 2009 at 5:38 am
(54) Kanako says:

Hi. I’m only 15 years old.
I had a cyst in March, this is my first time.
After a week of it happening, it was a size of a grape. I couldnt walk nor sit without feeling pain and discomfort. I took this personal and became emotional over it. So i went to a walk in clinic. Got it drained, and they stuffed it with this shoelace looking that kills bacteria and what not. The drainage wasn’t so bad, its just the numbing needle that distressed me. I had to take baths a few times a day with epsom salt to help heal the incision plus antibiotics (Keflex). After a few days, i went back to get the shoelace thing replaced and see how things are doing downthere. everything was fine, it healed nicely and the shoelace thing fell out on its own. During the cyst, i was diagnosed with yeast infection also. It sucked. But lucklity i just had to take one pill. yes, ONE pill. and the yeast infection went away.
Now, i think i am getting another cyst on the same side. And i fear that i might need to go to the clinic again. Hopefully it will heal on its own without any infections.

Be a girl sucks a lot T_T

July 26, 2009 at 12:44 am
(55) Relieved says:

I have had problems with a Bartholin gland since I was in my late teens. Been through numerous times of infection followed by rupture and also lancing and draining with Word catheter. For the last 4-5 years, this same gland has been swollen (almost golf ball size) but not painful. I recently had a hysterectomy and my OBGYN recommended, while there, I have a marsupialization of the gland. This was not bad at all – hardly even knew I’d had anything done. The worst part was the continued drainage from the gland which had a foul odor. I had absolutely no pain from the procedure. I would highly recommend anyone suffering from this try marsupialization as early as the doctor recommends and avoid the problems/pain associated with this gland.

July 26, 2009 at 11:41 am
(56) clairer says:

hi i had a bartholin’s cyst it started as a small cyst i went till my gp when i found it two weeks later i was going of on hoildays so my gp give me an emergency antibotic in case it burst an sure enough it did,when i came back from hoilday’s i went back to my gp who give me another antiobtic witch still didnt clear the infection.All in all had been to my gp 5 times in 8 weeks with 5 antibotics doing nothing for me!That 3 weeks ago the pain was unbarable i coundt walk i went back to my gp she sent me to casualty the doc ther sent me to ther gayne ward , the took me to theatre late that nite and lanced the abscess tat was full of pus have a small opening with stitches , was sore after surgery i then took an infecton and given another antibotic just on friday while in the bathroom i found a small lump i rang the hospital went over was seen by a gaynae doc whom told me that i had a boil bellow where i had the surgery and it was full of pus to witch he squessed the pus out (really painful) im now on 2 differnt antibotics to-gether to see if it stops the infections re appearing im feeling no so bad to day hoping to go back to work soon ! its diffently a mans world !……….

July 29, 2009 at 12:56 am
(57) Bvictim says:

Hey all, for those wondering about the gland being excised/removed entirely:
I had the surgery done 5 days ago,I didnt feel a thing, was put under and woke up with a dressing around the area, some numbness. When you get it done you will be under a heavy amount of painkillers trust me, and if you are in pain the doctors are doing something wrong.

I was sent home the same day, said I was doing ok, to expect a lot of bleeding. Went home, sitzed, put some icepacks.. Did the mistake of taking a look and let me tell you BAD IDEA! It looks like someone kicked the crap out of me and decided to stitch me up everywhere. My entire right area of the inner labia is cut and sutured. Its gross looking. I think something went wrong because there are weird stitches next to my vagina, sort of like bunched up skin stitched together. Its confusing and I’ll ask my doctor was happened when I go visit him soon.’

As for dealing with everything, i am on painkillers, and have been painkiller free for 3 days now, you dont need them! There is slight discomfort,you cannot sit properlly, you must rest for a whole week. There was lots of bleeding at first but then now just blood and a little bit of puss, smaller amounts this time. I tihnk sitting wrong incourages the bleeding. The area was horribly bruised at first and it has just started to lighten up. Overall, the removal of the gland isnt SO horrible. But we will see how it heals up in the long run. I was told 3 weeks and I’ll be fine.. but by the looks of it, ugh, I want to say months!

Good luck all. Also, getting the cyst lanced, drained, or marsup’d is not a horrible thing. deal with the lico needle shot, its the worst part, and the burn afterwards when you pee/move around. You’ll love it a lot more than having to get the gland removed like me.

August 2, 2009 at 11:43 am
(58) sr7628 says:

I had my marsupialization just about a week ago. I think it went really well – there has been hardly any pain, and no bleeding. I had some discharge, but only the first day. Has anyone had any issues with stitches coming out? As I was cleaning myself this morning, I felt something small on the other side of my vagina, and quickly realized it was a perfectly in tact stitch that had come out. The other stitches are still in, so I’m hoping this won’t cause a problem with the incision closing up too soon, but I’m worried. It’s only been a week!

August 2, 2009 at 11:51 am
(59) Theresa says:

For you ladies who have recurring painful and infected cysts, I sympathize and hope you find a solution that provides permanent relief. For you ladies who are having your first cyst, don’t panic because your experience may not be so bad.

I got my first cyst on my left side 8 years ago at age 39. It swelled to the size of a grape but did not get infected. I had medium discomfort (a constant feeling of soreness and irritation), but sex was out of the question until it healed, which is did on its own within a few weeks. Not so bad.

I’m now feeling this soreness and irritation again on my right side with just a little bit of swelling. Since I know what it is, I can treat it myself with sitz baths and just monitor it.

Just wanted you first-timers to know that it can be a mild condition that doesn’t cause much disruption in your life. But if you have severe pain and fever, don’t ignore it, see your doctor!

August 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(60) Peach says:

I had an abscess when i was 19, had it drained and they did the marsupialization at that time.. or so i thought. Now, 14 years later, i find myself at the doctors again, same problem, right now still a cyst and not an abscess , thank God…. I m trying to get rid of it with warm baths 3 times a day. Now the surgery to get the abscess drained WAS painful, if anybody would ask me… Since then i gave birth to two kids without painmeds, so i dont know if i still would think it is that bad. But before having it drained the Abscess hurt like hell….

August 9, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(61) Willow says:

Hey guys – I think I have an abscess, it’s painful as all hell and swollen to about an inch in diameter. I’m going abroad to see my boyfriend on Friday, I only see him every 3 months or so, do I have any chance at all of it being ok by then? So upset :(

August 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm
(62) Lauren says:

I have had a couple small cysts before that were more in my inner lybia… but this time its on the inside of my vagina… which apparently has formed an abscess as well. this thing is killing me…. its my forth day of not being able to move with out intense pain… not that laying down does much either unless im lucky. ive always gotten full std testing with every visit i have to make to an obgyn… which is rediculously often. apparently i am one of those lucky ones prone to everything down there. not to many people get it, and its always hard asking for all these days off from work due to … THERE. so annoying.
i went to see doc, and he gave me antibiotics and said i would have it drained… and as i read it seems to be the only route (as i do not have a bath tub… there goes the one thing that is supposed to help this). quite frankly i dont think ill make it to wait out the next available gyno apt… i have to call tomorrow when they are open, but the ER may be my only out at this point.
mostly venting here…. but i am so scared about what the docs i will get will choose to do… since this ball goes pretty deep up inside me. i have horrible luck in this area… and no money to pay for all of this… if it leads to multipul visits.
scared to death.

August 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm
(63) kp says:

I think I have this cyst but it is not exactly in the vaginal area. it is just behind the opening between the anus & vaginal opening. sort of on my bum. it started when I got my period (pea size) & is getting bigger every day (large marble size) & very painful. no drainage yet. is this the same cyst?

August 29, 2009 at 10:56 pm
(64) kp says:

also what is a spitz or spritz bath?

August 29, 2009 at 11:35 pm
(65) kp says:

kp again,

Amy said she used silica. what type & where did you get it? I looked it up & found several types.

August 29, 2009 at 11:40 pm
(66) kp says:

can you tell me what type of silica you used? I looked it up & found several kinds. where did you get it?

September 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm
(67) Brenna says:

I’m 18 and just had one removed, I’m in alot of pain my whole thigh is going numb. It’s not fun. I just got over the shingles..

September 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm
(68) susie says:

I’m 40 years old and got my first cyst around age 32. It got infected, was painful, and ultimately burst on its own. It had pus and blood. A couple of years later, same thing, same side. This time, it kept getting bigger and the area was super tender- I could barely sit down. I ended up in the E/R and they gave me an IV to calm me down, which made it easier to deal with the lydocane (or whatever it is) shot they give you to numb the area. They lanced it, and put a catheter in the hole, which stayed for about 5 days, then fell out. Within the same year, had the same problem only it was bigger- I mean, the size of an egg. I went to the gyno and a really mean doctor, without warning or IV stuck me with a needle- it was excruciating. She then lanced it and it drained a lot. She put in a catheter and this one stayed in for over 2 weeks. The plan was to keep thecut open, so if the cyst ever got infected again, it would drain through that hole.
I’ve had it come back once again, but drained on its own.
The best thing to do is Sitz bath- you sit in very warm water with salt- this draws out the pus and the skin gets pruny and weak so the cyst bursts.
Since it keeps coming back, my new gyno recommended removing the gland entirely. I have to schedule that surgery. But if I go through with the surgery and then get another infected cyst I will be so mad!

I’m so relieved to read these posts and know that I am not alone. Thanks ladies for posting!

September 7, 2009 at 8:39 pm
(69) minny says:

hey, i feel for everyone who has written something on here, im going through the same thing and so far its the worst pain ive ever endured. im 19 years old, pregnant and due any day. back in november i found out i had the abscess and it consisted of alot of swelling and tenderness and horrible pain, i went to my mothers doctor who had only prescribed some sort of antibiotics, the swelling went down and i didnt feel pain any more, but the abscess did not fully go away. months went by and having intercouse was the most undesirable thing to do, and being given little to no information about the abscess i couldnt figure out why having sex would result in this pain. so all in all i just stopped (all to my boyfriends disregaurd) finally in july i went to my doctor and she referred me to a gyn, and i had an appointment nearly 2 weeks ago..the first doctor cut me open 2 times and could not drain it, she called in for a 2nd doctor, who also could not drain it, nor insert the word cathetar..they were going to send me home, so when i finally got all cleaned up they then brought in a 3rd doctor and he cut me open (5 incisions all together, worst pain ever, and the most blood ive ever seen come from my body) and he inserted the word cathetar. it was draining well and ive been taking sits baths 2-3 times a day.mind you the word cathetar caused me a ot of pain,i had the cathetar in until it fell out lastnight, and now i dont feel any discomfort. i remember the doctor saying that the incision was large and he would stich me but he didnt, i have an appointment in 2 days, but im wondering is that really bad,, and what will happen? i dont think i could stand a reoccurance, this type of pain makes you want to kick everyone in sight right square in the face lol. also, how long is it supposed to drain for, and does it normally have a scent to it?

September 17, 2009 at 1:55 am
(70) Rosie says:

Isn’t it fun being a woman? Well reading this sure makes me feel better…I’ve been dealing with this for almost year – I have had these twice before, years ago, but they were very small and went away on their own within a couple of days. When I first discovered this one I was in a complete panic…I left work worried sick and went to the Dr. She looked at it and said it’s relatively common (obviously, look at all of us on here posting our stories). She said as it wasn’t infected and if it wasn’t causing any pain or discomfort to try sitz baths and go back and see her if that didn’t work. It doesn’t hurt & it’s not that big, but I just hate knowing it’s there. I know I need to go back and get it drained or dealt with, I’m just so nervous. I sympathize with everyone on here…thanks everyone for sharing your stories.

September 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm
(71) Viv says:

Wow..when I read all of you ladies comments my heart and strength goes out to everyone who has dealt or is dealing with a bgc. As I have had a miserable history with this unfortunate condition for the last 7 almost 8 years now.

First one I received was when I was 17. It was terrible I was unable to walk,wipe myself properly, sit, lay down with comfort..nothing!!.. doc advised me 2 take many sitz baths and I took motrin 4 pain. Finally it went down and went away no infection. I am now 24 and have been battling bgc once a yr every yr.

Each time it has been a different experience. Majority of the time I was lucky enough that it burst on its own 1 way or another. Either through sitz baths or putting a hot cloth directly on it while lying down.

But 2 yrs ago the bgc was the size of a gulf ball. There was nothing I could do to mitigate the agonizing pain I was in aside from cry my eyes out. The placement of this was on the vulva but also went deep inside.aaauugghh, Nothing was working!! I went to the emergency room, doc clld OR because she thought I may need to get an emergency operation. No operation was needed thankfully but the traumatic experience was not lessened. The bgc had absessed and just by listening to the details of what the doc was going to do to my body especially in an area so sensitive I wanted to pass out.

When that needle was stuck in between my legs in my vajaja I went nuts, I think I literally lost my mind for a minute. It hurt so freakin bad, I was crying more like screaming. Sorry but this is extreme intense pain, getting that novacane like med injected directly into the bgc. for a second you feel a little relief because blood is exiting the tiny hole made from the needle. But then that second of sooth is destroyed by this stinging you feel, although I was numb I could still feel when the doc cut open my absess. She made the incision, and put preasure on it for it to drain. It hurt terribly and felt good at the sametime. The catheder was inserted inside the incision. Dredfully painful experience!

To make all matters worst when I got home the cathader fell out while I was urinating. The acid from my urine stung so bad as it was going in the opened tissue. I had to return to the emergency rm and had the cathader replaced. The doc I had was the worst, she was not very sensitive, or empathetic at all. Doc put cath in wrong the 1st time as she didn’t fill it with the liquid, 2nd time she was filling the cath to much so it was being blown up while inside of the cyst cavitiy and stretching it at the same time. Cath stayed in 3 wks, it hurt just as bad as the cyst even worst. I had to go out on short term disability from work for about a month. This was the worst experince by far.

Last year, I went to the emergency room again this time different doc, gave me antibiotics and in two days the bgc went away. Best thing ever. Ladies my advice, as soon as you notice the bgc, go get antibiotics don’t wait because the longer you wait you could have been feeling better by then and the bcg will and can get worst by the second.

This year, I just got over this bgc episode a few days ago, I was almost at my witts end in pain and was about to go to the hospital, but I just held on for 1 more day. Took plenty of sitz baths, was taking antibiotic, pain meds, and putting warm compress on area. Luckily for me it burst on its on. As soon as it pops, its instant relief, all the built up blood that is filling the cyst is released. I still went to the hospital to assure there was no infection and there wasn’t.

You ladies with children, my heart really goes out too. I don’t have any children and this health issue is still for me a major hardship. I can’t even imagine the strength one woman must need to care for another, when your practically disabled in agonizing pain yourself. Honestly I would like to set up a support group for women with this health issue.

I know my mom helps me so much when I am down with this condition. She assist with everything and I luv her so much for that. I would like to start an assistance program/ support group. If there are women, especially women with families. Maybe assistance can be making dinner for the family, or watching child or children for a couple of hrs or just some type of service that would help. A talk support group, something.

I honestly felt so much better after reading this forum, I had no idea there were so many women out here suffering from the same issue.

Thank you everyone for your stories they are so helpful!!
Good luck, and stay strong….:)

September 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm
(72) Jerry Rowland says:

Ladies- Wow! After reading all the stories I realize I had the same issues all of you had, I just had them 18 years ago. I had 7-8 abscesses, all were drained, but I kept having them. Went to a gyn in Kansas City, he told me that I needed surgery to correct what he referred to as labial aglutination. He cut open(under general anesthesia)my labia, drained a pus pocket and stitched the “flaps” open. I believe it is now called marsupialization. I had stitches for a little over a week, and have never had another problem. I did have some pain after the surgery, mostly discomfort, but it was worth it. My love life improved enormously, especially since I got married when I had my stitches.

Sad to say, my 13 year old daughter just had her first abscess drained. We will be see a gyn as soon as possible.

October 2, 2009 at 3:29 am
(73) Suzanne says:

Ive not been diagnosed I just felt burn down there got the old Mirrir out and at 4 and 8 swollen tissue roundish but Pink
Couldnt see any absess it just burns and stings and when I sit down I feel like im sitting on marbles and it makes it worse I also have Atriohic Vaginititis so Im not ahappy chappess So I dont know now if its what I have do the come to a head Last year I had the same thingwent to GP he said infection re water gave me antibitics and both went away Im confused now

October 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm
(74) Dee says:

I have had three of these cysts. The first one was when I was around 24 or 25. Each time, I can press inward on the lump and gooey, bloody, pus comes pouring out. It is disgusting. The first time I had it, I went to the health clinic and was given antibiotics which I think helped it drain. The second one was about two years ago and I had some antibiotics on hand and could push on it and it would pour out. I noticed it today in the shower and I pushed on it and sure enough, it oozed gooey clear stuff and pus. I did call my ob/gyn this time and it I can’t be seen for a whole week!!! Geesh. My question is, is there anyone out there who can push on their cyst and for it too just open up and ooze out like mine does. Any comments would be awesome~! Thanks!

October 14, 2009 at 4:29 pm
(75) Mia says:

I just had my first (and hopefully last!!) Bartholin cyst drained today. Mine was extremely painful when I walked and sat down. Funny how the symptoms list it as “painless” so had to have been written by a man!! Anyway, the cyst was drained the doc’s office. Right now, I am hurting like crazy. I have been fighting staph infection in that same area as well as other places on my body for the past 3 months. That’s really what I thought it was to begin with but then it turned hard and the pain was different with very little drainage. I did the sitz baths for several days to no avail. But I am looking forward to a better day tomorrow.

October 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm
(76) deb says:

I had surgery for marsupilisation about 3 months ago, since I have felt dry and have found during the end of a period and a week or soafter, feel sore where the Bartholins abcess was. Recently after urinating it stings over this area, help any advice

November 6, 2009 at 12:53 am
(77) SS says:

I hope I have not discovered this site too late. I must say, these comments are truly terrifying and I am nervous to call my obgyn tomorrow and see when I can get an appointment. I have been monitoring what I thought was a boil for maybe 2 weeks now…it has been increasingly swollen the past few days and tonight it popped and blood came out everywhere; quite a lot. Previously I was able to squeeze it (after it came to a head) and puss would come out…but tonight it literally exploded as I was wiping myself. After doing research about these types of cysts, I am almost certain that this is what I have. I fear it is too late for the sitz baths…it is moderately painful to walk, too painful for sex, and is fairly large (small gumball size?). I am not normally afraid of doctors…but this is really freaking me out. Thank you all, and I wish us the best of luck with this terrible condition.

November 18, 2009 at 7:57 pm
(78) Dawn says:

I recently had my bartholins glad marsupialized after 5 years of dealing with BGC’s. After my first one showed up, I went to my gyn and he recommended that I have the word catheter inserted. The procedure, and the feeling of having a blown up balloon inside of you with a catheter hanging out, was not the most pleasant thing in the world. It was VERY uncomfortable. It was done in office with a local anesthesia. The catheter stayed in place for 3 weeks and was removed in my gyn’s office.

Then the cyst came back! I had the procedure done again and, this time, it fell out after a week and a half. My gyn suggested that if the cyst came back again, we would talk about marsupialization or having the gland excised all together.

The cyst came back, but at this point, I wasn’t having any pain associated with it (never had any pain) and was a bit nervous about the prospect of surgery, so I left it alone. This was all in the course of a year.

Fast forward 4 years later. At this point, I was sick of having a deformed looking vagina, plus I felt like the backed up fluid was starting to have an odor. So I went back to my gyn and we discussed marsupializing the gland. I had the procedure last Thursday. They gave me a general anesthesia and when I woke up, I had minimal pain and minimal bleeding. I thought this was because I was on a pain killer. Nope! The next day was the same. A little discomfort and minimal bleeding.

I thought it was going to be worse based off the diagrams that I saw regarding the procedure. The pictures make it seem that the incision is done on the outer lip, when in reality the incision is just inside of the vagina. The outside of the vagina looks normal and you would never be able to tell that the procedure was done if you hadn’t just went through it. It all depends on your gyn too. If you’re in NYC, please visit Dr. Matheson. He’s an awesome gyn. As for me, still healing. I feel some tightness where the stitches are and some itchiness where it’s healing. I still have a small bit of bleeding, but nothing alarming. Hopefully this is the last of it.

December 3, 2009 at 3:44 am
(79) susan wang says:

i had bartholin abscess a month ago.the cyst ruptured and i had I&D done. Bravo to my lady doctor who was so passionate and caring.I had my eusol dressing daily.It’s been a month now and the wound is healing but quiet slowly.But thks to my doctor, everything is fine.God bless her for her kindness and understanding.

December 13, 2009 at 2:20 pm
(80) Shannon says:

I am 32 years old and I started having Bartholin Cysts around the end of August (2008). By my wedding day (9-6-08) I had two huge* cysts one on each side of my vulva and both were at least two-three inches long and half an inch wide…I was fevering constantly. FINALLY when all of the festivities of the wedding and the reception I was in shock.. my body was in shock…by then one or both had erupted and the one on the left side seemed to be spreading around the surrounding skin. I finally broke down and asked my aunt who was an OB nurse for years to take a look at what was going on down there (I didn’t know what it was until then) She took one look at them and said… we are going to the ER! Granted this was only around 7pm the day of my wedding and we were trying to undress me from my wedding dress and get me into a hot bath because it’s the only thing that helped the pain..(incase I didn’t mention before one of them had already started draining but was getting worse..the other side was just getting bigger) So then were off to the ER…4 hours in the waiting area and then they got me back to a gyn prepped room… One look from the Doc and she confirmed my aunts diagnosis. Bartholian Cyst and the surrounding tissue having cellulitis. They put me on IV antibiotics and pain medicine for several hours. They said that since the cyst was draining they didn’t want to do anything more but for me to follow up with my GYN. After the high doses of antibiotics (as it was positive for 2 different types of STAPH infections) I finally won that battle but not without scars. I have since then had 1-3 of these nearly every month with the oncoming of my period. Since I generally know how to deal with them and I stash my antibiotics (Bactrim) I start it when I know another cyst is there. I stopped going to see my GYN every occasion due to the cost and the embarrassment of it all to boot… My poor husband… He has been such a great support… and dealing with my whimpering from the pain for over a year now..I have gotten them in the areas where my leg and groin area meet… higher around the upper pubic area…all end up with staph infections… no explanations only pain…I hope that someday this will end..no more abscesses or cysts… UGH.. good luck to you all… Ohh and these things for me range in grape size to bigger than a golf ball.

January 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(81) ~M~ says:

I wish I had gotten to research all this before I let them cut me. I noticed discomfort driving to see family for Christmas and figured I had just sat wrong for the 8 hour drive. After 3 days and pain starting replace the discomfort I decided to get a feel for where the pain was and found a large hard lump on the left side of the vulva. I looked at it with a mirror and couldn’t see anything wrong with the skin itself. I waited a week to see if it would go away but it just become more painful. I went to a walk in dr who looked at and immediately told me it was Bartholin Gland Cyst. He gave me antibiotics as a just in case of infection and some pain meds. He said I had to see a Gyn as soon as possible and told me they would more than likely use a catheter in it. They scheduled me with a gyn the next afternoon. I don’t truly believe she knew what she was doing. B/c I didn’t research I didn’t ask all the questions I should have….and the only info I got was to my questions, which sometimes where just shrugs. She gave me the option of the catheter procedure in her office with the numbing shot or in the operating room under anesthia. I opted for the office….stupid me. I’ve had tattoos and piercings and figured I could take this. Maybe not. She made the cut and found a huge hard blood clot that seemed to confuse her b/c she kept asking me if I had trauma down there or rode a horse lately. I told her no and she let it go but couldn’t explain it. She then said the clot was too big to get out of the hole she made so she had to cut again…I felt that one! She then “broke it up”…apparently it was only the blood clot in there. After she finally worked it out she inserted the cath and got up and left saying she’d see me again for a followup in a few weeks. The nurse attempted to clean me up and gave me a pad to wear home. The room was very bloody, she made a mess! I got home and went to clean up to go back to work and there was just so much blood I really didn’t think I was doing much help. I gave up and went back to work. By then the rest of the numbing stuff had worn off so I wasn’t doing too good. My manager sent me home. I went in to work the next day but fortunately after that I had a 3 day weekend for New Years and spent it lying down with pain meds constantly in my system. I was still in a lot of pain especially when trying to sit regular then standing from sitting. I wasn’t told how to keep the area clean so I just carried pads and baby wipes (they are so gentle) with me for everytime I used the bathroom and it seemed okay. It’s now 9 days later…my cath is still in but the constant throbbing has stopped and I can pretty much walk normal without the pain. Sitting and certain movements still give twinges of pain but I haven’t even taken a pain pill today so I definatly feel better.

I’d say with this everyone is mostly different in their pain tolerances. Most of what I’ve read say this is not a common thing and I believe not a lot of dr.s are familiar with it. If you believe you have one DEFINATELY RESEARCH THE CYST AND YOUR DOCTOR. I think that would have made a big difference in my experience. Good luck everyone!

January 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm
(82) Tiff says:

I had bilateral Bartholin’s cysts while I was pregnant. I had several I&D’s and a Word catheter was inserted at one time. The catheter balloon would not stay inflated, so it was useless. Taking cues from my OB/GYN, I learned to “milk” the cysts when they flared up and it offered sooooo much relief. I wasn’t a fan of the sitz baths. My OB/GYN would not perform the surgery until after I had my child due to the extreme vascularization of the vagina. Anyway, after the delivery of my child (Sept. ’07), I didn’t “hear” from the cysts until June or July of ’08. I had a bilateral marsupialization of my Bartholin’s glands, under general anesthesia, in July of ’08 and I haven’t had any problems since. Soooo, to wrap it up, marsupialization seems to have worked for me…*fingers crossed*. I also read the sometimes sticks of silver (nitrite or nitrate, I think) are sometimes inserted into the cysts to kind of kill the bad tissue from the inside out.

January 22, 2010 at 7:01 am
(83) Tracey says:

I firstly started to get pain inside my vagina while having intercourse about 5 years ago and doctors didn’t know why and then in less than a year i developed Bartholin’s Gland Cyst & abscesses on my left side four times. Three times these drained by themselves….x2 at home & x1 in hospital before surgery. Each time antibiotics were given. Just as we enter the new year i sensed another Bartholin’s Cyst developing & saw my GP straight away of whom sent me straight to A&E, i was admitted and surgery was done the next day with the surgeon also proforming a biopsy due to how many i had developed in a short space of time & due to my age.
I am now waiting for my results and also waiting to see if the problem of painfull intercourse has been resolved.
Good luck everyone…….

January 29, 2010 at 9:17 am
(84) marisa says:

hey everyone! i have had bartholins cyst 2 times now. the first time was 5 years ago and it was so bad i couldnot walk, i ran fever, and did not know what the heck was going on. I went to the gyn and as soon as she touched me to examine me it ruptured. it had absessed and was terrible infected. once it drained i was fine and did not get it again until recently. i had scheduled surgery but i could not wait that long so i had it lanced yesterday. i know the chances of it coming back are high. as soon as i feel it coming back my doc wants to marsupialize it in surgery. that is where they put you under and cut the cyst open in a “t” . then they drain and clean it and sow it open so it cannot close again. my doc told me it can come back after they do this but the chances are fairly low. i too was freaked out the first time this happened and thought something was wrong with me. but now i know it can happen without cause to any woman. my suggestion to anyone that develops this type of cyst is read up on it and go to your doctor. this type of cyst is very painful and no one should live with it. good luck!

February 16, 2010 at 10:00 am
(85) Danielle says:

This is my third time getting it….I am about to be 25 years old. I am thinking about getting the surgery done I can not take it anymore…mine is soooo huge!!!!!!! It hurts so bad…..I tossed and turned all night. I go to the GYN today my reaches from my rectomy to the top of my vagina cavity….I’m so sick of this thing!!!! I don’t ever want to get it again….any suggestions???

February 17, 2010 at 11:54 am
(86) Chrissie says:

I have now had these 4x’s and yes, so, so, painful!! Waiting to have the appt. in 2 days to have the cyst lanced but again. I have had the surgery which they call “marsupalation” (?) and to no avail I have had the cyst come back now 2x’s. Noone has ever heard of this and I do feel like “why me”?? But maybe it is time to have the gland removed…had anyone had that to know what is involved?

February 28, 2010 at 2:18 am
(87) emmy says:

Hey ladies!

Just chiming in with my story. First noticed the cysts at age 16, a few years before I was sexually active. I was self-conscious about them but none of my eventual partners ever noticed they were there.

My doc told me they were normal and nothing to worry about, and she was right, until around 2004 when I was 26 years old. That’s when I had my first abscess, UGH. THE PAIN!! So much pain. I made 4 trips to the ER over the next two years to have the abcesses lanced and drained and the word catheter put in. The catheters always fell out after a couple of days. In Spring 2006 I had a marsupialization on the left side and it totally worked, I still have a small cyst there but no abscesses!

Unfortunately after almost four years abscess free I got a big ol’ swollen abscess on the RIGHT side just a few days ago! I was not happy about that to say the least. I went to the ER and had a great team of doctors and nurses do the lancing/draining/word catheter procedure. I told them how quickly the catheters would fall out and so this time the doc made a point of making the incision super small. I’m kind of bummed, the catheter is awkward to say the least, but I know she knows best. She says it should stay in for at least 2 weeks :( I’m on 2 different antibiotics, an antiinflammatory and percocet as needed.

Best of luck ladies!

February 28, 2010 at 5:14 am
(88) emma jones says:

HI Guys
Im from the UK and have had these awful cyst for 5 years now- i have had them drained in hospital 4 times but only the last time did the pack it and left it heal over two weeks of packing changes daily.
I was assured last time (sept 08) that it would never return so i was not at all surprised when i felt the usual discomfort the day before my friends wedding- i resisted the hospital and opted for anti-biotics. Im on day 3 now and thanks to hot salt bath’s every few hours it has opened and drined to almost normal size.
my concerns is that im left with a weeing whole ad not sure if i should have it dressed or packed?- aso is it to late for them to remve the glad do i need to wait until it re-infects?
Its really getting me down were trying for a baby and now thats off for this month.

any advice welcome.
cheers x

March 2, 2010 at 8:45 am
(89) Nat says:

Wow ladies so amazing.

I was sent to ER because I had a so called “Bartholins Cyst ” the size fo a golf ball. It was on the right hand side down the very bttom of my vagina.

I was booked in for surgery right away to get it marsuplised and only had to wait 6 hours before they could administer the general anaesethic. I wass also put on an IV of antibiotics for a few hours. During the proceudre (while i was knocked out!!!) the gyn they had called in, actually found out that it was a “perianal abcess” and not a bartholins cyst! So another surgeon was rushed in.

Now I have got a plastic drainage tube going from my vulva to perenium for 4 weeks (to keep the wound open and draining) … and boy is it ever uncomfortbale!!

I noticed a few of you said you got these after routine colonoscopies, funny that because I had a colonoscopy exatcly 14 days before i was rushed into ER.

It was such and still is an extremely painful and uncomfortable experince :(

March 30, 2010 at 6:59 am
(90) SR says:

Hi everyone!I’m from the UK and am recovering from having my left Bartholin Gland totally removed. I’m 36 and have suffered from Bartholin cysts and abcesses since I was 17! It always came in the same spot and I had the same cyst marsupialized 4 times in hospital! Finally one of the surgeons said they wanted me to be examined when the cyst wasn’t infected to see what could be done about permenantly sorting this recurring problem! So I went to my GP (doctor) who immediately referred me to a specialist gynae consultant who agreed to remove the gland for me. I don’t know if people in the UK know this, but all patients now have a ‘patient choice’ where you are allowed to choose your consultant and hospital that you want to be treated in. You get a choice of 5 hospitals close to you that perform your surgery and you pick where you want to go. You can review the hospital online and check what feedback it gets from patients and government inspectors! My GP told me which hospital would be best (not my nearest one but one a 20 min journey away) so I went there!
I had the surgery 20 days ago and it is still very painful. I’m still not back at work, because it hurts to stand for long periods of time, and it hurts to sit down still. I also have pain if I try to sleep on my sides, but the pain is slowly getting better. Be warned, my consultant told my doctor (who called him to check my swelling of the area was normal) there are 3 things to know about this surgery; total removal of the gland is a very rare procedure, very painful as they have to dig so deep to remove the gland and surrounding tissue and a long recovery to boot!
I was given morphine when I was in hospital, and lots of painkillers and antibiotics when I went home (Augmentin antibiotics).
One tip you must take a laxative medecine when you get home as the morphine and anaesthetic caused me major problems in that area! I was prescribed 2 spoons of lactulose a day and am still taking it because the surgery and stitches made that aspects of things very painful!
10 days after the operation I developed an infection so I called the hospital again who told me to come straight back in and I was re-admitted as an emergency patient. I have to say they were fab-I saw a lovely female consultant gynae who called in the original senior consultant who performed my surgery cause she wanted him to check it as he would know how things were progressing! After 2 days of being on a drip and strong antibiotics I was allowed home and have to see the same consultant again for a check up this week to see how thing are! All in all, I’m very happy with the care I received here in the UK-after all this was free and I know you can pay a fortune in other parts of the world for medical treatment! Never once in all my visits to casualty A&E did any of the doctors not know what my problem was too!
The bruises are slowly going, I am still bleeding slightly but am reassured this is normal! Hope this helps, I will be happy to post more info if anyone likes!

April 10, 2010 at 9:50 am
(91) Lou says:

Here we go again, have another painful abcess! I know exactly how you all feel, it’s the most painful thing i’ve ever had! The one I had last year was worse though and i’m trying to stop it getting to that point again-any tips??? I have been taking baths with lavender oil, taking silicea tablets doing all the things people recommend but it just refuses to go away! Any other home remedies people know work? I would be very grateful as this is getting more painful by the hour-thanks!

April 12, 2010 at 6:11 am
(92) Sr says:

Just found this link and am visiting my UK consultant tomorrow so will post more info about my gland removal post op check! I had my gland removed on the 10th March 2010 and have had one check already when I got an infection which is pretty common if you read this link! Many doctors do say that total gland removal is a last resort-they are not usually keen to do this surgery. This link http://www.johnfairbank.co.uk/operations/p0310.html
may be useful-it’s a UK specialist. Hope this helps!

April 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(93) SR says:

UPDATE; 4 week post Bartholin gland removal check-up

Hi, it’s me from the UK again-have just seen my gynae consultant 4 weeks after having my Bartholin gland removed. He examined me carefully and asked me lots of questions about what pain I am experiencing where and whether it was still draining (yes) or bleeding (no) ect! He asked checked how my bowel movements were as these are often affected and said to keep taking the lactulose medicine if it helps. I told him it is getting slowly better but it still hurts to sit properly, bend and be on my feet for a long time. He said this is all to be expected and that recovery does take a long time and I should rest it for another 3-4 weeks. He said the area was no longer infected, with no collections of blood, although the area is still slightly swollen and tender. So I am to have another sick note certificate for 3-4 weeks for work and then see how it is after that. He also read me my histology report back from the lab which said there was scarring on the mass and gland removed concurrent with long-term chronic infection but no signs of cancer or anything else sinister! I am to see him in June for my 3 month post op checkup, so hopefully things will be even better then! I did pluck up the courage to have a look down there today and it does look pretty ugly and different but the bruising has gone and the Frankenstein stitches!
I am amazed at how many doctors on this forum seem to have told people that this is an easy op and they can be back at work within days-this is in no way concurrent with my experience and what my specialist has said! There was no way I could have gone back to work and even now 4 weeks later I am only just feeling well enough to walk around for an hour or two a day!
Hope this helps!

May 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(94) Anber says:

Just had my 4th abcess burst…and this one was the biggest and most painful of all, i didnt sleep all night, and when i finally relaxed enough to fall asleep, it did the trick. Thankfully because that hurtsss.I’ve read alot of the comments and everyone says that its the left gland that is blocked, well with me its the right side everytime. When mine burst, i knew it had because i could feel fluids, so when i went to the restroom and pulled down my undies, this (i know its gross) foul/sweet odor floated to my nostrils and i look down and theres a pool of blood at my feet, clots and all. But odd thing is…really wasnt any visible sign of infection, just the smell. Now, its healing but still burns at times and feels like it still has blood or something in it. Ive tried evrything but nothing comes out. I was wondering if they could scar…I wish there was some way besides surgery to get rid of the problem. Pain like that isnt worth it. =/

May 22, 2010 at 3:24 am
(95) Aned Spencer says:

I first noticed the cyst about a year ago after sex. I didn’t know what it was and researched online and found out it was a bartholin gland cyst. I don’t have health insurance b/c I am a student. However, I went to the free women’s clinic at my university and the nurse practitioner confirmed that it was a bartholin gland cyst and thankfully not infected. Here’s the problem though, the swelling goes down with sitz baths or on it’s own after a few days but everytime I have sex it comes back, to which the nurse practitioner responded “hhmm… that’s very interesting.” Not at all a great answer. In order to see the actual gynecologist I have to pay and I cannot afford it. Also I have a phobia of needles and medical procedures in general and after reading all the horror stories online am even more afraid. I bought the Silica pills and have been taking them for about 3 weeks, they started to help, when it got swollen it was less severe than usual, but tonight it swelled up to about golf ball size or a little larger and is causing discomfort again. I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem with it swelling after sex everytime and then draining for almost a year b/c I have not heard of a similar case and neither has the nurse practitioner.

May 27, 2010 at 4:35 am
(96) SR says:

Hi, in reference to the last comment-yes, that’s very common for your gland to swell up during/after sex and then slowly deflate. The same thing always happened to me, it’s because the gland is trying to produce lubrication for sexual intercourse and then gets either fully or partially blocked. I had 4 marsupialisations and then finally had the gland totally removed because it was making my sex life a misery! Hope this helps and good luck!

May 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm
(97) CB says:

Wow, I only knew of one other woman who had this before. I had my first cyst, on the left side, about 6 years ago when I was 30. It abcessed and the hot epsom salt baths the Dr suggested didn’t help. It became so painful and swollen that I couldn’t walk, or work, nevermind sex.

I had it lanced in the Dr’s office. Blood and pus and all the rest. I don’t remember the healing being particularly painful, it was such a relief from the pressure of the abcess. He said it most likely wouldn’t reoccur and didn’t know what caused it.

Since then, nothing until last month. Now I am in a new relationship, gotten all the std tests, negative on all, but my GN noticed the swelling which I hadn’t. It’s on the same side. It had been some time since I last had a relationship with sexual intercourse and I can’t help but make the connection.

She gave me antibiotics and the swelling subsided, but didn’t go away totally. She wants to watch and wait and then have the whole gland removed if it gets worse. That scares me after reading here! All of the other options seem to have problems though and don’t necessarily work after reading your stories.

I have been applying peppermint essential oil directly to the whole area, as it seems to help my lymph nodes recede when they swell up. My GN said keep doing that if it seemed to help. Then I apply a hot pack over the peppermint and it feels like it’s penetrating and hopefully helping. Hard to tell. The cyst drained a little the other day (clear still) and got smaller, but after sex last night it’s much bigger again (grape size)! So, back to the peppermint oil and maybe I should do that regularly as a preventative. Maybe I’ll try the sitz baths with the peppermint, black teabag compresses with heat then cold, colloidal silver, DMSO, whatever else I can imagine or read up on! When it first showed back up I was applying Magna paste as I know it creates a “drawing” action. I might try that again too, as it did subside with everything I tried previously.

I do NOT want this to get infected again or need more surgery. Is this going to happen every time I have sex?!!

June 23, 2010 at 9:19 pm
(98) ashley says:

Very soothing to know im not the only one going through thos agonizing pain:(. I am now 21 yrs old and my cyst began last year. The first one was extreemly painful! After a few days ot grew to the size of egg. I couldnt walk,sit, or even lay down! I finally had my boyfriend drive me to the emergency room at around midnite. The doctor then put me on an i.v of morphine so luckily i didnt feel amything when she made the incision for the draining
Unfortunately a few months later it came back again…and again. Iv’e had three flareups within the time span of 4months.NO BUENO! The second time i went to the emergency room there was a diff doctor and all ha gave me were numbing shots(the worse part) then made another incisuon. Hurt like hell! I felt everyting!! The third time i was like screw this sht and took care of it myself. I constantly soaked in warm water,applied pressure to the area and it drained in about a day ( painless). After that i felt immediate rief.

June 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm
(99) Tired of this says:

Hi Ladies,
I’m going through my 4th BC in 4 years. Twice drained, one went away (burst) through a combination of sitz baths, hot compresses and keeping tea tree oil on the cyst. Sometimes, I make a paste out of calamine location and tea tree oil. Sometime home remedies work and sometimes they don’t. Of course, it won’t help much if the BC is painful, you have to seek medical treatment. Also I’m taking Acidolphilis. Be blessed.

June 29, 2010 at 2:25 am
(100) trejonesbig says:

Reading all the comments is a huge relief. I’ve been battling barthlyn cysts since 1997. I am 31 now. I’ve had 2 barthlyn cysts burst on their own and 8 had to be lanced at my gp or the emergency room because a few times I just couldnt bare the pain anymore waiting for it to burst itself. Lancing is painful and my doc says we should just remove that gland but that its alot of recovery time not to mention painful recovery. I’m a single mother of 4 and don’t have time for all that. I now have another one as we speak the size of a golfball and I do not want to go get it lanced again. So painful. The baths never work for me. Anybody have any other home remedies?

July 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(101) first timer says:

Just had my bartholin gland lanced today in a hospital. No pus only blood clots. They said this was not common. Hope I don’t have anything to worry about.

July 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm
(102) lori says:


I hope this helps some women. I had a bartholin cyst. I tried every home remedy possible but nothing worked. I just had the surgery done yesterday and I higly recommend it. Granted recovery is still painful but not nearly as bad as it was. You will be swollen for days after as it begins to drain and heal but well worth it. The surgery is the doctor making an incision and then removing what they can of the cyst they sewing it open to drain. It is not an instant relief but this is day 1 after surgery and it seems to finally be working. What noone seems to mention is during surgery they pack the whole and you have to return a day or two after to have it removed. If it is unbearable as mine was do something about it! Good luck!

August 1, 2010 at 12:56 am
(103) Cindy says:

14 years ago I had a bartholin gland cyst went to the ER cuz of course it was very painful the Doc drained it and so I thought ok this is good I’m fine now and no more worrys!!!! (WRONG)!!!! Well here it is again same side but much worse this time around here I’m at 50 years old first I went to my primary care doctor and she drained the cyst had to go back to see her 3 days later and I told her NOT TO TOUCH ME CUZ I WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN I just wanted her to remove the packing which she did I had a appointment with a new OB-GYN the next day and there was another cyst he said we could drain the cyst in the office or I could go to surgery I was hurting so bad I told him just do it in the office I had a hard time walking and it put ALOT of pressure on my back side and not to mention it hurt like hell well he got in there to lance it and found a third deep inside I’m still in the process of healing. So I wish the best of luck to all the other woman out there that has to deal with this crap

August 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm
(104) Liz says:


I sort of feel like an interloper on this site, because I don’t think I have a cyst (but I don’t know), but I can’t find any help on this issue anywhere else, but about 3 years ago the discharge from the Bartholin gland began to smell increasingly bad, which was terribly embarrassing as I had a new partner. If we made love I would have to wash several times during it so that we were not over-powered by the smell which literally filled the room. I had no pain, but I had never smelt like this before. After six months it went, and I smelt normal, but now the smell is there again slightly and getting worse daily. Does anybody know what is happening and can advise me what to do please? I’m 50. I don’t know if that makes any difference…..

August 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(105) jazz says:

its comforting to know that i am not the only woman going through this never ending painful condition. I am currently in hospital waiting for a gynae to attend to me and tell me the way forward, i told her i would like to remove the gland completely, she said she doesnt know if its possible but what she knew about was marsupialization but itmight reoccure again.I am currently by my hospital bed waiting to do the procedure tomorrow.The worse thing is having to deal with rude nurses at baragwanath hospital

August 16, 2010 at 11:49 am
(106) CG says:

Hi all and thank you for all your comments and “tips” regarding BGC. I have been in excruciating pain for the past 3 days. It’s my first time getting it, as recommended by my OBGYN I have been spending a lot of time in sitz baths. According to my OBGYN my cyst is not infected and there is no abscess so I am left just dipping in water and trying to manage the pain with ibuprofen. As mentioned in this blog I have also been taking silica 30 C and Calc Fl 30 C, 5 of each 3 times a day since yesterday and I have to say that this morning when I woke up I felt that the cyst went down a bit… I am really hoping is will go away on it’s own, I am deadly afraid of surgery, even lancing… I am such a chicken… it’s terrible!!! I am supposed to leave for Europe in a couple weeks and I am so afraid that it won’t be resolved by then that I can’t sleep at night. I can’t imagine sitting in a plane for 15 hours with my 3 yr old and being in such pain. Anyway, thanks again for sharing your experiences, it’s helping me a great deal.

August 25, 2010 at 7:19 am
(107) Dawn says:

Wow ladies. What a helpful site! And my heart goes out to all of you afflicted with this painful condition.

I want to post my story because it is a little bit different and maybe it can help someone having something similar happening to them.

I had my first BGC about 5 years ago. I had no idea what it was. It was huge and protruding from the normal place at the bottom of my left labia area. Although a bit painful, the doctor did not think it was really abscessed and sent me home with antibiotics to try to clear it up that way first. Well it worked. Within a few days it went away.

Fast forward 5 years. About a month and a half ago, I was diagnosed with a rupturing ovarian cyst- painful in its own right. Oddly though, I noticed that not all of the pain was in the ovarian region. I began to develop pain in my extreme lower pelvis that little-by-little continued to worsen. I didnt think much of it- I just assumed somehow it was tied into my ovarian cyst.

Then oddly, I developed a urinary tract infection. My doctor gave me a round of antibiotics. About the same day I finished my round of antibiotics, i started developing an intense pain/burning in my extreme lower pelvis. Furthermore, I started having odd urinary problems. Urination was impeded. It was as if something was blocking my urethra. Not only that, but everytime after I urinated, I would feel an intense burn/ache. I thought it was lingering problems with the UTI.

After a few more days though, I realized something was very wrong that could not be contributed to the UTI or the ovarian cysts. My lower pelvic pain had gotten much, much, worse, and then it was obvious to me that a lot of the pain was situated around the vaginal area.

I went to my GP looking for answers. He thought it was transference pain from my ovarian cysts, but as a precaution, refered me to a very respected obgyn. By the time I went to the obgyn, I was in excruciating pain. I was in so much pain in fact, that I was crying uncontrollably at the doctor’s office. Also, the night before, I noticed what felt like some sort of mass. Bartholin’s gland cyst did not jump out at me because I felt this mass in a different place than my previous infection.

Well, the doctor examined me and couldn’t find anything. He said I did not have a Bartholin’s gland cyst since the area where these cysts usually pop up felt fine. He was, however, concerned about my urinary problems. He thought I likely had a problem like a blocked skene’s duct or something of the sort that a urologist could better determine, so he referred me to one.

Went to the urologist in the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life. He examined me and could not find a problem either. I told him about the mass I had found, but like the obgyn, he could not feel it either. He sent me for a CT scan to see if anything came up.

After the CT scan, it was confirmed. There was indeed a mass. It was somewhere between the vagina and the rectum. It had the surrounding muscles in spasms, effecting my urination AND my bowel movements. He gave this finding to my obgyn, who wanted to take me into surgery the next day (yesterday). He said it could be a Bartholin’s Gland Cyst, but if it was- it was in a very strange place. He said it could possibly be another type of cyst like a Gartner’s cyst, but he wouldnt know until he got in there to operate.

Because of the very deep spot the cyst was in, he went in through an incision in the vagina. He marsupialized the cyst AND stuck in a catheter through the marsupialization to allow fluid to drain out of the vagina. He thinks it was actually a Bartholin’s gland abscess… just in a weird and very bad place.

Had my surgery yesterday. There is a good bit of drainage/bleeding, and I am in considerable pain. I think he had to cut through muscle to get to it. I am still having some problems urinating, and I hope those will get better as I heal and my muscles relax more.

I just want you all to know that these things arent always textbook, so I hope you don’t freak out like I did when I wasn’t finding answers. They eventually did come, and I hope to make a full recovery soon. Ready to have my life back.

August 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(108) Bianca says:

Hi all :)
So, I found a lump this morning while I was shaving. It was freaky, to say the least, but not painful at all. It’s been on my mind all day, and I’ve been checking it to see if it’s gone down at all. Overall it does seem less prominent than this morning. By the time I found this BGC information online it was too late to make a GYN appointment-I’ll still call on Monday if the lump is around. After reading all the posts, though, I’m extremely confused as to whether it’s just a waiting game for an abcess to form, or am I simply experiencing a cyst that will sort itself out. Thoughts? Did anyone else out there have a lump for a period of time that eventually went away without pain and abscessing? Thanks!

September 6, 2010 at 12:50 am
(109) erica says:

I cried.
For you all who wrote.
but especially for myself.
24 of 44 years of living with this “affliction’
not really much hope is there?
i mean- some ‘loose’ it and others …….keep on going and coming; year after year.
what did i learn?
im not alone. will try silica and then later- if needed get the bloody thing (gland) removed.
Did you notice that it occours on the left A LOT?
these things really are close to our heart…. any thoughts on that one?

September 12, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(110) Katie says:

Wow..I never knew of these lil bastards til the other day when i noticed a bump..and began lookin on here to see what the heck it was..I had also been taking baths but it didnt help until today and with a lil help from myself, it popped..I had some kflex antibiotic yet from a problem I had had with strep B..Im worried that because of my strep B that I am going to have more problems down there..grrrrr….Im in my 30′s and never had problems down under til this year! I was tested for std’s 8 months ago and was all clear..Im single,well just started seeing someone not looking forward to explaining this! omg..lol
Also Im wondering if anyone would have any ideas whether these could be sexually transmitted?

September 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm
(111) hollywood says:

I have a vagina boil it was big I went 2 da doctor so dey could cut it open I couldn’t deal with the needles they use to numb the boil before they cut it I let the doctor poke me once and said stop the next day I was walking when I got home I notice my boil popped I soaked it in absome salt n put heat on it days later a hole was in the inner lips of my vagina now it burns when I pee I have had this boil for 9 days now I jus fought I’m preganet but can’t go to the clinic because of the burning feeling what should I do?

September 23, 2010 at 6:44 am
(112) quinter says:

hi am a lady aged 25years and reading throuh yourcoments has encouraged me.i had this swelling thinking it was a boil and went to the clinic i was given antibitics it dint go away i decided to visit my gyno who asked me to go for a surgcal operation which idid and the sit baths were painful coz it was to be done 4 times a day in salty water then a swlling began luckly it eruted and pass with blood would be seen which smelt awful but all in all atleast now i can go back to wok and am healing.antbiotics used floxapen and flamox
see a gyno

October 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(113) vidas says:

i remember the horrible pain i got from a bartholins cyst, witch kept coming back. i was like 5 month pregnant when it first happened, i couldn’t have any meds or surgery so the dc made a hole in the cyst, most painful thing ever, it felt better after that but the cyst kept coming back. i couldn’t take the pain any more so finally i just had the whole gland removed. it hasn’t come back, the area dos not even hurt. and the surgery was done about 4 yrs ago. i think getting this things drained only makes them come back later. just get the surgery and get it over with.

October 12, 2010 at 10:09 am
(114) jj says:

Well, I consider myself the queen of the BC’s. I am 43yr old. I had my first on at about age 17 as I too am/was prone to infections. I would have it drain (w/catheter)and it would come back every few years. Finally after explaining to a new ob/gyn he did an ultrasound and advised that removing the gland was the best approach. As he explained it was that once you start developing cyst/abcessess until you remove the gland it WILL always come back as the cyst that was drained closes off, but another will come. After my surgery, I was told that my gland actually had about four/five potential cyst. It was like a cluster of grapes. Drainage of one would only make room for the next one to fill and become problematic. It’s been nine yrs since my surgery. YEAH! Please asked as many questions as you can. I didn’t in the beginning and went through 17yrs of cutting/ draining/ pain. Once you know better, you can make better choices.

October 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm
(115) Kasha says:

How long is the recovery after you have the abcess drained?
I need to take time off work and wondering how many days till I can walk comfortably.

December 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm
(116) Monique says:

I have had a BC in my uterus, next to my bladder for quite some years now. It never gave me problems except for getting a few bladder infections as a result of intercourse. Since it was not bothering me I let it go for quite some time. My OB/GYN, on my last visit for a pap smear, noticed that it had increased in size. She explained it was not mandatory to get it removed, but would be a wise choice due to the cyst’s location being right next to my bladder. I went to a urologyst to get a cystoscopy in order to make sure the cyst had not formed a connection to the bladder or ruptured the bladder walls. Thankfully this had not occured yet. I had surgery yesterday (by my urologist) and had the cyst removed. I checked in at the surgical center at 6:30 AM and was released at 9:30 AM. The operation was fast and I was given, via IV, general anesthesia and woke up after a 45 minute procedure. This morning I went and had the catheter (draining my bladder) removed and I am urinating with no problems. I am not experiencing any pain and I am taking cephalexin to prevent infection. I am glad I had the cyst completely taken out, for I do not have to worry about it possibly turning to cancer in the future. I also don’t have to worry about it growing, fusing with my bladder wall, or rupturing on it’s own which would cause terrible pain. Just as jj says (post 114) complete removal, by surgery, is the best way to go.

December 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm
(117) Alexa says:

hello. can anyone please help me? I have been terrified by all of these comments. I am still 17 and I dont know what to do with my bartholin cyst. It hurts, and it is growing. My anus is kinda aching too and i think another abscess is growing on the other side. I cannot tell anyone about this because its very embarassing. I had sex with my boyfriend a month ago and I think he injured my vagina because I wasnt that lubricated but he kept doing it and I cant tell him that it hurts. I thought it was okay, but then a week after we did it, It burns when I pee and I felt a painful lump. I took antibiotics, then the pain was gone, also the burning. I stopped taking antibiotics because i had to go home for the holidays and my parents might be suspicious if i have antibiotics with me. So now, It hurts BIG TIME and I don’t know what to do! I imagined myself draining it on my own but I am also thinking of the consequences, like making it worse or more infections. Im still young and I cant ask my mom for money good for an operation draining this cyst, coz she might get suspicious and Im too embarassed to go to a doctor and have this thing checked. please, anyone? can anyone out there give me an advice? Am i going to die if i dont have this thing drained? can antibiotics heal this thing w/o draining? im very lost right now

December 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm
(118) Jessica says:

HELP PLEASE!!!!Hi Everyone. I can sympathize with everyone of you because I am at this time battling my first bartholin cyst/ abcess. I just thought it was an infected hair. I noticed that it was getting painful so I went to the doctor. I thought it was just a bad infected hair. Boy was I wrong. When I went into the doctor it was the size of a marble. The doctor I went to referred me to a hospital and I had a doctor put a word catheter. I thought it would get better after that. Boy was I wrong. I went home and with 4 hours I was in so much pain I could not stand it. I was crying and shaking. I went back to the ER and the catheter was blocked by blood clots. Instead of giving me an Iv with pain medicine or shots first they started squeezing the cyst which was now the size of a golf ball or larger. They tried to pull the word catheter out. At this point I was crying and screaming and they finally gave me those painful shots. After two viles of the shots and me passing out from all the pain they finally got the catheter out. Well cut it out. They then put the gauze inside of the cut. Well I spend my X/mas eve sleeping all day. The guaze fell out after about 15 hours. Which the gynecologist said was good cuz it wasn’t as deep as they thought. Ive tried Citz baths but I am not experiencing the relief that I keep hearing people talk about. Also I have a lump left in my Labia but the cut they made is closed. Is this normal or should I got back to the doctor right away? HELP PLz

January 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm
(119) Lexx says:


About a year ago i got my first ”bc” gyne doctor told me to sitz bath ect. eventually it disapeared. at this point is was around grape size and not very painful. this kept happening every 4 weeks or so. i dont think they ever burst just seemed to go. now for the past 5 months its been contantly swollen, and it came up last week to a very large size. now it seems to be taking up the whole left inside of my vagina and goes up deep, and as far back as my rectum…. does this mean it is now infected? I feel so exhusted

January 21, 2011 at 12:56 am
(120) girly says:

i have had an bartholin cyst twice in my life each one was painful very very very painful….the first time it was infected and drained on its own the doc gave me antibodies but this time it drained blood and puss and boy was it painful…. it had gotten so big it was the whole size of my vulva…..it started to sting every time i walked moved or urinated….im going to see the doc in the morn hopefully this does not continue to be a problem because it is a serious and painful problem.

February 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm
(121) Brandy says:

I too am currently battling with a bartholin cyst. In 2004 my OB admitted me to the hospital to drain the large cyst (that seemed to have taken over the whole left side of my lady part) and surgically enlarge the opening of the duct to prevent future blockage. Recovery was brutally painful, tylenol would not ease the pain. After about 1 1/2- 2weeks i was better than ever and didn’t have another encounter until Dec. 2009. This time again the cyst was huge and excruciating. My same OB did a procedure in her office and drained the cyst and placed a catheter in the gland. Recovery this time was definitely tolerable but still very uncomfortable. The catheter fell out about 14 days after the procedure. Now a little over a year later I have it again. I have an appt tomorrow morning to see my OB and am really considering complete removal of the bartholin gland itself. I know recovery time is longer and much more painful but I am at my witts end with this. I’ve heard that numbness on the side of the incision occurs, that the lip of the vagina on that side hangs down and that recovery time is about a month. Here’s my question: Can anyone tell me, who’s had the bartholin gland removed, is there a problem getting “wet” after recovery. I am 27 yrs old, have been married for almost 8 yrs and have 2 beautiful little girls. My husband and I have a very healthy sexual appetite and I’m concerned about what will happen after recovery. If anyone has any advise I would greatly appreciate it.

February 12, 2011 at 10:02 am
(122) red says:

im 19 years old and i had my first and hopefully last BC experience.

i had it 5 days ago and after 3 days it became really painful, i had no choice but to endure it since I’m having my midterm exams so before i went to school, i took a paracetamol for pain but it didn’t help so i decided to take 2 aspirins, but it was still painful so i took a capsule of mefenamic acid an hour after i took aspirin and well, it helped a bit. I was so scared and I didn’t tell anyone about it since there’s a lot of prejudice about vaginal diseases in the country where I live. I applied hot compress on it for two days and luckily, yesterday it drained into a black foul odored secretion kinda like an old blood.
now it only hurts when i pee and there’s a bit of inflammation i guess its post BC swelling but other than that I’m now feeling great and thankful that it went away

it was a terrible experience during the 2 days of its swelling stage all I do is sleep because of the pain. I’m currently taking amoxicillin for the possible infections. i haven’t visited a doctor yet but I’m researching like crazy about BC!

another thing that sucked about my condition is that I’m a virgin and have absolutely zero sexual experience but I developed a Bartholins Cyst. I guess it was because of the pantyliner’s i wore since it could be a vehicle for microorganisms…
I’m really glad that i found this site. thank you all for sharing your experiences.

February 27, 2011 at 1:04 am
(123) Jasmin says:

I’ve had bc for about 3 days now. I’m 20 years old and I told my mom today and she said we gotta get that removed so I’m about to go to obgyn tomorrow to get it removed. I’m scared cause it sounds painful and just by reading all these stories it helps but kind of freaks me out. I’m praying everything goes well tomorrow. P

February 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm
(124) First Time says:

So I just had my first cyst–and I’m hoping the last one– lanced out (incision and drainage). I’m now wobbling around my home like a penguin with the cath still in me to keep the abscess open. I’m taking the warm baths and my antibiotics. It’s still painful but not like before the surgery.

The lancing process was painful and scary. But I wanted it drained out. Better than leaving all that pus in there to worsen.

I’m hoping it gets better and I hope I don’t get another one. I’m also in my 24th week of pregnancy.

If it comes back I’m going to have the whole gland removed. ‘Cause I’m not dealing with this all over again.

My question though to others who’ve had went through Lancing, how long did it take for you to heal?

March 13, 2011 at 4:03 am
(125) Audrea says:

My first experience with the bartholin cyst happened in 2007 and my OB lanced and drained it and I didnt have another flare up until October 2010, so I had to repeat getting it lanced and drained and the cathier inserted again. Then two weeks later it happened again and I had to repeat the same procedure again. It also sucks because the gland drains 24/7 and the stuff that comes out has an odor and its green-yellow looking…and by that happening all of the time I constently have to wear pantyliners so the drainage would not get onto my clothing. So I recently just went to my OB and she suggested that I have surgery because I am still having issues with my cyst. So it will be any day that my doctors office calls with an appointment so I will update after my surgery.

March 22, 2011 at 2:44 am
(126) Lynne Miles says:

Hi – I guess this is more common than I thought. I just had my cyst operated on yesterday. I am 58 yrs from Perth Australia.

My gyny says that they now put tiny stitches at the top of the wound to keep it open so that it heals from the inside out that way it is less likely to re-occur.

I want to know if anyone experience a blood clot too and if they got a satisfactory answer about why it ocured – Was it anything to worry about?? Did they test for cancer too??

Just reading through all the blogs so may find an aswer yet.

Thnks for reading :)


March 22, 2011 at 4:44 am
(127) Lynne Miles says:

Hi again – less than 24 hours since my op. After reading some of your horrific stories I’m glad mine never manifested itself the way yours may have.

Mine came up suddenly, no associated pain just a golf ball lump (2mm L x28mm W x33mm D). I went to the Family Planning clinic they told me it was a Bartholin’s Cyst so I was referred to a gyny to get it removed.

It was surgically drained under anaesthetic (day surgery or overnight). They stitch the wound open at the top so it can heal inside to out – a very small opening. I believe it is just inside the Vagina & is not noticeable. I took pics & couldn’t find it :) Gauze was inserted in the wound as mine was a deep cyst – I took this out 12 hours after. I wore a pad overnight for bleeding, this eased when gauze removed now slight colour discharge & wearing a panty-liner. Clotting starts ready for the healing process. For pain had 10mg Oxicodene o/night, then Panadol. Feeling fine less than 24hrs later, slight ache between my legs, obvious swelling & bruising around the vulvar areas, but will settle down.

I HAD/HAVE NO CATHETER (some of your stories about 3-6 weeks is appalling). By not doing this type of op & letting the top heal first the chances are the cyst will re-occur as the fluid will build up again & it may also become infected. This op has been a piece of cake in comparison to what I thought it might be – so I highly recommend this procedure – so far so good. It suited me anyway. The op I had gets the best results for healing & the less chance of reoccurrence apparently.

After care – have to keep the area clean (douches/wipes etc). I’m not taking antibiotics at present. I have to monitor & take appropriate pain medication when needed & just in case of any possible infection, I have to watch my temperature & if I notice any pungent smells, contact my doctor immediately.

Good luck with yours & for those who have previous unsuccessful procedures maybe my type of op may help you too.


March 22, 2011 at 8:07 am
(128) faith says:

These are PARSITES, that is why they keep returning. Use diatamecous earth which is a mineral from the earth that also contains SILICA!!! You can also use Nettle tea so that you are getting double doses. This will help your body better absorb calcium which makes your body more alkaline. Alkalinity helps with the infection that they leave behind so you also need to take a natural antiviral/antibiotic like olive leaf and an immune enhancer life echinacea!!! You need to do this for at least three months to get a handle on the infection and kill the cyst!!!

March 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm
(129) norma says:

I had my first bc last year on Oct. it was drained and i was giving an antibiotic. Everything seems to be ok, but the only thing is that i keep having is the yellow discharge since they drained and place the (catheter). I been going to the doctor several time and have complaint of the having like a yellow light discharge. Everything time i go they will tell me that everything is normal that i having the discharge due to the permanent opening they did with the catheter. I am wondering if i am the only one with this issue. Please if some one had this issue let me know. I don’t have any pain or anything but it bothers me having to wear a pad everyday. Thanks! to everyone for sharing their experience. God will help all of us.

April 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(130) Alison says:

Marsupialization – Part I (due to limited word count):
I had a bartholin cyst occur a year ago and it was small and went away on its own. Then in October of 2010, it came back (same side – right) and did not get better. I took hot baths and tried the hot compresses – who has time for this, by the way? It just got larger.

In February of 2011, I decided with my doctor that the marsupialization was the best option – I am 26 years old, I have a boyfriend who I love and want to continue making love to… I get pretty wet on my own and I don’t ever want to have the problem of being too dry. My doctor told me that because of my youth and sexuality, it would be important to keep the gland and that the draining is not typically effective.

Surgery Details:
It is Friday and last Wednesday I got the surgery. I had anesthesia through an IV and I woke up happy and doing okay. I was bleeding a lot and two hours later, they learned I had a clot and edema (bruising, settled blood underneath the skin). My doctor wanted to ensure that the blood did not drain back to anywhere it wasn’t supposed to and she wanted to make sure I was okay, so they put me back under for another surgery.

The second time around, they did anesthesia through an IV and they also did the mask with the breathing tube down my throat (did not do this the first time). They did the mask/tube because I had a few cookies after my first surgery and you are not supposed to eat. They wanted to get me ‘under and out’ as quick as possible without complications, so they opted for this form of anesthesia.

So, the second surgery consisted of undoing the stitches, making sure I was okay, they took care of the clot and told me that I probably would have been fine if they didn’t put me under again but they wanted to be positive. I was glad they did, even though it was emotional and it probably is making my recovery longer.

April 15, 2011 at 7:18 am
(131) Addy says:

OK girls. Houston, we have a problem. Never have I heard of so many women having the same problem without these doctors knowing WHY it is happening. What is the original cause of these. I am 43 and I have NEVER had this problem. For me I tend to believe that it all started when I started on injections for infertility – follistim. Buy my 3rd injection the thing started to cause me problems and when I went into the doctor, they just said the same crap – sitz bath. Like anyone has the time to sit in a tub of water all day. Well that did ziltch. Mine only got bigger and bigger. I checked the internet for healthy cures and thought would try Collodial silver. It tasted like crap (not sure if I had a bad batch, or maybe I have never taken so much internally, 1teasp. Usually I just spray one pump in orally)

April 15, 2011 at 7:19 am
(132) Addy says:

part 2 Well that did not work it kept getting bigger every day. I finally read that some were getting relief from Silicea and that the results were pretty fast. This was a Thursday night after work and I knew I had to get a doc on Friday cause it was growing. It was now the size of a golf ball. So I got off at 5 pm had to do taxes at 6. Got done at 7pm. Headed to Whole Foods and the Vitamin Shoppe. I got regular Silica from the Vitamin Shoppe. 500 mg. I got homeopathic Silicea from Whole foods 30C. It came in two doses. 6 or 30. I just went with 30 cause I figured it was a higher dose. ( I have no idea about homeopathic med, but am now a beliver and will research more.) So at 8pm I took:
1 500 mg Silica
1 tiny silicia under the tongue (not sure of the dosage but figured I coudl read the details later. i fell asleep and just work up so still do not know)
1 Calcium with magnesium pill from Vitamin Shoppe ( The Silica I read about on line that helped others was a Silica Complex which had calcium and mag. I could only find pills that had silica. But when I got home I notice my husband already had this so I figured adding this would be the same thing as taking Sillica Complex. Lol.
10 pm 2nd homeo- silicea under the tongue – Fell asleep on the couch. I was exhausted I am also fighting a cold.

OK I woke up at 4 am to take another Silica and I noticed a reduction in size!!! The cyst is still there but the swelling and tightness has reduced. Now it is the size of a walnut. Well off to take my 500mg of Silica again. I plan to take every 8 hours for one day(3 times recommended dose) and then as for the silicea I have no idea, i need to read up or talk to a homeopathic doc to see the dose.

Hopefully I will not overdose. Rolling eyes. Can one overdose on Silica?

April 15, 2011 at 7:28 am
(133) Addy says:

part 3Girls, lets find the missing link. Please leave thoughts on WHY you think you are getting your cysts. Maybe together we can find commonalities and bust this thing wide open. (no pun intended. I can see you cringing!)

My observations

On 3 day of follistim when it started. I am thinking hormones.
I also was on birthcontrol for the first time in my life for a month. again, more hormones.
I used a public jacuzzi – prob had nothing to do with it but thought I would put it out there.

Many have said they get around time of period = hormones.

April 15, 2011 at 7:35 am
(134) Addy says:

Final post:
Im going to bump this post from poster number 128 again, as i found this theory interesting: But 32 months!!!! i was hoping for 3 days, ok……

These are PARSITES, that is why they keep returning. Use diatamecous earth which is a mineral from the earth that also contains SILICA!!! You can also use Nettle tea so that you are getting double doses. This will help your body better absorb calcium which makes your body more alkaline. Alkalinity helps with the infection that they leave behind so you also need to take a natural antiviral/antibiotic like olive leaf and an immune enhancer life echinacea!!! You need to do this for at least three months to get a handle on the infection and kill the cyst!!!

April 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm
(135) Addy says:

I lost the battle. I gave in. On Monday I went in and got the darn thing lanced.

The silica seemed to stop the cyst from getting bigger but it never got smaller than a walnut. I got tired of not being able to sit. Well guess what it is 3 days since the surgery and I still can not sit. I guess I needed to start the treatment with Silica earlier before it got too big.

April 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(136) Addy says:

I went back for my 1 week check. The cath has to stay in. I am still waiting for my bacteria culture to come back.

April 26, 2011 at 10:37 am
(137) Jordanne says:

I have had reoccuring abcess’s on my right gland for over 12 years now. I dont know if I have ever had a cyst I find the only time mine flares up is when I switch birth control or take to much birth control (if i was bad and missed a few pills). I’ve never had to have my drained. The clinic usually just gives me antibiotics and it goes away on its own. They are very painful. One has sugguested removal of the gland but says it will be very painful. So this I refuse. But it’s nice to see i’m not the only one out there who seems to be having these same issues!!!

April 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm
(138) kt says:

hello ladies,
i totally feel your pain. Im 21 years old and i got my first Bartholin Abscess cyst this past friday. I got it drained on tuesday and MAN was that painful. I wasnt expecting it to hurt so bad. It has been two days and i recently started my period so im dealing with that and the excess from the cyst. She did not put a catheter in my cyst due to my body rejecting it because i was in so much pain. I am not in anymore pain besdes when i pee. It hurts so bad. im doing the sitz baths hourly and using a hot compressor to calm down the swelling. Its only been two days but im feelng alot better and very hopeful this will go away. i wish the best to all the other ladies that have to go through this, because this is a horrible time in my life. i hope it never happens again. :(

May 7, 2011 at 12:37 am
(139) Kara says:

First off thanks to all you ladies for your stories it really helped me feel not so freakish and alone! I am 26 and had my first BGC last March but got to the gyno before it got too bad and it was treated with antibiotics and went away on its own. Unfortunately, a little over a year later it came back. I noticed on a Thursday and by Monday I could barely walk due to so much pain and discomfort. I got to my gyno and she said it was badly infected and gave me Keflex for the infection and Loritab for pain.

The next few days were miserable. I was vomiting not sure if it was from the pain or the meds and I couldn’t pee without extreme pain. I called my dr back and she scheduled me to come in on Thurs to have it drained. But on Wed night it busted open all on its own when I laid down to go to bed. I felt immediate relief from the pain, but it was quite messy and bloody.

It was been a little over a week now and everything is almost completely healed and no more pain. My dr is wanting to put in the Word catherater but I’m scared and afraid it will be painful and pointless. She says it will help prevent reoccurence. My aunt had the same problems when she was my age and had a procedure done (where they cut it open somehow and let it heal from the inside out) and never had reoccurence. Any advice?

Also, I would just like to note that this BGC was more painful than anything I’ve ever experienced even recovery after a C-section! So I feel all your pain! Thanks for reading!


May 11, 2011 at 7:54 am
(140) Maeb says:

I recently had my second round draining a bartholin cyst. There isnt much you can do about it once it has abcessed,you have to get it taken care of.The first time I had this procedure the doctor didnt know much about it and I went through the surgery without any local shot, I could feel everything and it was awful. This last time my doctor was great, and I had the marsupilization,and hopefully it wont come back. What a lot of women dont know, is that left untreated after the cyst becomes infected there is a chance you could go septic and die.This almost happened to a friend of mine who didnt know what it was,so if it gets big or hurts,please go to the doctor!!!!!

May 13, 2011 at 4:45 am
(141) Ella says:

I can’t believe that so many people deal with this I thought I was the only one!! I’m only 16 and I am dealing with my second cyst, this has SOOO encouraged me to go see my gp!!

May 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(142) andrea says:

I am sorry that you all have to go through this! I had my first cyst when I was about 7 months pregnant with my first child. I had no clue what it was and it drained on it’s own due to being so large and subjected to friction. I had another while I was still pregnant and it was lanced in the ER. It was HORRIBLE pain. However, after several times of having it drained in my ob/gyn’s office, he offered me a permanent solution. It’s called a marsupialization. I had it done after I had my baby and have NEVER had anymore problems with it. Mind you, I was having flare ups at least 1-2 month.
This may be something you want to discuss with your gyn. It really helped me!
I hope you all have good luck with finding what works best for you.

May 22, 2011 at 9:14 am
(143) Anne Marie says:

I had a cyst for the first time in February this year. It wasn’t painful or anything and the doctor said to take sitz baths as it was not symptomatic. After two weeks it grew really big and became painful. It was lanced at my obs/gyn office and I was taking sitz baths to help with drainage and healing. After three days though the swelling was back. And my obs/gyn said the healing had sealed the lanced area. She. Recommended I have marsupialization of the cyst the next day. After the procedure it took me two weeks to be able to sit up properly on a chair and so I worked from home.
Now 3 months later the cyst is back and this time I had excrucitaing pain. I couldn’t walk, stand or sit! It wasn’t even as big as the last time. I was more worried because my medical cover pays for only one marsupialization procedure a year and that this time going into theatre would have to be covered financially by myself.
After reading the posts here I decided to sit in hot sitz baths and alternate hot and cold compresses in between. This was made more difficult by the fact that touching the swelling was painful and sitting in a sitz bath applied more pressure downwards to it. Last night when I sat in the sitz bath I was in so much pain I cried. Painkillers were not effective. During my sleep however I was woken up by something flowing out of me and realized it had burst! What a relief. I placed warm cotton swabs and pressed & wiped the area until only blood came out.
It’s Sunday and I continue to take the sitz baths. Am relieved that I can at least walk now. I intend to see my obs/gyn tomorrow for antibiotics, a check up and to find a permanent solution.

May 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm
(144) radar says:

so about 2 mths ago i noticed a small lump on the left side of the opening of my vagina. i went in last week because it started to get painful anytime i sat down and even when i walked. The nurse told me it was a bartholin cyst and gave me antibiotics. the pain immediately went away and it stayed that way till i finished my medication. the day i stopped it came back but then subsided. i went in today for a follow-up the dr decided to drain it since the pain was gone but the lump still there and felt kind of hard. the shot did hurt i’m not gonna lie but thankfully was quick. once the area was numb he started pressing down on it to get the fluid out. to his surprise it was filled with only blood and blood clots. he said it was the first time he had seen that. so now i am home and he said if it comes back to let him know. hopefully it’s gone for good. he said the blood clots were caused my some form of trauma down there. can’t think of anyone or myself hitting it hard or anything. has anyone had a similar situation? Thanks.

June 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm
(145) Amber says:

Hey ladies! I am so happy that I am not alone here with these horrible situations. About two months ago my left labia swelled up to the point of an insane golf ball. I went to an urgent care facility and they sent me to the hospital with a bartholin cyst. I there had it drained (which was excrutiating) and send home with pain killers and antibiotics. But with no further instructions, the bart came back with a severe vengeance about three weeks later. This time is grew twice as fast and was twice as painful. I found a new ob/gyn who was incredible. She walked me through the whole procedure and gave me a lot of information and weighed all of my options. We drained it again (which was even more excrutiating than the first time)and this time she put a ward catheter in which I managed to keep in for four weeks! I had the catheter out two weeks ago and thought all was well since I had done everything right (catheter for a month, antibiotics, sitz baths, the works). And yesterday I woke up with that same feeling of my left side growing. So here I am again…furious…that I have to go back in. I did everything right, even keeping a water balloon inside me for an entire month! I spoke to my doctor about the marsup process and the excision process. I think I am going to ask to have the surgery to have my bart gland removed completely. With three occurrences in less than two months…I am not willing to go through this again, nor can I take off work anymore! I am only 24 years old and don’t have the time or luxury to deal with this. I know it will be painful but if its over then its worth it.

July 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm
(146) priyanka Gupta says:

thanks a lot to everyone for sharing there experinces.
i also get this painful abscessand was prescribed antibiotics by gp. but they didnt helped much and i was in tremendous pain since last four days and i dont want to go for the surgery.after reading the comments on this site i also decided to have sitz bath and yesterday started takin silicea 30c. today this morning my abscess bursted and i got a lot of relif. the swelling is stil there, but now i can walk and sit, which was earliers eems to be impossible.

July 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm
(147) kj says:

Hi, I am 15 years old and am sexually active. I found a lump next to the opening of my vagina on the left side whilst shaving. I was really worried so decided to look it up on the internet and I think I have a bartholin cyst. It’s not infected but I want rid of it! I can”t tell my mam because I don’t want her finding out that I am sexually active, I am also too embarrased! I’ve tried popping it myself but had no such luck as it is actually under the skin. Someone please help me! What should I do?? Also, I don’t want them to keep coming back, but I don’t want the operation :| will they keep coming back even if the one I’ve got now is not infected? I’m really scared as I’m only 15 so would really like your help, thanks x

July 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm
(148) Anet says:

Hi, I had the same issue as well…I had a lump the size of a pea near my cliterous(a cyst), was slightly swollen and painfull when sitting or walking but wasnt painfull when urinating…so I went to the doctor and had it drained. it is cause by the gland getting infected…the draining procedure was painfull I admit it, but it was worth it to get rid of the lump. so all teh doctor did was to freeze the area (the most painfull part) then she made a small cut on the cyst and drained the blood…and put a cloth in the area to further drain it.

July 12, 2011 at 12:38 am
(149) SuzieQ says:

Much love to everyone going through the ups & downs associated with Bartholin Gland(s) cysts.

In my case, I formed my 1st “cyst”, on the right side, x3 years ago. Being concerned, I went to the gyno. It was confirmed as a Bartholin’s cyst and was told it was most likely the result of my anatomy (body structure) and not from any of my fears or wonders (as I am extremely clean/always protected).

I did hot sitz baths frequently (hot water x3/day, everyday, x15mins). While it helped a bit, the cyst would build back up upon sexual activity.

Actually, the one thing that worked best was an intense cardio workout (ie: cycling class). Though it did not work every class, it was the best “release” I got. Probably due to the muscles contracting during excersize. If anyone else has experienced this, PLEASE let me know (i’m curious)!

A year ago, my left side became occluded, too! I went from being able to get extremely wet, to somewhat wet, to… not so much. =/

Since, I have done lots of research and have spoken to several experienced females (drainage, caths placed, marsupialization and excision) to be able to make an educated decision/quickest road to being normal again. I have decided to have a marsupialization (right side only to start). If it works well, I will have the left side done as promptly.

Question: once marsupialized, will i be able to get wet again???

I’m very optimistic and excited. 0=)

July 12, 2011 at 4:07 am
(150) Kaitlyn says:

Thank you ladies for sharing your stories. I thought I was alone! I have had reacurring bartholin cysts that have turned into abscesses and this time it was unreal. I just left the doctors to get an I&D and I have NEVER been in so much pain in my whole entire life. To the point where I was histarically crying and about to rip my mothers hands off. It was about the size of a silly putty container and bruised. I have a feeling my doctor didn’t give me enough novacane. I barely could stay on the inspection table. Did my doctor do me wrong? I have had this done a couple times before and never had it be so painful before. Finally, in 4 days of being in constant pain/sharp pains and hot flashes I have somewhat comfort (due to the perks). I am considering the marsupulation. My doctor told me if i removed the gland it would be an extemely bloody operation and could ruin the feeling of sex, and is more for women 40 and over. I’m 24, and not ready to take those risks but also never want to go through this pain ever again. It felt like torture :/

July 16, 2011 at 1:39 am
(151) jenn says:

Hi ladies. I got my first cyst during my senior year in college and was scared out of my mind. I thought I had somehow gotten an STD, until Google saved me. I could not walk for 3 days and peeing was a nightmare. I took scalding hot showers and would sit for hours with a hot compress on the area. I kept searching and hunting for natural remedies and what i found that works the best is…. sex. I read an article in a medical journal that stated that the blockage occurs when the duct builds up the fluid that is normally excreted during sex. Its simple. easy. and fun. If i could find the article, i would link it, but i cant I’m so sorry. I have been cyst free for over 3 years and with a steady man, I don’t foresee this happening again. good luck ladies!

July 17, 2011 at 9:49 am
(152) Love Bites says:

Hello! i just had my Bartholin’s Gland Cyst removed yesterday for the 3rd time already. It was obnoxiously painful. I could not move freely and i also had Lymph nodes all over my body and head is burning and extremely aching. How i wish it will be gone forever but i know it wont and my OB Gyne told me that it should be completely removed.
I really don’t want this thing… :( (who wants it, anyway?) it’s just that i have a very low level of tolerance and last time i collapsed and it was really embarrassing and i cant help it. :(
The thing is it really affects my sex life. Every time i had hard sex or a lot of sex in a week, there it goes…the most awaited.
i really want to know the preventions or if none then at least solutions before it will grow so as not to affect my sex life.

July 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm
(153) Liz says:

Hey guys- I think it’s great that there is a forum talking about the dreaded BARTH. That’s my nickname for her and I hate when she comes to visit. Frequently and uninvited.

Anyway, I used to get non-painful Barth’s all the time, but luckily I was in a long distance relationship so they would come and go since we only were able to have sex every so often. Recently I am in a relationship where we are able to have sex more frequently and that is where the trouble started. I had a cyst thinking it would just disappear like normal but instead engorged and became extremely painful! I had to take a trip to the ER on a Sunday morning where they numbed the area with a needle (extremely painful!) and drained the fluid. The relief was immediate and I was able to walk just fine afterwards (the day prior I could barley sit or stand). Well now Barth is back, but this time on the opposite side. It started off relatively small and in a matter of days turned the size of a lemon. So painful. I’ve been taking sitz baths and trying to avoid touching the area. Well I was reading this blog to get some ideas on home remedies (I dont have health insurance at the moment + I know it will just come back if I go to the ER for a procedure). As I was scrolling through the posts I felt a huge feeling of relief in the area. It decided to rupture! Thank goodness! Only bad thing is I’m at work and had to stuff my underwear with toilet paper.

I cant believe how unbearable the pain can be. I try to explain it to friends and I don’t think they can comprehend. Definitely the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. I hope Barth doesn’t continue to visit for life, but I am glad there is a place of support to share and read stories about that biatch.

July 28, 2011 at 10:42 am
(154) Carrie says:

I just had a bartholyn cyst drained. I’m 6 months pregnant and had to get general anesthesia so that the baby won’t be stressed. I didn’t realize that there can be many options and that it may recur. Now I am terrified. It was not the first time I had a swelling in the area but it was the first time that I felt the excruciating pain. So I went to my ob gyn and immediately she said it needed to be lanced and drained. Now am terrified that it will recur again. If stress is one of the causes I don’t know what to do because with all the stress ofnthe business, finances, and the new baby aaarrrghhhhhh!!!! Thank young all the wonderful ladies who shared their experiences thrunthe years,

August 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm
(155) Denise says:

Wow.. after reading all of your stories I guess I should consider myself lucky. I had a cyst when I woke up one day, went to my doctor and they surgically took it out. Poof there it was.. I was freaking out trying to figure out what the hell was going on.

My doctor sent me to emergency the same day and that night I had it taken out. Yes it was quite painful and uncomfortable but worth it in the end.

I had to take a week off of work since walking or doing anything was not much of an option. For sex we had to wait about 2 months as it takes a long time to heal and as we all know it is a very sensitive area.

I had a very good doctor and have had no problems afterward, other than a slight loss of feeling in the one spot but I am pretty much back to normal.

This was my first and only cyst which was about two years ago now. I think surgery is a good option so you are not having to deal with it coming back.

Thanks for sharing ladies with all of your stories. One should never have to go through this.

September 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm
(156) CJ says:

Good evening ladies and I can really sympathize with all of you. I am 30 and I have been having reoccuring bartholin gland cyst for the past 6 or 7 years and within this time I have had to have it drained 13 times and it drained on its own once. This is the worst feeling ever and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I am very anal about having my pap smear and have always had one every year since I was 17 and never had a STD in my life, but for whatever reason it keeps coming back. I will be talking to an OBGYN on next week about my 2 options marsuplization or completely taking the gland out. I have put this off for so long because I’m terrified of surgery but this has gotten out of control. If there are any ladies that have had the gland completely removed I would like to know your insight. Good luck to all and hopefully they will come up with another way to prevent this besides painful needles down there and surgery.

September 17, 2011 at 4:15 am
(157) danyell says:

i had one of these things drained today at fairfeild medical center…it hurt real bad and was the size of a golf ball! i went to the er, and they said that this was what it was and said they was going to drain it, and that they was numbing it first, so with no sedative or pain meds in the ER ROOM with my blood pressure already high the doc said i`d feel a slight sting… yeah right that numbing needle hurt like hell, and didn`t numb a thing…then he says there that was the worst part…so then he began to squeeze and use a scapul ALOT! IT HURT SOOOO BAD AND I WAS NOT EVEN WARNED OF COMFORTED FIRST! i screamed as loud as i could, cryed uncontrolibly, and broke in to a bad sweat and my sister whom was there says my face turned purple and it looked critical! the nurses herd all my commotion and came in to ask the doctor if he needed pain meds or any thing and he DEBATED till the nurse was almost out of the room, and said bring a percacete! so finally pain meds she came in and dropped it in my mouth while i was lay`n on my back while the doc. was still cutting and stuff and had my sister try to pour water in my mouth to swallow it! i don`t know why cause pills take like 30min. to kick in! i should of been given a shot, and actually even b 4 he started i should of been sedated, or had pain med. then my blood pressure still was not checked again b 4 i could leave! i got sent home with a script for bacterium,and 10 Vicodin! it still hurts to move let alone walk, so i called in to see if they could change my pain meds and they said i`d half to come back in! WOW! SO I GUESS SINCE I CAN`T SLEEP MAYBE I WILL GO HERE AFTER WHILE IT HURTS MORE THAN N E THING EVER! AND I SWEAR I ABOUT HAD A STOKE TODAY! I FEEL THAT THIS WAS HANDLED VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!

September 21, 2011 at 11:51 am
(158) Embarassed says:

Hi everyone. Been reading through some of the comments and convo’s, I think I might be able to answer some questions.

One lady was asking, after marsupialisation can you still get wet? The answer is yes – Mine was marsupialised last week. They don’t remove the cells (Gland) that gets you wet when you are marsupialised, they make the opening to it bigger. Much wetter !

I also have a few questions of my own I would really appreciate some input on:

1. I had my marsupialisation 6 days ago – the stitches are still there and poking out – is that normal?

2. (sorry this ones a bit gross) i put my finger inside me for the first time today, and thick off-white stuff is sort of filled up inside my vagina. I don’t think it’s coming from the gland, and I am also pretty sure I don’t have thrush as I’ve been taking lactobascillus with my antibiotics and also no itching etc. It has a faint scent, but nothing like what comes out of the cysts/abscesses.

3. This is the 6th one I’ve had in the same place – I had 3 burst, one drained with a needle and the first one they cut open and then stitched back up??? This final time they have marsupialised. Will it work? Is it permenant? Will I ever be able to have sex with my boyfriend again? Is the scarring hideous? I cant even bring myself to look at it.

Find myself feeling very depressed and I don’t want to go to work anymore, don’t want to get dressed anymore. I feel like I’m not even a woman anymore – I’m 23 years old and my vagina doesn’t work. I need to know that something good can happen now like it will be okay or something and I cant talk to anyone about it because I’m too ashamed

September 23, 2011 at 11:34 am
(159) scarred says:

Hi everyone. I was surprised to see so many have this issue with good ol’Barth. I had them bi-laterally and both removed about 12 years ago. For just over a year now I have been getting a cyst where the scar from the surgury was. It would swell and drain once in awhile, other times would just swell, be a bit painful and then go away. Two days ago it began to swell again. Yesterday it was so painful and frickin huge that it hurt just brushing aginst it with toilet paper. Well, unable to take the pain anymore, I went to emerg. I waited 6 hours to be seen. When they finally called me in, I felt it burst when I got up. What a feeling of relief….short-lived though. The doc said that it was seriously abscessed and that it was probably from an ingrown hair. I told him that it is re-occurring in the same area for over a year now. He said to make an appointment with my family doc. I told him again that I have been complaining about this again for over a year now to my doc and nothing has been investigated to this date. I have an appointment on Monday with my doc, and I will stay there until the wheel of motion are in motion to figure out why this is happening because it damn well hurts. I am just curious to see if anyone else has experience these problems so long after having them or one removed and what might be the cause? Thanks

October 3, 2011 at 3:00 am
(160) Stacey says:

I just had my 3rd time dealing with an abscessed bartholin’s cyst and this is my story:

The first two were 3 years ago, I went to a doctor and she gave me antibiotics, I waited a few days and they burst themselves but it was still very painful and very gross.

I now live in a suburban area and my local clinic wouldn’t take me as a walk-in medicare patient, as I cried to the front desk lady while being in so much pain and not knowing where to go she told me they didn’t have an opening until November (I could have punched her right there I was in so much pain and lost).

So I stumbled back to my car and called my bf who said he would pay for anywhere I wanted to go (having crappy insurance sucks) so I went to doctor’s care and paid the initial $108 to see a doctor, expecting them to tell me to wait it out. My doctor was kind but straightforward, telling me she could drain it now for $40 or I could wait it for a few days for it to drain itself. I opted for her to drain it that day.

The local anasthetic is just a needle of sharp pain (due to the area already being very sensitive) and the cut to drain also hurts but the whole procedure was perhaps a combined 7 seconds of bad pain and 3-4 minutes total of uncomfortablness as the doctor pressed the remaining fluid out and talked to me all the while apoligizing the whole time like it was her fault.

I’m EXTREMELY glad that I went to a dr. this time instead of waiting the pain out! The relief is immediate and I URGE anyone debating to wait it out to just pay the money or take the time off to get the procedure done, the relief is IMMEDIATE plus I have plenty of amoxicillin and painkiller’s to last for the next few weeks in case a reoccurence happens.

October 3, 2011 at 3:17 am
(161) Stacey says:

I also wanted to put down that I usually get mine after working a lot of hours where I am a Server in the hot weather and getting a bit sweaty and not being able to bathe as much as I would/should like to. I have noticed mine one day as being swollen and then within the next day or two being so swollen it closes my lips. Other than that no medications or antibiotics to speak of here.

October 8, 2011 at 10:47 am
(162) Filipina says:

I once undergo this kind of operation for removal of Bartholins cyst, it was December 2008. I have very stressful job at that time i work during night and always render overtime at worked. Im still single(26) and never been in operations or obgyne so it was trauma to me.
I had the symptoms for a week prescribed for “Clyndamicin med”after a week its already unbearable pain. so ER & my doctor decided to open and remove the cyst. After 1 year the cyst went back but i usually take antibiotics and pain reliever.

October 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm
(163) lisa says:

i tried a new brand of tampon and i think i cut myself when i woke up late for calss. the pain went away but the next day it was back with a vengence. i checked myself and i found a lump on the left side of my vagina furtherback. i went to web md and they were absolutly useless so i began searching sites to figure out what it was. when i found out i had a bartholin abcess i was relieved to finally have a name for my ailment. then i began to read further and came upon horror story after horror story. the pain progressed until i couldnt walk sit or use the bathroom and by the third day i was going out of my mind with pain. by then it was the weekend and neither my doctors office nor my campus health center was open and i had no way of getting to the emergency. it was so painful i was almost to the point of calling for an ambulance and causing a campus commotion. my phone was dead and i was in so much pain i could barley move so i did the only thing i could think to do and that was pray. i prayed ernestly and feverently to jesus to heal me and take away this awful pain and almost immediatly the pain began to lessen until i was finally able to go to sleep. the next morning i woke up expecting the mind numbing pain but all i felt was a slight twinge and some swolleness. i woke up praising God and throughout the day i got better and better. when the lump finally goes away im going to pray and believe that it never comes back.

November 1, 2011 at 6:03 am
(164) southernbelle says:

** The key to pain reduction and a swift bursting!! **
I just went through 4 extremely painful days with an abscess on my right Bartholin Gland and I’m glad to report that I’ve found the secret to significantly lower the pain and hasten the bursting – WALK!!! Get out and walk for 2+hours a day. Of course you can’t walk fast (I averaged 1.5 MPH) but I’d walk for 3 miles or more per day. I guarantee you that your pain will go down 80% or more and as soon as you return you’ll see the cysts slowly start to leak. Within 36 hours of starting my walking regiment, I had a pain free bursting. One more tip, never wrap it. I’m pretty sure I delayed my recovery a good 24 hours by wrapping the cysts in a desire to reduce the pain. Please ladies give it a try because no one deserves to be in the pain caused by this condition.

November 4, 2011 at 4:43 am
(165) Not Having It says:

I feel sad for everyone. :(

November 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm
(166) a322360 says:

I’ve said that least 322360 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

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