Hey, well ive read all these comments and they have been very helpful. Iam scheduled to have my bartholyn cyst drained out next week. Im calling to cancel. Ive have it for 8 months now and i just had a baby 8 months ago. I went to the doctor and they told me that it was caused by the stiches from delivering my baby. I read that a girl (lovemestill) has had hers for 4years thats crazy have you tried sitz bath??? Im bearly going to start so im hoping it gives me results. It doesnt bother when i have intercourse when i sit or anything like that so im hoping the sits bath helps alot. This whole thing has been really depressing. I really dont want to have the procedure done.
Any comments i will reallyappreciTe it!!!
Still dealing with my cyst! It's been two and a half years since I had the cyst surgically removed. Very expensive and painful. I miss three weeks of work do to the swelling and pain from the surgery. Recovery was awful! I was tolds by the Dr. that I could go back to work after three days. What a joke! I couldn't walk sit. Going to the bathroom was like form of torture! Four months later my cyst can back. Had a balloon catheter insert for a week. Hurt terribly. We'll a year later it's back. Swollen, full of fluid, painful. I am able to drain it myself by applying pressure to the area, as it drains through the hole left by the catheter. SO unpleasant!Sitting is painful. I hate this thing!!!
I don't know what to say after reading the above posts.. I'm horrified. I thought this is my first cyst but now I fear I would've got so many which would've disappeared on their own. I am sexually active but was never really satisfied, is it cause of the cyst? I've started the warm water soaks and I have very bad itchin sensation. Can i ever have a normal sexual life? This cyst is botherin me a lot..HELPLESS
I just wanted to add a quick reply of my story because this forum was very helpful for me. I had my first bartholin cyst starting just over two weeks ago. It started out as a completely pain-free lump and over the course of four days I treated it with sitz baths and warm compresses hoping it would drain on its own. It appeared to shrink a bit in size and I was hopeful that I was healing. Unfortunately over the weekend it took a dramatic turn for the worse and by day six I was in agony and was having difficulty walking or sitting. I went to a walk in clinic and was immediately referred to a OBGYN at the hospital who saw me the same morning. He recommended a marsupilization of the gland. He said he could just drain it and send me home but it had a very high chance of recurring. He said that with the marsupilization it had more like a 5 - 10% of recurring. I had the procedure under general anesthesic the same day and the minute I woke up in the recovery room I had no pain and I have not been in pain since. I was prescribed some Tylenol 3s along with antibiotics but I have not had to take any of them. The only uncomfortable part of the procedure was removing the packing the following day but I would not describe it as painful, more uncomfortable and tender.
I walked out to the car on my own after spending a couple of hours in recovery and felt fine. I was able to sit normally on the second day after surgery with no discomfort and now (almost a week after the surgery) I don't feel it at all. The doctor says it will take at least 3 to 4 weeks to heal up completely but I had a really good experience with this procedure and would certainly do it again (god forbid I would have to).
This was my first cyst and perhaps it is because I am in Canada and the procedure is free that they performed it before trying anything else (such as a less expensive procedure, which I imagine draining and packing it would be). Hopefully this will give me a very good chance that it will not recur.
Has anyone had complaints from their men about these bartholins cysts. My boyfriend said it was nasty, and I should have something done about it. It doesn't bother me, I don't even have any pain with it; but it must bother him. Any suggestions?
I have just had my 4th episode with a Bartholin's cycst. They seem to occur about every 10 years...go figure that one out! First 3 times I went to the Dr. First time, Dr. lanced and drained it and put a "wick" in to let it drain completely, very painful. Second time, I went in immediately upon feeling the lump but he Dr. couldn't do anything because it wasn't "ready" as he put it. Eventually it popped on its own and drained just fine with a little prodding. Third time, same deal. This time when I noticed the cyst forming I did some research and started taking a hot, hot bath morning and evening with hot cloth compresses in between. I also ordered this natural remedy. I paid extra and got fast delivery. When it arrived I just put a few drops in my bathwater and soaked. After the second use my cyst popped on its own and drained a bunch of disgusting "pus" and finally a little blood. It immediately felt 100% better. It continued to drain for about a week. I continued my natural oil baths. It has healed on it's own and I will never go back to the Dr for this - those experiences were pure torture and after reading about the surgery you can be certain that I won't be doing that either. Seems the medical community is always ready to preform surgery. I like the natural method and allowing the body to heal itself much better. I still have a little residual nagging pain if I sit for too long but it was the same when I had the Dr lance it. The pain eventually went away and I am certain will this time also. Try the oil, it seemed to work for me and I will not be without it now.
I have been battling this cyst for over 4 yrs. I have an over 4 marsup's and it keeps coming back. The drainage of the cyst is not effect at all. I am currently suffering from another cyst after just haveing one two weeks ago. I have been researching about having the gland removed. I have read about some of the risk (alot of blood loss) and how invasive the procedure is, but if it makes them not reoccur`- I'm willing to give it a shot.
I have taking so many antibiotics that I am at the point- where doctors are scrambling to find biotics that my body may not be immune too!
Has anyone had the gland removal surgery? and what does the area look like after the fact? and does the cyst or any constant pain happen?
After ive read this post and advise.. wow..feels so good.. i got this cyst last week..and i feel a little pain when sitting..the size like almond..and im so scared now having this..
I remember that i had this 3 years ago.. but i just ignore it and do nothing.. then after a few months its all gone and i didnt do something to remove it and also im sexually active with my husband that time..
last year i went to obgyn to have pop smear to clean my vagina.. they said its good to have pop smear evry year.. then the results is i have vagina bacteriosis.. i take antibiotics for 2weeks.. after 1 month i think im already healed frm vb.. i continue having sex and also i hard to get pregnant..
This year the cyst came back.. ive noticed this last week and i thought its just like before.. but this time i think i need to be check up.. but before that, i go for research about what kind cyst is this.. and i found this site and read all post.. i was shock but this is helpful for me..im glad i have a choice.. i hate surgery.. i never went to hospital..i never experience to got destrox and lay in bed of hospital.. i hate hospital..
Thank you so much for sharing and advise..
but i have one question.. what feminine wash is safe to use?
My personal experience (31 year old, NOT A DOCTOR).
i got my first cyst 7 years ago. i was still a virgin at the time and was 'playing' with my boyfriend, no sex, when a small lump formed on my vagina. Being too embarrassed to see a doctor i left it, it would go away after a few months, than another few months later it would come back, after a very unpleasant experience with a gyno that answered nothing, i decided to carry on with life. The years passed, my boyfriend and i became sexually active and i noticed that during sex i was often quite dry and almost always needed lube. We got married, than one day after sex (which had been rather dry) i passed out at work, i came home early and put hot compresses on it. The next morning i passed out in the hall of our home, hitting my head on the wall on my way down, my husband tossed me in the car and toke me to the Hospital. apparently it was the biggest cyst they had every seen, i was sent to the operating room that night for a marsupialization, the most painful part was removing the gauze 1 week later (iodine soaked since i had been infected), since then that gland has been working perfectly i also almost never need lube anymore since the fluid my body is making is now draining properly (he made a slit for drainage and the gauze kept it from healing shut). the other side swelled up 6 months later, not nearly as bad as the first, they did the procedure with the catheter this time. i am here now because the second side has started to swell up a little, again.
Personally i am glad i had the mars. procedure done, they can not promise that it will never come back, but 2 years later it is still draining well and sex has never been better. The other procedure may not be as scary but, for me, the results have not been as good.
This is a very difficult situation to deal with, but i just want to make sure women know their options, i went years with no one telling me what my options were. MAKE sure you have a good doctor to do it, some women have complained of being left with very large drainage slits, mine is quite discrete.
PLEASE READ THIS: I had my Bartholins gland removed a little over two months ago, after a three-year struggle with a large cyst that tunneled way up inside me.
My life is so much better! Sex used to hurt and worsen the cyst, but I started having sex six weeks post surgery!
My lubrication is not affected, appearance is almost back to normal, and if my husband and I have rough sex, it's only a little sore but it gets better every time.
If you have a stubborn cyst, DO YOU RESEARCH, FIND A GOOD DOCTOR, and get the gland taken out.
I tried all kinds of natural remedies that worked for other people, but my gland was just too sick to fix that way.I used to spend 1-8 hours in hot baths every day to drain the thing. Nothing ever worked long term.
I'm telling you, my life is changed.
Oh and also, my cyst was brought on by an imbalance from birth control. When I got off the pill, it shrank from walnut-lemon size, to pea-walnut size. Just thought I might mention that.
I'm a 52 year old woman just going through the menopause - irregular, heavy periods, hot flushes etc. Last week I developed a temperature and when that went after a day, a Bartholin cyst on one side.I was put on Augmentin which gave me stomach cramps and sickness for 2 days, then Flucloxacillin which I hope is going to work. My cyst is sore when sitting - you can only see a pea size lump on the outside, but there is a plum size lump inside which I can feel. I don't really want an operation, any ideas? And what about sex? Not that I'm that keen! but would be happy to ahead for my husband, if it's not harmful to the cyst.
For those of you still at the point where it's a cyst and NOT infected (first it's a fluid-filled cyst, then it can turn into an infected, pus-filled gland), there are lots of home treatments you can try.
Home treatments are inexpensive, can be started immediately and are seriously underrated, AND they can prevent your cyst from becoming infected.
My biggest worry is that people don't understand that they not only have medical options, but they can take their well-being into their own hands and have TONS of alternative options too. (Again, this doesn't apply to those of you who have an 'infection' of the Bartholin gland, although there have been lots of natural-treatment success stories for them too--so if you have the time, it won't hurt to try.)
In my research and experience in having Bartholin cysts on and off for a few years here's what I've learned:
1) they can be aggravated by sex---not caused by.
2) refrain from vaginal penetration while you're dealing with your cyst. other forms of sex are ok.
3) std's are known to cause/aggravate cysts--so if you haven't had one recently, have a pap smear.
4) DO NOT USE FEMININE WASHES! Ever. Never. They are packed with chemicals that dry, perfumes that irritates and dyes that inflame. Even when you're healthy, don't use feminine washes. Just use a mild soap--like Dove.
5) We have glands there for a reason. Try your best to AVOID SURGERY! It does cure some people who have chronic Bartholonitis (infection of Bartholin gland), and that's why surgery has it's place. But it should be a LAST RESORT.
6) unless the cyst is causing you pain, a Bartholin cyst shouldn't interfere with your sexual pleasure. There aren't many important nerve endings in that area that would be affected.
7) Here's a great home remedy that has had much success with cysts: (and I only had lavendar--and it still worked well)
"I made a blend of pure essential oils for my friend to try in a Sitz bath. The key essential oils I used in the
Bartholin Gland Essential Oil Formula:
Cypress (astringent to increase circulation and assist drainage)
Lavender, High Altitude (anti-inflammatory)
To a 15ml bottle add: 125 drops each of Cypress and Juniperberry, and 50 drops of Lavender
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Add 3-4 drops Bartholin Gland essential oil formula in a carrier of Epson salts (1/2 cup) added to a Sitz bath. Soak for 10-15 minutes, once a day. If you don't notice a change in the cyst or symptoms of discomfort within a few hours after your soak you may repeat."
Lastly, consider your diet and lifestyle. There is a lot of evidence to suggest if you suffer from tonsilitis you may suffer from Bartholinitis too.
Oh, and here's another home remedy that I haven't tried but I've encountered a lot of people online who have successfully used it:
"Sabina and Silica are the two remedies to consider .
One or the other should deal with the problem. Ask the herbalist at your health food store which one is best for you.
Use 3x potency twice a day for 3 - 4 weeks and then wait 2 weeks to check result. "
I was diagnosed with my first Bartholin Cyst two months ago. I had it drained and one month later it returned. I had it drained once again. This forum has really helped me because until now I haven't ever heard of anyone else having this problem. From what I'm understanding is that there is no prevention of these and I feel as though I'm doomed to have them keep recurring.
I have also had urinary tract infections at the same time or directly following one of these cysts...has anyone else had this same problem, and can they be directly related? I always urinate after sex, and take showers directly following, and yet I'm still having infections....its very depressing and completely disrupts not only sex life but regular every-day life. I'm still a little reluctant to have the surgery, just wish there was a way to prevent this.
I had several in my life on both sides. I would sometimes do at home sit baths in the hottest water I could stand. Sometimes it would open on it's own, sometimes I would have to go to dr. and have it cut open. The last straw was when I went in to have it drained and it exploded in the dr.s face. I was mortified. I went to a specialist and had both glands turned inside out, not removed. I still have all the lubrication, non of the problems. It's been over a decade, gave birth to my third child and absolutely no problems. It was the greatest solution. Only wish I had the recomendation to have it done sooner. I would have saved myself alot of pain, missed work, worry, dread, etc...you know.
This sounds like a very Promising procedure. I didn't know that the glands could be turned inside out. When I mentioned removal of the gland to my doctor's partner (my doctor was on vacation), he got a mortified look on his face and said I'd never want to have that done... They are a disaster. He's done three with no success. I wish I could find a doctor who does the procedure you are talking about that is near where I live. I'm also having lower left quadrant pain (five and a half weeks) and no results, as well as urinary retention, UTI and a small bladder. It's been awful and my anxiety is SO bad. I have received some very good information from someone in this forum. I only wish I had found the forum nuch, much sooner. I think it's getting to a point where women are having to take some of their health care in their own hands, rather than be subjected to indignities.
I am 24, and am currently on my 4th reoccurance within the span of a year. The first two occurred when i was pregnant with my first, and there wasnt much they could do except for lance and drain it. They couldnt prescribe any antibiotics at the time. It seems to happen about every 3 months. I had it come up again in february and my ob put me on 2 strong antibiotics and it seemed to help but i noticed it never fully went away i always had a painless smaller than a pea sized knot on the left side. My doctor doesnt think there is much she can do and is reluctant to do the marsupialization procedure because she said in her experience when a woman has a cyst that reoccurrs as often as mine has the procedure is only a fix for a year or so... Im looking for answers, and maybe a 2nd opinion from a different doctor in the Vegas valley. If anyone can help!! please! anything at this point.. i do sitz baths and massage it as she instructed. i noticed it helps if everytime after i have sex if i massage it to get the flow going but its never 100%.... its depressing.. i dont have time to be in pain and laid up in bed with a 4 mo. old and its really taking a toll on my sex life..
i had a bartholin cyst due for surgery in august 2010 but with a 6 month old baby i did not wanted to go in for the surgery.. and the cyst was too painful like a golf ball.. so i tried homeopathy and miraculously... within 1 day the pain was off and by the third day the cyst began to get smaller... though i have noticed another swelling today. will be starting my homeopathic medicines tomorrow... and i am confident that surgery wont be required. it is far better then popping antibiotics and painkillers. will keep posting about my recovery... hope this reply is of any help..
I recently had my first bartholin's cyst and was in terrible pain when it appeared. I first noticed a very small bump on a Thursday night and by the Saturday i could barely move from the pain. Even trying to lie down to go to bed was agony and to get back out took me at least 15 minutes as I had to inch my way out of bed by putting all my weight on my arms and dragging my legs.
My doctor was no use as it was nearly impossible to get an appointment but I was put on antibiotics for a week. They didn't seem to help and after a couple of days I tried calling the doctors. I was just advised by a nurse to wait for another few day but I know my own body and decided to go to the hospital emergency room.
When I got there I was immediately transferred to a gynecological ward and was examined. I was told by a consultant what the cyst was and that it was about the size of a walnut. He gave me the option of having it drained or going into surgery for a marsupilization. The decision was left totally up to me but he advised that it was less likely to come back with the marsupulization.
There seems to be horror stories about this surgery and as a person who has always been terrified by anything medical (seriously nurses have been needed to hold me down for blood tests lol) i have to say it was a very quick procedure and is not something to be scared of. In my case i was put under general anesthetic for 20 minutes while it was carried out. When i woke up there was a mild sting but i had already been given morphine for waking up but they gave me more to get rid of that. I instantly felt a million times better.
It is sometimes the case that they leave in a wick but mine was removed almost immediately. Within the hour i felt a little tender but was able to get out of bed myself which was a huge relief. The staff said i could leave that afternoon or stay for another night to recover. I was to excited to leave and was picked up that night. They gave me a weeks worth of painkillers and antibiotics and a sick line from work for two weeks. I had to be careful not to bend or overexert myself too much.
It has now been two weeks since my surgery and i feel like myself again. It may be a few more weeks till i can have sex again (which is making my partner moody lol :p) but i am so glad i had it done. My stitches are nearly fully dissolved and i can move like normal. There is a little tiny hole where my cyst was but it not something anyone would notice without looking for it...and i'd be concerned if they were lol.
Please, please, please don't be scared about the surgery option. It is a very small procedure, it does take longer to recover but you do feel better for it. There is a chance i may need to have it again one day but i would rather that than making a cyst rupture myself as the infection can spread, especially if you don't have the antibiotics to stop the bacteria spreading.
It is an embarrassing problem but doctors see ladies bits all the time and will deal with you in a professional manner. They know what they are talking about but if you feel uncomfortable with a doctor ask to be referred to a specialist, gynecologist or consultant. Unfortunately, these things happen but it is your right to have things dealt with on your terms. I hoped this can help someone else as i was terrified after reading so many negative experiences but remember people are more likely to write about negative experiences than positive ones.
Please don't worry. You are not the first person in this situation and you won't be the last. Take care of yourself x
RECURRING BARTHOLIN'S ABCESS AFTER MARSUPILIZATION:
Hello! regarding this topic, I have had this Bartholin's Abcess since 2007, mostly every April of the Year when it is specially hot - summer season. I just had it again last April and had it drained by my doctor, that is the 3rd time it was drained, the very first time I had it last 2007 the doctor immediately decided to do a Marsupilization to have the slimmest chance of having this recur, however since then I had experienced this 3 more times and had it drained, so does that mean the Marsupilization did not work for me? Also, suprisingly I am about to have it again as I felt it again this morning when I only just had it last April =C I feel for everybody who is experiencing this same issue, I am not sure what else I can do to prevent this from happening again and again. Take note, for the last 3 years I have been working in the Middle East, water in the shower is severely hot so I guess hot baths isn't working for me either. I am desperate not to experience this pain again and again.... HELP!
I had first time this bartholin cyst. The pain was very very horrible, and kept crying all time when I move a bit. On last day, it ruptured by itself. I did Visit Dr, but cyst was already ruptured by that time. So Dr did not do much. After 8 weeks, I again have this cyst. I pray to god that it does not happen to any one. because the pain is worst and too painful. I hope you understand the level of pain.
I am really afraid what should I do ? I think surgery is not a good option. But please suggest if I can take any preventive steps or care so that it doesn't happen again ?