Vulvar cyst is also called Bartholin’s cyst or vulvar sebaceous cyst. They are fluid-filled Bartholin’s glands. The cyst is not an infection, although it can cause inflammation and infection.
What Causes Vulvar Cysts?
Vulvar cyst can result from any of the following:
- A blockage on the Bartholin’s gland causes fluids to be trapped inside and becomes a cyst.
- Although the disease is not sexually transmitted, the cyst itself can be caused by sexually transmitted diseases like Gonorrhea.
Treatment For Vulvar Cysts
The size, pain, and age are factors to consider in treating the cyst. Treatment methods include:
- Taking a warm bath helps improve the healing of the cyst. It helps the cyst to rupture and drain. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes and three to four times a day.
- You can take over-the-counter pain medications.
- Although cysts are not cancerous, surgery under local or general anesthesia to drain the cyst may be needed. It can be done in the doctor’s office. After the procedure, the Bartholin’s gland should be rechecked after 24 to 48 hours.
- Since vulvar sebaceous cysts may cause infection, antibiotics as a prophylaxis is prescribed by your doctor. However, if it is draining properly, you may not need to medicate.
Recurrent Vulvar Cysts Remedy
- Marsupialisation is a method employed to prevent recurrences of the cyst. It is similar to draining only that incisions are permanently done to create an opening for drainage.
- Permanent removal of the Bartholin’s gland is indicated if all other measures fail.