How To Treat Bartholin's Cyst
Bartholin glands are present on both sides of vaginal opening, and are responsible for lubricating it. Sometimes, a Bartholin’s cyst develops in the area, which can cause pain, swelling and pus. If it is small and painless, then you can leave it alone, but if it gets infected, it becomes necessary to get it treated. Sometimes, it can be treated with some home treatment, while sometimes it may require a surgical drainage. In case of an infection, you may need to be treated with the help of antibiotics. We have already told you how to remove or reduce a superficial cyst. Here at OneHowTo.com, we are going to discuss how to treat Bartholin’s Cyst.
The first way to treat Bartholin's cyst is to fill a tub with warm water, and sit in it to soak the area for a few minutes. This has to be done 3-4 times a day for 3-4 days. The process will rupture a small-sized infected cyst, and it will drain on its own.
This remedy needs to be accompanied by a visit to your gyneacologist so he/she can prescribe suitable treatment. Your doctor may also use laser on the cyst to prevent it from growing back again.
If your Bartholin cyst is very large, and it is infected, then you may need a surgical drainage procedure to get rid of it. You may be given sedation or local anesthesia to drain the cyst. A small incision is made in the cyst, allowing it to drain, and then a small catheter is placed in the incision. The catheter is left in the place for around 6 weeks, so that the area remains open, thus allowing complete drainage.
Antibiotics may be prescribed if your Bartholin cyst has been infected, this will commonly happen if you have a sexually transmitted infection, also known as STD.
If you have a recurring cyst, then a Marsupialization procedure may be of help to you. In this process, stitches will be placed on both sides of your drainage incision, so that a permanent opening is created, and fluid does not get accumulated in it again.
These are the common treatment procedures for Bartholin’s Cyst. However, you can prevent it from happening by having safe sex, using condoms during intercourse, and maintaining proper hygiene.
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- If you feel discomfort while having bartholin's cyst, you can apply hot water bottles on the area.
- Combine these treatments with a diet rich in probiotics, vitamin C and D.