Bartholin cyst/abcess

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I've been dealing with these cyst and abcess for 2 years now. I'm only 17. My first one I felt a hard, but small lump on my vagina. I looked up on google and found out what it was but it wasn't painful so I didn't bother to tell my parents or anyone else about it. A few days later (on Christmas) I woke up and it was basically the size of a grapefruit. I went to the hospital and they made me stay over night. They put my under anesthesia and drained the abcess. They packed it with this gauze and then I was sent home an hour after. Every few months they come back and I don't know what to do. I try calling the doctor and they don't answer. I sit in the bath for hours with tea tree oil. I just got another one two days ago and this is the most pain I've been in with these. COMMENT if you have ANY suggestions please sad((

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    I'm sorry you have to deal with these ): I started getting them at 16, 7 years ago. Last year I also had them over Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had it drained a number of times but finally had an excision procedure this past summer and it seems to have solved the problem for good. Can you have your mother or father make consult appointments for you at an obgyn? I would see several if possible, before you get it again and let them know about your experience so far and see if they will do a surgery (also if they've done many in the past, etc. A good surgeon seems to make a world of difference). It's good to have a plan ahead of time, and most doctors who are experienced with these know how terrible they are and will make room for you as an emergency appointment when it comes up again.

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      I have visited several doctors, they all just tell me the same thing. They all have given me different antibiotics. The last doctor I saw told me if I want the glands removed there would be many side effects and I could possible get nerve damage from it. It just sucks I always get them around the holidays and only the sitz baths seem to help relieve the pain. I used a heated pad all day today and it only got bigger sad

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      Are you able to see a different Doctor? I know it can sometimes cause nerve damage but if done correctly by a competent surgeon you shouldn't have much issues. I only had pain for three days after my surgery, outside of intercourse. A second (or third or fourth) opinion is definitely worth it. I saw 6 different doctors at three different offices before I found someone who was knowledgable and skilled enough. And she told me the surgery should have been down done by my second or third cyst.

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    Hi Courtney

    If I were you I'd book a doctors appointment and ask to be referred to a gynechologist. I had a golf ball size cyst for a few years that never went away, was u comfortable to live with and abcessed a few times. I went to the docs, asked to be referred to see a specialist and I've since had marsupilisation of the cyst where they cut it open, drain it and stitch it open to allow it to continue draining and heal from the inside out. There's no guarantee it won't come back and the recovery time varies from 2-4 weeks depending on the person (im a week and a half post surgery and only just starting to feel comfortable/painless. A natural remedy is salt sitz baths to try and lance the cyst yourself. These didn't work for me but many people seem to have success.

    I hope this was of some help, ultimately though I'd recommend you see a specialist for their opinion, let us know how u get on xx

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      My first abcess they did the same prosecutor but it came back a couple months later on the opposite side. But that one just drain naturally somehow. It was only the size of a golf ball. And that just keep coming back and then doctors all tell me the same thing. Except this time, the doctors won't even answer when I call into the office

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    I'm only a month past my surgery but try to get the gland removed. It's not going to stop. It's terrible. Surgery was not too bad, down about 10 days. If my other side starts doing it too I'll def have the surgery again.

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      My doctor told me I could get the glad removed but I would have. We've damage so I'm scared to have that done sad I've been in non stop pain. I've taken sitz baths all day and I've been using a heating pad but it's only getting worse. 😭

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      Using a heating pad always made mine worse. When I asked the dr why, she said it's because heat brings the infection to the surface.

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    Are you in the U.K. or USA? If I were you I'd go to your nearest walk in centre or A&E/ER if the pain is severe. I'd complain about your doctors surgery too, that's awful.

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    I had the gland and cyst surgically removed on September 26. The first two weeks were rough but I am completely back to normal now. I was really scared to do the procedure but am really glad that I did. The dr told me that the only way to permanently get rid of this problem is to have the gland removal surgery.
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    Bartholin glands produce lubricant during the sex so it's normal to see more liquid after sex.

    As long as the duct is not blocked and the cyst is not too painful, it should be fine to leave it as it is.

    Some women are less lucky than you that they have the duct totally blocked and the pus accumulated inside which can be really painful. That is unfortunately my case and I had undergone a surgery to drain. Once drained, it heals really well and quickly.

    the second time when a cyst started to form , I used all the home remedies: sitz bath 3 times a day, Silica 30 3 times a day, silver silica spray 3 times a day and witch hazel. After 5 or 6 days, it worked. The cyst started to drain and the pain is gone.

    Good luck!

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