Bartholin Cyst Gland Excision Experience - POSITIVE

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It's extremely hard to find any positive experiences of this surgery, and even the horror stories are almost slim to none. This is such a common problem and the longer I've had these cysts, the more people I've realized get them too and I'm not the only one. I hope this helps someone going through the same thing because I get it. It's AWFUL.

I have had 8 Bartholin cysts, which became infected every time in the last 7 years. I am 23 now and I got my first at 16. About a year ago, I had a marsupialization as a permanent solution after several in-office lancings, catheters, etc. 3 months later, I developed another cyst and discovered that antibiotics made it drain on its own and it was gone. Got another one 3 months after that, 6 months post-op. Same treatment at home - antibiotics made it drain. 4 months after this, 10 months post-op, I got my third since my surgery. Antibiotics didn't take, so I made an appointment after about a week and they happened to have a cancellation the next day for surgery and my OB/GYN suggested I go through with the excision surgery I have been dreading because of these horror stories I have read (and cried) about for months.

I had my excision 6 days ago and am feeling okay. Waking up after the surgery was terrible and I was in excruciating pain for a few hours, but I was told no morphine/pain medicine was used during the surgery, so it was warranted. I took pain medication for the first 12 hours in conjunction with 500mg ibuprofen every 6 six hours, and it mostly just uncomfortable. I did not sleep for more than 3-4 hours at a time, and slept with a pillow in between my legs for comfort, but I was able to keep up with my medicine. I used an ice pack on and off for 20 mins at a time for the first 36 hours to help with swelling.

Now 6 days out, I am somewhat pain-free. And mind you, I have like, ZERO tolerance for pain. I'm the biggest baby. There was some bleeding right after the surgery, but it turned to just some discharge by the next morning, and I have had a tiny bit over the last day or so. Here and there I get a pang of slight pain or a pinching feeling that hurts, but it goes away. I am a bartender so I have to be off of work for 10-14 days and have been resting as much as I possibly can. It is mostly just uncomfortable and I can't stand for too long of a time before needing to sit/lay again. This experience is straining on my relationship (he was here for my marsupialization in the very beginning), but we both agreed that this was the right thing for me to do. I know that I can't live my life afraid of this happening forever and always wondering when it's going to come back, so I went through with the surgery. I have a check up appointment with my OB/GYN who also performed the surgery this week, a little after a week post-op. I am still taking my ibuprofen every 6 hours to manage soreness/discomfort and I have been on a week of antibiotics to prevent infection.

I decided to look today after the swelling and possible bruising has gone down and was definitely surprised at the amount and placement of the stitches. My doctor said they were inside the vagina rather than outside like my marsupialization (which was terrible because I had them for 8 weeks and they hurt like hell), but they run all the way from the gland and up to the top on the right side in the inner labia. It's not pretty but I'll take a little ugliness over pain and fear for the rest of my life.

All in all, I'd say this is going to be worth it so far. Happy to post updates if it helps someone else reading comments on the internet until they're crying themselves to sleep out of fear like I did. I would have loved to see A) real information that is actually helpful and B) positive experiences that made all my anxiety and tears worth it.

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    Hello everyone!I ve unfortunately had this issue for many years.I am a medical student so i had all the information possible and still could not convince myself to have the excision of the gland.My first cyst appeared 15 years ago.I was treated with antibiotics and it went away.Or so i thought..Anyway,i was lucky to have a 9 year break from these little demons,but as the doctors have said the first time,the cyst returned 6 years ago and it was even worse than the first time.Since then it didnt stop giving a flare up every few months.Antibiotics and a lot of pain were my best friends.I study medicine and i talked with many many doctors and it seems that not everyone wants to perform the excision of the gland which made me even more cautious about my decision.But 3 months ago i decided i couldnt take it anymore and scheduled the operation.I am 2 weeks after my surgery today and though its been a tough one(for the first 6 days the pain was unbearable)i am very very happy that i ve done it.I know i ll be uncomfortable for some time(cant sit properly yet) but its worth it.Its the only way to free yourself from this problem.If you are thinking about having the surgery dont be afraid.It will be hard for the first few days but afterwards it gets better.And you get your life back.Excuse me for my english,its not my mother language.I really wanted to talk about my experience hoping to encourage all the wonderful ladies who suffer from this horrible and very painful health problem.I wish you all a bartholins gland cyst free life!

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    Thank you! I have been dreading this operation since day 1 but now I am looking forward to it. I've had flare ups for about 4 years now. I've had it cut and drained 14 times since then and a marsupialization. I have begged my doctor to remove the gland since about the 5th cut and drain. but they are very hesitant

    it is now my 15th flare up and bigger and meaner than ever. its is a little bigger than a large chicken egg right now. the last 5 days have been hell for me. I cant not find relief. motrin doesn't work well so I went to the ER and they are setting me up for surgery this week. they did try to drain it again in which I replied " I have let you drain this cyst 14 times already, I have listened to your instructions time and time again, but I need to draw the line somewhere. I feel as if I've been tortured for the last 4 years and I've had enough" I didn't allow them to touch me with a scalpel. they gave me pain meds to hold me off till surgery. I am very scared and nervous but it can only get better from here right .

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      You're making a good call. It is a tough recovery but you will get through it. my advice is to bring someone with you to surgery check out and ask them to double check with doctors on the directions for post surgery recovery meds. Sitz baths will be your best friend. I found that pelvic floor physio therapy worked well for me about four weeks post op.

      I'm now 1.5 year post op from labial and bartholin cyst excision and back to normal with no flare ups. i have less lubrication than before but still more than enough for great intercourse.

      best of luck and speedy recovery!

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    I am having my surgery tomorrow morning at 8 am! Like all of you, I haven't been able to find many patient experiences following this surgery. I have a few questions for you all. Will I ever want to have sex again? 😃 (Much more of a question from my husband!) Will it hurt to urinate? Do you have any recovery tips? What is the cause of these cysts? I appreciate this thread and your willingness to talk about this uncomfortable problem!

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      I am so happy for you!!Look everything will be perfectly normal afterwards and of course you ll have sex again and you will enjoy it too!!For the first week i have to tell you that you will be in pain.I am sure they ll give you pills for the pain(but for me they didnt do much.)Every patient reacts different and has different tolerance for the pain.But be prepared for the first seven days.You will need some help.After that everything will be perfect and you will be brand new and happy!we dont know why these things happen.In my opinion stress has a major rol.Iwish you a fast recovery!!Welcome to health😊

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      Thank you so much! Before my flare up I had started getting Brazillian waxes and using a menstrual cup. Now I'm scared to do either but am hopeful this will solve the problem!

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