Bartholin Cyst: Is there a cure?

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Many women around the world diagnosed with a Bartholin cyst has truly suffered(myself included). There is little scholarly research done that has provided us with less than a hand full of information. First of all, many of us DO NOT know how it (the cyst) happened. Secondly, we're giving treatments and not cures. Some treatments work as cures for a few lucky users but others have experienced so much agony that they are told to either leave the cyst alone(a.k.a live with it, die with it, suffer!), marsupialize it until it goes away or until there is enough scarring to stop the process. And last but not least, have the entire gland removed (The scariest for some but for others, the best option :-) ). Besides a number of common things bartholin patients share, one thing that stands out is our constant desire to have a well functioning vagina. It is my great hope that more research will be done on this topic. For now, let us help each other! Everyday, there is at least one beautiful young lady with this condition who browses the internet in search of a cure. Share your experiences whether good or bad, remedies, cures, ask questions and always update us so we know what works best! We have to fight this together. Start sharing :-)

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    Thanks so much for this post! We all want a cure and healthy vulvas. I had my first co2 cyst excision and vaporization done last week. the side effects and reoccurring rate seems to be the lowest 4-14%. In those that get a reoccurance and have a second laser cyst removal, some studies claim to be at 100% cure rate. Has anyone else had this procedure?
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    I really liked this post! You hit the nail on the head! We all just want healthy, functioning vulvas! I really feel for the other ladies in here who have experienced much worse than I have. My cyst popped up for the first time in June and since then it's came and went four or five times. It's been relatively painless except for the first time I noticed it when it got to the size of a cherry and most recently when it got aggravated on a trip.  My cyst is very much beneath the skin. Sometimes it feels like a slight swelling above the skin but there's never really anything to look at, no visible bump or lump. Maybe a tiny bit of redness. It mostly just sits beneath the skin, the size of a robin's egg at it's worst. Sometimes it's about the size of a bean or a pea, other times it feels less hard and more of a small bullet shape. At one point it was gone completely save for a bit of residual swelling. It revves up after arousal/intercourse/masturbation.  If I withhold from those things and do daily sitz baths with hot water it always dissipates, however I have a boyfriend and want to have a sex life, so right now I've just been dealing with it.  Since it's beneath the skin, there isn't really anything to lance/drain.  In the past my doc has prescribed me antibiotics, which didn't shrink the cyst at all, though it did relieve the tenderness.  I've been advised to visit again if it doesn't go away but my doc is a general practitioner with limited knowledge.  I would probably need to be referred to a gyro. From what I've read, however, it seems a lot of ladies who go in with painless cysts just get told to deal with it and try to ignore it.  I mean, I try to, but it gets frustrating sometimes when I think about how much I wish it would go away and it just won't! I'm not sure what to do.  I guess I'll go to the gyno and maybe they will give me some magic advice I hadn't heard of. I can't imagine they could do a catheter/marsupialization because there's no lump/bump. I'm also looking into diet change, lots of water, and supplements. 

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      Awww you definitely need a gyno! Have you tried any of the remedies women suggest for prevention, like silica and serraptese?
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      I'm nervous to go because I really don't want anything invasive done to me and the sitz baths always help, I had a period of time being cyst free using only baths so I know it's possible. I think my next route will be supplements because so far the only thing I've been doing is sitz baths. 

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    I've had a pelvic pain specialist suggest I do things to make the skin more supple so the gland doesn't get clogged. Her suggestions include getting off oral contraceptives, taking bio-identical hormones, acupuncture, and laser vaginal treatments like the Femilift.

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      Someone else suggested taking a sits bath before and after any kind sold sexual activity including masturbation.
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      I found mine flared up after I had shaved the area. I then walked around/sat on public transportation for a long time in tight jeans. I get ingrown hairs/irritation like it's nothing so I'm not surprised it gets clogged up so easily.  I stand by sitz baths. If I do them consistently it keeps the cyst at bay. I can tell a difference in a day if I do at least 3 sitz a day. I aim for 5 when it's really bad but it's not always possible. 

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      It also kinda sucks cuz it takes the spontaneity out of having sex/masturbating cuz I always have to plan on having a sitz bath after. Like, who wants to hop out of bed and take a sitz bath instead of stay in bed and cuddle their partner? Who wants to take a 20 min sitz bath after a quick 10 minutes of masturbating? I've cut down on succombing to my natural urges. 

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    Hi!

    These past 4 days I was one of those girls browsing in the internet desperately looking for a treatment. My cyst finally popped today. To be honest, I don't know what made it drain. I tried the turmeric and oil remedy last night as well as this morning, then right after that I tried Phoebe's remedy, and I was just applying lots of heat. I was DESPERATE! Willing to try anything and everything. All I know is that I have never been so happy to see something painful in my body pop. It even changed my mood and spirits!

    This is the 2nd time I get one of these suckers and both times made me cry and crawl to the restroom. If it starts to reoccur my last option would be to remove the gland. The gland is what keeps the vagina lubricated and as a sensitive-skin type of girl the last thing I want to do is rely on lubricants that will probably make me break out or give me a rash after sex.

    I plan to investigate, do research and outsource to find remedies to get rid of these evil cysts for good other than relying on a doctor to cut us open or remove our glands. We cannot wait until we are down on our knees in pain again in order to educate ourselves on this.

    I will look into vitamins , teas, oils, diets, and whatever comes up just to avoid going through this agony again.

    As you can probably tell, this experience has definitely left me fearful of these type of cysts and it has also motivated me to look into a cure for all of us lucky ladies that have the honor to through this type of torture.

    Ladies, we cannot let this vicious cyst win, let's fight back and win this battle!

    God bless you all!

    XX

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