Painless, walnut sized bartholins cyst

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Hi girls - I wanted to share my experience because while I was researching bartholin's cyst I found nothing but horror stories. This is not meant to be insensitive to those that had a terrible experience - but mine was not so bad. I had a very hard cyst that did not continue to grow but showed no signs of forming a "head." Wanting a formal diagnosis and course of treatment, I went to see my gyno. She confirmed it was a cyst. Like I said - it was completely painless and about the size of a walnut so my vagina looked completely lopsided. She recommended that we drain it before it got infected and turned into a nightmare. Of course - the Internet had completely freaked me out so I was almost hysterical but I did not want to risk it getting worse.

I just want to say - my gyno assured me most people tolerate this procedure well and I can attest that the shots weren't that bad and I did not feel the procedure whatsoever. Although it's difficult, get off the internet and try to remain calm.

After the lidocaine wore off, I had a 5mg Vicodin 300 mg Tylenol ready. Although I was aware of my vagina, it was not painful. The meds did their job. Oh and also I didn't need a catheter - just had some packing placed.

On day two, my vagina was still bleeding a little and swollen but again, besides an awareness of the area my pain meds were sufficient.

My point in posting this is because not all draining is traumatic (and again, for those ladies who had terrible experiences I am so sorry -- but this is meant to speak to those like me who have freaked themselves out after reading so many "worse case scenario cases")

You will be fine and in most cases this is pretty routine for your gyno -- mine assured me of that.

Blessings to all -- I hope this helps someone like me.

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    Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I have had the same thing as you had - a painless, walnut-sized cyst - in my vagina for TWO YEARS now. As you said, it makes my vagina look lopsided. It never seems to get bigger or smaller.

    I asked my gyno to drain it and she said she would, then told me not to do it the day before my appointment because it might cause more trauma to the tissue. Well, the emotional trauma has been obnoxious enough that I am willing to give it a try. Your story makes me feel much more comfortable about it.

    Please let us know if yours comes back! Are you doing anything preventative since your procedure?

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      I had started taking silica & serrapeptase and did notice a significant decrease, then thought it was safe to resume sexual activity with my bf and ....nope, back to normal.

      I may just go private, my only worry is that I'd pay the ridiculous amounts and it would come back again. This is my 3rd one this year !

      I can't believe you've had it for 2 years sad I thought 5 weeks was bad

      try the silica, it seems to have worked for some and did with me for a while!

      good luckĀ 


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    I have the same issue unfortunately I don't have private insurance and i have to travel in a month! waiting time for a gynae referral here in London I was told by my GP is over 50 days!

    It's completely painless but ruining every other aspect of my life and will not be treated as an emergency sad

    Can I ask how long you had your cyst for?

    I've had an emergency marsupialisation done before (8 months ago) and I healed in less than a week. Everything went so well and I was hoping that would be the end of it but the cyst is back with a vengeance.


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      Yeah I had it for four weeks with no change in size, but when I would run or have sex (yep still had sex because I was in denial that it wasn't just a swollen gland) I would get a discharge that I would describe as over- lubracation so I knew things were starting to get irritated. Best of luck to you!
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    To keep this thread positive, though my cyst has reappeared now, the marsupialisation process for me was completely painless. I was under general anaesthetic, and was given some codeine which I didn't need at all. Not even regular painkillers. I bled a lot the first day but that was expected, I continued to bleed for about a week but was just about as much as I would during my period. I was even able to go on holiday about 3 days after my surgery

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