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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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