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hello. i am 25, and in the UK. i first got a (painful) bartholin cyst when i was 22, I may have had one before that but nothing that bothered me or that I noticed so I’m not sure
i have had 2 marsupialisations under general anesthetic when the cyst turned inti an abcess (agony), as well as about 10 rounds of antibiotics...after the surgeries it came back both times after about 3 weeks. so basically in nearly 3 years i have had a continous bartholin cyst. it never goes, i can always feel it there, sometimes it is just uncomfortable rather than painful even when it is not infected, it still hurts to sit and walk if it is pressing on nerves down there. I cannot do anything..I have lost my job because of it, all my friends, my relationship ended because of the depression it caused and how I can’t have regular sex without pain and the cyst swelling up..I can’t do anything and am now so scared of it abcessing again that I just spend all day cleaning it with witch hazel/tea tree etc, or washing it in the shower with warm water...
I have attached a photo (sorry its graphic) just so people who are confused what a bartholin cyst looks like and are wondering if they have one can see what one might look like once it swells up with fluid...it’s so uncomfortable and depressing 😦
I keep having suicial thoughts, it is ruining my life. The doctors in the uk say they are happy to keep draining it but unfortunately it is somewhat common for them to keep returning...mine return almost instantly...I don’t know what to do anymore File size is too big
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