The Symptoms and Causes for Bartholin Cysts
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The Symptoms and Causes for Bartholin Cysts

Bartholin cysts are common lumps found on the labia or outer parts of the vagina.

Women's health is crucial, and one thing that a women is very concerned about is the presence of any abnormality in the the vaginal area. If something does not seem right, it is best to get it checked out right away.

A common occurrence that worries women is when they feel a cyst or lump of some sort on the labia or other parts of the vagina. It is good to understand what is going on, and why. Remember however, that online information will never replace visiting your gynecologist for an examination and diagnosis. This article will give a summary of a common form of cysts called Bartholin cysts also known as a Bartholin abscess.

Bartholin cyst

There is a gland on either side of the vaginal opening called the Bartholin gland. These Bartholin glands are responsible for lubricating the vagina. Sometimes the opening of these glands are clogged and then the fluid remains within the gland with no outlet for release. The gland may become infected resulting in the formation of an abscess. The abscess which is the inflamed area may become infected and pus might leak out into the surrounding area.


  • Small and painless Bartholin cysts often go unnoticed.
  • Formation of a cyst on one side of the vagina
  • You may feel a lump if the cyst gets bigger and this lump might be tender to the touch.
  • If the cyst become infected you may experience:
  • A painful or tender lump near the opening of the vagina
  • You may experience some discomfort when sitting down or walking and/or
  • Fever
  • Painful intercourse


It is believed that a cyst forms because of a backup of fluid which has no where to escape thus, causing an infection. Or, the fluid may become trapped under the skin because a flap of skin has grown over the opening.

The infection can cause an abscess which carries a lot of bacteria. This bacteria could be a result of a sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, or it could be caused by the e-coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria.

The forming of abscesses could become chronic and women can end up with frequent breakouts.

When to consult a doctor:

  • If the cyst does not go away in a two – three days seek medical help.
  • If you are over 40.
  • Sometimes though rarely, the cyst may actually be cancer.

Remember these cysts are relatively harmless but if they do not go away on their own, you will need to see a doctor especially if they are infected. You will need to have the cyst drained.


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Every wives and husbands must know, everyone.

Thanks for the info. : )