I Have a Bartholin Cyst

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    Left And Right

    I have been fighting for bartholin cyst for over 10 years. It's always only at 1 side, never infected but can be as large as a golf ball. Normally my gyn will prescribed me antibiotic. Have it drain 1 time but it just keep coming back. Finally I have the gland removed 2 years ago...
    Sukira Sukira
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jan 26, 2013

    Hello fellow cyst survivors.

    I never thought there was a support group out there, I feel lucky to have come across this site. It is nice to know there are others out there who understand what I am going through. I have been living with this for over 20 years. The first time it happened was my first...
    20yrvet 20yrvet
    Mar 2, 2015

    I am 24 and have another bartholin pop up today.

    The last one I had was a month ago in the same place it is now. They instantly became the size of about 2golf balls put together. I couldn't sit, lay down, walk, laugh, cough without agonizing pain. I have been getting them since I was 20. At first they drained on their own...
    lizbet91 lizbet91
    26-30, F
    Feb 12, 2016

    Ruining My Life

    Im only 22 years old and for the past 2 years ive had at least 7 bartholin Cyst and currently have one now. It's annoying, embarassing and i don't think ive ever been in so much pain in my life ever. Ive had 2 surgically removed and the last one which was only a month ago was...
    stacey21290 stacey21290
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jul 30, 2013

    this is my second batholin abscess the last one

    was just under a year ago, the most painful thing i have ever experienced in my life! seriously.. childbirth was easier! i could not walk or move or even get into the doctors surgery! after a week and a half it burst on its own, using salt (hot as i could stand) baths, and tea...
    sandie78 sandie78
    36-40, F
    Feb 16, 2014

    hello,my name is michelle from philippines,

    currently working here in chiang mai thailand as a teacher.i experienced bartholin cyst 2011 and i got minor operation under local anesthesia,which is so painful that there is no word to explain..it came back last year last week of november and i got minor operation under general...
    mrsmonkey mrsmonkey
    26-30, F
    Feb 6, 2014


    I started having the cysts about five years ago. My first was around for about three years and didn't cause any pain. Unfortunately, after sitting in a car all day, it swelled overnight and became so hot and painful I couldn't walk. I felt poorly as well. I went to a gynae who...
    HelenWatts HelenWatts
    46-50, F
    1 Response Sep 6, 2013


    I have had more than 15 Barth cyst. The hospital has done cultures and there is nothing in the cyst that should not be there. But now that I know the signs of one starting I can stop it . Probiotic yogurt 4 cups a day, warm bath 4x a day then the cure all that I was afraid to try...
    Feb 16, 2013

    Nice to See I'm Not Alone!

    I've had a bartholin cyst for around 15 yrs. All of my doctors have known it was there, never suggested removal or any procedure to eliminate it. It was always the size of a walnut and never interferred in my life. It was just there. I didn't even know what it was I just...
    Sheltzy09 Sheltzy09
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Aug 11, 2009

    After almost 20 years of fighting with the cysts

    and having every possible procedure, I gave up and had the gland removed. I am 6 days post op. I finally came to the point where constantly having a cyst was messing up my sex life more than needing to purchase lube. I had my first cyst at age 19. I thought I had an STD and...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jul 16, 2015

    Omg. I'm pretty sure I'm dying!

    ! Ok I know not really but this is my 4th or 5tth BC and it hurts like he'll (as usual) I have things to do no time for this I cannot walk without bursting into tears. BAths not working. Thought I was over these things. Went nearly a year without one. Uggghh. Need cure not...
    AlixCr AlixCr
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 1, 2016

    Bartholin Cyst Herbal Remedy

    I'm 36 years old and in good health but I've had a bartholin cyst 4 times in the last 2 years. The first 3 times I had it lanced which was a painful procedure and frustratung recovery. But it kept coming back so this time I tried an herbal remedy and it worked! I'm so relieved I...
    Jan 18, 2013

    How To Talk About Your Cyst

    Hey! I've had my batholin cyst for about 3 years now. Luckily it's not painful or huge unless I'm having sex and then it really swells up but it still does not hurt. I've never really had to mention it to a guy cause I never cared or thought about it but I am now in a serious...
    Clogreen Clogreen
    22-25, F
    Oct 17, 2013

    Cured My Bartholin Cyst!

    Hi all!  I've been one of those unlucky women that have a problem with the bartholin gland.  I've had countless cysts/infections.  As you know they are so so so painful!  I even went through surgey only to have it surface again and again.  I would at...
    azwcat azwcat
    41-45, F
    5 Responses May 5, 2010

    Try Cleaver Tea

    I have my first B.cyst- my dr wanted to do the Proceedure to remove it before I even had time to read about it. Thank g-d I said let me wait a bit. No mention that I could soak or try natural remedies. I started with the hot/cold baths with baking sOda and Epsom salt adding tea...
    Cesca721 Cesca721
    31-35, F
    Jun 29, 2012

    Small Bartholin's Cyst For Almost 2 Months

    So I have had a small, maybe cherry sized (so my gyno said) Bartholin's cyst for nearly 2 months that just won't go away. My Doctor has given me 2different antibiotics & neither helped. The first one started with a "D" I believe then I took Keflex; both for bacterial infections...
    Kimbo84 Kimbo84
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 20, 2013

    No More Bartholine Cyst

    I got my first bartholine cyst in 2010. At first I didn't not know what was happening, was it a bruise or something? When I went in to see to doctor it had gone from the size of a pin to that of a jaw breaker and hurt like crazy. The doctor drained it, which was painful, and I...
    Former Former
    May 8, 2012

    Was Plagued With Bartholin Cysts For 10 Years.....here Is What I Did

    Hi all! I've been one of those unlucky women that have a problem with the bartholin gland. I've had countless cysts/infections for 10 years. As you know they are so so so painful! I even went through surgery twice, countless drainings, catheters, etc... only to have it...
    azwcat azwcat
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jan 17, 2012


    i have been dealing with this cyst for 2 weeks now and im misreable idk what to do any more ive been to the dr an it jus wont go away
    bugmuffin bugmuffin
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 3, 2013

    Most Painful And Embarrassing Thing

    There's nothing worse than being the new gal at work, except when you come hobbling in one Monday, crying from the pain of your swollen vulva and are bombarded by "what's the matter?" Lie? Tell the truth? I don't know. I leave and go to the gyno who diagnoses me with a...
    PrincessCadance PrincessCadance
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Oct 7, 2013

    It's Destroying My Life

    I have a very extremely painful medical condition. It is destroying my life and my happiness. I'm not going to go into detail about this condition because it's very embarrasing. It's the most horrible thing you could imagine. I would not even wish this on my worst enemy. I had no...
    HurricaneLeia HurricaneLeia
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Apr 27, 2008

    Scared Out Of My Mind!!!

    Im 17 and a virgin and I have a Bartholin cysts. I had it since 2010 i don't remember if it hurt at first its only gotten bigger I have no pain now. I have no idea on what to do. I've read some of you guys story on think you all are strong women, I have no tolerance for pain its...
    Wanted14 Wanted14
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jan 2, 2013

    Reccuring Bartholin Cyst

    Hello everyone I have been suffering from a bartholin cyst since I was about 17 years old. Possibly earlier. I first noticed it when I was in the bath once, and felt a small pea on the left side of my labia. It was similar to a small cyst I had under my armpit once (perhaps...
    rubymoonyu rubymoonyu
    3 Responses Jan 3, 2013

    I am 26 & am experiencing my first BC.

    I am in my 6th bath of the day and am applying calamine tea tree and witch hazel. So far, I have seen somewhat of a reduction in swelling, however the pain is getting worse. I woke up from a nap to discover a bit of brownish blood and some sticky material that could have been...
    mermaidlyfe mermaidlyfe
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Sep 7, 2015

    I Started An Online Support Group After Battling My Bartholin Cyst!

    I have been fighting this stupid bartholin cyst for almost 5 years!  I have never experienced pain like this, and I have given birth and had a few surgeries!  I started a support group online for women with this condition.  It's free.  You can talk to others...
    reneet17 reneet17
    1 Response Sep 28, 2008

    The Worst Fourth Of July Ever!!!!!!!!!!

    I have suffered with this extremely painful condition on and off for over 15 years. I've tried everything to get them to go away.Even a few surgical procedures,which totally failed.The doctors have been no help to me whatsoever,probably because they are men.What does a man know...
    howsab howsab
    31-35, F
    Apr 19, 2013

    surgery recovery time?

    I had my abscess drained yesterday and a word catheter put in. I know everyone is different but I'm trying to get an average recovery time for this surgery. When did you start walking normally? When did the swelling return to normal? When is it safe to have sex again? Any tips...
    Nicalow Nicalow
    26-30, F
    Jan 30, 2016


    Hi everyone, I've suffered for nearly eleven years with bartholin cysts. I've been on antibiotics, had the needle procedure to extract the fluid, tried chineese herbs (they definitely helped) and I thought I was doomed until today. This morning I woke up with the onset of my...
    jenluv7 jenluv7
    1 Response May 10, 2013

    hello ladies i noticed a small cyst forming 1

    wk ago. didn't think much of it. i tried caring for it at home; hot baths. did not work. end of week cyst has grown to the size of an egg. Cyst was never painful. I only felt discomfort and a bit achy. I went to visit my dr 9 days after it first appeared and she confirmed what...
    Zab88 Zab88
    26-30, F
    Sep 2, 2015

    My First Bartholin Cyst

    Well, once my gyno told me I had one I went and read a lot about them-and I was like, awesome, this sounds great! Extremely painful and reoccouring? Yeah, sign me up! So I had a small one for several months with no discomfort, but one day, sure enough, it started to ache.. Three...
    mrtsukemono mrtsukemono
    26-30, F
    Apr 23, 2013

    Bartholin Cyst

    This is my third episode.  The first two times I had it drained.  I felt like it was very painful, so decided to try to let it drain on its own.  Have been suffering for about two weeks.  The last two days it grew significantly larger.  I have been soaking in a sitz bath...
    gartnsu123 gartnsu123
    1 Response Dec 17, 2011

    Bartholin Cyst For The Past Seven Years

    A few days after the birth of my fist son, six years ago, I had a terrible pain. One that was indescribal; I could not walk or sit.  I soon found out it was a Barthilin Cyst. The doctor (OBGYN) drained it surgically which was incredibly painful, partly because he wanted...
    javasmiles217 javasmiles217
    3 Responses Sep 6, 2010

    I Had A Bartholin Cyst On My Honeymoon!

    I've read so many posts and heard so many stories of different remedies and care for this horrible horrific and painful thing we call "cyst" in the worst possible place ever. I got my first "bartholin cyst" about 5 years ago during a trip to the river while my then boyfriend and...
    cosmogina22 cosmogina22
    Sep 24, 2012

    Easy, Simple Method To Get Rid Of A Bartholin Cyst Or Abscess Fast!!

    After getting my third cyst soon to be abscess for the third time in several months. I had given up entire hope of living a normal life The cyst was stopping me from doing my every day things in life. I couldnt even walk to the kitchen to eat as it would have caused so much pain...
    mcrawf mcrawf
    6 Responses Jun 11, 2013

    As Recurring As It Gets

    Soo.... I've been suffering with these stupid things for about 5 years now. Im just 30 years old, and have within the last 6 months been getting them more often. When I say more often, I mean pretty much constantly. I've had the word catheter. (awful, will never do that again...
    funaintit funaintit
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Aug 26, 2013

    Im Scared

    I have this now for almost two months and now I am going to see my OB for "excision" i dont know what or how that goes but Im scared. I do want this out and it really feels different having that small round tender cyst in your crotch when you walk around. It doesnt hurt but I...
    scaredy scaredy
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Feb 20, 2010

    Most Painful Experience...

    I've been getting Bartholin's for a year now and it's been the worst year... Before one ever swelled up, I had a tiny lump on the left side, but never thought anything of it. Then I met the man I'm going to marry and I started getting cysts. I feel like it's a punishment for...
    Tinkley Tinkley
    26-30, F
    Sep 13, 2013

    Lots Of Stories Here But Not Many Comments...

    Hello All, I've had an asymptomatic bartholin cyst for the last 3-4 years. It is about the size of a grape and unless I have vigorous sex, it doesn't hurt me. I finally went to the gynocologist today to consider what options I have as I am tired of having it. He suggested...
    Minxii Minxii
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Jul 8, 2013

    this week i have had my second bartholin cyst!

    the first was an abscess and the most painful thing i have ever experienced (ive had two children!) before my first abscess i did not know about these evil (yes evil!) things! i left it too late to visit my doctor and had two long extremely painful weeks not being able to walk...
    sandie78 sandie78
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 23, 2014

    I had this since 2011.

    .. I was 17 that time.... I also experience pain having this cyst. To lessen the pain that time, I undergone a surgery, marsupialization. After the surgery it made me comfortable but after 2 weeks it came back... My doctor gave me antibiotic to lessen the pain. I took antibiotic...
    VeryAnonymous VeryAnonymous
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 14, 2014

    This is my second devil cyst in 3 months.

    i had the first one cut open by the doctor but this time I refused as it dried me up quite alot.i have been doing the baths and juicing (fresh carrots,apples and ginger),taking natural antibiotics,eating raw garlic and onions (my boyfriend said I smell lovely 😉),and warm/cold...
    ladyzet ladyzet
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 11, 2014

    Still Worried And Confused

    have my 1st BC last June 2013 after 2 days of taking antibiotic and warm compress it burst out. I continue antibiotic for 5 more days. Until last week August 15, 2013, I noticed a small lump in the left side of my vagina. I didn't proceed to my OB already, i just done what i did...
    worriedgurl worriedgurl
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Aug 27, 2013

    Bartholin Cyst

    Hi ladies, I got my first bartholin cyst over 2 weeks ago and I'm still suffering with it. Although it is not painful it is causing me a lot of mental stress. I'm married and obviously I cannot have s*x with this cyst. I've been taking sitz bath (almost every day) I have missed a...
    snowflake82 snowflake82
    3 Responses Jan 16, 2012

    Had It For Two Years.

    It would come back like clock work every month. No matter what I did there was no preventing it from happening. For a while I would just go in and have the Dr cut it open and drain it, then stuff it with gauze. Soon enough that got tiring and I got sick of driving 30 mile home...
    ClownieFreak ClownieFreak
    26-30, F
    Jun 2, 2011

    I developed a bartholin cyst the size of a

    marble. After seeing my primary care doctor; she put me on an antibiotic called Bactrim 800/160 taking two pills a day for 10 days. Approximately two days later my marble sized cyst became a egg sized cyst. I had the ER lance the cyst and they placed a word catheter. The day...
    misslace86 misslace86
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 11, 2014

    English is not my mother language

    so i hope you can understand me.. i'm 21 and i have also BC, since half year of 2012..it is big as marble or lollipop i think..but i started doing sit bath (hot water only ) yesterday because at first i ignored it thinking that it was nothing..for those years it becomes small...
    crisa21 crisa21
    26-30, F
    Aug 21, 2014

    I have bartholin cyst

    but I only 14 I am worry about it really and I dk what should I do I dunwan go for surgery I want naturally cure ?:(( pls help me pls :(
    tong123 tong123
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 20, 2014
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