Vaginal swelling / Bartholins cyst

A Bartholins cyst is a swelling which develops in the posterior aspect of the vaginal entrance. There is no distinct cause however some women are prone to recurrent swelling. Women mostly complain of an aching or discomfort during intercourse, however if the fluid inside the cyst gets infected it can result in a painful abscess.


Treatment involves a small operation called marsupilisation which involves opening the cyst, draining the fluid and then suturing the cyst in a way that reduces the chance of it returning.

The procedure is quick and simple requiring little more than a day or two off work. It is carried out under a general anaesthetic.

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