What are the treatments for Bartholin’s cyst?
Doctors believe Bartholin’s cyst requires no treatment, especially when a woman experiences no signs or symptoms.
Treatment depends on the size of the cyst and the level of discomfort that you are feeling. Also, it depends on whether the cyst is infected.
Your doctor will recommend the following treatment options:
Your doctor will recommend marsupialization if cysts recur or cause discomfort to you.
It is a surgical process where your doctor will open the cyst and drain out the fluid inside. After that, the doctor will stitch the edges of the skin to create a small ‘kangaroo-type pouch’. This allows any further fluid to flow out easily.
Your doctor will cover the surgical area with a special gauze that soaks up fluid from the wound and bleeding. It can be removed after a few days.
Usually, this procedure is done on an outpatient basis as the surgical process takes hardly 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Your doctor will perform this procedure with the help of general anesthesia.
Your doctor will recommend surgery if the size of the cyst is very large.
Your doctor will use sedation or local anesthesia to carry out drainage of a cyst.
In this procedure, they will make a small incision in the cyst to drain out the fluid. After that, your doctor will place a small rubber tube in the incision. This rubber tube stays in place for up to 6 weeks to keep the area open and allow complete drainage.
Sitz baths to avoid the causes of Bartholin’s cyst
Your doctor may also recommend soaking in a tub filled with a few inches of warm water several times a day.
It may help small and infected cysts to rupture and drain out. You should perform this for at least three to four days to treat small and infected cysts.
Your doctor may prescribe a few antibiotics before suggesting the surgical process. Your doctor can also give medicines if you have a sexually transmitted infection.
Rarely, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the Bartholin’s glands if the cysts recur even after using the above-mentioned procedures.