My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.


Posted: | Report This Report Question |

recurring bartholin gland cyst/abcess, please help!!!

my first one started 8 years ago when i was pregnant with my sonthe doctor lanced and drained it.since june of this year it has been coming back, this is the 5th one since june,i have one currently and i am 4 months pregnant, i had one in june,after 4 agonizing days it tore and drained,1 in september that had done the same,2 in october,the first 1 in october i had surgery for lancing and draining again and the second 1 came about 2 weeks after and now this is my second 1 in november.please help

Related Topics: Cyst, Pregnancy, Surgery, Drainage

Answers From Experts & Organizations (1)

Women's Health
43 Answers
1,294 Helpful Votes

The Bartholin glands, or ducts, are located at either side of the vaginal opening.  They secrete a lubricating fluid.  Occasionally, the opening of the gland will become blocked causing a back-up or accumulation of fluid.  This is called a Bartholin duct cyst.  This is the most common cystic growth in the vulva.

Sometimes the blockage is the result of an infection, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.   The accumulated fluid can become infected as well.  At this point, it is called a Bartholin gland abscess.  A Bartholin gland abscess can be very painful and requires treatment.  

The most common treatment is an incision with drainage and antibiotics.  Usually, a Wood catheter is placed in the gland to allow continued drainage and a larger opening to the gland to form.  This catheter is a short tube with a little balloon on one end and is usually left in place for 1-2 weeks.  For recurrent cysts or abscesses, a procedure called a marsupialization is performed.  The gland is surgically opened and then sutured open so that it does not reform.

You should discuss with your doctor if you are a candidate for this procedure.

This answer should not be considered medical advice...down arrowThis answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

| Report This Report Answer

Was this helpful?


Thanks for your feedback.

18 of 23 found this helpful