How can Bartholin cysts be prevented?

Last updated: May 20, 2019


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Richard Honaker M.D.
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Bartholin’s cysts vary in terms of size, painfulness, and inflammation. While sometimes the cyst may just be a small mass that clears up on its own, at other times, it can be an inflamed lump that is extremely painful and causes discomfort.

If one has dealt with a Bartholin’s cyst before, it is only natural to try to prevent it from forming again. Unfortunately, as it is not entirely clear why these cysts form, there is no set formula for preventing them.

What causes Bartholin’s cysts?

The Bartholin’s glands present on the either side of the entrance of the vagina, perform the function of lubricating the area by producing a fluid. The fluid is secreted through tiny openings called Bartholin’s ducts. If these ducts get blocked, the fluid builds up, causing a cyst to form.

Sometimes, bacteria can infect these cysts causing an abscess to form. These bacterial infections can be caused by a number of different types of bacteria. Though, it is worrisome if the infection is caused by sexually transmitted bacterial infections such as gonorrhoea or chlamydia.

How can they be prevented?

As it is not clear why Bartholin’s cysts develop, it is difficult to create a prevention checklist.

However, as some Bartholin cyst infections have been linked back to sexually transmitted infections, one way to prevent them is through practising safe sex. Using a condom, can significantly reduce your chances of getting these infections.

Another way is by maintaining good hygiene habits. Adopting simple hygiene practices such as keeping the vaginal area clean, can help prevent infections and the formation of an abscess.

What should I do if I have a Bartholin’s cyst?

If you think you have a Bartholin’s cyst, do not worry. It is quite common and there are a variety of treatment options available. Sometimes, you may not even require a treatment as the cyst may heal on its own.

Though, it is important to consult you doctor to determine a course of action and ensure that there is no other issue that needs to be tackled. If you would like to know more about Bartholin’s cyst or have another query, feel free to chat with one of our physicians today.

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

About Richard Honaker M.D.

Dr. Richard Honaker has over 40 years of experience as a primary care physician specializing in several different areas of medicine. He is able to provide expert case review and analysis for insurance and workers compensation cases as well as providing online medical consultations as the Chief Medical Advisor for Your Doctors Online.


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