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Bartholin Cyst (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

  • See a doctor if any genital lump or mass continues to enlarge or does not improve within a few days of home treatment.
  • If a lump or mass is painful, this suggests that an abscess has developed. It needs to be drained.
  • If other symptoms develop, including vaginal discharge, fever, or vomiting, call the doctor.

  • With Bartholin's cysts and abscesses, the primary reason to seek emergency care is acute pain. Women who are experiencing severe pain or who cannot sit or walk comfortably should see a doctor as soon as possible. Although symptoms such as high fever and abdominal pain usually are not caused by Bartholin's abscesses, seek emergency care if these symptoms do develop.
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