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Bartholin Cyst (cont.)

Follow-up

  • Women who have had a Bartholin's cyst or abscess drained should follow up in 24-48 hours for recheck and possible removal of packing material. In the meantime, sitz baths should be taken to continue drainage.
  • Contact the doctor if the packing falls out prematurely. Depending on the timing, the size of the abscess, and whether symptoms are continuing, it may or may not need to be replaced.
  • Women may be given pain medication. Take this as prescribed. If antibiotics were prescribed, they should be taken until gone.
  • Women should be rechecked if they experience new symptoms including increasing swelling, pain, vaginal discharge, or fever.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/1/2014
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