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Comment from: cristalle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I had a Bartholin's abscess drained 3 weeks ago. It was very painful before the surgery but I felt the relief immediately after. I regret not getting it done as soon as the pain started because within a few days it was so difficult and painful to even walk. After the surgery I had a lot of pain in my legs, buttocks and back. The doc informed me that it was just because the cyst was so big she had to cut deep. I am glad to say that i feel just fine now. I am still scared of a recurrence so I am very particular about hygiene (more than before) and I do a Sitz bath often...just to make sure.

Comment from: Dutchie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I just had my first Bartholin Cyst drained by GYN doctor after suffering with severe pain for three days. It was an enormous relief. I have no more pain and so far haven't needed any pain meds. I also received antibiotics to be taken until gone.

Comment from: iggysmall, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I just had my second Bartholin cyst removed. I ended up going to the ER after a doctor told me to go home and wait for it to pop. It got so painful I couldn't take it. I got it drained and got instant pain relief!

Comment from: Ali, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I have had a bartholin cyst drained twice in my OB/GYN office. It was not sore at all, and with a course of antibiotics, it cleared right up. The third time it reappeared, my doctor gave me antibiotics and scheduled me for surgery the next day. I had a general anesthetic. I was back at home that night armed with Voltaren suppositories and ibuprofen, 600 mg which I took three times a day, plus antibiotics. I also used an ice pack for four or five days to help reduce the swelling.

Comment from: irish_rose, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I have just experienced a cyst for the first and hopefully last time. It started out feeling like an irritation. Within a couple days it started to swell and became increasingly painful. I had no idea what it was so was trying different things to get the swelling down but of course nothing worked. I finally decided I couldn't take the horrendous pain so went to the ER where it was lanced. Just the draining was a huge relief. I am seriously hoping it never happens again. I wouldn't wish this pain on anyone.

Comment from: VRG, Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I just underwent a bartholin cyst drainage and it was extremely painful! I only received local anesthesia and every aspect of the procedure was horrible! A catheter had to be used and its just awkwardly sticking out. I really hate this experience.

Comment from: Reta, 55-64 Female Published: July 12

I've had one of these abscesses about 20 years ago, and I have one now. What I learned from my first one was to take at least six sitz baths a day, using the warmest water I could tolerate, and add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts to help draw the absess so it will open and drain more easily. I also use warm water enemas to clean my colon as this area carries a lot of bacteria associated with bartholin cysts. I also use pampers sensitive wet wipes to wipe up after each bath, and I'm careful how I wipe up after the enemas or bowel movements. Keeping it as clean as you can really help it heal faster. And Yes' they are painful!

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