6:28 am - 03/10/2012

Bartholin Cyst?

Hello fellow VPers! 

I have a question regarding a little bump on my inner labia. It is about the size of a pea, I can feel it on both sides of the lip and it feels like a little ball. It is not flat, doesn't appear white like a blister (but there is a little dot of white under the skin on the bump), and it does hurt (to walk, sit in certain positions but it doesn't hurt to pee) and kind of itches a bit but not a great deal. There is only one of them and it's not on the edge of the labia but more further in. 

Does this sound like a cyst? If so, how can I help it not hurt so much? I have included a photo. I can make it bigger if needed. 

Thank you for your responses in advanced! 

edit: Wanted to add that I believe I've gotten this before I ever became sexually active but I wanted to double check as my mind tends to panic from time to time. I've had two sexual partners and have had condomless sex with both but both have said to have never had an STI. 

mrsbenglish 10th-Mar-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
I've gotten those before, it's just like a little cyst or pimple or something of that sort. Usually I drain it, if I can bear the pain, and it fills up a time or two.

Or just leave it alone and it'll eventually go away. If it doesn't you should probably see a doc, just to confirm, and maybe have it lanced.
thelibraryofsex 10th-Mar-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Can you have pimples on your inner labia?

mrsbenglish 10th-Mar-2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Im pretty sure any skin that has pores in it can become clogged and form a pimple. I could be wrong, though!
steamengine 10th-Mar-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
I've had a bartholin cyst before, and it was the most painful experience of my life (and I live with severe pain on a daily basis). I'm not sure if it's always that bad, but if you're not in much pain, it doesn't sound like a cyst to me.
thelibraryofsex 10th-Mar-2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Does the low-pain factor exclude all cysts? Could it be a sebaceous cyst?

I'm sure it's not an STI, as I pretty positive I've had this before sex even came into the question. The pain isn't causing me to cry but I am having some difficulty walking. the bump in question seems to have gotten a bit bigger since this morning.
tsunami_ryuu 10th-Mar-2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Never had one like that on the inside, but it's definitely possible to get clogged glands/pores in one's nether regions, particularly sebaceous cysts - I've been there, done that. mrsbenglish's suggestions are good: you can leave it alone for a few days to see what happens (maybe apply a warm, wet compress for awhile to help it drain), or if it becomes increasingly inflamed or painful, you can get a doctor to take a look at it.

If it's currently uncomfortable, you may get some relief by wearing loose-fitting pants/sweats/skirt etc. and underwear that's made out of breathable material. I imagine that having fabric chaffing down there would make it more irritated.
thelibraryofsex 10th-Mar-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Can sebaceous glands be painful?

Also, it seems as though the cyst has popped. It's no longer uncomfortable to walk/sit but oh my god I peed and I had to stop and start constantly to deal with the pain.
tsunami_ryuu 10th-Mar-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Mine were mildly uncomfortable but not noticeably painful; they were in the outer labial area, though, so they were a bit more shielded from bumping into things or getting rubbed. When they popped it was painful for a few hours afterward. The pain when urinating... do you think it was from the acidic urine hitting the open/popped cyst? That's my first guess. Pee can sting something wicked.

My first step would definitely be to give it a warm water rinse, if only to wash off any urine and get it cleaned up.
thelibraryofsex 11th-Mar-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Oh yes, definitely the pee was the cause of painful urination as it didn't hurt this morning when the cyst was whole.

I feel like I've had this before in the same area before, but I hadn't seen it in awhile so my mind is definitely spazzing right now. Is it safe to rule out herpes?

I'm guessing so as the first commentor stated she had something similar?
frolicnaked 11th-Mar-2012 02:44 am (UTC)
I don't have any input beyond what others have already offered, but I did want to point out that "spazzing" has some ableist connotations (originating with "spastic" physical conditions, such as with some types of cerebral palsy) and as such can be hurtful or alienating to some VP members. I realize that you probably didn't intend it that way (and in fact, I know some VPers aren't always aware the term has this history), but I'm wondering if you'd be willing to rethink it for future VP interactions? :D
thelibraryofsex 11th-Mar-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
I will definitely keep this in mind. Thank you for informing me :D
frolicnaked 11th-Mar-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Thank you!
tsunami_ryuu 11th-Mar-2012 05:19 am (UTC)
I don't know much about STIs, so that's a question to run by your doctor/gynecologist next time you see them. Wish I could tell you more! I definitely agree with the first commenter - it very easily could be a sebaceous cyst or pimple. I'm not comfortable ruling herpes out, but that's only because I know next to nothing about it and its presentation. Maybe someone else in VP can chime in with their thoughts.
killertatertots 12th-Mar-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
what does it look like now that it is popped? still red/swollen or yellow?
thelibraryofsex 12th-Mar-2012 03:27 am (UTC)
it is red and swollen like a bump instead of white/yellow and swollen like in the picture.

Does this change anything about it?

Edited at 2012-03-12 03:28 am (UTC)
killertatertots 12th-Mar-2012 03:31 am (UTC)
just sounds like a normal zit to me.
morphinekiss209 15th-Mar-2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Hi there. I know this a few days late but I thought I could add some input to this question.

I have had Bartholin cysts before and I'm actually currently waiting on a doctor appointment to have another one looked at, and what you are describing and showing in the picture does NOT sound like a Bartholin cyst.

The Bartholin cysts I have had are all quite a considerable size, ranging from a large grape to what I have now which is about a golf ball in size (read this as OMG PAINNNNN).

Also, the location that the picture shows isn't quite the right spot for a Bartholin because it's too close to the actual edge of the lip. Most Bartholin's are further into the vaginal opening, remaining on the side. Picture having a grape inserted into your actual vaginal opening and holding it there, that's what it feels like and where it sits if you have one. Here's an illustrated picture of where a Bartholin would be http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM02902

Now the picture you've posted makes the bump look puss-filled and yellowish-white in color. You said that it popped too and that urinating on it caused you pain. I'm thinking this is either the beginnings of a boil or another type of pimple. Soaking in a hot tub or applying a warm, wet compress should help if this is the case.

If it's not better in a few days I would go see a doc just to be safe. Even if it's a boil they can sometimes get infected so you may need some antibiotics or another type of treatment.

I hope this message is too late and that it's gone by now, though and if not, good luck!

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