The Bartholin glands lie on the back and side walls of the vagina. They produce mucus to lubricate the vagina. Sometimes they become enlarged and fill with fluid; this is a Bartholinís cyst.
If the cyst gets infected, it becomes swollen, hot and very tender. You can feel unwell and feverish. Antibiotic therapy may be sufficient but the cyst may need to be incised and drained. Removal of the cyst is wise and would need to be done under general anaesthetic.
This article published on
01 July 2005
Next review date 01/07/2013
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