Having a cyst on your labia or vaginal opening can be pretty alarming. Sometimes you might even panic and wonder if it’s cancer or an STD. The truth is that vaginal cysts are usually pretty benign and aren’t an indication of anything nefarious at all. But when you have on this isn’t always comforting to hear.
Usually when you have a vaginal cyst that is actually noticeable you just want to know how to get rid of it. Especially if it’s becoming larger or more painful by the day. There are some things you can do to help heal up a vaginal cyst so let’s talk more about it. Here’s what to do if you get a vaginal cyst.
What Is A Vaginal Cyst?
A vaginal cyst is just a build up of fluid that causes a lump. Depending on the type of vaginal cyst, there could be quite a few causes. Anything from unexplained fluid build up in a gland near your vaginal opening to having a vaginal injury, can cause a cyst.
Usually a vaginal cyst isn’t painful, and honestly you may have had them in the past without even knowing. However, if the cyst gets large enough, or becomes infected, you will likely notice it. It may become painful to walk, work out, have sex, or do other things like insert a tampon.
If you notice the cyst growing larger, becoming more painful, or if you develop an otherwise unexplained fever, it’s time to see your doctor. Infected cysts may need to be drained by your doctor and you will also likely need antibiotics to make sure the infection is fully cleared up.
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How Can I Treat A Vaginal Cyst At Home?
If you haven’t noticed the cyst growing larger or becoming more painful it’s safe to try some home remedies first. You don’t have to call your doctor right away unless you’re noticing the signs mentioned above that relate to infection. You can always call your doctor if you’re worried though. They’ll be able to give you advice on what to do next.
The first thing you want to make sure to do is avoid touching the cyst as much as possible. That includes not popping it, even if it feels tempting to try. Popping the cyst could allow bacteria to spread and lead to an infection, which you really don’t want to deal with.
You can also try gently soothing the area. Sitz baths are a great option for that. Use a few inches of warm water in your bath tub and soak your labia a few times a day. If you find it soothing you can do it as often as you want. Just make sure you’re using plain water. No added soaps or bubble bath.
If it’s been a few days and the cyst isn’t getting any better, or you are starting to feel pain, it’s time to call your doctor. It might feel like you’re overreacting but some cysts don’t heal on their own. Even if they aren’t infected you may have to have your vaginal cyst drained in order for it to heal.
If you have to have your cyst drained, your doctor will give you instructions on how to handle the healing process afterwards. It might be uncomfortable for a few days but usually after being drained a cyst will stop hurting, grow smaller, and eventually go away entirely.
Can I Prevent Getting A Vaginal Cyst?
Vaginal cysts aren’t caused by anything specific. They aren’t an STD and aren’t something you should feel ashamed of. They just happen sometimes. However, most doctors agree that good hygeine and protected sex can both help prevent frequent cysts, especially if you’ve found that you’re more prone to cysts than other women.
No one wants to deal with a vaginal cyst but you should know that they’re common and you aren’t alone. Using these tips and calling your doctor when it’s time can make sure your cyst doesn’t hang around longer than it has to. Once you start the healing process you’ll be back to your old self in no time.
Sarah Nelson is a nurse with 15 years of experience working with a variety of patients. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and has spent a large portion of her career working exclusively with women in an OB/GYN setting.
Nursing is a passion for Sarah but she also enjoys writing and sharing her expertise online with people who need helpful information. Treating patients well and helping them learn more about their own bodies is a key essential to a healthy lifestyle that Sarah truly believes in.