Vaginal Cyst: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Home Remedies

What is Vaginal Cyst

A cyst is a closed pocket of tissue that is filled with water or air or semisolid. If a cyst is located under or near the vaginal lining or vaginal wall it is known as a vaginal cyst. A few examples of vaginal cyst are Bartholin’s gland cyst, inclusion cyst, Mullerian cyst or Gartner’s cyst. Almost all cysts exhibit more or less similar symptoms.

Vaginal Cyst

Vaginal Cyst

What are the Causes of a Vaginal Cyst

As discussed above vaginal cyst may be of many types. Among them, the most common one is inclusion cysts. It is commonly due following a trauma or gynecological process that injures the vaginal lining and the healing is not up to the normal. Gartner’s duct cyst is formed in the space that is occupied by Gartner’s duct and is usually on the side wall of the vagina. This ducts that are active during the fetal development but normally disappear after the birth but in some cases, fluid gets collected in portions of the duct and later n develops in vaginal wall cyst.

In the case of Bartholin cyst, it is build up of pus that results in a lump in one of the Bartholin gland.

Also, pieces of the endometrium may appear as a small cyst in the vagina.

Although begin tumors of the vagina are not common but they are mostly made of cysts.

What are the Symptoms of Vaginal Cyst

In most of the cases, vaginal cyst does not cause any symptoms. However, in some cases a soft lump can be felt may be felt producing out of vagina are in the vaginal wall. The size of the cyst may vary from pea size to the size of an orange. The vaginal cyst may cause pain and discomfort during sex or insert tampons in few females.

How to Diagnose Vaginal Cyst

The vaginal cyst can be easily felt by the examiner during a pelvic examination. Ig the mass seems to be solid then to rule out vaginal cancer biopsy is done. In the case, the cyst is located under urethra or bladder X-ray is done to rule out the involvement of these parts.

How is Vaginal Cyst Treated

Your doctor will ask you to have routine exams to keep a watch over any other changes and growth of the cyst. If the cyst causes any issue then surgical removal is recommended.

Prognosis of Vaginal Cyst

The outcome of vaginal cyst is good. In most of the cases t remains small and do not cause any symptoms and so there is no requirement of removal. They are reabsorbed on their own. If there is a need of surgical removal the cyst does not return. There are no complications.

When to see Your Doctor in Case of Vaginal Cyst

Mostly vaginal cysts do not cause any discomfort but always keep monitoring for signs of infection such as tender or painful lump near the vaginal opening, swelling and redness around the lump, discomfort in sitting or walking, fever and painful intercourse. If you experience these symptoms do see your doctor.

Are there Natural Ways to Get Rid of Vaginal Cyst

Yes, there are a few home treatments that you can try to get rid of vaginal cyst naturally.

1.Sitz bath

Soak your genitals in the sitz bath that is filled with warm water for 10-20 minutes. Make sure your genitals are well soaked. Also, add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to it. Repeat this 2-3 times in a day till the cyst is removed.

2. Apple cider vinegar

Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to your bathtub filled with water and soak yourself in it for 20-30 minutes. Alternatively, you can also apply diluted apple cider vinegar to the affected part with the help of a cotton swab and then rinse it off after 30 minutes. Repeat any of the methods 2 times every day.

3. Aloe Vera

Add 2 tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel to half teaspoon of turmeric and mix well. With the help of a cotton swab apply the mixture to the vaginal cyst and leave it. Repeat this until the cyst disappears.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera

4. Warm compress

Soak a towel in hot water and then wring out extra water. Place it over the cyst and you will find relief. Make sure the towel is not too hot to burn the skin. The temperature should be bearable.

5. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is antifungal and has a cooling effect. Dilute it by adding a drop of tea tree oil to a few drops of coconut oil and apply it to the vaginal cyst. Repeat this for a few days.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Besides, the above-mentioned home remedies eat a well-balanced diet that is rich in vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.