Last Modified on Jul 23, 2014
What Is a Vaginal Cyst?
In general, a cyst is a closed pocket or pouch of tissue that is filled with air, fluid, or other material. More specifically, a vaginal cyst is a closed sac located on or under the vaginal wall or lining. Several different types of vaginal cysts exist including inclusion cysts, Bartholin’s gland cysts, Gartner’s duct cysts, and Mullerian cysts. No matter what type of cyst is present, though, the symptoms and causes are typically similar.
Typically, vaginal cysts do not cause symptoms; however, a small soft lump may be felt in the vaginal wall or distended from the vagina. Most cysts range in size from about the diameter of a pea to that of an orange. In some cases, women may experience discomfort during intercourse or when inserting a tampon.
The typical cause of vaginal cysts is a gland or duct that has become clogged and causes liquid and other matter to collect inside. The specific cause, however, depends on the type of cyst. Inclusion cysts form as a result of trauma such as an episiotomy during childbirth. Other cysts are caused by the collection of bacteria or other organic matter.
Natural Treatment and Home Remedies for Vaginal Cysts
Many cysts respond well to natural and homeopathic treatment options. One of the most effective methods involves applying apple cider vinegar directly to the affected area daily for several days in a row – most individuals see results within 4 to 5 days. Additional options include turmeric, garlic and sepia taken orally in the form of a capsule. These natural supplement options typically offer results within 1 to 2 weeks as well and can be used to prevent development of additional cysts. Continue reading below for more tips from Earth Clinic readers.
[YEA] 01/20/2014: Acvworks from Austin Texas: "I have been using apple cider vinegar on bartholin cysts which pop up and haven't responded to any treatment so far.
Before bed I have been taking a cotton swab soaked in ACV and applying to the area, sometimes it stings, sometimes it does not. I applied for at least a week before I saw any changes. The top layers of the harden skin slowly flaked off and at that point, I soaked a cotton ball and left it on my cyst while I rested for about 30 minutes. About two days later, when I was applying ACV again with cotton swab, the cyst burst and drained for quite some time. they heal quite nicely and I continue to put ACV on the site.
Be patient, it works!"Replies
07/23/2014: Amy from Ct, US replies: "Question for you: the majority of my cyst is inside my vagina. Is it safe to put the apple cider vinegar inside? or should I just try putting it over it on the outside skin? Thanks."
[YEA] 02/11/2013: Alaska from Traverse City, Mi: "I have had a bartholin gland cyst for 4 or 5yrs. I tried putting apple cider vinegar on the cyst and It immediately started bleeding and the fluid came out and went flat. Mine was the size of a pea and now gone! I am amazed and still in disbelieve that I could have used this simple remedy years ago! Apple cider vinegar is amazing!"Replies
05/05/2013: Peskycysts from Lowsyville, Ky replies: "How did you apply the apple cider vinegar? Would it work adding it to bath water?"
[YEA] 10/21/2013: Jude from Arkansas replies: "My wife has had a cyst for 12 years - above the Bartholin's gland so it was apparently a Skene's duct cyst. It had bled some upon examination by a gynecologist recently and was very tender. We were concerned about cancer but the results came in clean. I read about the use of apple cider vinegar for a Bartholin's cyst, and she used it on the cyst for about 4 nights. This morning, it bled and drained out flat. Now it is not tender and it had been. She was to have it drained by the doctor later this week. Thank God for your post and for this natural cure. And thank you! I highly recommend trying apple cider vinegar for a vaginal cyst instead of having it punctured. It' like a miracle!"
[YEA] 08/19/2008: Sheila from Dewsbury, United Kingdom: "I have suffered for a number of years with recurring Bartholin cysts. These are cysts on the external part of the vagina. Mine are always on one side only, and are quite painful to the touch or when urinating. They clear up eventually, but the discomfort meanwhile can make life difficult. A couple of years ago, when I was looking at one of my books on homeopathic remedies, I came across Sepia as being a remedy for vaginal cysts. I tried it next time another one of these cysts came up. I took one Sepia pill three times a day for two or three days,by which time the cyst had subsided. I do this every time I feel another cyst coming on, and it works every time, usually within hours. Decrease and then stop the dosage as the symptoms subside. Your body will complete the healing process. My book says that the 12C, 30C and 200C potencies work best. I usually use the 30C potency, but I have also had success with 6C. Sepia can be ordered from any online homeopathic pharmacy. It's important to follow the rules about taking homeopathic remedies -don't take them within 30 minutes either side of eating or drinking or teeth-cleaning, or the effectiveness will be compromised. Also, store them away from the light and strong-smelling substances."Replies
04/09/2010: Jhorse from Medford, Or replies: "I too have suffered with Bartholin Cysts. Recently I used the Turmeric, ACV and Garlic to address my Cystc Acne (which worked wonderfully). I didn't think of it at the time but my other cyst has gone away also. It didn't drain, but rather just disappeared. I am not sure if Turmeric will keep them at bay permenatly but it certainly worked. I went from weekly problems, to none in over a month!"
09/27/2012: Lilith from Eden, Garden State replies: "I rencently descovered a cyst "down there" and would love to know in what way you used turmeric, ACV and Garlic to get rid of the cyst."