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Natural Cures for Bartholin Cyst

Last Modified on Nov 21, 2015

Whether uncomfortable or not, a cyst in the vaginal canal can be cause for concern. However, if you have a cyst in this area, you can rest assured that it is most likely treatable. Bartholin’s cysts are quite common and generally respond well to natural cures such as vitamin D, vitamin C, and probiotics.

What Is a Bartholin Cyst?

The Bartholin’s glands are situated on either side of the vaginal opening. These glands release fluid that lubricates the vagina; however, sometimes the openings of the glands become blocked or obstructed. When the openings become blocked, the fluid backs up in the glands and causes swelling. This swelling is typically painless and is known as a Bartholin’s cyst. If the fluid inside of the cyst becomes infected, the cyst may become sensitive and the surrounding area inflamed, forming an abscess.

What Causes a Cyst of the Bartholin Gland?

The cause of a Bartholin cyst is the backup of fluid in the gland; however, several different factors can contribute to this backup of fluid. A flap of skin and infection are the most common.

Do I Need Medical Treatment?

Most of the time a Bartholin cyst heals on its own without much treatment; however, the condition is fairly likely to reoccur if left untreated. A doctor can help identify the source of blockage in the gland and suggest treatment to prevent further complications.

What Are the Best Natural Treatment Options?

In most cases, natural treatments can be used to eliminate relieve the blockage in the gland and to dissolve the cyst. Vitamin D, vitamin C, and probiotic supplements are three of the best treatment options; however, you may also want to try sitting in warm water, applying tea tree oil, and eating a healthy diet low in sugary or fried foods.

1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps strengthen your immune system allowing it to fight off bacteria and viruses. Using vitamin D as a treatment for Bartholin’s cysts helps eliminate underlying infection.

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another important nutrient for your immune system. It also helps eliminate free radicals that may contribute to ill health.

3. Probiotics

Probiotics are comprised of a variety of good bacteria. These nutrients help eliminate infection and balance bacteria in your body to strengthen your immune system.

Try one of our treatment suggestions or add one of your “go-to remedies” to our list of reader-contributed suggestions below!

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Alkaline Diet
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Posted by Susan (Columbus, Ohio) on 11/27/2014

[YEA]  The best cure for bartholin cysts is an alkaline diet, which I read about in The pH Miracle, by Robert O. Young, Ph.D. It is the ONLY thing that works for me and can take a golf ball sized cyst down to a pea in less than a week. No sitz baths or any topical treatment with this as that NEVER worked for me. When we get these nasty cysts it's because our body is completely out of balance and needs oxygenating food to remove all the toxins. A bartholin's cyst is our body's way of trying to release toxins, so instead of just trying to cure the symptom, you have to fix the main problem and cure the source of the ailment. I will admit it is hard to stick to this diet, but it is sooooooo worth it when you see such quick results and can avoid being sliced and diced by the docs and a catheter rammed up there, no thanks! Never again! The long and short of it is you want to eat tons of leafy greens, drink lots of water with lemons and limes (I understand counter-intuitive, but these fruits have a powerfully alkalizing effect on the body), soaked raw almonds, sprouted seeds, EVOO & flax seed oil, and that's about it for the first week. There's a bit more to it which I found helpful by reading the book, (I got free at library). I'm also a very busy working mom, so I don't have time to sit in a sitz bath 7 times a day, and all it ever did for me cause a yeast infection too. I'm a firm believer that this is an internal problem and needs an internal remedy. Applying anything externally is like having a mold infested house which a person keeps spraying the outside, hoping it solves the problem. You have to get in there and clean the house!!! Hope this helps, good luck to everyone and God bless!

Replied by Amber
Florida, US

I completely agree with you! I've had a recurring bartholins cyst for the past 5 years coming every 2-3 months and 5 times I had to get it drained-the others were lessened by antibiotics OR it got so bad that it would naturally rupture on it's own (which I think is a better alternative then draining) Anyways, I tried everything but knew the problem was internal. I was having digestive problems and my cyst would always flare up after being constipated for days. Now I know that GLUTEN was the problem and I got my blood tested and I have a severe intolerance to gluten. Having eliminated it from my died and eating more leafy greens, I have gone 6 months now without a problem which is the longest I've home without a cyst. I'm so relieved to find the source of the problem:)

Bartholin Cyst Remedies
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Posted by Ana (Wilmington, Nc) on 07/03/2013

[YEA]  I cured my bartholin's cyst following two months of taking 2 tblspns ACV in small amount of water (had been on ACV for allergies for two months prior to discovering golf-ball sized cyst), but when I added 1 drop of Lugol's iodine and 10 drops of silica, the cyst felt smaller after a month and was gone in two months and hasn't returned. I had read on this site that cysts are caused by iodine deficiency, and it must be true!

Castor Oil Packs
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Posted by Tina (Alabama) on 11/19/2013

[YEA]  I have done the castor oil packs. They have gotten rid of my bartholin cysts for good. My tampons used to come out almost shaped like a C because of my cyst. But now they come out normal. Trust me on this!!!!!!

Replied by Sh

I had an upper respiratory infection and used antibiotics to treat, which caused a yeast infection. I noticed the cyst during my treatment of the yeast infection. The cyst itself isn't painful, but it has gotten larger and more uncomfortable. This is the first I've ever heard of Castor Oil packs? What materials do you need to make them? Can you buy them? How do you apply it? This is new to me, but I don't ever want to have to deal with it again...please HELP!

EC: You will find information on castor oil packs here:

Replied by Jellybelly
Toronto, Ontario

How does an upper respiratory infection and antibiotics cause a cyst? I've had mucous build up and probably it is an upper respiratory infection for 2 weeks now, then I got a yeast infection then now a cyst! How are they all linked?
Replied by Kayy

Antibiotics are known to cause yeast infections.. Then you'll probably have to go on another round of antibiotics to get rid of the yeast infection if over the counter meds don't help. It's like an endless cycle. A cyst probably formed because of the yeast infection; somehow a blockage happened and fluid backed up.

Hot Sitz Bath, Home Remedies
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Posted by Lisa (Connecticut) on 07/31/2014

[YEA]  SOLUTION:Get fluids moving naturally Had Bartholin Cyst, the size of golf ball. Alot of pain, swelling, soreness, tried the following: tea tree and grapefruit seed extract topically-BAD IDEA -worse pain!! Also did castor oil hot packs applied to the area 2 nights in a row, all night, very hot water baths with a cup of epsom salts, cup of sea salt, and cup of baking soda. NO RELIEF!! Then I spoke wih a Naturapathic Doctor today-- he said the problem is that fluids are not moving. The fluid that comes from these glands is for the purpose of lubricating pre-intercourse. Somehow those fluids have to start moving again. Well, the area was so inflammed, ultra sensitized and there was a great feeling of pressure that I instinctiveley felt would be relieved if I helped to "get fluids moving". I don't know if this is what he was implying, but I did another hot sitz bath, went back to bed and did what I could to "get fluids moving"-- three times. Immediateley felt alot of pain relief and did another sitz bath, the cyst broke up, alot of blood and fluid. You may think this is unconventional, but I have been dealing with excruciating pain for 48 hours and this was the thing that "got fluids moving" and broke up the cyst. It would be a natural instinctive way to---- "get fluids moving" as the Naturopath said. Most importantly: IT WORKED!!!!! I do believe that the castor oil hot packs, baths with epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda also were integral to the success of this. Sorry if you think it's crass, IT WORKED!!! I think taking a knife to the problem is crass and draconian. THANK YOU EARTH CLINIC!!!!!

Multiple Remedies
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Posted by Sashab (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/22/2015

[YEA]  Bartholin Cyst:

I've suffered from these cyst for 7 years. My first experience I thought I was given a STD however, after a check up by my Gyno-- he informed me of the glad and how common this is in women who are sexually active. My last three experiences all 2 years apart consisted of a painful cyst size of a golf ball in my right genital area. These all very painful ruptured on their own after 4-5 days-- and sitZ bath...pain was worse as the days went by took way to long ti rupture and very painful!!

This recent experience was 4 days ago. I noticed after my cycle was ending a slight itch, I figured it was due to my ph off given my cycle. Two days later I was intimate with my boyfriend and realized something was different. Sex was uncomfortable but not painful, so I tried to enjoy it.

The next day I realized that the glad began to act up so I applied pressure knowing what it was from past experiences.

Day 2 I was able to apply pressure and get out some fluid but it did not get better.L uckily this did not get to a size of a golfball more like a walnut.. by day 3 I was in pain And had to clear the remainder of my schedule for the day.

I applied pure Tea Tree to the area..instant relief!!! (Tingling) Followed up by a sitz bath with 2 tbsp Epsom salt And a few more drops of tea tree In the water..this helped but the pain continued .. I was over it!!

I purchased womens probiotic for vaginal support, 3 capsules 1 when I woke up, and 1 every hr until I had 3... clove oil and grapefruit oil. 1000mg vit C and Vit D.. I applied the clove and grapefruit oil directly to the area. And took the vit as directed..Tingling occurred. Within 3 hours the cyst ruptured and it was instant relief, I can walk again!!!

Hope this helps... I had to share...!!!

Replied by Neetha
Sydney, Australia

Hi Sasha, on which day did the cyst rupture? Where did you get the recommendation to do this? Any additional info would be great. This is my 5th cyst after having 2 marsupialised :(

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Posted by Leilani (Kona, Hi) on 10/28/2015

[YEA]  Just endured painful cyst this past week, and it finally ruptured last night! Hallelujah!

Short Term Causes and Remedies: I had been wearing pantiliners for a month and it has been horribly hot and humid here. Plus eating too much sugar! So, once it started, the horrible cyst, I tried everything. I ate yoghurt, I put Tea Tree oil on it (dilute, or it burns! ), Witch Hazel, and compresses of Epsom Salts. Even tried a paste of Diatomacious Earth, to dry out the cyst. I took Colloidal Silver, some antibiotic, Vit D, and Silica. This all likely helped but it wasn't until I received the Serrapeptase that I rush ordered from Amazon, that it finally burst six hours later. I took three pills so that it would be at the suggested 120 dosage. I'm sure the others helped, but I think the Serrapeptase helped it to rupture on it's own. Years ago, when I had this, the doctor sliced me open, so painful and it came right back the next day. Has to rupture on it's own.

Long term causes and remedies: eating too much sugar and acidic diet, so off sugar and switching to vegetarian, alkaline foods.

So happy to be able to walk and sit down again! Hope this helps! I was there, just a day ago!

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Posted by Natbee (Australia) on 01/20/2015

[YEA]  I used a silica supplement which contained 5g horsetail, zinc, B6 and manganese to treat my recurring bartholin cysts. Dosage varied between 1-2 capsules per day and saw results within 5 days. It saved me from having the marsupilization procedure. Extremely happy to find a natural alternative :)

Replied by Mildred

Hey, I'm on my 5 bartholin cyst and I got it drained 4 times already within 5 months I just can't deal with this anymore. Would I be able to buy the silica online.

EC: Yes, it's widely available online.

Tea Tree Oil
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Posted by Jan (London, UK) on 04/15/2015

[YEA]  I've just got rid of my bartholin cyst using Tea tree oil - rub it in neat twice a day - bingo! No need for antibiotics etc, they seldom work anyway

Replied by Lea
New York

[YEA]   How long did it take for the cyst to go away?
Replied by Joanne
South Africa

I woke up Monday with this lump - consulted with Dr Google and decided it was a Bartholins cyst (hoped it was) and then found this site yesterday. I had been applying a drawing ointment with tee tree oil in it, but decided to add to my treatment by cleaning with colloidal silver, then applying the ointment 3-4 times a day. Yesterday (Wednesday) I also decided to drink an alkilizing soda) - someone's comment suggested our bodies may be unbalanced (this resonated with me because I had been eating too many sweets). This morning on checking - I noticed a head on the lump, I squeezed it and pus came out - much smaller now - cleaned it with colloidal silver and applied Traxa and drank some more alkalizing soda. Holding thumbs- I do like to heal myself!!
Replied by Elizabeth
Hazlet, Nj

I have a pea size cyst - not abscess...It was normal color and I irritated it to the point where it is red, purplish..I pressed it down with tea tree, calamine, and witch hazel. I'm so scared now! Doesn't look like it can pop. Did yours turn red?
Replied by Burgundy
Martinsville, Virginia

Does anyone know how long it takes for tea tree oil to heal the cyst?

Vitamin D3, Colloidal Silver
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Posted by Jimmychinga (Honolulu, Hi) on 02/28/2013

[YEA]  My wife has been suffering from Bartholin Cyst for a couple of years. Flare ups that lasts for weeks multiple times a year.

Very very painful. Doctors only made things worse by cutting the cyst open then squeezing and cleaning. Followed by "just enough" anti-biotics for the cyst to flare up again in a few weeks. 4 operations and 3 doctors later... still the same. She couldn't walk, move... It was horrible. Each flare up would last about a month.

Then we finally visited a Naturopathic doctor who suggested using Vitamin D3 (10,000 IU) and Colloidal Silver (I think it was like 15 drops under your tongue twice a day) and a couple of Unda Numbers.

The very next day, less than 12 hours, the cyst sorta blew it self up and disappeard within in a few days never to return.

Wow. Just simply wow. It's been more than 3 years since and still cyst free.

Replied by Joe
Wollongong, Australia

Would like to know what else besides the D3 and the colloidol silver was taken to reduce the cyst? Fenugreek and Bayberry can help remove cysts.
Replied by Happy

hi please let me know about medicenes Vitamin D3 (10,000 IU) and Colloidal Silver (I think it was like 15 drops under your tongue twice a day) and a couple of Unda Numbers..what type of these medicens.. thanks
Replied by Tamara
Boca Raton, Fl

Can you advise which number was the Unda number for the bartholin cyst? UNDA comes in many numbers
Replied by Elle
Auckland, Nz

Hello, I need to know please - is the vitamin D3 purchased from a health shop and are they in tablet form? Also is it just 15 drops each day of the colloidal silver? I have a bartholins cyst the size of a golf ball and they want me to go to hospital to have the draining proceedure - I'm frantic to find another way. I am currently on a homeopathic remedy but results are slow. Kind regards Elle.
Replied by Joy

Hi there,

Absolutely, All cysts and infection in my physical body are toxin and chemicals needed to solve. The best way to get rid of them is the natural way if you can you can use whether from alkali diet, raw food diet, vegan for a few months or forever, Vitamin C, D3, off sugar and yeast all these benefit the cure and using tea tree oil and castor oil both have evidence to vanish the cyst. I did mine.

Good luck!

Replied by Jessica
Macon, Ga

Hi my name is Jessi. Thank you for sharing your story. I have been to doc 4x to have them cut and drain the abscess/cyst. I had surgery couple weeks ago after a routine visit to er the doc cut down the wrong part of my labia (mid lip) and left ugly scar. Surgery seemed to work on right gland, but left just flared back up while out of town for work. Just got cut again for fifth time. :'( II have two ugly scars from botched surgeries and I can't seem to find a solution. Can you please be more specific about treatment and how much it costs? Thank you so much.. Desperate and scared, Jessi