Last Modified on Feb 23, 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.
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!
[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!
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Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% 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!
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% 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
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% 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!!!!!
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% 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
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% 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.