A cyst is a small ball of tissue or a benign tumour like growth that can occur anywhere in the body. It can be filled with air, fluid or even pus. A vaginal cyst can occur on the walls of the vagina especially during child birth. Abscesses may be formed on the two glands found on each side of the vaginal opening.
While the cysts remain asymptomatic, women may often complain of pain and burning especially during sexual intercourse and also while inserting a tampon. Treatment modalities for treatment of vaginal cysts are fairly simple and uncomplicated.
Various Ways To Treat Vaginal Cysts
A warm bath may actually help the cyst to rupture on its own. Sit in a moderately hot bath tub which has at least 3 inches of water in it.
The heat from the bath may cause the cyst to rupture and drain on its own.
Some cysts may be very large and may actually develop pus and water. Under such circumstances, it is best to get in touch with your gynecologist and have the cysts surgically drained out. This can be performed as an outpatient procedure or under general anesthesia depending on the comfort level of the patient. A catheter may be inserted into very large cysts so that the fluid drains out on its own over a period of a few weeks. After some time the catheter is removed or falls off on its own.
In case of an infection, the pus will be drained and the person will be soon started on antibiotics.
This is especially true during a vaginal infection which has led to the formation of cysts. Antibiotics may also be prescribed more as a precautionary measure.
In very rare cases laser treatments may be used to cauterize the cysts. This is of course not a very popular method and has its limitations especially in terms of cost of the treatment as laser treatment tends to be very expensive.
At times patients tend to make a hue and cry over the cysts. If you have detected a cyst in your vaginal wall and it is not causing you any grave discomfort, it is best to leave them alone. Most of them eventually drain out and fall off on their own.
Practice Good Hygiene
Prevention is always better than cure. Make sure you follow good hygiene by always practicing safe sex. Keep your pubic and vaginal area clean by washing with warm water. Change underwear frequently. This will go a long way in preventing the cysts from forming in the vagina.
Switch Over To Pads
If you have been using tampons, the friction may cause the cyst to aggravate. It is best to refrain from using tampons and use soft cotton pads instead till the cysts heal and disintegrate on their own.
Vaginal cysts on their own are very rare and not too many women experience them. Of course if you suspect that something is amiss, it is better to get them examined from your doctor.