Bartholin’s gland is also known as the vestibular gland. It is situated in the vaginal opening. Bartholin gland secretes mucus which helps in the lubricating the vagina. Bartholin’s cyst is common in women of childbearing age. Bartholin cyst is noted at the onset of puberty and increases with age until menopause. Symptomatic Bartholin cyst and abscesses are found only in 2% of all gynecologic visits per year.1.
We have discussed various useful information in this article which includes Ayurvedic aspects, causes, symptoms, risk factors, complications with some effective home and herbal remedies which are highly effective in this situation.
Introduction of the Bartholin’s Cyst
The Bartholin is a gland present on each side of the vaginal opening. These glands are responsible for the lubrication of the vagina and get filled up with its fluid. Sometimes the opening of these glands gets blocked and this makes the gland’s fluid back up into them. Then a cyst develops.
The cyst is soft and painless and doesn’t cause any problems. When this cyst gets infected it causes painful, pus-filled mass called an abscess. Sometimes this cyst grows to become very large and visible and starts to cause discomfort, interfering with sitting, walking.
Bartholin’s cysts generally occur on one side of the vaginal opening and also known as Bartholin’s gland cyst. The cyst is usually 2-4c in diameter and may cause dyspareunia, urinary irritation, and pelvic pain.
Ayurvedic Aspect of Bartholin’s Cyst
Ayurveda is a traditional and ancient form of medicine. It is a holistic approach to health. The goal of Ayurveda is to maintain a healthy person’s health and to alleviate disorders of the diseased. Ayurveda believes in maintaining health by balancing the mind, body, and soul. This balance can be maintained by the balance between Dosha, Dhatu, and Mala. Dosha are of three types each having its own dominating factors like Vata has Air dominating factor, Pitta has Fire dominating factors and Kapha has water dominating factors. The balance between these Dosha is known as a healthy state of body and imbalance of these Dosha can cause various health problems.
According to Ayurveda Bartholin’s cyst is known as Yonikanda. Yonikanda is a disease of the vulva or lower vagina. Ayurveda describes the cause of Yonikanda- is due to day-sleeping, excessive anger, exercise, and ulceration by nail, teeth or thorns, the Dosha aggravated due to their respective causes produce kanda (protuberant structure ) resembling in the shape to nikuca (rounded) or lakuca (an irregular shaped fruit) and in color to pus (yellowish) or blood (red).
Vataja yonikanda can be considered as an early stage of Bartholin’s abscess, Pittaja yonikanda as an acute suppuration stage, Kaphaja yonikanda as a chronic stage and Sannipataja yonikanda as acute suppuration in chronic Bartholin’s abscess. Purulent discharge can be seen after the bursting of an abscess.
Bartholin’s abscess can occur at any age, however, young women are more vulnerable, while this disease is said to develop in older age.
Causes of Bartholin’s cyst
Women who are more likely to have a Bartholin gland cyst when she has just had one pregnancy, not yet become pregnant, or young and sexually active
A Bacterial Infection which Causes the Subsequent Cyst
- Streptococcus pneumonia.
- Haemophilus influenza (HIB).
- Chlamydia trachomatis
- Escherichia coli
Symptoms of Bartholin’s Cyst
When the Bartholin gland cyst is small it doesn’t cause any symptoms. But when it becomes large and infected cyst it can cause various symptoms:
When Cyst is not Infected Symptoms
- Discomfort walking, sit or have sex.
- Redness or swelling in the vulva area.
- A painless lump in the vulva area.
When Cyst is an Infected Symptoms
- Swelling in the vulva area.
- Drainage from the cyst
- Fever and chills
- Pain that gets worse and makes it hard to walk, sit or move around.
Risk Factors of Bartholin’s Cyst
- Personal hygiene
- Women of reproductive age
- Sexually active women
- Previous Bartholin cyst/abscess
- Direct trauma or surgery
Complications of Bartholin’s Cyst
If Bartholin’s abscess left untreated, the infection could spread to different body organs. The infection may enter the bloodstream, a condition called septicemia. This condition is very dangerous because the infection can be carried throughout the whole body.
Herbal Remedies for Bartholin’s Cyst by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda treats patients according to Ayurvedic principles. Planet Ayurveda herbal remedies prepared with 100% natural herbs which are contained from nature. No chemicals and preservatives are used to prepare these remedies. These herbal remedies are prepared according to Ayurvedic principles. These herbal remedies are highly effective and have no side effects. These herbal remedies are combinations of various herbs that work according to the disease. Herbal Remedies for Bartholin’s cyst Gandhak Rasayan, Kachnaar Guggul, and Female Health Support, Evening Prime Rose Bathing Bar and Arjuna Saar.
Herbal Remedies for Bartholin’s Cyst
1. Gandhak Rasayan
Gandhak is known as Sulphur. This herbal remedy helps in balancing the aggravated Dosha which causes Bartholin’s cyst. It helps in improving immunity. It helps in maintaining the female reproductive system. It is very useful in bacterial and fungal infections.
Dose: 2 tablets twice or thrice daily with plain water after meals.
2. Kanchnaar Guggul
This herbal remedy is a blend of various herbs like Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), etc. this herbal remedy is very useful in blockage of Bartholin cyst. It helps in balancing the Dosha. It works as a urinary and system alkalizer.
Dose: 1-2 tablets twice daily with lukewarm water after meals.
3. Female Health Support
Female Health Support Contains, three main herbs (Ashoka, Lodhra, Shatavri) which supports port the female’s reproductive part. This herbal remedy helps in balancing the Vata and Pitta dosha. This herbal remedy helps in regulating the hormones and helps in regulating the glands.
Dose: 1-2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
4. Evening Prime Rose Bathing Bar
Wash your vaginal area with planet Ayurveda rose soap. This soap contains various ingredients like coconut oil, rose extract, palm oil, etc. it helps in purifies and treat skin irritation, soften and hydrates dry skin.
Method: Wet the vaginal area and apply soap and wash with water. Use it two times a day.
5. Arjuna Saar
Arjuna saar is a mixture of Terminalia arjuna and pure Indian Gooseberry juices. It is helpful in chronic inflammatory and chronic infections. It helps relieves pain and swelling. Adding sphatika bhasma in the arjuna saar helpful in Bartholin’s cyst.
Method: Add 3 spoon of Arjuna saar and ¼ tablespoon of sphatika bhasma in a 1 mug water. Now wash the vaginal area with this mixture.
Home Remedies for Bartholin’s Cyst
1. Sitz Bath
fill the tub with warm water and place it over the toilet. Add Epsom salt in the water and stir in the mixture. Now sit on the tub for 10 to 20 minutes twice a day. Do sitz bath for 3 to 4 days or till the cyst is improved.
2. Warm Compress
fill a hot water bottle with hot water and wrap it in a clean towel. Place this against the cyst and provide some heat and some pain is relieved.
3. Apply an Aloe
Vera mixture: mix 2 tablespoons of Aloe-Vera gel and add some ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Stir until it forms a paste. Use a cotton swab to apply the paste to the cyst. Then leave it on for 20-30 mints once a day. Don’t rinse or clean this paste.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV can be used to try to reduce the size and swelling of the cyst. Apply a soaked cotton ball on the cyst and then hold it for 30 minutes twice a day.
Irrigation of the vagina with a decoction of Triphala mixed with honey can cure yonikanda.
6. Avoid Irritating the Cyst
never rub the cyst, even when cleaning and washing the vaginal area. Never use douche. It can cause irritation and very harmful to women’s health.
Bartholin’s cyst occurs in vaginal opening it doesn’t cause any problem until it gets infected. By using some herbal and home remedies by Planet Ayurveda we can cure this disease easily.
Q1. What bacteria causes the Bartholin cyst?
A1. Bartholin cyst is caused by blockage of gland opening. But when it gets infected it can cause an abscess. The infection is caused by Escherichia coli (E.coli).
Q2. How common are the Bartholin cyst?
A2. The most common cystic growth in vulva 4 to 5 occurs in labia majora.
Q3. Does a Bartholin cyst have ahead?
A3. If the Bartholin gland gets blocked, fluids can back up into them. This can form swelling- a cyst.
Q4. Can a Bartholin cyst burst on its own?
A4. Bartholin cysts go away without treatment. If the cyst is infected, it may break open and start to heal on its own after 3to 4 days.
Q5. What is the best treatment for the Bartholin cyst?
A5. Ayurvedic treatment is best for the Bartholin cyst. Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda help in healing cyst and doesn’t cause any side effect.