Labia Cyst

A cyst is a pocket or pouch of tissue that may contain air or a biological fluid. A Labia cyst is closed sac that can be located on either side of the vaginal opening. These cysts are generally painless and are often the result of physical trauma, such as laceration or surgery. However, cysts might be associated with underlying medical issues. The cyst is usually so small that it cannot be seen by the naked eye, but in some rare cases it may even grow to the size of an orange.

There are several different types of labia cysts:

Causes of labia cysts

Labia cysts usually form when a gland or duct becomes clogged, causing biological fluids to build up. The exact causes, though, depend on the type of the cyst.

Symptoms of labia cysts

Most labia cysts do not cause problems and can be left alone, but must be checked regularly by a gynaecologist. Depending on the location of the labia cyst, some women might feel uncomfortable while having sexual intercourse or while inserting a tampon. Labia cysts usually are not painful, but some larger cysts, like Bartholin's cysts, might cause discomfort for women during activities like walking, sex, or inserting a tampon. Pain is more likely to occur when there is an infection in the cyst, which can be caused by a number of different bacteria. When an infected cyst forms an abscess, or a pus-filled lump, it can be very painful and requires immediate medical attendtion.

Treatments for labia cysts

Labia cysts do not frequently prove to be harmful, other than a mild discomfort in some cases. However, in few cases they can grow into tumors, which must be checked regularly. In case a cyst becomes problematic, surgery is the only option. Surgery is considered a last resort and is sought only when the cyst starts to cause dabilitating symptoms or if cancer is suspected. This surgery rarely causes complications,though problems may arise depending on the exact location of the cyst.

If the cyst is small and does not seem to cause any problems, it requires no treatment beyond routine checkups. Some known treatments for different types of labia cysts are:

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