For many women, complications involving sexual dysfunction stem from the development of gynecological complications. While the complications most commonly seen, especially in women who are still in their reproductive years, stem from issues associated with uterine fibroids, there are those who also experience complications associated with vaginal glands and vaginal abscesses.
One of the most common condition gynecologists are seeing today is a condition known as Bartholin’s duct cyst. In the anatomy of a woman lies the Bartholin’s glands which are responsible for moisture secretions and are unnoticeable unless there is a complications associated with the gland.
When the Bartholin’s duct cyst develops, there is usually a precursor of a Bartholin’s abscess which, when palpitated, brings about discomfort and pain. As a more rare complication for women, the Bartholin’s duct cysts are most commonly attributed to the aging process associated with Bartholin’s glands by the time a woman reaches age 30.
For many women, the complications associated with Bartholin’s duct cysts is directly associated with a gonorrhea or Chlamydia infection however in some women the complication may be related to a side effect of surgery or other medical procedure. In many cases, the cyst may develop and be asymptomatic for many years and then bring about complications as the abscess develops.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a Bartholin’s duct cyst, the first issue at hand is the underlying cause and origin of the complication. Your gynecologist will want to obtain cultures of the vaginal fluid and tissue to determine what, if any, sexually transmitted diseases may be associated with the complication. With a course of antibiotics, usually, the complication can be resolved with cysts generally requiring no further treatment.
If, however, you have developed a Bartholin’s gland abscess, it is most likely that the abscess will need to be drained as these, rarely, resolve without some form of direct treatment. In most cases, the gynecologist will utilize a Word catheter to surgically repair the complication by draining the abscess and then, for some women, excision of the abscess is necessary. However, these procedures are only recommended in the face of abscess and rarely necessary for the treatment of the Bartholin’s cyst duct.
If you are suffering from vaginal pain and notice you have a decrease in sexual function, possibly attributed to a complication involving moisture and the Bartholin’s glands and ducts, seek out the medical attention of a gynecologist to rule out a complication such as a Bartholin’s duct cyst. In doing so, you may be able to prevent the development of a Bartholin’s gland abscess, which will require more extensive treatment in the long term.