The bartholin glands are located in the outer portion of the vagina. They secrete fluid that helps to lubricate the genital area during sexual intercourse. These ducts may become blocked leading to a bartholin's cyst. The cysts may secondarily become infected. The glands, themselves, may become infected and form an abscess.
Causes of Bartholin Gland Abscess, Cyst
These disorders are caused by obstruction of the Bartholin glands or infection of the bartholin glands. The infectious processes are usually bacterial. A sexually transmitted disease may also cause this condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Bartholin Gland Abscess, Cyst
Pain, swelling and tenderness occur in the outer portion of the vagina. A red, soft mass occurs either on one or both sides of the vagina. Painful urination and painful sexual intercourse may occur.
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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