A vaginal cyst is a lump of fluid or semi-solid tissue that can develop along the walls of the vagina, usually near the opening of the vagina. They can range in size from as small as a pea to as large as an orange.
Vaginal cysts usually form when a gland or duct becomes clogged, causing liquid or another material to collect inside.
There are four different types of vaginal cysts.
Inclusion cysts are usually very small and located in the lower back of the vaginal wall.
Bartholin’s gland cysts are fluid-filled cysts that form on one of the Bartholin’s glands.
Gartner’s duct cysts develop when ducts in a developing embryo don’t disappear as they are supposed to after the delivery of a baby.
Mullerian cysts develop from structures left behind when a baby develops.
A vaginal cyst is rarely cancerous and, in many cases, it does not even cause any discomfort. Most often, cysts are discovered during a routine pelvic examination.
In most cases of vaginal cysts, treatment is unnecessary. Treatment is usually needed if you experience discomfort or pain due to the size of the cyst or if there is infection. In such a scenario, one can have symptoms like a soft lump in the vaginal wall, a protrusion from the vagina, discomfort during intercourse and difficulty inserting tampons.
To treat vaginal cysts, there are many simple and effective home remedies. These remedies also help fight any infection as well as promote healing.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for vaginal cysts.
1. Sitz Bath
Taking a sitz bath is beneficial for reducing the discomforts of vaginal cysts. It can help alleviate irritation and encourage healing by promoting drainage of the cyst.
Plus, sitz baths help keep the area clean and reduce the risk of an infection.
Partially fill a bathtub with warm water.
Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt into the water.
Soak just your genital area for about 15 minutes at a time or until the water loses its heat.
Pat dry gently afterward.
Take a sitz bath 2 or 3 times a day for a week.
You can also buy a sitz bath kit that you can put over your toilet seat to make soaking easier.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Another effective and easy remedy for vaginal cysts is apple cider vinegar. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar can help reduce the size and swelling of vaginal cysts.
As apple cider vinegar helps maintain the pH level of the vagina, it further reduces the risk of infection and even prevents the development of more cysts.
Mix 2 teaspoons of organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in ½ cup of warm water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and place it directly over the cyst for 1 minute. Repeat 3 or 4 times daily for a few days. Or, you can leave in place for 20 to 30 minutes, once daily until the cyst softens. If you can bear it, then you can mix equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water and use this solution instead. To help soothe the area, you can then apply coconut oil on the cyst.
Alternatively, pour 1 cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a bathtub filled with warm water. Soak your lower body in the water for 15 minutes. Do it 2 or 3 times a day.
Also, add 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it twice daily to promote healing from within.
3. Warm Compress
Applying a warm compress to a cyst is another easy and effective way to soften it and encourage draining, which in turn helps in the healing process.
A warm compress also helps kill bacteria to reduce the risk of infection and it fights inflammation.
Soak a washcloth in hot water and wring out the excess water.
Hold the warm cloth on the affected area for a few minutes.
Repeat 3 or 4 times a day until the fluid starts draining out of the cyst.
Caution: Take care not to burn the delicate tissue in the vaginal area.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can really help with the pain and inflammation associated with vaginal cysts. It is particularly good for treating bartholin cysts.
Not only the pain, tea tree oil also helps get rid of harmful bacteria in the vaginal area and thus reduces the risk of an infection. In fact, it helps drain the cyst within 1 or 2 days.
Mix 2 or 3 drops of 100% tea tree oil in 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Using a cotton ball, apply this oil on the cyst. Leave it for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy once or twice a day or as needed.
Also, add 3 to 5 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water. Use this solution to rinse the affected area a few times daily.
Turmeric also works great for treating vaginal cysts. The compound curcumin in turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps fight pain and inflammation.
In addition, turmeric is a natural antiseptic, which means it can help prevent and treat any infection.
Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric power and a little coconut oil to make a paste. Apply the paste over the cyst and allow it to sit for a couple of hours. Rinse the area with lukewarm water. Repeat again until the cyst bursts.
Also, drink a glass of hot milk with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed in it to promote healing and control pain.
Be careful when applying turmeric paste, as it can cause yellowish stains on fabric and skin.
Garlic is another effective home remedy for any kind of vaginal cysts, mainly due to its potent antibiotic properties. It helps kill the bacteria present around the cysts, which reduces the risk of an infection.
When ingested, garlic also helps boost the immune system to help fight infections and promote healing.
Apply a little bit of crushed garlic on the cyst for 2 minutes. Rinse it off well with lukewarm water. You can follow up with application of coconut oil to reduce the stinging garlic might have caused. Do it 1 or 2 times a day.
Also, you can eat 1 crushed garlic clove 2 or 3 times a day, followed by a glass of water, to boost your immunity.
You can also use aspirin to cause the cyst to drain. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties help deal with the pain and inflammation as well as reduce the risk of infection.
Crush a few aspirin tablets to powder form.
Mix in a little water to form a paste. Instead of water, you can also use castor oil (the oil will also help reduce inflammation and aid healing).
Apply this paste on the vaginal cyst.
Leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Do this once or twice a day.
8. Aloe Vera
To treat vaginal cysts, aloe vera is very effective.
It has healing and anti-inflammatory properties that help in the healing process and reduces inflammation.
Extract fresh aloe vera gel from an aloe plant leaf and apply it directly on the cyst. Allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Repeat 3 or 4 times a day.
Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Stir until the mixture forms a paste. Apply the mixture on the cyst. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Do it once a day.
Another good ingredient that can be used to treat vaginal cysts is yogurt.
Being rich in lactobacillus bacteria, Greek yogurt helps restore the normal vaginal pH level. This inhibits activity of infectious organisms that can cause an infection, which would make the condition worse and delay the healing process.
Also, it reduces vaginal odor.
Soak a cotton ball in plain yogurt and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours, then rinse the area thoroughly. Do it 2 or 3 times a day.
Also, you can eat 1 to 2 cups of yogurt daily.
A time-tested remedy for vaginal cysts is sepia. Sepia is made from the dark, brownish-gray pigment obtained from the ink sac of the cuttlefish.
Sepia is an effective remedy for fighting inflammation and pain associated with vaginal cysts. It can also be used to prevent development of additional cysts.
It is readily available in homeopathic clinics in pellets or liquid form. For the correct dosage, consult your doctor.
To prevent vaginal cysts, ask your partner to be gentle during sex.
Do not squeeze, scratch or puncture a cyst. Allow it to drain on its own to reduce the risk of infection.
Keep the area clean by washing it regularly with a medicated V-wash.
Never douche, as it can irritate the cyst.
If a cyst is painful, consider using a sanitary napkin instead of a tampon during your periods.
Maintain good hygiene habits to prevent infection of a cyst and the formation of an abscess.
To treat an infected vaginal cyst, you may need to take antibiotics.
You can opt for surgery to remove the cyst, if there is lot of discomfort or the cyst keeps returning.
Increasing your vitamin A, vitamin B and zinc intake helps promote healing of the skin tissues.
If recommended by your doctor, get a biopsy done to rule out the possibility of cancer.
Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike
Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.
Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.
An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.
Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.
The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.
This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe
“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”
The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance
Turkey: Group calls for immediate action against Femicide
Emine Dirican, a beautician from Istanbul, tried to be a good wife. But her husband hated that she worked, that she socialized, even that she wanted to leave the house sometimes without him.
She tried to reason with him. He lashed out.
“One time, he tied me — my hands, my legs from the back, like you do to animals,” recalls Dirican, shuddering. “He beat me with a belt and said, ‘You’re going to listen to me, you’re going to obey whatever I say to you.’ “
She left him and moved in with her parents. In January, he showed up, full of remorse and insisting he had changed. She let him in.
In her mother’s kitchen, he grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the floor and pulled out a gun.
“He shot me,” she says. “Then he went back to my mom and he pulled the trigger again, but the gun was stuck. So he hit her head with the back of the gun.”
Her father, who was in another room in the house, heard the gunshots and ran over. Dirican almost bled to death after a bullet ripped through a main artery in one of her legs.
“I was telling my father, ‘Daddy, please, I don’t want to die.’ “
Femicide — killing women because of their gender — is a longstanding issue in Turkey. Nearly 300 women have been killed so far this year, according to the Istanbul-based advocacy group We Will Stop Femicide, which has been tracking gender-related deaths since Turkish authorities stopped doing so in 2009.
Source Npr news