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Bartholin gland cyst

External female genital area, showing Bartholin gland on one side and swollen gland cyst on other side of vagina opening.

On each side of the opening to the vagina, there is a Bartholin gland. These glands produce fluid to lubricate the vagina and vulva. If a Bartholin gland duct becomes blocked, fluid builds up inside the gland, causing a cyst.

Current as of: February 11, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Femi Olatunbosun MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine

 
 

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