Bartholin glands are two small glands that are located on each
side of the vaginal opening. They produce fluid to lubricate the opening to
the vagina. If the duct to a Bartholin gland becomes blocked, fluid builds up
inside the gland, causing a cyst.
Bartholin cysts that do not
cause symptoms do not need to be treated. A Bartholin cyst that is large,
painful, or infected is usually drained and healed open to keep it from coming
back (recurring). In rare cases, the gland and duct are surgically removed when
a cyst or infection (abscess) recurs after repeated treatments.