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  • Opinions needed please ! HPV/bartholin cyst??

    Hi guys , this is my first post here I’m hoping someone can give me some insight or maybe you have been through something similar an can share ! I’m 27 I have 1 child . Around nov 2019 I had what was diagnosed as a batholith cyst I tried all the home remedies several rounds of antibiotics nothing worked at first it wasn’t painful but got so big an excruciating that I had an operation it was emptied and flat somewhat but the lump never completely went Away. About a month after that I started to get watery discharge copious amounts like cups and cups all day everyday I went to the dr so many times tried several diff antibiotics but it kept coming an I was given no answers. I got a Pap smear done in March where they told me I have HPV I have had the same partner for 9 years. they told me the standard ‘come back in 12 months to have it reviewed’ and The discharge wasn’t related I demanded a referral to a gyno who done a biopsy an told me the cells are abnormal an the same we will review in 12 months an the discharge is a normal change . It’s not !! At the beginning it was just like water now it smells vile ! There is something wrong I can not even wear panty liners as it’s just too much coming an i am constantly changing pads it’s been like this for 12 months now an is effecting my life . One dr told me the discharge has an odor as its bacterial vaginosis she prescribes more meds that didn’t work I visited another who tested the discharge an said there is no STIs an it’s not that she seems to be the best dr I’ve seen yet. But still no answer as too what it is I always thought the discharge was coming from inside but you can now see it’s actually coming from the outside near the opening ! I have got another referral to a gyno but I’m needing to save to see her as she is private . I feel like it’s failure after failure I just want to be normal again ! Has anyone had something similar happen or know what this could be ??

  • Hi Nikkie,

    From cursory research on bartholin's cysts, it sounds like this could actually be an abscess that's leaking. An abscess can develop from a bartholin's cyst that's become infected. Has anyone placed you on an antibiotic, by chance? (It's possible that the doc who prescribed you meds for bacterial vaginosis might have given you an antibiotic? Although a different one might be used to treat an abscess versus BV.)

    HPV would be unlikely to cause the type of discharge you're describing, especially since you mentioned it's coming from closer to the vaginal opening (the bartholin glands are near the entrance to the vagina). HPV/pap smear deals with your cervix, and a person can carry that around for years and years without knowing. Even though you've had the same partner for 9 years, one or both may have had it that entire time without being aware of it.

    Regarding the discharge, is there a change in the color or consistency? You said it was watery in the beginning but now smells; is it thicker or does it have a pus-like color? That may be what it is (an abscess on the cyst/infection).

    I hope you're able to find some relief soon!

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    • Are you absolutely certain the discharge is coming from somewhere besides the vaginal opening? And is that a change, or has it always been coming from that same place? A year is kind of a long time to have not noticed it's not actually coming from the vaginal opening. (And I say that, not because I think you're not paying attention, or don't know your body-I simply want you to think about how this has changed over the course of a year) In your post, I clearly sense your frustration and I want to be sure we have a good understanding of what's going on. Additionally, on exam, your provider would have noted that the fluid was coming from somewhere other than the vagina. They wouldn't have tested for STI's from an abnormal opening near your vagina...I'm just trying to make sense of what you've been through the past year.

      My point there is that, if this separate opening is something new, I'd really encourage you not to wait to see the doctor. Bacteria can ruin tissues, and that being such a sensitive area, you really want something like that addressed sooner rather than later. Did they do an ultrasound to check for pockets of infection in your pelvis?

      Did they culture the fluid at that time? (This is different than an STI panel)
      Did they test it for Group B Strep?
      Are you having pain or any discomfort at all? Itching? Burning?
      Any other symptoms besides the copious amount of discharge?
      Last edited by atskitty2; 01-11-2021, 06:38 PM.

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