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by needstoknow, May 29, 2005
I'm trying to figure out what the deal is with a purple bump on my labia. It didn't turn white with the vinegar test. It doesn't hurt or itch. It doesn't look like a blister. It doesn't have fluid inside of it. Its consistency is smooth. It's been nearly 2 years since the last time I was involved sexually (it was protected, though I understand condoms don't protect 100% against some STI skin conditions). I need to know if this is a serious problem (I'm 22). I'll definitely get another opinion when I have a chance to see a healthcare provider. I've heard lumps are sometimes connected with yeast infections, cysts, blocked skin glands, or might be skin tags. Is it normal for skin growths to sometimes occur? Since I do regular self-exams, I have a pretty good awareness level. Thanks for your help.
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by oceans3, Jun 10, 2005
hi. what you are describing sounds like what i have had before and had it looked at by a gynocologist. she said it was a bartholomew's cyst (forgive the spelling?). mine was located on the side of my labia and the same description as you stated. however, mine hurt and i just constantly placed a hot cloth on it. it eventually "burst" and felt so much better. it went away but i got one again a few years later. have you found out what it is since you wrote this?
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by Nassy, Jul 21, 2005
I just googled bartholomew's cyst and all I got was you guys!  But I was told about them a long time ago and what would you know, I think I have one.  It's redish/purple, slightly raised and about 1cm in diameter - it's sort of mobile under the skin.  Apparently if they are bad, you can get them drained - especially in older age.  Mine has come about as a result (without too much elaboration) of my partner repeatededly rubbing against it.  I think it just needs a break but also if you want to try lymphatic massage it may go faster.  Hope you can relate!
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by Art Woman, Aug 05, 2005
My labia becomes sensitive just before and during my period.  The day after I finished my period I rode my bike while wearing denim shorts with a thick inseam (bad idea).  The inseam irritated the already tender area and a Bartholomew's cyst developed.  (I had one a few years ago during a very stressful time in my life so I knew what it was.)  
It bothered me for about four or five days; it made intercourse a precarious situation and riding my bike out of the question.  While in the hot bath, I would pay special attention to cleaning the area and massaging it to help relive the sensitivity.  I would also try gently squeezing it to see if it was ready to burst.  On the fifth day, I gently squeezed it with my fingers while I was in a hot bath and it finally burst.  Some pus streaked with blood came out and the swollen lump diminished instantly; the sensitivity and tenderness also disappeared.
Heat and massage does provide some relief until it is ready to burst.

Good Luck!
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by hm05, Aug 10, 2005
it is called the Bartholin's Gland
familydoctor.org/235.xml
or do a google search for Bartholins Gland
Lots of info there.
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by name_here, Oct 09, 2008
hey ladies,
Just got back from the hospital where I had to have my bartholomew cyst removed. I did the bath thing and message but really it made matters worst. I went to emergency because I could hardly walk without pain by the 5th day that I found the lump. It was there that I had it surgically removed with a marsupial stitch (it creates a pouch rather than a sac and therefore allows infection to drain out). This method cut the reappearance to 5%, I hope I never see that lump again. I think the doctor said that when it burst on its own, it does reappear, so watch out for infection. My lump grew very large, very fast, and I am in my twenties and I wouldn't call it a purplish bump, just a harder lump that over time becomes rather painful-- watch for infection!
Good luck.
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by jbop45, Feb 14, 2009
I had my bartholomew cyst surigal removed late 60's and it came back again and I believe wearing denim  jeans all the time helped irritated it and I had a partial hystermectomy in 1975 and the Dr drained my cyst and then didn't go see an ob gyn dr for many years and it had turned into stage 2 cancer . I was blessed to find my obgyn who after a biosy made me an appointment with a fantastic Dr in Dallas and Plano ( Alan Munoz) in April 08 who cut it all out and I didn't have to have chemo or radiation and I see him every few months to make sure I am okay. I did not have any pain and haven't had sex in 17 years due to my husband's emphysema problem  and I am in my sixties.In fact I had forgotten about having my cyst until my sister brought it up this morning.Please make sure you see a obgyn  doctor often and let them keep an eye on it.
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by chrissy666, Feb 28, 2009
I have one of these bartholomew cyst & had it drained about 1 month ago at the Dr.'s office.  He said if it came back fast I would need to go
to the hospital in outpatient surgery to get it drained & put the stitch.
Is this a good idea??  Anyone who has done this... would you recomend doing this??  I think I would rather it bust on its own.. But how??  Please give me some advise.  It is quite large & sometimes hurts but not all the time.  You mean this thing could turn into cancer???!!!
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by suzy99, Mar 31, 2009
Chrissy,
I had a cyst about 4 years ago. At first I thought since it was the end of my period that the tampon had irritated me. But, as the night went on it got so bad and so big I could not even walk. By the time I got to the hospital the following day it was almost the size of a golf ball. They drained my cyst and left the incision open. The doctor left it open and inserted a small tag to keep it open and able to drain. I had instant relief! I was so happy I had this procedure and hope to never have to repeat it. Hope this helps..Go have it drained.