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A cyst on the vagina is a common occurrence among women. There are several different types of vaginal cysts, such as inclusion cysts or Bartholin’s gland cysts. A cyst on the vagina can be harmless, but when exposed, it can serve as an entry point for STDs and HIV, making it easier to contract these infections.
A cyst on the vagina is caused by a blocked duct or gland that becomes filled with fluid. Sometimes a vaginal cyst is just a vaginal cyst, but other times, a cyst can be mistaken for an STD. Genital herpes and genital warts can cause bumps and blisters similar to a cyst on the vagina.
When a bump or cyst on the vagina appears, it’s important to have STD testing done. An STD test can determine if genital herpes is causing symptoms, whereas a visual inspection and Pap smear is needed to test for genital warts. Even if symptoms prove to be a cyst on the vagina, STD testing is important since infected cysts can facilitate STD transmission.
A cyst on the vagina usually doesn’t need treatment. If the cyst is so large, a catheter may be used to drain the fluid. If caused by the STD genital herpes, antiviral medication can be used to reduce outbreaks, or if caused by genital warts, a doctor can surgically remove the warts.