The most common symptoms are itching and pain, or a change in the skin colour and texture.
Vulva Atrophy is a common condition in menopausal women that is associated with decreased Estrogen of the vaginal tissue. Symptoms my include dryness, soreness and irritation.
Bartholin abscess & cyst
A Bartholin’s Cyst is a small fluid-filled sac just inside the opening of the vagina. They develop when the Bartholin glands just behind, and either side, of the labia become blocked. The most effective way to identify a Bartholin’s Cyst is to attend regular gynaecological examinations and smear tests.
What is it caused by?
The Bartholin glands are responsible for secreting the lubricating fluid for sex, sending it down into the vagina. When blocked, they can fill with the fluid and expand to form a cyst. In some cases, it is linked to a sexually transmitted bacterial infection (STI e.g. Chlamydia or Gonorrhea), or other bacterial infections such as Escherichia Coli (E. Coli).
Consult a gynaecologist as soon as you notice swelling in the vaginal region, as failure to do so will result in the cyst becoming an abscess which is extremely painful.
What should I do if the cyst begins to change its appearance?
You must arrange an appointment with your gynaecologist immediately.
When the cyst becomes infected, you may notice that the area has become red, swollen, tender and unusually hot. It can also cause a high temperature. In most cases, a Bartholin’s Cyst will change into an abscess. It may be masking an underlying medical condition such as Vulva Cancer.
If the cyst develops into an abscess, your gynaecologist may recommend the following treatments:
- Antibiotics to clear the infection. You may also then need to have the cyst drained, and surgical marsupialization carried out to avoid recurrence
- Needle aspiration, when the cyst is drained using a needle and syringe. This treatment is not recommended because the cyst will refill very quickly, and it can also introduce infection
- Balloon catheter insertion which drains the fluid from the abscess or cyst. It is usually carried out under a local anesthetic and patients can go home the same day
- Marsupialisation is highly recommended. This procedure is usually performed under a general anesthetic and you can usually go home the same day.
A Vulva lump may be a cancerous or no-cancerous lump on the Vulva.
Genital Warts is a sexually transmitted disease, it affects the genital area. Sometimes it develops and extends to the inner thigh area and the area around the anus. They are small flesh cauliflower like in appearance with a rough surface . They are very contagious and they cause irritation and discomfort. genital wards are treated by our CO2 Laser with success
Hyperpigmentation of the Vulva is commonly seen in overweight women. It is also found in women that over use fragranced products on the genital area. It can cause allergic reactions to the vulva area. Its colours can range from blacks to browns, both are very common. Women who want to have the condition treated can call Queens clinic for more
Linken Sclerosus is a skin condition that can cause white patches on the genitals or other parts of the body. They can be itchy and become inflamed.
Vulva Injury can be from trauma that may be caused from a range of incidents. This can be from an incident when giving birth with a natural or instrumental delivery, the vagina/ vulva tear. The Vulva Injury can also be from something else other than child birth.
Vulvodynia is a condition where there is burning, discomfort and itching in the vulva. There is no explanation for the pain of Vulvodynia, it may be triggered by touch, from sex or when using a tampon.
Vitiligo is a condition in which pale white patches appear on the skin, this is cause by lack off melanin.
Labia with or without Reconstruction
Labia reconstruction is a surgery to reduce the size of the labia. This is done for appearance purposes only.
Abnormal labia minora and/or labia majora
Labia Cyst or Abscess
A Labia cyst or abscess is a small fluid filled sack that is on the Labia. They normally cause no pain but may become irritated.