Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To diagnose a Bartholin's cyst, your doctor may:

  • Ask questions about your medical history
  • Perform a pelvic exam
  • Take a sample of secretions from your vagina or cervix to test for a sexually transmitted infection
  • Recommend a test of the mass (biopsy) to check for cancerous cells if you're postmenopausal or over 40

If cancer is a concern, your doctor may refer you to a gynecologist who specializes in cancers of the female reproductive system.

Apr. 24, 2012

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