Bartholin's glands

Last reviewed 01/2018

The pair of Bartholin's glands are found deep to the posterior ends of the labia minora, on either side of the of the vaginal entrance.

During sexual arousal they secrete a lubricating mucus.

A cyst may form if the duct becomes obstructed, and if the cyst becomes infected then an abscess develops

Rarely a swollen Bartholin's gland will be secondary to the presence of malignancy.