This involves the removal of a small piece of skin from the vulva. This small piece of skin is assessed by the laboratory for any abnormality. Vulval biopsies are usually carried out if there are any concerns about the appearance of the vulva. The procedure is usually carried out at the clinic and the results are available within a week.
These arise from the duct of the Bartholin's gland. When the duct becomes blocked a cyst develops. The cyst can become infected and will then cause discomfort.
Incision of the cyst is necessary to release the abscess. Marsupialisation, or the placement of a WORD catheter may be required to reduce the risk of recurrence.
The labia minora (inner lips of the vagina), may be perceived too long or to be unequal. This may cause discomfort, embarrassment or sexual dissatisfaction.
It is now possible to reduce the labial tissue. This is carried out under general anaesthesia and usually takes up to an hour. This is often carried out as a day case. The recovery time is up to two weeks.