Nabothian Cyst Causes, Treatments & More

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A woman's cervix is the lowest portion of their uterus and serves the purpose of protecting the uterus from bacteria. Typically, the cervix is about one inch long. The cervix changes position and texture throughout a woman's cycle to prepare for a potential pregnancy.

Additionally, the cervix consists of glands responsible for releasing fluid that changes based on an individual's monthly cycle.1‘Nabothian Cyst: .’ MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001514.htm. However, if new tissue grows on the cervix, it will block the glands from releasing mucus. As a result, the mucus builds up and clogs the gland, causing a cyst to form known as a Nabothian cyst.2‘Nabothian Cysts.’ Harvard Health, Harvard Health Publishing , www.health.harvard.edu/a/to/z/nabothian-cysts-a-to-z.

1. Nabothian Cyst Description

A Nabothian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on a cervix. Individuals may feel a lump on their cervix when one develops. Generally, the cyst is between two and 10 millimeters in diameter. It doesn't tend to cause any symptoms. Larger cysts could become bothersome, though.2‘Nabothian Cysts.’ Harvard Health, Harvard Health Publishing , www.health.harvard.edu/a/to/z/nabothian-cysts-a-to-z.

A Nabothian cyst's color depends on the mucus inside of it. Therefore, the cyst could appear a pale yellow color or even have a more amber tone. Some are white. In some cases, people may develop more than one cyst at a time.3‘Nabothian Cyst.’ Nabothian Cyst , Mount Sinai Health System, www.mountsinai.org/health-library/diseases-conditions/nabothian-cyst.

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