I have a bartholins gland cyst well at least thats what the doctors told me. I tried it their way and had it drained and it came back. First I tried witch hazel and ended up using the whole bottle where it shrank but it was a noticeable difference so it didnt shrink much. Then I read iodine can help in this situation so I started to douche with iodine and I felt like I wasnt getting results fast enough so I cut a piece of cloth off the top sleeve from an old clean shirt and pretty much soaked it with iodine and then I put it down there and just like the witch hazel it did burn so keep that in mind. Sometimes the pain can be a bit much so I sat on a heating pad and that provided some relief. I feel like I have possibly gotten rid of it or reduced it in size alot because when I would push to defecate I could feel the ball come out a bit down there now I dont feel that. I have tested it on my skin on my stomach before and I notice after the burn my skin may peel but underneath there is softer skin from it and it looks better and I get this over all happy feeling as if Ive accomplished something. I make my own from a video I seen on youtube iodine 50g elemental iodine prills to 100g potassium iodide add distilled water.