Hello, I've been meaning to stop here and put in my two cents for quite some time. I am a 33 year old woman who suffered from a pilonidal cyst for about 7 or 8 years, until I finally found something that worked for me. In my case, I would basically have a "flare-up" each month for the week before my period. It would usually just become sore and swollen, then dissipate after a few days or weeks. This would continue for a few months until it would get very swollen (sometimes due to mild trauma or sit-ups or something foolish), and it would continue to become more and more swollen until it finally drained. Anyway, one a different note - I had always had very irregular periods, so I decided to try taking an Evening Primrose Oil supplement to regulate my periods. It worked; I was much more regular and had less discomfort throughout my menstruation. After a few months passed, I realized that I had not had a flare up of my cyst, either! This continued for maybe a year or so, until I ran out of my Evening Primrose Oil supplement - I decided to stop taking it to see what would happen. After a couple of months, guess what? It returned! So yes, the cyst is still there... but it has not become swollen for about 2 years or so now. I don't even take the pill every day - maybe once or twice per week. I hope that my story will be able to help someone with a similar pilonidal experience as mine. Best of luck to you all!