Sir, We would like to thank Sharma and colleagues for their interest in our recent study evaluating the effectiveness and safety of surgical interventions for Bartholin’s cyst or abscess.1Their response highlights the unique opportunity offered by randomised trials, and their syntheses into meta‐analyses, to assess patient reported outcomes. We would strongly encourage researchers to select, collect and report patient reported outcomes in future research evaluating interventions for Bartholin’s cyst or abscess.2The primary outcome should be the outcome of greatest therapeutic importance to the study’s prospective hypothesis. There is currently no consensus regarding the selection of outcomes and methods of definition or measurement for randomized trials evaluating interventions for Bartholin’s cyst or abscess.3 In the absence of a standardized approach, researchers have made arbitrary decisions when choosing among several important outcomes.4 It would be useful for healthcare professionals, researchers, and women with lived experience of Bartholin’s cyst or abscess to engage in a formal consensus development process to agree appropriate primary and secondary outcomes.3We agree the use of adjuvant antibiotics is an important consideration. They were not reported by any of the included trials.5We have no experience of marsupialization performed under local anaesthetic. In our opinion, this approach would need to be evaluated within a research setting. The recent COVID-19 pandemic would provide additional impetus to undertake this much needed research.James M. N. Duffy 1,2, Emma Kirk 3, BJG Illingworth 4, K Stocking 5,Marian Showell 61 Institute for Women’s Health, University College London, London, United Kingdom.2 King’s Fertility, Fetal Medicine Research Foundation, London, United Kingdom.3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Free London NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom.4 North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough City Hospital, Peterborough, UK5 Centre for Biostatistics, Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK6 Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.