Frequent Ovarian Cysts Cause

Any time that a health issue involved reproductive systems, it's common to experience a good deal of concern. However, not every reproductive issue is as alarming as initially suspected.

In fact, things like ovarian cysts can be quite normal. In some cases, there are serious issues involved, while other cysts may actually crop up during a normal monthly cycle and then disappear altogether.

Understanding the cause of ovarian cysts can help a woman to accurately assess what is going on and why it is occurring. It can also diminish some of the worry associated with being informed that cysts are present.

Signs of Cysts

There are several common signs that may indicate that ovarian cysts are present. First, abdominal pain is often present when there are cysts in the ovary and surrounding tissue.

In addition, your menstrual periods may be affected, increasing in intensity and length. Digestive issues may be noticeable, including experiencing pain when straining on the toilet. Finally, some women with ovarian cysts have painful sexual relations.

While these are all common indications, it's also possible that only mild symptoms may be present, or none at all. You also may have symptoms and actually mistake a cyst for something like normal pregnancy.

Common Causes of Ovarian Cysts

There are two common causes of ovarian cysts that are designated as functional. This means that, while a cyst is present, it isn't necessarily abnormal or worrisome in any way. Rather, it is the result of a regular hormonal cycle. If either of these is the cause of your cyst, it may disappear on its own without medical intervention or treatment of any kind.

During a normal reproductive cycle, follicles swell with fluid as an egg develops. Normally, the egg is released and the fluid is shed. However, in some instances, either the egg is retained or the fluid does not fully dissipate. This can cause a small cyst to form.

However, the body will probably absorb the unneeded tissue and the cyst will disappear. If the egg is released, however, it's still possible that a cyst may develop from tissue that is still present in the ovary.

These cysts are designated as luteal. They may be filled with blood. It's possible that a luteal ovarian cyst may burst, causing pain or even bleeding in the area.

Pathological Cysts

Another category of ovarian cysts is designated as pathological. This means that they are not the product of normal hormonal issues, but are created by abnormalities in the reproductive system.

While pathological cysts are more troublesome, they aren't always particularly dangerous or life-threatening. Some cysts of this type actually are comprised of human tissue, including hair, nail or skin tissues. This is not, of course, normal; however, these ovarian cysts usually are not cancerous.

In fact, they may be able to remain in a woman's womb for many years with no adverse effects. Having a normal tissue tumor is considered to be a bigger problem, in fact. These tumors often grow either inside or outside the uterus area and can increase in size rapidly. While also not usually cancerous, they will probably need to be removed.

Women who already suffer from conditions that are hormonal in nature or otherwise affect the reproductive system are more likely to suffer from all types of ovarian cysts. Endometriosis is closely connected with various types of ovarian cysts, as is the hormonal condition PCOS. These can also contribute to, or be one of the causes of ovarian cysts.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    dark brown discharge & ovarian cysts????need answers asap!?
    i have cysts on left ovary.i hv more symptoms & pain now then when i went to er on 22nd. i have pain meds but somtimes those dont work. the last couple days i have been having really dark brown discharge with pain in lower abd. and lower back. my symptoms are everything to frequent urinating,bowel movements,sharp stabbing pains on one or both side of lower abd.pressure on my cervix,sharp pains in my vagina like braxton hicks or the contractions that just catch your attention. i have 2 aunts on my dads side who have endometriosis. a few years ago i had hpv but was never told what strain, and about 3 mnths. ago i had a D&C. plus i was on the depo but im like 3 weeks late on my shot so could this just be from he depo pr something more serious. also my mom has this history and so did her mother. help please. i dont know what to do and every doctor i call cant help me or turn me away. thank you to anyone who responds!!!

    • ANSWER:
      OVARIAN CYST
      A cyst iS a fluid-filled sac.ovarian cysts are nearly always benign and a significant proportion of women suffer from them.Benign cysts maybe divided into 2 major categories:
      FUNCTIONAL CYST, are merely large cysts that occur normally in a woman's monthly cycle.They do not usually cause any problems, but there may be several and they maybe present in both ovaries. commonly they shrink back to normal size spontaneously.
      Very ocassionally functional cyst may cause ovary to twist so causing severe abdominal pain. A cyst may also leak, releasing a jelly-like material into the abdominal cavity.
      DERMOID CYST. These are most commonly found in women in their thirties. Dermoid cysts are also bengn and found in both ovaries.They do not usuaaly cause any problem unless they cause the ovary to twist or if the ovary cysts leaks.
      SYMPTOMS:
      >pain during intercourse
      >painful heavy period
      >if the cysts twists or raptures it results in severe abdominal pain,nausea,and fever.
      >urinary problems due to the pressure on the bladder.

      should you see the doctor?
      While ovarian cysts are small, they produce few symptoms. many disappear on their own oduce and may never ever be known you had them.As they get larger, however, they may cause pain and discomfort and may also affect your menstrual cycle; the severe pain of a twisted ovaries requires an emergency operation,so see your doctor as soon as possible if you suffer any of the symptoms.
      THE DOCTOR WIIL EXAMINE YOU BOTH EXTERNALLY AND INTERNALLY IN ORDER TO ASSES THE SIZE OF THE OVARIAN CYSTS.
      ULTRA SOUND EXAMINATION PLUS BLOOD TESTS
      LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY MAY BE ATTEMPTED TO HELP DIAGNOSE THE TYPE AND IN YOUNGER WOMEN TO REMOVE THE CYST IF IT IS BENGN
      IN OLDER WOMEN THE CYST IS TOO LARGE TO REMOVED BY LAPAROSCOPY ,ABDOMINAL OPERATION WILL BE PERFORMED.

  2. QUESTION:
    Frequent Ovarian Cysts?
    I have had ovarian cysts develop every 1-3 months. I was told to take birth control to help with this. I have been on birth control for 9 months but see no relief. Whats the catch?

    • ANSWER:
      The catch is that the particular brand of birth control pill could be causing the problem. Some brands may not work as well for some women when it comes to the issue of cysts but I would recommend getting back in touch with your doctor to see what they say.

  3. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst?
    i am 17 years old an have had ovaryn cysts since i was 16 i had one removed that was 7 cm an not even to weeks later i had anthoer one on my right overy that was 7.5 cm that one ended up bursting which caused horriable pain. here i am again not even 3 months later with a cyst that is 9.5 cm that causes horriable pain there isnt a doctor out there that will remove it what do i do?? i also have tryed birth control pills an everything out there an nothing seems to work.. can this cyst that is 9.5 cm possiably be cancer? what are the sighs i should look for?
    the dr that i was seeing in the begging for this is i will not go back to when she had put me threw surgery she knew the medications i was not able to take an she gave them to me not one but 3 tymes! she refused to give me anything for the pain when i was fresh out of surgery! it was a horriable experience! somthing tht i never want to go threw again! i have tryed many docs an they all keep telling me that eventually they will go away on there own an that they should not be painful! they refuse to help me i am completly lost!!

    • ANSWER:
      They say once you have ovarian cysts, they reoccur. Which is a bummer, as I have had one myself, recently. I can't imagine what you're going through, having them so often, poor thing! They are VERY painful! It's probably not cancer. Cancer signs could be frequent spotting and pain during intercourse. It's probably the cyst. I don't know what else they do except surgery, that's what my GYN doctor told me. It sucks. Hope you feel better soon, ask your doctor for some good pain meds. My doctor told me , "You'll need them", and he was right!

  4. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts???
    I have this feeling in front of my rt. hip bone like it feels tight and it goes all the way up my rt. side. It doesn't hurt, it just feels tight. I feel as if I'm trying to start my period w/ low-back discomfort (not really pain) and I feel as if I have to go to the bathroom. I have a little discharge and when it gets like 4-5 days before my period I have spotting. It burns sometimes when I urinate. I have breast tenderness like 1-2 wks. BEFORE my period and then about 1 week before I start the breast tenderness goes away.
    I've been tested for all STD's which were negative. I've had a Pap smear in the last 2 mos. and it was negative. I was checked for HPV and that was negative. I do have an ovarian cyst on the rt. side. Can that cause all of these symptoms? I had an intravaginal ultrasound and everything looked good i.e. uterus, cervix and ovaries, except this small cyst. The doctor assured me that everything was fine and the cyst would go away on it's own. Anyone else have these sx.

    • ANSWER:
      yes i had my fair share of them. i have to be extra careful and see to it that i have reg. exams. my mother was on a medicine when she was preg. w/me that later on scientists discovered that particular medication that prevents miscarriages causes ovarian uteral cancer in that female fetus. oh lucky me!! anyways heres some info for you on symptoms....

      Symptoms
      Functional ovarian cysts usually are harmless, do not cause symptoms, and go away without treatment. Ovarian cysts are often discovered during a routine pelvic exam.

      The larger the ovarian cyst is, the more likely it is to cause symptoms. When symptoms occur, they may include:

      Frequent urination, if a large cyst is pressing against your bladder.
      Abdominal pain.
      Menstrual period changes.
      Weight gain.
      More severe symptoms may develop if the cyst has twisted (torsion), is bleeding, or has ruptured. See your health professional immediately if you have any of the following pain, shock, or bleeding symptoms:

      Sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain
      Nausea and vomiting
      Sudden faintness, dizziness, and weakness
      Vaginal bleeding or symptoms of shock from heavy bleeding (hemorrhage)
      There are many other conditions that cause signs or symptoms of a functional ovarian cyst. This is why it's important to have any unusual pelvic symptoms checked and to have regular annual pelvic examinations.

  5. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst...?
    My friend is 28, she has had ovarian cysts since her early 20's.
    She is married with no children... yet. She has multiple, persistent cysts on both her ovaries. They never shrink or go away even with pills. She has frequent, like every 2wks, periods and severe cramping. Surgery is not an option. She does want children oneday.
    What the best options for treating these cyst and retain her fertility? Any natural cures available. Please any suggestions greatly appreciated.

    Birth control not an option anymore, tried and didn't work
    Her doctor isn't very helpful or supportive, only prescribes meds for pain.

    • ANSWER:
      First things first - FIND A NEW DOCTOR and preferably an OB/GYN and not a general practitioner. This is the single most important thing she can do for herself. Also - have her get a complete copy of her medical records that includes all labs and diagnostic testing she has had completed. This will give her new provider a great history.

      If she is overweight - weight loss is a must - unfortunately weight issues and being under weight as well can cause irregular periods as well.

      Regular expercise and a healthy high fiber low fat diet is useful.

      The previous two are helpful to get the body in balance.

      Please dont get into any herbal remedies just yet ---give a new physician a chance to diagnose and treat her prior to having taken any over the counter remedies. (and for the record there aren't any) It is important to note that herbal meds are NOT regulated by the FDA and we have no idea of knowing what safe doses of any herb is...properly UNBIASED and controlled laboratory studies have not been done.

  6. QUESTION:
    wht causes ovarian cysts in the body? Any prevention?
    so what next,if one is diagonised with one?

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts form for numerous reasons. The most common type is a follicular cyst, which results from the growth of a follicle. A follicle is the normal fluid-filled sac that contains an egg. Follicular cysts form when the follicle grows larger than normal during the menstrual cycle and does not open to release the egg. Usually, follicular cysts resolve on their own over the course of days to months. Cysts can contain blood (hemorrhagic or endometrioid cysts) from injury or leakage of tiny blood vessels into the egg sac. If a woman is in her 40's, or younger, and has regular menstrual periods, most ovarian masses are "functioning ovarian cysts," which are not really abnormal. They are related to the process of ovulation that happens with the menstrual cycle. They usually disappear on their own during a future menstrual cycle. Therefore, especially in women in their 20's and 30's, these cysts are watched for a few menstrual cycles to verify that they disappear. Because oral contraceptives work in part by preventing ovulation, physicians will not really expect women who are taking oral contraceptives to have common "functioning ovarian cysts." Thus, women who develop ovarian cysts while taking oral contraceptives may be advised against simple observation; rather, they may receive closer monitoring with pelvic ultrasound or, less commonly, surgical exploration of the ovary. Functional ovarian cysts cannot be prevented if you are ovulating. Anything that makes ovulation less frequent reduces your chance of developing an ovarian cyst. Birth control pills, pregnancy, and breast-feeding in the first 6 months following birth prevent ovulation. Ovulation ceases when menopause is complete. Women who use high-dose birth control pills have a modestly decreased risk of developing functional ovarian cysts; low-dose birth control pills seem to have a less preventive effect.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the main ovarian cyst symptoms?
    Is it true that ovarian cyst symptoms are the same as pregnancy symptoms.
    I've read some answers here saying that but I don't think that's true.

    • ANSWER:
      The number of women suffering from ovarian cyst has caused concern for other women everywhere. The alarming growth of incidents may indicate that no one is immune to this dreaded reproductive problem. In recent years, millions of women from all walks of life have experienced having ovarian cyst, and chances are you too might have one as well. So it is vital that you learn the ovarian cyst symptoms to detect the disease as quickly as possible.

      First you have to remember that ovarian cyst symptoms are different depending on its type. An ovarian cyst could either be one of the following: functional cyst, polycystic ovaries, endometrial cysts, cytadenomas and dermoid cysts. The symptoms of each of these types are different because their growth is not the same.

      It is hard to tell the cysts on ovaries symptoms in its early development, which is definitely a bad news to all the women. They might just mistake the symptoms as part of their menstrual period. But if the pain gets really excruciating, then it is definitely not the ordinary menstrual cramp, it could be ovarian cyst already.

      Recurring back aches could also be signs of having ovarian cyst. If your back is constantly aching, you should see your doctor quick for an examination. Lower back pain could also be a signal that you have cyst on ovary.

      If you notice tenderness in your breasts, it may also be one of the ovarian cyst symptoms. See your doctor at once if you notice clearly the obvious change in your breasts. Irregular menstrual period is also one of the symptoms of having this type of reproductive disease.

      If you feel like you always want to vomit, then you might be suffering from this disease as well. Women who are still in their reproductive years may simply mistake it as being a sign of pregnancy. But they might already be suffering from ovarian cyst if the feeling of vomiting is frequent.

      Pain during sex may also indicate that you have ovarian cyst. In case it would be your first time to experience pain during your intimate moments with hubby, then it should be a cause for concern. The growing cyst in your ovary is causing the pain.

      Problem in bowel movement is another symptom of having ovarian cyst. Women should not ignore if they have frequent constipation as it may be one of the ovarian cyst symptoms. You might also be developing cyst on ovary if you feel a constant abdominal pain accompanied by pressure.

      Visit your doctor at once for ovarian cyst treatment if you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above. Although most of the symptoms are also connected with other reproductive problems, it is better to be safe than sorry.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of an ovarian cyst?
    Can't they delay your period and cause intense pain in the ovary?

    • ANSWER:
      I get ovarian cyst frequently. Most of the symptoms are lower back pain, pain in either side of your stomach ( depending on which side you have the cyst ) frequent urination ( if it's pressing on your bladder ) nausea, breast pain. Usually the cyst will dissolve by itself. Mine got up to 5cm and then it went away. If it gets too painful, just put a heating pad on it. Sometimes a cyst can cause you to be late on your period and sometimes they can cause you to have 2 periods in one month. I deal with these cyst so much that I've became a pro on the subject lol. Good luck!!

  9. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst questions?
    I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst a week ago. we thought i had a uti or kidney infection but the urine test came back normal. The ultrasound showed an ovarian cyst. Would that cause back pains? and frequent urination? also now my period is late. is this all normal? i keep calling the drs but no one has gotten back to me yet

    • ANSWER:
      I have had ovarian cysts before and had them rupture. They definitely cause back pain and if they are big enough they will make you feel as if you have a UTI. I have never had one make my period late but I usually get them right after ovulation and they are gone a few days later. It can be quite painful when they rupture but in a few days you should feel better.

  10. QUESTION:
    Do I have an ovarian cyst ?
    I'm 15 years old and I'm a girl. This is the only time I've felt this type of pain. It feels like period pain. I'm scared in case it's a cyst on my ovary. It feels like craps, but my period isn't due until March. What could this be ??

    • ANSWER:
      Often, ovarian cysts don't cause any symptoms. You may not realize you have one until you visit your health care provider for a routine pelvic exam. Ovarian cysts can, however, cause problems if they twist, bleed, or rupture.

      If you have any of the symptoms below, it's important to have them checked out. That's because they can also be symptoms of ovarian tumors. Ovarian cancer often spreads before it is detected.

      Symptoms of ovarian cysts and tumors include:

      Here are the symptoms that someone with an ovarian cyst would have.

      Pain or bloating in the abdomen
      Difficulty urinating, or frequent need to urinate
      Dull ache in the lower back
      Pain during sexual intercourse
      Painful menstruation and abnormal bleeding
      Weight gain
      Nausea or vomiting
      Loss of appetite, feeling full quickly

      The pain you are feeling could just be your period coming early.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why would a small ovarian cyst cause a frequent urge to urinate?
    I have a small (2.5 cm) cyst on my right ovary. I have to pee so often, it feels like I'm pregnant (I'm not). When I pee, not much comes out. And when I'm done going, I still feel the urge to go. I've had UTI's before and am very familiar with them. This feels different, more like when a baby in utero is pressing on the bladder. But the cyst is so small. Could it really cause that much pressure? I'm wondering if there is a different reason I might be feeling this way. Any ideas? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a few cyst on my ovary and I have the same problem!! I am always using the restroom!

  12. QUESTION:
    what are cyst? what causes them ?how can i get help?
    i have cyst on my ovaries is that bad or just something that will go away eventually?

    • ANSWER:
      I have ovarian Cysts as well. From what I've heard from the doctor - they come and go as they please. . . you don't have the same cyst forever and they grow anywhere on your ovaries.

      The doctor I went to that told me this also said 75% of women in America have them and that 50% of those women don't know they have them. For some people they are large, some are small, some are painful, some are not. The size has nothing to do with the pain - it has to do with placement and your own nerves, etc. This was about 2 years ago he told me this.

      When Ovarian cysts get too large and painful they have to be surgically removed. If your cysts are small but painful doctors recommend taking birth control pills. It has a shrinking effect on the cysts. When the cysts are small and don't hurt- a plan of action is not in priority.

      Mine are not huge but they are SO painful. Since I didn't want to take birth control and I definately wasn't rooting for surgury - I deciding to find some natural ways of treating myself. . . here's a little privelidged info from my own reserch.

      My cysts mainly hurt on or around that time of the month. They hurt so bad I throw up. 26 periods later this is what I've come to: When I eat healthy - (ie: a LOW sugar diet with plenty of protien and fiber) and I engage in frequent exercise (only 20 minutes a day, minimum) I find that my cysts don't hurt at all OR very little. The pain, I found, is subsequent soley on my eating and exercise habits. I could be doing well all month - and if I give into any craves just before that special time, the pains follows. Sometimes I eat something, out of the norm, right after my period though, and I don't get any pain.

      You can learn all about this, get to know your body so you can start babying yourself and become healthier. Here's a site:

  13. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst symptoms?
    I'm a 19 year old female. For the past three months or so I've been feeling very cramp-y, with pain in my abdominal area and my lower and upper back. I have also had frequent/painful urination and a feeling of fullness in my stomach. My period has been very irregular when normally it's spot on. I have also been having stomach pain after intercourse and a dramatic loss of appetite. I feared pregnancy but I took tests and they came up negative, I really don't think that is it. Could I possibly have an ovarian cyst?
    For the pain levels, I would say it's about a 6. It's more painful then period cramps, and it usually differs on how long it lasts. Sometimes the pain is just shooting and will last a few minutes, other times it stays for an hour or so.

    • ANSWER:
      Well i have ovarian cyst and it feels like a sharp pain in my lower abdominal. It sometimes hurts on a scale of 1-10 a 7. The pain can last for just a few seconds to hours! I think you could probably have a cyst,but i dont know for sure. It's best to just go to the hospital to be sure and make sure everythings ok. Oh and How bad does it hurt? and How long does the pain last? For pain , i normally take an aleeve cause they work best for me! well best of luck i hope i helped a little!

  14. QUESTION:
    Any help with Ovarian Cysts please?
    What is an ovarian cyst?
    What causes them?

    I have one and am waiting to see my doctor about how big etc but is going to be next week as only just had the scans

    What is going to happen to me?
    I've heard things about not having children, is this true? What are the odds of me having children? etc?

    Any other info would be greatly appreciated! THANK YOU!

    I ignored the pain for over 6 months now :/
    Periods have been a bit early or late, heavier or lighter over the last 4 months
    Also have pain during and after sex, so if anyone knows anything to help that pain please inform me as its very annoying for my partner and i! :)

    • ANSWER:
      An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops on a woman s ovary. They are very common and do not usually cause any symptoms.
      In most cases, they are harmless and usually disappear without the need for treatment. However, if the cyst is large or causing symptoms, it may need to be surgically removed.
      An ovarian cyst will usually only cause symptoms if it ruptures (splits), is very large, or if it blocks the blood supply to the ovaries. If this is the case, you may have the following symptoms:
      pelvic pain
      difficulty emptying your bowels
      a frequent need to urinate
      a change to your periods, heavy, lighter or irregular
      indigestion or a feeling of fullness and bloating
      tiredness

      Ovarian cysts often develop for no apparent reason in women who have monthly periods.

      Ovarian cysts do not usually affect a woman's ability to conceive.
      If the cyst is large and needs to be removed, it may be possible to carry out the procedure using keyhole surgery (laparoscopy), which may help preserve your fertility.
      However, exactly how this is managed will depend on the specific features of the cysts, the blood results and the clinical findings in each individual case.

      Dont worry about it you should be fine, Unless it turns gangrene then their will be some issues.

  15. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cancer?
    Can a person have or can ovarian cancer be present without having a mass/cyst/tumor being present on the ovaries during ultrasounds?

    In other words, does one have to have a cyst/mass/tumor in order to have ovarian cancer?

    I had an ultrasound done a few months ago, but no mass/cyst/tumor was found, however I have constant pelvic pain (especially on the lower left side), frequent urination, loss of appetite, feeling full quickly after a meal and pain with intercourse.

    • ANSWER:
      there can be several possibilities with the symptoms that you mentioned. Each of the symptoms has various possibilities

      Tumor at the earliest stage does not have mass that could be visualized thru the ultrasound but if such a small tissue will cause a pelvic pain is questionable.

      What is your age? Do you have any other disease condition?
      some other conditions may also cause the symptoms like frequent urination, loss of appetite etc

      If you suspect ovarian cancer, you can go for a CT scan and also blood tests like CA-125 and biopsy

      Check with your doctor

  16. QUESTION:
    Possible ovarian cysts or just paranoia?
    Okay so lately I've been freaking out about the possibility of ovarian cysts. I've read the symptoms and everything but generally don't have much of them. I don't have any sharp abdominal pains, back pain or anything like that. I was laying on my stomach earlier and if I coughed i felt this weird like pressure on my right side but I may have pulled a muscle there. I also feel like I'm urinating more and having to use the restroom more but there is no pain or burning. Do you think I have cysts? Is it possible that the urine issue could be because of my period? I have a feeling its coming soon because my breasts are sore and my bowels usually get messed up along with my period (tmi sorry!)
    I guess I'm just wondering from women with experience does this sound like I have anything to be worried about or am I just making myself paranoid thinking about it all the time?

    • ANSWER:
      Every woman, at some time in her life, will have an ovarian cyst. Most of them don't even realize it because most ovarian cysts resolve on their own.

      There are two major types of ovarian cysts:

      1. Follicular cyst. This happens when your ovary tries to release an egg but the egg doesn't properly burst free. A small cyst will remain on your ovary, usually only for a few menstrual cycles. These don't usually grow or cause pain.

      2. Corpus luteum cyst. This happens when your ovary releases an egg and the empty sac (corpus luteum) somehow fills with fluid. The normal reason for the corpus luteum is to secrete progresterone to help maintain a pregnancy, but if the sac seals shut, it can fill with fluid, grow large, and twist or burst. These can cause pain.

      There are other types of cysts (hemorrhagic cysts, epithelial cysts, dermoid cysts) but the majority of cysts are of the two types above.

      Regarding coughing and feeling pain in the ovarian area, there are ligaments that help align the ovaries with the fallopian tubes. After ovulation, these ligaments will shorten so that the egg can more easily access the fallopian tube. The entire area can become tender and may hurt easily if you bend suddenly or cough, as you did.

      It's normal for some women to have frequent urination (and bowel problems) near their periods. Being worried (as you say, freaking out) can also cause you to urinate more frequently as it causes the "fight or flight" response.

      Regarding PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) mentioned by another poster, there are usually obvious symptoms to this, such as obesity, acne, facial hair, irregular periods, and thin hair. PCOS doesn't cause ovarian cysts; rather, the presence of many small ovarian cysts cause a hormonal imbalance that can then cause the above signs/symptoms.

      If you aren't having any other symptoms, you probably shouldn't worry.

  17. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Symptoms Check?
    According to the information at WebMd, symptoms include:

    * Frequent urination, if a cyst is pressing against your bladder.
    * Abdominal pain.
    * Menstrual period changes.
    * Weight gain.

    I know I'm harboring a "fugitive" on my right side ovary-- (I see the doctor again tomorrow for the ultrasound) but could the 6 lbs that won't come off be because of this dang thing? My poor abdomen has been bloated for the last 5 months since the pain came... and I work out for an hour almost every day and have a strict healthy diet, I've been trying to lose it but the numbers don't change.

    My question is: Have any of you cyst-sufferers gained weight b/c of your cysts? What's been your experience?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      One possibility is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which as well as causing ovarian cysts, can also cause insulin resistance (and therefore weight gain), lack of menstruation, infertility and other problems. Diagnosis is usually made by a Reproductive Endocrinologist or Ob/Gyn who is knowledgable about the disease.

      For women who have gained extra weight due to PCOS, the South Beach Diet or something similar is usually helpful.

      Fiona Young-Brown
      www.fionayoungbrown.com

  18. QUESTION:
    pain on ovary...cyst?
    i have a cyst on my right ovary. what can i do for the pain as of right now? im at work and it is really bothering me....

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis, PCO(Without any side effects or complications of any sort) :-

      Ovarian complaints after exposure to dry, cold winds; anxiety and fear Aconite Nap 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Stage of suppuration; frequent chill; throbbing and pricking pain Hepar Sulph 30 or 200, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Burning in ovarian region; constant urging to pass urine Cantharis 30, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Ovarian neuralgia; intense pain causing patient to draw up double; restlessness Colocynth 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Stitching pain in ovaries on deep inspiration; worse from least motion; constipation and excessive thirst Bryonia 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Throbbing pain, appear and disappear suddenly; great bearing down with feeling as if everything would protrude from vulva; worse slightest jar Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Burning, lancinating pain as if coals were burning in the part; relieved by hot application, restlessness Arsenic Album 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Ovary swollen, specially right; stinging, burning pain;worse by coughing; loss of thirst and scanty urine Apis Mel 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Chronic ovaritis; lancinating pain; soreness and swelling of breast before menses; intermittent flow of urine Conium Mac 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Ovarian neuralgia, inflammation and induration; the left ovary is attacked first and then the right one. Pain relieved by a discharge from uterus. Neuralgic pain (left ovary)with tenderness; worse pressure even of the clothes Lachesis 30 or 200 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      Swelling and induration of left ovary with stony hardness; violent pain on touch; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovary swollen with a diffused agonizing soreness over whole abdomen Hamamelis Virg.Q(Mother tincture) or 30, 4 hourly

      Induration and swelling of ovary with thick, yellow, burning leucorrhoea; patient feels better after eating Iodium 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Stitching pain in the left ovary; thirst with moist mouth; sweating which do not ameliorate Mercurius Sol 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovaritis due to suppression of menses after getting feet wet; chilliness and loss of thirst; patient feels better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovaritis due to masturbation; face shows guilt sheepish look, Staphysagria 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      For more information on Homeopathic treatment of the disease and disorders of the Ovaries please check this link :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-sym...

      Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, complete symptoms of the patient(Mental and Physical) are taken into consideration to find the appropriate remedy which is the most similar to the patients symptoms. When prescribed according to the patients symptoms Homeopathic medicine are known to work very fast and without any side effects or complications of any kind and once cured there are no relapse or comebacks 100% cure. For more either post your complete symptoms or better to consult a reputable Homeopathic Practitioner for the successful treat ment of your ailment. Giving just the name of the disease or disorder is showing someone the tip of the iceberg what lays underneath is what you have to treat and cure. And that is the key to the success of Homeopathic Medicine.

      I hope the provided information proves to be of help. Wishing you the best of health.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  19. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have ovarian cysts that cause back pain and frequent urination? if so how big are they?

    • ANSWER:
      I have cysts that cause back pain but not frequent urination. I don't know how big they are because it changes all the time but the biggest one I've had recently was the size of a tangerine and it was pretty painful.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does an ovarian cyst make you infertile? ?
    Well I went into the hospital last night... I have swollen and tender nipples... Diarrhea... menstrual like cramps mainly on the right side.. I also had a little pink spot on Saturday..I have frequent urination... and my period is late.. (11/24)..{all of this has been going on since Friday night} I went to the hospital because I thought that it was my appendix .. I got a cat scan and they found out that I had a ovarian cyst on my left ovary (2cmX4cm) ((6cm is considered large))... (the appendix and everything else in fine) So they said that my symptoms did not have anything to do with the cyst! =( Has anyone ever had and ovarian cyst with these symptoms.... I still have all the symptoms.. All the hospital did was send me home and told me to follow up with my doctor!!!!!!! I dont know what to do.... Does this make me infertile, would this cause my period to be late... any advise?!!!!!!
    Does it cause you to miss your period? They said that it was a functional cyst... If anyone has had a cyst, have you ever had these symptoms because of the cyst?
    A pregnancy test?! Wouldn't they know if I was pregnant when I went to the hospital last night?! I had a cat scan and they took blood... So I don't think these symptoms are cause by pregnancy...
    I do not have irregular periods, My yearly exams are not even a little painful, & I'm don't have a lot of hair.... I'm doctor is really good!!! He's one of the best! I've been checked for cysts and had extensive blood work done this past year... he said that everything is normal... I even had a laporoskopi (sorry if I spelled that wrong) at the beginning of this year.. I get a large clot one the 1st day of my period... but thats it nothing is unusual about my menstrual cycle... that's why I'm shocked and really scared!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have ovarian cysts. I didnt know about any of it until I delivered my second daughter and my dr saw a cyst during the c-section. I didnt even know I had one. Since then I have had issues with several cysts and they are insanely painful. Mine have been the size of grapefruits or cantelopes. I have not recalled any specific "pregnancy symptoms" in relation to my cysts. I only recall the massive pain. I am 33 weeks pregnant now and when I was about 19 weeks I went to the er because of terrible pain I was worried about miscarriage but it ended up being a cyst the size of a cantelope that had to be removed surgically. So I guess my answer is this I have had cysts for about 3 years now and two pregnancies that were or will be delivered just fine.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can I possibly have an ovarian cyst?
    Hello. Well I have some symptoms that are related to ovarian cyst symptoms. I feel pinching sensations on my pelvic(where my ovaries are located) but its not painfull. Just a lil tiny bit. The skin in my ovary area kinda gets puffy when i sit down or lay down. Also the skin in my ovary area throbs slowly whenever i move my legs. I only felt nauseous once and vomited once (but i think i vomited because i didnt eat for a whole day) but i dont know. Sometimes i feel pinching sensations on my thighs. I have NOT gotten a fever. My lower back rarely hurts a small bit. On march 2010, i did an ultrasound and the docters said i was healthy. but that was already 5 months ago. I went to the docter last week and told her i still have the same symptoms and she said that there is nothing to worry about. She told me to come back when my symptoms get worse. I wanted to get another ultrasound test but i didnt ask the docter for one. So now im worried. Do you think i might possibly have ovarian cyst? thanks for your help. Oh, im 17 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you mention symptoms that certainly could be an ovarian cyst. Probably symptoms would be on one side though. Unless you have polycystic ovarian disease where your ovaries develop many cysts rather than developing an egg you develop a cyst. Caused by hormonal irregularities. Commonly misdiagnosed. Could be a number of things, really. Why did you have an ultra sound? Was it a pelvic ultra sound? a vaginal ultra sound? Really good to visualize the ovaries better. An abdominal/pelvic ultrasound? If you have had same symptoms for 5 months I would get a second opinion. Are you having normal periods? Are you skipping periods or having very irregular periods? Do the symptoms come and go like hormonal related to period times? Are you having a lot of clear mucus like discharge from the vagina,,maybe be high estrogen levels. So many questions your doctor should ask you to get a good history. Still could be different things. Like are your bowel movements normal? constipated? bouts of diarrhea? Eat fruit to make sure you are getting your bowel cleared out then if you still have that little bulge over your ovary I would go to a different doctor to get it checked out. You might ask to go to a gynecologist (female doctor ) or a gyno/ endocrinologist who specializes in female hormonal dysfunction. Don't be shy about asking about a specific subject like a ovarian cyst or poly cystic ovaries if you have problems with both sides and usually have a lot of problems with periods like irregular and sometimes very uncomfortable crampy symptoms. Irritable bowel can also cause some of these symptoms. You would likely have changes in bowel habits like frequent bouts of diarrhea and constipation maybe with blood or mucus in the bowel movement. May have more left sided discomfort because that is where your colon would collect more fecal material. On the other hand attacks of appendicitis would likely be right sided and higher up in the abdomen. With the bowel or appendix you blood white count would be increased indicating inflamation in the bowel. A simple CBC or complete blood count would rule this out.

  22. QUESTION:
    Frequent periods?
    What are some of the reasons why -particularly yourself or someone you know- have or have had frequent periods. No google search please. I'll be doing that while I wait for answers.
    Again, answers about YOURSELF or someone YOU know. Not guesses. THAAAAANKs.
    I am not-and haven't been on birth control

    • ANSWER:
      Periods that are too frequent (more often than every 28 days also called "metrorrhagia") can be related to several predisposing factors:

      * If the periods are otherwise normal, then a short "luteal phase" or insufficient ovarian production of progesterone may be responsible.

      * If the periods are inconsistent, then failure to ovulate and the resulting anovulatory bleeding may be responsible.

      * If the periods are actually normal and once a month, but there are episodes of bleeding in between the periods, then mechanical factors such as fibroids or polyps may be responsible.

      * Women with hyperthyroidism are classically described as experiencing frequent, heavy periods. They, in reality, rarely show that pattern, but we usually screen these patients for thyroid disease anyway.

      I've personally experienced frequent periods too (2 periods in 1 month) in the past that was caused by ovarian cysts. It happened everytime I had an ovarian cyst.

      There could be other causes for the frequent periods you are experiencing and I would recommend you see your doctor/gyno for further evaluation to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  23. QUESTION:
    Edometriosis or ovarian cyst?
    My breast ache sometimes. I have period like aches in my waist,back and pelvic area. Frequent tightness around my sides near my navel. My pelvic cramps are worst at night last night it hurt me to roll over . My last 2 periods started off brown than red and was very short. The last period I spotted brown blood 3 days before period and 5 days after. My gyno put to fingers in and my vaginal canal was sore. She made me pee in a cup which they tested for uti,kidney and bladder infections. All neg. I took a blood pregnancy test-neg. I feel the need to eat sleeeeep and throw up everyday. I feel like my period is coming every day. I have no cold symptoms I'm confused. My boobs also itch and its not ovulation cause I'm not horny and its been going on too long? Can endometriosis or ovarian cyst cause these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your hormones are out of whack, so perhaps a bit more likely to be an ovarian cyst than endometriosis (which is more related to your normal monthly cycle). But there are many other things it could be apart from those two options. Go and see your doctor again. You need to get some tests run. An ultrasound of your ovaries for a start, plus hormone levels (estrogen, progesterone, LH, FSH, testosterone, TSH) for starters.

  24. QUESTION:
    frequent urination...after and before uti/and ovarian cyst?
    about a month ago i was on antibiotics for a uti i finished my meds and i went back and i no longer had the UTI but im still constantly peeing and its the regular amount i would pee ive had blood work to check my surgar and other stuff and they said it was all normal i also have a 2cm ovary cyst on my left ovary with fluid behind my ovary has anyone else experience this can that small of a cyst cause a problem ive NEVER had a problem with frequent urination....

    • ANSWER:
      You could have interstitial cystitis

  25. QUESTION:
    Questions about Ovarian Cysts....?
    My gyno just called me with the results from my ultrasounds and told me i have a cyst on my right ovary.... She wants me to go in for a follow up ultrasound in two months.... I had a few questions...
    Are Ovarian Cysts Painful if they pop?
    What might cause them?
    How does the doctor tell the difference between a cyst and a tumor in an ultrasound?
    Can cysts cause you to get more frequent vaginal infections?

    Any advice would be great! Thanks in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      Some women do experience pain when Ovarian Cysts rupture (look up Mittelschmerz), but most women do not notice when one ruptures.

      One ovarian cyst is normal if you are close to ovulation. The normal process is for one cyst containing one egg to develop each month rupturing at ovulation, thus releasing the egg. The follow-up ultrasound is probably to rule out a normal cyst. It it's still there 2 months from now then that would be abnormal since each cyst should only take 2 weeks to develop and rupture. Some women develop multiple cysts instead of just one. This can happen to any woman at any time, and usually it's no big deal since the extra cysts just rupture or recede back, but some women will develop a problem where the extra cysts just stick around. This is bad because the cysts produce male hormones and having too much of any hormone, male or female can lead to multiple health problems. Also the changes in the hormone levels can affect the health of your vagina causing you to be more prone to vaginal infections.

      Advice: Don't stress for now. If you started your last period less than 2 weeks ago, then the single cyst found is probably normal, and even if you started more than 3 weeks ago a single cyst is nothing to be concerned about. (Women with poly cystic ovary syndrome usually have 6 or more cysts.) Your doctor probably wants to recheck in 2 months just to be sure the cyst ruptured normally, that's all.

  26. QUESTION:
    could i have an ovarian cyst?
    i haven't had my period in prob 3 months....im very active and sometimes this will happen but it seems like its been way longer this time.
    about a week, week and a half ago i was having lots and lots of clear jelly discharge that would be so extreme it would soak through my underwear. it occurred for about 2 weeks then just disappeared.
    lately after i eat anything i feel nauseous for like 10min + ...werid
    you know the achy feeling in your abdomen and even legs when your on your period? well its been like that lately and idk why...its like i have all the awful things that come with your period without the blood lol
    at some points the pain is very very uncomfortable and there is almost some pressure too. its achy and painful.
    any ideas??

    • ANSWER:
      Omg..I feel your pain! I have had an ovarian cyst before not fun!!! I actually am calling my doctor tomorrow because I too have been having the clear gooey discharge etc..It's gross I know!! Also, pain in the abdomen and upper stomach area, and sometimes frequent urination and also when having a bowel movement can put pressure on that spot and cause more pain!! Your symptoms sound a lot like a cyst, but I'm no doctor I would definitely make an appt to have a pelvic exam done to see if they feel something if they do they will send you for an ultrasound to see how big if it's filled with fluid or solid!! If it's fluid filled it will burst on its own like my first one did...it was a weird burning sensation..although if it's solid and bothersome they have to surgically removed it!! I do wish you the best hopefully if that's what it is, it's only fluid no surgeries :0)

  27. QUESTION:
    does it sound like i have an ovarian cyst?
    I have had abnormal white-ish cream colored discharge VERY HEAVY for 2 years now. I asked my gyno she said she wasnt worried. I finally went back and she did a culture and realized there is something going on but it didnt come back as any stds. I have pelvic pain sometimes and feel sore vaginally most of the time. Anything sexual involving insertion is uncomfortable. My Gyno gave me antibiotics for 2 weeks for vaginal discharge infections such as BV, Trich, etc. But it didnt help. I have never had weird bleeding though. When i do menstrate it is VERY HEAVY. I am just wondering if anyone who has or had an ovarian cyst experienced anything similar to this??
    HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I had three ovarian cysts, and the only thing I can say about that worry is, you would experience pain above your hip bones, in your lower back, in your thighs, etc... It would make you uncomfortable and hard to do certain things like bending at the waist, it could also affect your hormones. So if you have that pain, your cycles have been longer than 28 days consistently, you have hormonal issues ; ie: feel like you are pmsing or about to get your period, bleeding between periods, then you may have a cyst. It can also cause pain during intercourse, frequent urination, vaginal dryness, etc.. If you don't have any of those symptoms, and it's simply pelvic pain and discharge it may be a lower problem, ovarian cysts should disrupt your cycle, cause pain and mood swings/weight gain, etc... Google the symptoms of ovarian cysts, and see if you meet at least 3 or 4 of the symptoms. If you're still worried about the cysts after that, then the good news is that you can get an ultrasound which will tell you yes or no! I hope this helps you, I know how frustrating it can be to know something is wrong but you're not sure what!! You'll get it figured out ;-)

  28. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst, ouch!?
    hiya , it might be best to read this first ... http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Aqc6A6PBsL7k4XE9ar_Yl1bsy6IX?qid=20070122191907AA91ckh

    So I have just come back from the doctors after going there with a pain in my left hand side

    Its been there for agessss now, and the pain has become more frequent and begining to go into my left leg.

    She examined me and it was really sore when she touched my left side and was even sore in the middle of my groin.

    She did a urine test and she said there was blood in it and decided it was a water infection so i am taking trimethoprim 200mg for 3 days

    I have come home and the pain is worse than ever, i think maybe its because she has prodded around, but the pain keeps making me jump with fright because sometimes its so sudden.

    I realllllllly do think i have a cyst back, can cysts become dangerous, and are they supposed to hurt this much :(

    • ANSWER:
      They can hurt tremendously if they are infected or blood filled. You could be experiencing mittelschmerz (see link) during some of the pain, and you could be experiencing cysts during others. To have one cyst form on either ovary once a month is normal. It is the bursting of that cyst that releases the mature egg. Sometimes, even on women that do not have cystic ovaries they can get infected. They are then called chocolate or fluid filled cysts. Sometimes they can rupture. Sometimes that rupturing can cause a secondary internal infection that is much worse.
      The blood in the urine sounds more like either a UTI (what you call a water infection) or endometriosis.
      Since you say you have normal periods, I can only say your doc is most probably correct that you have a water infection.
      I have included some links below to mittelschmers, a normal menstrual cycle, PCOS and endo in case you wanted to do some research on the other things it could be.

  29. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst!!! Driving me crazy!!! :(?
    Well I went into the hospital last night... I have swollen and tender nipples... Diarrhea... menstrual like cramps mainly on the right side.. I also had a little pink spot on Saturday..I have frequent urination... and my period is late.. (11/24)..{all of this has been going on since Friday night} I went to the hospital because I thought that it was my appendix .. I got a cat scan and they found out that I had a ovarian cyst on my left ovary (2cmX4cm) ((6cm is considered large))... (the appendix and everything else in fine) So they said that my symptoms did not have anything to do with the cyst! =( Has anyone ever had and ovarian cyst with these symptoms.... I still have all the symptoms.. All the hospital did was send me home and told me to follow up with my doctor!!!!!!! I dont know what to do.... Does this make me infertile, would this cause my period to be late... any advise?!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a number of bilateral ovarian cysts (which included functional (simple cysts) and hemorrhagic and endometrioma cysts (complex cysts)) over the past 10 years. I have needed surgery for 2 of these cysts because they didn't resolve after a few cycles (as they usually do resolve after a few cycles on their own) and have a number of ovarian cysts rupture over the years causing intense pelvic pain.

      Ovarian cysts are usually a common and harmless swelling of one or both ovaries. These cysts most often occur in women who are between puberty and menopause, when the ovaries are in high gear propelling out mature eggs. The term functional means the cyst is not caused by any underlying disease or disorder, and that it will possibly resolve (shrink and disappear) on its own in a few weeks.

      Your cyst definitely explains why you had the ovulation cramping you experienced for a while after your ovulation. Your ovarian cyst could also explain why you have missed your period.

      Some functional ovarian cysts have no symptoms and are discovered, if at all, during routine pelvic exams. Others can cause symptoms, including changes in the menstrual cycle, including shorter or longer periods, skipped periods, and/or spotting between periods, pelvic pain or ache, especially during sexual intercourse or at the start or finish of menstruation, feelings of nausea or queasiness or breast tenderness.

      I too have experienced nausea and breast tenderness whenever I have had an ovarian cyst and they do drive you crazy, especially with the pain you feel around your ovary.

      A functional ovarian cyst probably will not give you problems conceiving or leave you infertile, however, if it is recommended that you need surgery to remove a cyst, you can talk about your pregnancy plans with your surgeon, who can help you understand exactly what is to be done, and what the impact might be. A woman can be fertile with only one ovary, or with even one part of an ovary. Referral to a fertility specialist may be in order depending on your own unique situation and your age.

      I recommend that if you have any concerns regarding your ovarian cyst and because of your symptoms, that you speak to your doctor and ask him/her for a referral to see a gynaecologist (who specialises in female reproductive health) for further evaluation. Sometimes ovarian cysts can become large and can twist or rupture causing intense pain and sometimes turning into an emergency.

      Good luck :)

  30. QUESTION:
    Why haven't I gotten my period?
    I'm 15. I don't even remember when the last time I got my period... Maybe January? It's worrying me even though I know for a fact I'm not pregnant! My friend says it may be because I have an extremely healthy diet.. Is that true? I'm a serious runner so I am very healthy and exercise on a daily basis. But I don't get why that would change me from not having my period at all? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Low body fat = less frequent periods. Also ovarian cysts can cause periods to stop.
      Best get checked by the doctor.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can ovarian cysts cause vaginal burning, itching, and frequent urination?

    Here's the thing. I have been tested for both infections. Negative.

    • ANSWER:
      That has never been the case with me. Mine only had pain in the ovary. You really need to make an appt with your GYN, your symptoms indicate some kind of infection. Do not self diagnose.

  32. QUESTION:
    What could cause me to have my period just twelve days after my last?
    I received my period twelve days after my last, and twelve days early. What could be the cause for this?

    • ANSWER:
      Periods that are too frequent (more often than every 28 days also called "metrorrhagia") can be related to several predisposing factors:

      If the periods are otherwise normal, then a short "luteal phase" or insufficient ovarian production of progesterone may be responsible. If the periods are inconsistent, then failure to ovulate and the resulting anovulatory bleeding may be responsible. If the periods are actually normal and once a month, but there are episodes of bleeding in between the periods, then mechanical factors such as fibroids or polyps may be responsible. Women with hyperthyroidism are classically described as experiencing frequent, heavy periods. They, in reality, rarely show that pattern, but we usually screen these patients for thyroid disease anyway.

      Early stages of pregnancy might be a possible cause as well, but it could happen if you change your eating habits, are stressed, have a lot on your mind, etc. Our emotions and hormones collide a lot.

      I've experienced frequent periods too in the past that was caused by ovarian cysts.

      There could be other causes for the frequent periods you are experiencing and I would recommend you see your doctor/gyno for further evaluation to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  33. QUESTION:
    what could cause me to have a menstrual cycle every two weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      Periods that are too frequent (more often than every 28 days also called "metrorrhagia") can be related to several predisposing factors:

      If the periods are otherwise normal, then a short "luteal phase" or insufficient ovarian production of progesterone may be responsible. If the periods are inconsistent, then failure to ovulate and the resulting anovulatory bleeding may be responsible. If the periods are actually normal and once a month, but there are episodes of bleeding in between the periods, then mechanical factors such as fibroids or polyps may be responsible. Women with hyperthyroidism are classically described as experiencing frequent, heavy periods. They, in reality, rarely show that pattern, but doctors usually screen these patients for thyroid disease anyway.

      Early stages of pregnancy might be a possible cause as well, but it could happen if you change your eating habits, are stressed, have a lot on your mind, etc. Our emotions and hormones collide a lot.

      I've experienced frequent periods too in the past that was caused by ovarian cysts.

      There could be other causes for the frequent periods you are experiencing and I would recommend you see your doctor/gyno for further evaluation to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  34. QUESTION:
    What can cause a woman to have her period early? Is something wrong?
    My Fiance is having her period 10 days after her last, and is worried. Please explain. Or enlighten us

    • ANSWER:
      Periods that are too frequent (more often than every 28 days also called "metrorrhagia") can be related to several predisposing factors:

      * If the periods are otherwise normal, then a short "luteal phase" or insufficient ovarian production of progesterone may be responsible.

      * If the periods are inconsistent, then failure to ovulate and the resulting anovulatory bleeding may be responsible.

      * If the periods are actually normal and once a month, but there are episodes of bleeding in between the periods, then mechanical factors such as fibroids or polyps may be responsible.

      * Women with hyperthyroidism are classically described as experiencing frequent, heavy periods. They, in reality, rarely show that pattern, but we usually screen these patients for thyroid disease anyway.

      I've experienced frequent periods too in the past that was caused by ovarian cysts.

      There could be other causes for the frequent periods your fiance are experiencing and I would recommend she sees her doctor/gyno for further evaluation to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst? Bacteria in lower bowel/intestines Women preferably?
    I'm trying to understand it a bit more. Since the internet just doesn't really explain it well enough. Anyone else have this or had it before? If so could you give me some advice or let me know the systems you had. I already went to see the doctors but they're waiting on making my appointment to do an ultra sound, then a month to wait for my results. The wait is hard because I continuously have pain when using the restroom, when I eat or when I work out. I'm scared so I just needed to ask. My family said they knew others who had something similar that had died from it by waiting too long. The doctors believe the cyst has already enlarged.
    Anyways the bacteria, what really are the causes? Can you really make you sick? I wake up in the morning finding myself sniffing having a headache, and having to use the restroom late at night, and more then usual.
    Any advice? and please don't be immature about this. It's serious.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had ovarian cysts before. I'm not sure about the bacteria tho. I will say with the ovarian cysts that I had, both ruptured on me and I had to go to the hospital cause it was miserable. I was in so much pain it was unreal. Each month during your ovulation period every woman forms a cyst or two or several. Most will get flushed away when you get your period but some of us lucky women don't have that happen and they stay around and will either rupture or have to be removed. I luckily had 3 and then have never had them again. The pain was just in my lower stomach and I had a rather large cyst in each ovary. I felt nauseous, made frequent trips to the bathroom, basically I stayed doubled over in pain. It's no fun. They should give you a pain killer to help you when you have the pain, but maybe something else could be going on with the bowel thing too. I'm not sure, but good luck and I know what you are going through :-(.

  36. QUESTION:
    how can you detect an ovarion cyst?
    am having a terrible pain on my left side below the hip bone

    • ANSWER:
      The larger the ovarian cyst is, the more likely it is to cause symptoms. When symptoms occur, they may include:

      Frequent urination, if a large cyst is pressing against your bladder.
      Abdominal pain.
      Menstrual period changes.
      Weight gain.
      More severe symptoms may develop if the cyst has twisted (torsion), is bleeding, or has ruptured. See your health professional immediately if you have any of the following pain, shock, or bleeding symptoms:

  37. QUESTION:
    cervical/uterine/ovarian cancer! Help?
    I've been having abnormal vaginal bleeding(+ other symptoms). I've been told this is a symptom of uterine and cervical cancer.
    I have been to a doctor. He has taken a pap smear, blood work and has made me an ultrasound for 3 days from now.
    I was wondering if ....
    A. Ovarian cancer can cause abnormal bleeding ?
    b. If its uterine will it show up on a pap smear or only the ultra-scan?
    C. Can cervical cancer cause frequent abnormal bleeding/ will it show up on an ultra-scan?

    I know it may not be cancer, but some other condition or infection. I just want to be prepared in case it is a more serious diagnosis. Hopefully not! :
    ultrasound* my bad.

    • ANSWER:
      Abnormal bleeding is a caused by several ovarian conditions which can be harmless: cysts being the most common of those possibilities.

      Your doctor is being very through. And yes, most cancers would show up on a scan.

  38. QUESTION:
    womans question..what could be causing a 2 week cycle?
    its been going on for months...i am not on contraception nor am i sexually active..its driving me crazy

    • ANSWER:
      Periods that are too frequent (more often than every 28 days also called "metrorrhagia") can be related to several predisposing factors:

      * If the periods are otherwise normal, then a short "luteal phase" or insufficient ovarian production of progesterone may be responsible.

      * If the periods are inconsistent, then failure to ovulate and the resulting anovulatory bleeding may be responsible.

      * If the periods are actually normal and once a month, but there are episodes of bleeding in between the periods, then mechanical factors such as fibroids or polyps may be responsible.

      * Women with hyperthyroidism are classically described as experiencing frequent, heavy periods. They, in reality, rarely show that pattern, but we usually screen these patients for thyroid disease anyway.

      I've experienced frequent periods too in the past that was caused by ovarian cysts.

      There could be other causes for the frequent periods you are experiencing and I would recommend you see your doctor/gyno for further evaluation to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  39. QUESTION:
    Pain on lower abdomen due to ovarian cyst or ovulation?
    For about 3 to 4 days I've been having this pain on my lower abdomen, usually on the left side but from time to time it switches to the right. I can have the pain on my left side and with a matter of minutes it switches to the right. The first day I got the pain it was pretty bad but nothing unbearable. As the days have gone by the pain has been less and less and less frequent as well. I was thinking maybe it was because I was ovulating but I don't really know when I begin to ovulate, according to this ovulation calculator it says :High fertility, begin significant fertility 11/25/09 and then it says ovulation end significant fertility 11/30/09. The pain started on the 25th but I don't know what those dates mean or anything, I don't know how to read the whole thing and I don't remember ever having pain on my ovaries like this before due to ovulation. I've been having more discharge lately, it's a white color. And I sometimes tend to get PMS symptoms 2 weeks early, so I thought maybe they are just cramps. I've also been feeling a bit nauseous. But this girl told me that it is an ovarian cyst. So from what I have described what does everybody think?
    I've read on many websites that pain during ovulation is normal and that there is something called mittelschmerz, a German word that means middle pain.
    Also I don't know if this means anything but 3 almost 4 months ago I took a Plan B pill since I had an accident with my boyfriend, I know I'm not pregnant, I've taken 3 pregnancy test(took one today in the morning) all of them came out negative and I've had 2 blood test done also and my doctor didn't tell me anything about being pregnant. I know that the pill can mess with your system so could this have some part in it as well? The pain that I got was somewhat similar to menstrual cramps, but the pain is pretty much non existent anymore, I only get mild pain at least twice a day, and the longest it last is 2 to 4 minutes.

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cyst can cause a lot of pain on ovulation. Most women have a real sharp pain for a couple of hours or so and then it goes away. So I don't think this is what you have. I suggest you talk to your doctor or nurse.

  40. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts? Ovarian cancer?
    Do these symptoms sound like they're to do with ovary problems?

    Persistant abdominable bloating and feeling of fullness

    Irregular/painful periods

    Constipation and painful bowel movements

    Bladder infection/frequent urination

    Infertility

    Family history of ovarian cancer and cysts

    Only 17 years of age though!?

    • ANSWER:
      Before anything else, you won't be able to know for sure until you get screened by an OBGyn. Everyone has different symptoms for different conditions, so just because you and I experience the same things doesn't mean we have the same things. Especially with a family history of cancer, you need to be vigilant in getting your regular exams- most people don't start until 18, but you have good reasons to go now.

      Ovarian cysts are usually harmless pests. They occur and usually resolve naturally without you even noticing. Some of them can be painful until they resolve. Some can twist and do all sorts of awesome, painful things but it rarely does anything other than cause pain. If they don't resolve after a period of time, most doctors prefer to remove them surgically, to get rid of the pain and to check the cyst for other potential problems (cancer?). I had one that twisted and ruptured, but never needed surgery. I had another that just stayed there for 2 years before I had surgery.

      As far as the other symptoms, I know from experience that endometriosis causes irregular, heavy and very painful periods (I also have significant pain when not on my period). I also have issues with BM, but I know that is because my endometriosis is so advanced that it's binding my bowels up. I was also told that I'd be infertile by pretty much now, but I have no way of knowing if that's true. My doctor told me for a year that she assumed I had endometriosis, but she couldn't diagnose me until I had surgery and she could physically see the lesions (they don't show up on ultrasounds or anything). The only thing they've been able to do for me is treat the pain. Some people have relief from some symptoms with birth control, but it's different for everyone.

      Like I said, go to a gyno. It's really not as bad as everyone makes it seem. They'll be able to tell you what symptoms are connected, what are coincidence and what the big picture is.

  41. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?
    My sister has an 'ovarian cyst' 15 cm i n width..... The average cyst rarely exceeds 5 cm...... can a cyst turn into cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cyst is:

      An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac in the ovary. Many cysts are completely normal. These are called functional cysts. They occur as a result of ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). Functional cysts normally shrink over time, usually in about 1 to 3 months. If you have a functional cyst, your doctor may want to check you again in 1 to 3 months to make sure the cyst has gotten smaller. In certain cases, your doctor may want you to take birth control pills so you won't ovulate. If you don't ovulate, you won't form cysts.

      If you are menopausal and are not having periods, you shouldn't form functional cysts. If you do have a cyst, your doctor will probably want you to have a sonogram so he or she can look at the cyst. What your doctor decides to do after that depends on your age, the way the cyst looks on the sonogram and if you're having symptoms such as pain, bloating, feeling full after eating just a little, and constipation.

      Ovarian Cancer:

      Recognizing ovarian cancer symptoms

      Ovarian cancer often shows no obvious signs or symptoms until late in its development. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

      General abdominal discomfort and/or pain (gas, indigestion, pressure, swelling, bloating, cramps)

      Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or frequent urination

      Loss of appetite

      Feeling of fullness even after a light meal

      Weight gain or loss with no known reason

      Abnormal bleeding from the vagina

      These symptoms may be caused by ovarian cancer or by other, less serious conditions. It is important to check with a doctor about any of these symptoms.

      To help find the cause of symptoms, a doctor evaluates a woman's medical history. The doctor also performs a physical exam and orders diagnostic tests. Some exams and tests that may be useful are described below:

      Pelvic exam includes feeling the uterus, vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, and rectum to find any abnormality in their shape or size. (A Pap test, a good test for cancer of the cervix, is often done along with the pelvic exam, but it is not a reliable way to find or diagnose ovarian cancer.)

      Ultrasound refers to the use of high-frequency sound waves. These waves, which cannot be heard by humans, are aimed at the ovaries. The pattern of the echoes they produce creates a picture called a sonogram.

      CA-125 assay is a blood test used to measure the level of CA-125, a tumor marker that is often found in higher-than-normal amounts in the blood of women with ovarian cancer.

      Lower GI series, or barium enema, is a series of x-rays of the colon and rectum. The pictures are taken after the patient is given an enema with a white, chalky solution containing barium. The barium outlines the colon and rectum on the x-ray, making tumors or other abnormal areas easier to see.

      CT (or CAT) scan is a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body created by a computer linked to an x-ray machine.

      Biopsy is the removal of tissue for examination under a microscope. A pathologist studies the tissue to make a diagnosis. To obtain the tissue, the surgeon performs a laparotomy (an operation to open the abdomen). If cancer is suspected, the surgeon performs an oophorectomy (removal of the entire ovary). This is important because, if cancer is present, removing just a sample of tissue by cutting through the outer layer of the ovary could allow cancer cells to escape and cause the disease to spread.

      If the diagnosis is ovarian cancer, the doctor will want to learn the stage (or extent) of disease. Staging is a careful attempt to find out whether the cancer has spread and, if so, to what parts of the body. Staging may involve surgery, x-rays and other imaging procedures, and lab tests. Knowing the stage of the disease helps the doctor plan treatment.

  42. QUESTION:
    Question about ovarian cysts/cancer?
    I went to my ob/gyn back in June mainly due to pelvic pain I was having generally on my left side. It had also been 2 years since my last pap. My doctor did a pelvic exam and a pap and after asking me a series of questions about my symptoms told me that I probably had a cyst on my ovary. She did not order an ultrasound though. She put me on birth control pills and told me if it did not help to call her back. Well about a week later I got a phone call that my pap was abnormal (ASCUS positive for low risk HPV) so I went back in for a colposcopy. The results of the colposcopy were CIN 1. I go back in November for a re-colpo. However, I am still having pain on my left side. It will go away for a couple of weeks and then come right back. The most painful time is during my period. I called my doctor and told him and he said to try one more pack of birth control pills and if it didn't help they would schedule more tests. My mom and my sister both have endometriosis. My mom had to have a complete hysterectomy when she was 22 due to her endometriosis. I am 25. I have been doing a lot of research and found out that your sigmoid colon runs very near your left ovary. So I thought maybe it could be diverticulosis. So I took some mild stool softners (that were not oh so mild!). I had major diarrhea that whole day (sorry if TMI). This made my left side hurt even more. Could it possibly be because when you have diarrhea it causes your colon to spasm and it rubbed against my cyst causing irritation? Also I had a c-section Jan 2008. Could I have developed adhesions causing my left side pain? Basically the only symptoms that I am having is left side pelvic pain (comes and goes.. sometimes it will hurt for 2 weeks sometimes it won't hurt at all for 2 weeks) and mild lower back pain (not sure if the lower back pain is from PMS or the cyst). I do not have any pain during sex, frequent urination, full feeling.. etc. Should I be concerned about ovarian cancer? I'm just ready to get the ball rolling and get an ultrasound. Should the doctor have ordered one first of all in the first place? I was just wanting some personal opinions and maybe some people that experienced similar things. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      If you have had pelvic pain for over a year and have been to the doctor that many times and they have not ordered tests to find the cause of your pain, you need to find a new doctor. Trying to self-diagnose will not help you. It is not likely to be ovarian cancer, as you would have symptoms by now. The doctor should have done an ultrasound in the first place or at least within the first few months. There are several types of ovarian cysts and they cannot always be determined what kind they are on imagining. However, benign cysts will respond to birth control pills, but there is no way to know if they are unless you can see if they are shrinking. This requires imagining.

  43. QUESTION:
    Ruptured Ovarian Cyst or Endometriosis Pain?
    Our daughter, almost 24, has had some bleeding on and off for over a month. She takes Seasonique (3 month birth control) to control the symptoms of her endometriosis (diagnosed by laproscopy 4 years ago). She has taken it for almost 3 years and has been very pleased with the reduction in the amount of pain from the endometriosis.

    Suddenly in January, pain on her left side increased greatly and the on and off bleeding began. She had an appointment with her OB/GYN who said it may have been due to the endometriosis. She managed to deal with the pain up until last week when, during the night, she has some take-your-breath-away pain on her left side which went on for a couple hours. 2 days later, she felt a "pop" on her left side and had a gush of heavy bleeding for 2 hours. The pain increased throughout the day until she eventually went to the emergency room as it was after hours at her OB/GYN and they couldn't do anything to immediately see her. They weren't able to do to an ultrasound at the ER (small town hospital) but scheduled one for 2 days later. The dr. who did an internal exam said the left side felt "full".

    On Tuesday she had the ultrasound and everything in her ovaries and uterus looked normal. She saw her OB/GYN again today and she says it could have been a cyst that ruptured, or it could be a flare-up of endometriosis. The pain is sometimes sharp, and the rest of the time she says it feels like there is a curling iron burning inside, on the left side. Her dr. would like to give her a Lupron shot, if it is endometriosis, to throw her into menopause. This seems like an unwise thing to do if it was a ruptured cyst since Lupron won't help with that and it's not even clear if it really helps reduced endometriosis pain.

    If you have had an ovarian cyst rupture, what were the symptoms before, during and after? How bad was the pain and how long did the pain last afterwards? If you have endometriosis, have you tried Lupron? Did it help?

    • ANSWER:
      I have suffered from many bilateral ovarian cysts over the past 11 years and have surgery 2 times to have them removed (it wasn't anything too serious) and was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2007.

      The symptoms I have experienced whenever I have ovarian cysts is pelvic pain, which is sometimes a constant dull aching, sometimes a sharp, stabbing type of pain. Whenever I have an ovarian cyst, I also experience pain with intercourse and pain during urination. I have severe period cramps and in the past when I have had an ovarian cyst gotten my period every 2 weeks and more recently I have had 2 late periods and heavy bleeding.

      Over the past 11 years of having ovarian cysts, I have also experienced a number of ruptured ovarian cysts and when I've had an ovarian cyst rupture, I had an onset of sharp, piercing pain, particularly in my lower pelvis. It almost felt as if though something inside me exploded causing a sharp stabbing pain, like a stab with a knife.

      I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2007 and also tried to take birth control pills continuously (skipping the placebo pills) so as to not have a period, but I eventually experienced breakthrough bleeding for 5 & 1/2 weeks and was changed to 2 different pills and found I was having frequent migraines and stopped the pill.

      I'm not currently using any form of birth control pills to treat my endo, but have been reading up on some information on how to change your diet to try to help relieve the symptoms of endometriosis and have been since my diagnosis of endo tried some of the foods mentioned and cut out and in a way I think it has helped somewhat.

      You can go to the following links:

      http://www.womens-health.co.uk/endo6.html
      http://www.endo-resolved.com/diet.html
      http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/483515

      I hope that your daughter will be able to find a treatment best suited for her own unique situation and that she can find some pain relief.

      Good luck :)

  44. QUESTION:
    what causes you to have too many periods?
    I'm 34 years old. For a very long time I had either no period or a really light period once a month. Now for the past 5 months they've been coming closer and closer together. It started out every two weeks, and now I'm getting a period every ten days or so. What gives? I'm a little underweight and have been anemic in the past but that's it. I'm going to see the Dr on monday, but I thought I'd see if anyone else has this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Periods that are too frequent (more often than every 28 days also called "metrorrhagia") can be related to several predisposing factors:

      If the periods are otherwise normal, then a short "luteal phase" or insufficient ovarian production of progesterone may be responsible. If the periods are inconsistent, then failure to ovulate and the resulting anovulatory bleeding may be responsible. If the periods are actually normal and once a month, but there are episodes of bleeding in between the periods, then mechanical factors such as fibroids or polyps may be responsible. Women with hyperthyroidism are classically described as experiencing frequent, heavy periods. They, in reality, rarely show that pattern, but doctors usually screen these patients for thyroid disease anyway.

      Early stages of pregnancy might be a possible cause as well, but it could happen if you change your eating habits, are stressed, have a lot on your mind, etc. Our emotions and hormones collide a lot.

      I've experienced frequent periods too in the past that was caused by ovarian cysts.

      There could be other causes for the frequent periods you are experiencing and I would recommend you see your doctor/gyno for further evaluation to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  45. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?
    I had ovarian cysts back when I was 18, but never knew about them and nothing was ever done for them. I had a sonogram done and they were discovered this way.

    In October of 2009, I went to the doctor for pain in my lower right abdomen. They thought I had appendicitis. When they went in there they said my appendix looked fine (they still took it) but that I had a large cyst on my right ovary. They removed it and cauterized it.

    My period is very irregular and my mom said that could be from cysts too. Anyway I'm having pain in that same spot on the lower right side, it's achy and crampy mostly, almost like period cramps. The pain comes and goes. I also occasionally feel this same pain on my left side. I know it's not period or ovulation cramps.

    I don't want to go to the doctor (don't have insurance right now) if I don't have to or if there's nothing they can do. I am not on the pill or anything. I am 23 years old, no kids.

    Does this sound like cysts? And could it have anything to do with why we are having a hard time conceiving?

    • ANSWER:
      symptoms for these cysts generally include -

      - pelvic pain, which can range from a dull heavy sensation (associated with large cysts) to a sudden, sharp pain

      - constipation

      - changes to your normal menstruation you may develop irregular periods, heavy periods or lighter periods than usual

      - feeling bloated

      - indigestion

      - frequent urination

      - painful sex

      Symptoms usually only appear after a cyst has ruptured or if they are very large in size or when it blocks the blood supply to the ovaries. You should contact your GP if you feel persistent pelvic pain and/or notice a change in your normal menstrual cycle.
      A sudden, sharp pelvic pain could be caused by an ovarian cyst rupturing (bursting) or blocking the blood supply to your ovaries. Diagnosis is usually through an ultrasound or by a blood test.

  46. QUESTION:
    How does Ovarian Cysts cause frequent urination?
    I was told I may have PCOS. However I don't see how it matches with the symptom of having to pee every 20 minutes.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Worried i have IBS, ovarian cysts or even wors cancer?
    So its been going on a while now im 23 have two young children my youngest is 20 months.
    I went to the doctors complaining of ..
    Dull period pain
    back ach
    bowel pain and urgancie to go when i get the pain recently iv needed to go after ever meal sometimes pain sometimes none its always dioriah.
    intergestion feeling of being full
    serious heart burn
    just genually feel unwell
    i havnt lost weight infact iv gaind around a stone in 3-6 months
    I am on injection so dont get my period.
    doctor examind me says my eyes look pale what does this mean? I know its a sign of anenia but i had bloods taking and i know that came back clear she checked for a few things like thiroid,anemia but not sure what els i have to go for an ultisound scan could it still be anything to do with ovarians?
    No stupid answers like "im a man"

    • ANSWER:
      No stupid answers. What are the injections for/ I'm curious. Is it for birth control because if it is, have they looked into the possibility of adverse reaction? IBS does not cause cancer of colon or ovarian cancer. The pain you're feeling, bloating, can result in ovarian cysts because they can get big enough to sit on lymph nodes in the groin preventing fluid from releasing. They never stop growing and never are cancer. IBS will cause a lot of abdominal pain and frequent movements. Your blood work came back clear which is the best sign. No anemia. Your ultrasound will probably be of your abdomen to see why there is so much pain there. All I can say is do as your Dr says and stop worrying about cancer. These days, so many worry about it with good reason because that's all we ever hear about. I feel pretty good about this and I hope you feel better soon. Blessings.

  48. QUESTION:
    What causes a woman to have TWO heavy periods per month?
    My mom is now 49 years old and has been having this problem for the last 3 months.... yes, I have tried all i can to get her to go to the dr... She is having two very heavy periods every month (like i said the past three months) (large clots, and heavy bleeding), also she says her breasts are very tender to the point thats uncomfortable to sleep on her stomach or even her side.

    I suggested maybe its ovarian cysts, or possibly perimenopause... Would someone who knows about this or possibly somone with experiance with similar symptoms, please share your thoughts... Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Periods that are too frequent (more often than every 28 days also called "metrorrhagia") can be related to several predisposing factors:

      If the periods are otherwise normal, then a short "luteal phase" or insufficient ovarian production of progesterone may be responsible. If the periods are inconsistent, then failure to ovulate and the resulting anovulatory bleeding may be responsible. If the periods are actually normal and once a month, but there are episodes of bleeding in between the periods, then mechanical factors such as fibroids or polyps may be responsible. Women with hyperthyroidism are classically described as experiencing frequent, heavy periods. They, in reality, rarely show that pattern, but we usually screen these patients for thyroid disease anyway.

      Early stages of pregnancy might be a possible cause as well, but it could happen if you change your eating habits, are stressed, have a lot on your mind, etc. Our emotions and hormones collide a lot.

      I've experienced frequent periods too in the past that was caused by ovarian cysts.

      There could be other causes for the frequent periods your Mom is experiencing, however I would recommend she sees her doctor/gyno for further evaluation to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  49. QUESTION:
    More Frequent Periods?
    My periods have been quite regular for atleast the past year,usually every 36-38 days.In July I was 2 weeks late but other than that quite regular.On September 11th(2 weeks early) I had a really light period that lasted 5 days instead of the usual 7 or 8 days.I had anouther period on September 27th that also lasted 5 days and was quite light.I just started anouther period today and it is so far quite light.Usually my periods are heavy from the start.Nothing has changed lifestyle wise,haven't really had alot of stress.In August I had an ultrasound done that revealed a few cysts and the doctor thought they were normal follicular cysts,I am going to a gyno in the beginning of November for a second oppinion due to pelvic pain.
    Could this be caused by the ovarian cysts?What other things could cause this?
    I was also wondering if black period blood was normal?I've had dark brown blood befor but never black

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you are spotting between periods. This could be caused by the ovarian cysts. The doctor may recommend you go on birth control to ease the flare ups of cysts and also regulate your periods.

  50. QUESTION:
    Bloated, frequent urination. confused help!?
    So I've been really bloated. I've been working out to try and get rid of the bloating but it's not working. I've also had to urinate more often. I used to have endometriosis cysts.. one on each ovary. But Ever since I stopped taking oral contraceptives they went away.
    I was just wondering if anyone has any ideas as to what it may be? I've done research and the main things I have gotten were ovarian cancer, and kidney infection. I do have back pain, but I also have back problems.
    And no, I'm not pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      Bloating can be caused by an intestinal infection by parasites or bacteria. Besides the things you mentioned, it can also be caused by an enlarged liver, constipation, fluid accumulation in the abdomen, or inflammation in the abdominal area. Since there are so many possibilities, you would need to be examined by a doc and possibly have a few tests to diagnose your condition.


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