Laser Surgery To Remove Ovarian Cysts

Probably the best thing that you can do to cure your ovarian cysts is to stay away from the toxins that are in doctor prescribed medications. If you have recurring ovarian cysts, then most likely, these toxins are the culprit.

Getting rid of the harmful toxins is the first step in any natural cure for ovarian cysts. Water is the top way to get rid of the toxins.

By flushing out the toxins with extra water intake, you are on the path to recovery. You can start the healing process by drinking at least ten glasses of water a day.

You will find that you will be going to the restroom more often. Once the stored water that is full of toxins is expelled, your body will return to normal.

These extra trips to the bathroom is what needs to happen. You should notice a reduction of the swelling in your pelvic area and lower abdomen. Lower pressure on your pelvic area means less pressure on the ovaries.

A natural treatment for ovarian cysts is going to remedy the root cause of the problem, not just cover it up as medications and even surgery will do. Removing the cysts is commonly practiced by doctors, and if they rupture, then this is going to be needed. And, as you now know, surgery does nothing to keep them from recurring. The root cause of the cysts needs to be addressed or they will return sooner or later.

By incorporating a natural remedy, you will be getting to the root cause. Just a change in a little part of your lifestyle can be a huge difference. It might take months or even a year for the cysts to go way on their own. Do you really want to suffer from the pain and discomfort for that long. Pain relief is why you are reading this article, and waiting for the cyst to go away on their own is going to mean more pain.

You will be gald to know that the majority of women are now including a natural cure for ovarian cysts, and shying away from conventional treatments. Please try a natural treatment before you resort to adding even more toxins to your body.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can anyone provide information on laser surgery for ovarian cysts?
    I want to possibly request from my GYN to have laser surgery done on my ovaries to clear the current cysts from them due to the sharp pain every now and then, as well as no one can grab me by my pelvic area even to tickle me because it hurts. I have lots of cysts on my ovaries, majority on my right side (which I feel constantly but not a sharp pain, more like throbbing from being swollen). Both ovaries are swollen and I have PCOS so I have quite a few cysts.

    Can someone either provide me with information (links), pictures of the procedure, etc. or tell me about their experiences? As well as the pain (after wards--since I'm assuming you'd be given anesthesia?)

    Please only seriously people answer. I've had people answer with the answers of "Idk". If you don't know then simply don't answer. Best answer receives 5 points.
    Sorry I meant 10 pts. Typo.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there Steph,
      I have PCOS too =/
      I am not sure if there is a laser surgery to remove the cysts on our ovaries, being that typically women with PCOS have so many cysts. However, I did look it up and read some on the laser surgery for ovarian cysts. I know they a hysterectomy is always an option, in which I have heard the pain is not very bad, nor is the recovery time.

      Anyway, hope this helps. Good luck!

      http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Ovarian+Cysts

  2. QUESTION:
    I am having surgery to remove and ovarian cyst?
    isnt there a lasic surgery where they can remove an ovarian cyst? and what is it called? DETAILS please

    • ANSWER:
      Are you thinking of a laparoscopy, where they make only a small incision to remove the cyst? They insert a small camera tube into the small incision, and do laser-guided surgery. It's much less invasive than opening you up. But it takes more skill than other surgeries because it's so delicate.

  3. QUESTION:
    mild polycystic ovarian disease, natural help?
    Was diagnosed at 22yrs, now 26, still get irregular periods, excess hair, some period pain.
    Am quite happy the way im going and do not want children, any suggestions on natural alternatives which may help? Not on any medication and do not want any.

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts can be and should be removed by laser surgery. It is a lot less painful to have this done that to try to persevere with naturopathic remedies. Also I believe that keeping going with ovarian cysts can result in ovarian cancer.

      Please consult your GP and get referred to a gynaecologist who will remove them under general anesthetic. You should be able to go home withing 24 hours.
      http://www2.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcsearch/bhcsearch?start=0&searchtext=ovarian+cysts&SearchTop=Search
      http://worldwidescience.org/topicpages/o/ovarian+cysts.html
      http://www.chacha.com/question/are-cysts-cancerous

      I hope that this information helps.

      Cheers!!!

  4. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst?
    I was told I have ovarian cyst but was pregnant. If they haden't gone away after I gave birth then at my 6 week check up she may talk about surgery. She said if they still looked the same or got bigger she would use a laser surgery to remove them. I don't see anything on this page about laser surgery. Is that done?

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of lasers for ovarian cysts. I always thaought that it had to be invasive survery during pregnancy. I knoe a lady who had to have that done about 2 years ago.. It turned out alright. Good luck with this.

  5. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Operation?
    I have been told that I need to have surgery on my right ovary to remove the cyst.This will be 6 weeks after my son is born and he is due on or about April 10 . Has anyone gone through this and what do I need to be expecting-meaning is it large surgery or is it done with a laser,will I need bed rest after,that sort.

    • ANSWER:
      I had to have one removed. Slight scar in the bikini area. Mine turned out to be a larger than expected surgery and required 6-8 weeks to recover. Today they are easier than mine was, or so I am told.

  6. QUESTION:
    Surgery Scar Removal Cream??
    I just had an ovarian cyst removed and now I have this large scar from my belly button all the way down to the hair line, this is my third surgery and they keep cutting out the old scar so thats nice, but I want to know if any one has tried scar removal creams for scars this large and if so which one worked best for you?

    I know its not pretty so I don't need to be told that...
    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      I tried various products to help reduce the scarring from my thyroid surgery several years ago (different kind of scar, I know, but this one is about seven inches long and quite wide so I know about trying to reduce large scars!), and the thing that I think worked best for me was the silicone sheets that you can get - there are various different kinds out there, but the best ones I found were called Cica Care and were made by Johnson & Johnson. They were actually recommended for me by a doctor I was referred to for a few sessions of laser scar reduction (also worth looking into - it can reduce redness, if nothing else!), and he was right - used over a period of a few months, the silicone sheets did seem to help with flattening the scar out and keeping the skin softer than it would otherwise have been.

      The sheets are quite large (I cut mine to fit my scar) and you can just stick them right onto the scar - much better than the kind of thing that comes with tape etc to stick it on. I know the position of your scar might make it quite awkward to keep the things on, though - I did have some trouble with mine, I only used them when I was at home and able to reattach them as necessary - I'd put them on at night, too, and often wake up to find the sheet detaching itself... they're easily 'reactivated' just by wetting them, though - they have to be washed in warm water daily just to keep them clean and get their 'stickiness' back.

      Anyway, I know you asked about creams, not sheets, so as to the creams, gels etc that I used... I can honestly say I doubt any of them made much of a difference, although I did try a few for a while, just to feel that I was doing everything I could to reduce the scar and improve its appearance. I used Bio-Oil - not sure it did much to reduce the scar itself, but it did seem to help keep it soft and supple rather than allowing it to harden. Another one I tried (not specifically for scars, but a few people who'd used it on scarring recommended it to me) was a gel by Decleor called Prolagene - supposedly it strengthens the skin, improves its structure, blah blah blah... it was very nice to use (expensive, but I only needed a bit at a time and it came in a huge bottle)... again, it seemed to keep the scar tissue feeling nice and soft, but I can't say it did anything to improve the appearance of it or reduce it.

      Not that you asked, but I really have to say the single thing that has REALLY worked to improve the scar is time - it's been over three years since I had my surgery, and when I look at it now it's hard to believe it was once so red and raised and obvious... it's definitely much, much better now. I hope it fades a lot more, but it's nothing like it was... but other than that, the thing that really made a noticeable difference (to the colour of the scar - it really reduced the redness) was the laser treatment. I only had a few sessions, and never got around to having more, but I think it definitely did a lot to make the scar more 'skin-coloured' and less obvious.

      Good luck - it will improve with time, one day you'll suddenly notice that it seems to have got better overnight!

  7. QUESTION:
    Do I need surgery for small Ovarian cysts?
    I don't actually know right now if I have ovarian cysts or not. But I have been booked to have an ovarian ultrasound scan to check because I've been having irregular periods.

    I was looking through some information on how it works and what happens next if cysts are there.

    I know that if the cysts are large they need surgery to be removed. And I found lots of information on that, but I couldn't find enough information on what happens if the cysts are smaller.

    Would I still need surgery? are there any pills? is there like laser thing that can happen i dont know??:/

    I also know that some doctors just say wait for it to go away on its own, but what if it doesnt? would i need surgery then?

    I'm just scared for the consequences to be honest, and I want to know what can happen if I do actually have it. Just gathering information. Thanks for your time:)

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Does my mum have ovarian cancer or a cyst?
    My mum has a huge thing in her stomach area, something in the 10s of centre meters in diameter, and she's still waiting for results to find out what it actually is, and she does go into surgery next week to get it removed.

    The doctors said it was one of three things, the first was a cyst, the second was ovarian cancer and the third I didn't hear (I was hoping any of you could tell me what it could be. They said they've ruled out the cyst because the tissue is hard or something, I'm not sure.

    I'm sorry I can't be more informative, she's not being very communicative with me, I've only learnt this by overhearing conversations she has with family friends.

    My mum is in her early 50s, if that helps. :(

    Thanks
    Thanks nancy, that made me feel a little better

    • ANSWER:
      None of us can tell you what it is but ovarian cancer has a lot of symptoms that go along with it and they may or may not include a large tumor. You said "stomach area" so that could mean something in her tummy or intestines. She may just have a non-cancerous tumor that can easily be removed through laparoscopic methods (they make a small incision and remove it with a laser).

      She may also have a big fibroid tumor in her uterus. Those are non-cancer. She may be having her uterus removed, which is an easy surgery but if you are a guy, it may be the reason she's not saying so much about it to you. See if you can talk to her about it and tell her you are worried.

      I wish you both luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    Possible ovarian cyst with continuous brown discharge?
    I've had the thick brown discharge for a while now. In the end of november i had laser surgery to remove high grade abnormal cells on cervix. i dont know if thats related to current prob tho. End of december I experienced a sharp sudden pain on lower right abdomen during sex. thought it was a fluke but the same pain recurred during the next 2x having sex. Went to gyn and he said I had possibly ruptured an ovarian cyst during sex (he hadnt detected cyst b4). Was referred to a sonogram (still waiting for the past two weeks for those results). In the meantime i had a period that was a week late. After the period finished I had thick brown discharge that has appeared (significantly) every day for a month until now, when I began my period again today (on time this time) (still a bit brown tho, but its just the beginning). I'm worried that it may be endometriosis or another cyst or something on my uterus.anyone have any thoughts? thought i'd ask while i wait for ultrasound results.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. Sounds like you have what is called a "chocolate cyst" on your ovary. I had the same thing and it took forever to diagnose. Sometimes they are detectable from an ultrasound, but most of the time they're not. The deep brown discharge you're having is why this specific type of cyst is called a "chocolate cyst". The discharge resembles chocolate. Yuck, I know..
      Having sex will irritate it, depending on the exact location. You should rule out an ectopic pregnancy just to be on the safe side. An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that is present in the fallopian tube, rather than your uterus. A home pregnancy test will confirm a pregnancy - but you should see you're doc if you suspect this.
      If you continue to have this dark discharge, and the pain, you should contact your doctor before you get the results back.
      A heating pad on the area should help until you can see the doc. Good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    I have an ovarian cyst in my left ovarie, do they tend to dissapear? should I be very worried? I am stressed?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had..still have Ovarian Cysts. THey do disappear, and reappear. Almost every woman gets them. Just some experience them with pain too. Mine were painful and about to or did rupture so I was in and out of the hospital for months, and hed Laser surgery to remove some that grew to big...
      Birth control is a BIG helper for ovarian cysts.
      Ive read that Green tea is a big cause for them. So I stopped drinking it. And so far I havent been back to the doctor for them.
      Mine were very painful. nothing helped. not even HOT baths, so i say if your hurting go back to the doctor...otherwise-if it grows anymore before it disappears you will either be put on birthcontrol. or ust have a small laser surgery.

  11. QUESTION:
    can a cyst affect a female in the long run?

    so having an oviariqan cyst would not affect a female from haiving kidz later on in life if she has to get it surgically remove
    so i have a 2cm oviarian cyst what do you think my chances are of gettin surgery to remove it???

    • ANSWER:
      An ovarian cyst on one ovary might make your chances of becoming pregnant a little more difficult if the cyst is removed because if it was surgically removed they might have to remove the entire ovary. But the good news is that you have another ovary on the other side so you would only ovulate every other month instead of every month. But modern technology might have advanced so far that they could get the cyst out with some laser surgery and not damage the ovary. There are so many ifs involved in medical procedures that I cannot give you and exact answer.

  12. QUESTION:
    Cyst on ovary...questions...?
    I am 24 years old and have been on birth control for last two years and this is my first cyst. Causes pain during intercourse and physical exam. I am scheduled for a laparascopy on Monday, just kind of worrying about it. Having a lot of pains in my back now as well. What are the chances I will need a laparotomy and not a laparoscopy? Also being that it is 6.4 cm what are chances it has done damage to my ovary???

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, I have a 10.1 cm left ovarian cystic mass on mine. I chose to have drug treatment to reduce mine before surgery. Most cysts are due to either excessive caffeine or too much estrogen. Mine's from estrogen so I'm on Lupron which puts me in a drug induced menopause to shrink it. No periods or anything, I love it. I'm down to 5.0 now and want to get to 2cm then they can laser it away.

      I was given the choices you have by one doctor. Actually when I persisted for details she said they'd probably remove my entire ovary! I wasn't happy with that and terrified. Sometimes the cysts break and they hurt or they can torque/twist and cause serious problems. There could be ovarian damage too. I would call the dr tomorrow and ask what other options there are for it. Did they do a ca125 test to be sure you don't have ovarian cancer? I had one of those, it's a blood test you should have before surgery on it. I don't mean to scare you with that but you should know all the options out there and be sure it's just a cyst and you won't wake up with something done you didn't want done.

      My first doctor was pushy and pushed surgery telling me she'd take the whole ovary, she had the nerve to set it up without my permission too, I opted for a 2nd opinion and wound up loving the doctor and how she explained ALL options and let me choose.

  13. QUESTION:
    Hemorrhagic cyst. . .will they effect my reproductive system if not treated?
    I had a miscarriage last month.
    I was almost 7 weeks pregnant and it was Unilateral Twin Pregnancy. Dr Performed surgery, and removed the fetuses from my left tube, and blocked it. Since then, i was having sharp shooting pain, n my left and right side and lower abdomen. I had pain during getting up , walking, and even lying position. It aggrevated whenever i did some heavy lifting.
    1st i got UTI test done, all was clear in that report. I kept on telling my gynae that i am unwell, and this pain is getting worst . She called me for checkup, and sent me for TransVaginal, and endosonography, This revealed multiple cysts on my right side of ovaries. Ulra-sounds also revealed inflammed Right tube.
    After going thru my reports, my new gynae said that it COULD be A Hemorrhagic cyst.

    I could have ignored this too,as i was doing earlier.. i was thinking that i am having these problems as a result of my miscarriage that i had. And it might will take me time to heal. But 3 nights back I started having Piercing pain, and bleeding that was very heavy, with worse cramps.
    I had blood transfusion , as i am anemic.

    My gynae said that it was due to rupture of cyst.
    She says that one of my cyst is almost the size of a mulberry! and others are almost the size of a grape.
    She says that there is a risk of bursting.
    She also added that i should get them removed ASAP

    I wanto ask

    -how hazardous is it if i dont get it removed?
    -is there any medical / laser treatment option?
    -will this effect my fertility? As my dr told me that my future pregnancy after an ECTOPIC Pregnancy and its miscarriage can be difficult but not impossible

    It was my 1st pregnancy, and still i am unable to get myself out of that loss.
    When things will get better for me?
    I want this pain to end, and wanto start a life with no pain and everything right.

    im just 21 at the moment and these problems are making me sick!

    Kindly guide me.

    • ANSWER:
      I definitely think they should be removed. Leaving them there can result in future complications, more growing, etc, and it will be very painful. I would ask her about your options as far as having them removed goes. Most people who get ovarian cysts have an extremely difficult time conceiving, so though it is possible to get pregnant after this, it is pretty unlikely unfortunately. Some people opt to have a hysterectomy. But you are young, maybe you will pass this. Definitely talk with your doctor about preventative measures as well. Either way, your doctor will know what's best for you. If she says you should get them removed, you probably should. I had a cyst removed from my breast that I didn't think was a big deal and then I found out after it was removed that it had quadrupled in size in a matter of 2 weeks.

  14. QUESTION:
    How soon can I try to get pregnant after surgery?
    5 weeks ago I had a laser surgery for cervix dysplasia, next week Im having laparoscopy for ovarian cyst, and (maybe) endometriosis. How soon can we try for baby???

    • ANSWER:
      I had laparoscopic surgery to remove a cyst earlier this year. The surgeons told me that after the surgery, I had to be on pelvic rest (which means you can t have sex, use tampons, etc.) for six weeks while my body recovered. You ll probably be told something similar. Once you re off pelvic rest and feel like you ve healed, you should be able to try and get pregnant, but I d recommend checking with your doctor to be sure. Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    24 with cysts on both ovaries?
    I am 24 years old and have been on Depo since 2002 and do not have a period that often. I have never been pregnant or had cysts before. In March I had laser surgery to remove potentially harmful cells in my cervix. I also had the Gardisil shot. I have had low back pain for several months now on the left side, it goes into my hip sometimes and it's terrible. I went to therapy and had an MRI when that didn't help. Yesterday the MRI results showed cysts on both ovaries. I go for an gyno exam on Jan. 15th...
    The back pain I've had for a while but not the ovarian discomfort. I'm really worried about this and I prefer that they be removed right away. What can I expect? Is it normal to have them on both ovaries? Should I try a different birth control? Help...

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the kind of cysts that they are yes it can be normal for some women to have cysts on both ovaries. And sometimes the cysts can go away on their own too (something I've had happen to me before).

      Going on the pill could be an option depending on your overall medical history.

      I am also going to include the link to a site that might help you find more information. The link is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

  16. QUESTION:
    Does chickweed herb really dissolve ovarian cysts?
    I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst which is causing me much pain. I have been taking the chick weed herb in a tea as prescribed by an herbalist 3 times a day.

    Does chick weed really do what they say it will? Anyone had any success with it? Thanks. =)

    • ANSWER:
      I have studied herbs for 15 plus years, and yes! chickweed does help with cyst...

      make sure you say away from caffeine and chocolate, as these will tend to make cyst grow.. ( little wont hurt)

      make sure to get a ultra sound and if the doctor recommends removal, do so..

      if they get to big, it can damage the ovary, and then the ovary will need to be removed, and sometimes laser is not a option so they will have to to a surgery similar to a c-section..(same cut)

  17. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Is This Possible?
    If you have an ovarian cyst then do you have to get a historectome??? Or can they laser it out? Loths of info please. will chosse best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Typically, ovarian cysts are functional (not disease or cancer related) and occur as a normal process of ovulation. During the days before ovulation, a follicle grows. But at the time of expected ovulation, the follicle fails to break open and release an egg, as it is supposed to. Instead, the fluid within the follicle remains and forms a cyst.

      Functional, or physiological, ovarian cysts usually disappear within 8-12 weeks without treatment. They are relatively common, and are more common during a woman's childbearing years (puberty to menopause). Ovarian cysts are rare after menopause.

      Functional ovarian cysts are not the same as ovarian tumors (including ovarian cancer) or cysts due to hormone-related conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease. Some non-functional ovarian cysts must be treated to go away.

      An ovarian cyst can cause pain if it pushes on nearby structures, ruptures or bleeds. Pain may also occur if the cyst is twisted or causes twisting (torsion) of the fallopian tube.

      Symptoms of ovarian cysts can include:

      * Pelvic pain - constant, dull aching
      * Pain with intercourse or pelvic pain during movement
      * Pain during bowel movements
      * Pelvic pain shortly after beginning or ending a menstrual period
      * Abnormal uterine bleeding (change from normal menstrual pattern)
      * Longer than usual menstrual cycle
      * Shorter than usual menstrual cycle
      * Absent menstruation
      * Irregular menstruation
      * Abdominal bloating or swelling

      Often no symptoms are noted and ovarian cysts are found only be routine examinations. Usually birth control pills may be prescribed to help establish normal cycles and decrease the development of functional ovarian cysts.

      Simple ovarian cysts that are larger than 5-10 centimetres and complex ovarian cysts that persist should and will usually be surgically removed via laparoscopy (minimal invasive surgery).

      I would recommend that if you think you have an ovarian cyst that you consult with your doctor/gyno about this and ask them to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

      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 I still have both my ovaries and my uterus.

      I hope this helps to answer your question. Good luck :)

  18. QUESTION:
    can uterine fibroids b removed with laproscopy?

    • ANSWER:
      During operative laparoscopy, many abdominal disorders can be treated safely through the laparoscope at the same time that the diagnosis is made. When performing operative laparoscopy, the
      physician inserts additional instruments such as probes, scissors, grasping instruments, biopsy forceps, electrosurgical or laser instruments, and suture materials through two or three additional incisions. Lasers, while a significant help in certain surgeries, are expensive and are not necessarily better or more effective than other surgical techniques used during operative laparoscopy. The choice of technique and instrumentation depends on many factors including the physician s experience, location of the problem, and availability of equipment. Some problems that can be corrected with operative laparoscopy include removing adhesions from around the fallopian tubes and ovaries, opening blocked tubes, removing ovarian cysts, and treating ectopic pregnancy. Endometriosis can also be removed or ablated from the outside of the uterus, ovaries, or peritoneum. Under certain circumstances, fibroids on the uterus can also be removed. Operative laparoscopy can also be used to remove diseased ovaries and can assist in the performance of hysterectomy. There are risks associated with laparoscopy. Postoperative bladder infection and skin irritation are most common. Adhesions may form. Hematomas of the abdominal wall can occur near the incisions. Pelvic or abdominal infections may occur. Serious complications of diagnostic and operative laparoscopy are rare. The major risk is damage to the bowel, bladder, ureters, uterus, major blood vessels, or other organs, which may require additional surgery. Injuries can occur during the insertion of various instruments through the abdominal wall or during operative treatment. Certain conditions may increase the risk of serious complications. These include previous abdominal surgery, especially bowel surgery, and a history or presence of bowel/pelvic adhesions, severe endometriosis, pelvic infections, obesity, or excessive thinness. Allergic reactions, nerve damage, and anesthesia complications rarely occur. Postoperative urinary retention is uncommon and venous thrombosis is rare. The risk of death as a result of laparoscopy is very small (around 3 in 100,000). When all possible complications are considered, one or two women out of
      every 100 may develop a complication, usually of minor consequence.
      Postoperative Care Following laparoscopy, the navel area is usually tender and the abdomen may be bruised. Gas used to distend the abdomen may cause discomfort in the shoulders, chest, and abdomen, and anesthesia can cause nausea and dizziness. The amount of discomfort depends on the type and extent of procedures
      performed. Normal activities can usually be resumed within a few days.
      Many gynecologic operations are performed via laparotomy, in which an incision ( bikini or up and down ) is made to open the abdomen. Patients generally remain in the hospital for several days following surgery and may return to work in two to six weeks, depending on the level of physical activity required. Many gynecologic procedures can also be performed by operative laparoscopy. Following operative laparoscopy, patients are generally able to return home the day of surgery and recover more quickly, returning to full activities in three to seven days. Some types of surgeries may be too risky to perform laparoscopically, while in others it is not clear that laparoscopy yields results as good as those by laparotomy. The surgeon s experience also plays a role in deciding whether operative laparoscopy or laparotomy should be used. When considering a gynecologic operation, the patient and her doctor should discuss the pros and cons of performing a laparotomy versus an operative laparoscopy.

  19. QUESTION:
    what is the difference if any between an ovarian cysts filled with blood and a chocolate cysts?
    before i was ever diagnosed with endo. i had a chocolate cysts burst on my ovary and it bound to my intestines. ouch!! 10 yrs later i m told i have a blood filled cysts on my right ovary. i had a partial hysterectomy last yr and was wondering if this is a sign its coming back or if its just a regular cysts with just a bit more pain and not endo related. and aside from surgury,...is there anything i can do to get it to go away quicker? or to make it burst and be done with it? anticipation mixed with the pain of feeling like your ovarys bein squeezed to death just aint doin it for me. lol and btw..its not strangulated. just hurts like hell. any help would be great!! thank you. t.
    ok but is blood in a cysts mean for sure its a chocolate cysts or not? and yes ive already done the lupron and its a horrible drug. i have permanent bone loss from it. been there done that with about everything possible related to endo. just wondering if this is the same thing repeating all over again.

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts filled with blood and debris are chocolate cysts; they are the same. They are called Endometriomas, often present in a lot of women with Endo and can become excruciatingly painful and quite large. I'm sure you know, but a hysterectomy is not a cure for Endo. The recurrence, such as that which you are experiencing, is quite high in the 5 year window following the procedure. If all Endo is not truly removed, it will recur, no matter whether you have uterus, ovaries, tubes, etc. or not. There is no cure for Endometriosis. Anyone telling you different is simply uninformed or is still adhering to outdated myths and old wive's tales like "pregnancy, menopause and hysterectomy are curative." They aren't, nor are any meds a cure - they can provide temporary relief for some women some of the time, but they are only stop gap measures and all come with potentially negative and long lasting side effects. HOWEVER, there are ways to get help and feel better...my suggestion would be to seek the help of a true Endo specialist, one who can truly surgically *excise* the disease through advanced laparoscopic surgery. Excision is far different from the ablation, fulguration, cauterization and vaporization methods commonly used by most doctors who think that because they took a laser course, they are suddenly Endo experts. Typically, they will laser "what they could" and place the patient on suppresive meds afterwards. This is common, but it is not the best practice. Excision through any means (laser, monopolar scissors, etc.) is supported by scientific data as being the best way to eradicate the disease with a very low recurrence rate for the long term. Please visit any of the following websites to learn about excision and see one of the specialists:

      www.centerforendo.com
      www.endometriosistreatment.org
      www.endoexcision.com
      www.adlap.com
      www.drcook.com

      Good luck and I hope it all works out and you are able to be seen by someone who can truly help you, as those docs at the links above. You have a right to have your disease effectively treated and regain your quality of life - you need not suffer. Best wishes.

  20. QUESTION:
    I have been having rupturing ovarian cysts for 3 yrs now, and was told that it may be Endometriosis. Help!?
    I also had this happen about 20 yrs ago and they continued for a few years before mysteriously stopping. At that time the dr's had also thought that I probably had endo.. (no difinitive diagnosis). Here I am years later dealing with this horrific pain again. Possibly its that I am nearing the other end of my cycle (meno.) and the reverse is occurring??? I don't have terrible cramping with my periods now (I did when I was younger) however I have these terrible bursting cysts. They sent me for a vaginal sonogram, which confirmed that I am prone to large cysts growing. Of course there is no way to know if they are going to continue till they burst or absorb like normalones. The doctors advised that I needed to go on birth control, which not wanting to go onto any medication ( I am already on quite a bit from having a spinal injury - arachnoiditis from the birth of my daughter, no link between 2, this was from dr's multiple errors) I did anyway, with the hopes of it stopping these rupturing cysts for continueing. Well apparently it has not stopped them, however who knows if I would have had many more if i hadn't gone on the BC. The drs adv that the only way to confirm endo is by getting the laproscopy. Which with my spine injury would be VERY uncomfortable BUT if its the only way to know I will do it. But it seems that everything I read I don't really see anyone really stating that they have rupturing or bursting cysts. Does anyone else deal with these? DO you have endo?

    What is the treatment for endo? 1 of the reason I agreed to trying the BC was because the dr had said that that was how endo can be treated as well. Is this true? I am so sorry for the questions, I am just really concerned, and SO tierd of having to deal with the pain from them rupturing. If any one had ANY info on any of this, any info on what I can do to STOP them from occurring, PLEASE repond. I appreciate any words of wisdom more than you could know.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I had endo for over 20 yrs. 3 yrs ago I finally had to have a complete hysterectomy (i have no children-tried several fertility treatments, no luck). I did have cysts on my ovaries as well as having the endo. they say that the two are related, but to be honest, i don' think doctors really know! I tried every treatment available to treat the endo, because as I am sure they told you, there is no cure for endometriosis and endo SUCKS! You say you are already on the birth control, which of course is one option, then there is a drug called Lupron. Lupron puts you into a false menopause if you will. You will get hot flashes!! just as if you were going thru menopause. And they are NOT fun. There is also long term and permanent side effects from the Lupron. It is an injection that you receive 2 times in a six month period. I would defiantly read up on it before trying it!! see what others have to say about their experience with it, I believe that is even a Lupron Victims website out there, but with ever medication, you know that people claim that it was the meds that did this or did that...There is also an older drug called Danazol. Danazol will also stop your periods and you may have mild hot flashes. I am not even sure if doctor will still prescribe Danazol, but Danazol saved me from years of pain and misery! Technically you are only suppose to take it for 6 months, I was on it for over 2 yrs and finally my doc said enough, can't continue keeping you on this and that is when I decided to have the hysterectomy. Just recently though, I have been hearing about a procedure that is newer where they either freeze something (nerves) in the uterus and it will stop all pain caused from endo and other problems and unfortunately I cannot think of what it is called. Just be aware that, yes, you do have to have a Laproscopy to diagnose endo. it is outpatient surgery. The most painful part of the whole surgery is the gas that they pump into the abdomen, it takes a couple of days to dissipate and it is very painful, it moves up into your shoulders and back, etc. Also, if they do the Laproscopy then make sure that while they are in there to cauterize or laser the endo that they do find! and remove any cysts that can be removed! Good Luck to you!!

  21. QUESTION:
    endometriosiscan this turn to cancer if not taken care of and it is a very bad case of endometriosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Endometriosis is very common for women after having children. Some women do have it prior. It is just endometrial lining that builds up. Prevention is usually aided by taking birth control pills. If you are diagnosed with it, then laparoscopy (laser surgery) is performed to remove the endometrial lining. There is no link that it turns to cancer. Symptoms include extreme menstrual pain, menstrual nausea, and heavy bleeding. Some women do end up having ovarian cysts when they are diagnosed with endometriosis, no correlation though.

  22. QUESTION:
    Scar tissue/adhesions???
    How does your doctor diagnose you with having scar tissue or adhesions on or around your ovaries? What causes this scar tissue/adhesions? Could ruptured ovarian cysts cause scar tissue/adhesions? And if scar tissue/adhesions are found during surgery (laparoscopy) what is done to remove or to get rid of this scar tissue/adhesions?

    Also, does scar tissue or adhesions show up on ultrasound, cat scan, MRI or only if you have surgery?

    what could be possible symtoms of having scar tissue/adhesions on your ovaries or abdomen?

    • ANSWER:
      To the best of my knowledge the only way to really diagnose scar tissue or adhesion's is with laparoscopy surgery. I do not believe any imaging studies can actually see them... ( I am not positive about MRI and cat scan but I doubt it ) I do know the answer to the rest of your question positively however, a few things can cause them and yes ruptures ovarian cysts are certainly one of them. PCOS Polycsytic Ovarian Syndrome, PID ( pelvic Inflammatory disease ) which is really a secondary condition to infection ( usually if the STD variety ) , Chlamydia itself is also a leading cause, and trauma like past surgeries...and believe it or not having the laporoscopic surgery to look for adhesion's can even cause adhesion's later in life. Endometriosis can also cause adhesion's and the symptoms are often mistaken for adhesion's anyway. Both scar tissue/adhesion's and endometreosis can be treated by laser during a laporscopic surgery. SO basically the surgeon looks with the laporoscope through an incision in your belly button, they often make another one right above your pubic bone too ( a wand is used to push, pull, organs aside the camera is in the scope... At this point if anything like adhesion's is seen they can laser it out ( destroy it ) with a laser that is in the scope or where the wand was put it. Usually no other incisions are necessary.

      EDIT: I am sorry but I have to disagree with the person who posted below scar tissue can NOT be seen on Ultrasound. Perhaps her doctor told her they thought she had scar tissue due to an ovary being out of place or because they didn't find anything else on ultrasound... But I do know adhesions/scar tissue and endometreosis cannot be seen this way

  23. QUESTION:
    problems with the female reproductive system at the age of 20?
    I am 20 and never started having issues until about 2-3 years ago. I started to develop ovarian cyst. I get them on both ovaries. Last time, I went to the er for a rupturing cyst, they did a untra sound that showed multiple cyst and one that was hemorraging in the process. I can tell when they are there because if i turn a certain way i feel a dull/sharp pain and i feel a lot of pressure in my abdomen. Anyways, birth control doesn't agree with my body so i cant take that to help control them. I have tried all kinds. My main issue is, Lately i had 2 periods in one month, they were about a week and half apart and the second one was just awful and painful. and sex can be painful as well. Another concern is infertility. I am not trying to conceive but I am not trying to not to conceive either. my boyfriend and i have been together for 5 years and started having unprotected sex about 2 years ago and not one pregnancy scare. I am in the process of finding a new doctor right now because i have been to at least 4 different ones that wont take me seriously and tell me birth control will solve everything. also i am at great risk for cervical cancer, they found precancerous cells on my cervix when i was 15 and told me to get a pap smear every 6 months. and its been a little over a year since ive had one. but i am wondering if anyone could relate or give some opinions/suggestions on this matter. since i am the only female in my family with these problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely go back to a doctor and get yourself checked out. I have had cysts since I was 15 (I'm 24 now) and one of the cysts got so big that I had to have surgery to have it removed. It was after I became pregnant that they found it though so my entire pregnancy my son was next to this humongous cyst! It was only a water filled cyst but you really have to go find out if you have something similar. It could be why you haven't gotten pregnant, I consider myself very lucky that I had a baby with all these ovarian cysts. My cousin also has precancerous cells and she never had a pregnancy scare (even though she has had ample opportunities to get pregnant). So maybe this combination is causing you these problems. Go to a doctor that can help you beyond pills, maybe you need surgery. The surgery for cysts is usually done with a laser, even though mine wasn't.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any other ideas why i could have this pain? Or what i should do? Or even what doctor to see?
    I have had abdominal pain since I was 13, and I am now about to be 20. When i was 13, the doctors said the pain was due to ovarian cysts, and I was put on birth control. After they said they were gone, I quit going to the doctor until I was 18, but was always sensitive on my right lower side (even with kidney but in front not back). Well, I went back at 18, had to get a laparoscopy and was diagnosed with endometriosis. Pain went away for 2 months, then came back worse. I have been unable to take bc's since (mood issues). But have been assure my more then 1 doc that endometriosis is not the cause anymore. I have been in and out of the ER on morphine, the first few "diagnosis" was kidney infection/bladder infection..then I started having GI problems as well. After going to a GI doc, they wanted to do a colonoscopy, but I couldn't hold down the prep kit, and I haven't gone back yet. They put me on methscopolamine bromide (sp) and everything seemed good...
    although I still had lower back and side pain after walking or swimming. Then I my ovaries quit working, and i was given a hormone pill, then ended back up in the ER for ruptured ovarian cyst. That was about 3 weeks ago, I have been on a new bc for a week, but my lower back continues to hurt as well as sharp pains in my side. I have my gallbladder,appenix,blah blah all of it checked, multiple blood work, multiple ultrasounds, pelvic and abdominal. I just have no idea what to do anymore, i dont want to be on pain med forever, and I have no idea where to turn anymore...it seems like no doctor gives a crap about me, and just act like im making everything up...I don't ask for pain med either. I just don't understand any of this anymore...
    I am currently only on one med...the bc and I tried the chiropracter, and it made things worse..so...I don't feel comfy going back...

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry you still have the pain, if it's any consolation, many women with endo go through the same thing. Do you know how they removed the endo during your lap? Here is the problem-most dr.'s are not knowledgable in endo when they perform a lap they usually laser the endo and/or do not remove it all-that is why most women will still have pain after having the surgery or any relief they do receive it short lived. Lasering the endo does not remove all of it. the amount of pain a person has does not correlate to how much endo you have, a person with very little can have extreme pain and someone with a lot can have no pain. So, the dr. could have removed 75% of all he found but the 25% left could very well be the cause of the pain. Plus, most obgyns know "textbook" endo-they do not recognize all of the various forms that endo can take-if that is the case the dr. could very well believe he removed it all but he could have missed some. I would guess that he did not/was not able to remove it all. True endo specialists excise endo and will keep you on the operating table until they have searched everywhere and removed every last bit-very hard for a dr. who does not specialize in endo b/c endo can grow in lots of places where it is difficult to remove or it's grown on vital organs that dr.'s are scared to remove it from. I would request your medical records from the lap, ask your dr. if he was able to remove it all-if he says no, then ask him, "so if the amount of pain is not relative to the amount of endo, and you were not able to remove it all, how is it not possible that it is still causing me pain?" It would be best for you to try to find a dr. that is a specialist though-no matter what his answer. As far as the colonoscopy thing-pretty common procedure for us with endo but I wouldn't worry a whole lot about that, a colonoscopy will only show endo that has grown through the intestinal wall, which is pretty rare. thats not to say that endo hasn't grown on the colon but a the procedure doesn't show endo that has not penetrated the colon all the way through. If you have a lot of symptoms of bowel endo though, such as pain in your rectum, constipation/diahhrea, pain with bowel movements and especially bleeding from your rectum, I would try to get through it. Don't let them tell you it's not endo related-google dr david redwine or dr. andrew cook-true specialists with great info on endo. And don't let them tell you that pregnancy or a hyst is a cure-there is no cure. Hope this helps!

  25. QUESTION:
    kidney stones!!!!!!!!!?
    is there a short period(or nay period) of time right before a kidney stones BEGINS to pass that you have off and on pain in your kidney? Has anyone had experience with kidney stones? I have two in my right kidney, and im having trouble getting good info. I'm having pain off and on in my kidney. But I also have a cyst on my right ovary so I dont know what to expect..

    • ANSWER:
      wow, i have been in your exact situation. when i was in high school i had lots of problems with kidney stones and ovarian cysts. If the stone is starting to pass, you will experience those pains, off and on, sometimes more constant. its because those stones which are rather large are passing through the ureter, which is tiny. imagine a pebble passing through a strand of hair. if the stones are large enough, your doctor may suggest a surgery, either where they use a scope to remove the stone, or a surgery where they use a laser to break it up from outside. but if your stones have already begun to pass, they may not bother and just let you pass them. sometimes it was hard to distingush the pain from the kidney stone from the extra bad cramps i'd get thanks to the cysts. just drink plenty of water, to help flush it down to your bladder more easily. if ibuprofen-type pain relievers aren't working, ask your doctor for a prescription pain medication, because it can offer a little more ease while the stone is passing. also, to ease the pain of both kidney stones and cysts, relax in a hot bath, or jacuzzi if you have access. the weightlessness of being suspended in the water takes the weight and pressure off the kidneys, and it helps with the pain BIG TIME in my experience. good luck, i hope you get to feeling well.

  26. QUESTION:
    I have booked my first appointment with a new doctor I have never been to.?
    and i am very nervous and scared cause i need to tell the doctor sll this
    I am so nevous cause it is a new doctor i have never been to before. I dont no how to tell her all this. I no I will get to the appointment and just forget it all or not say it all as I will be so nervous and scared as. This is what i need to tell her well i think so. The first day of my period is always the worst. I get server cramps, stabbing like sensation, feel like vomiting, like headed, faint/ dizzy, cant walk. Just wondering what it might be. It last for 2 days and i cant go to work. from then on till my period goes away which is about 7 days total i just have the server cramps and headaches gallore. I have tried advil, period pain panadole, heat packs, ice packs, warm bath, herbal tea. This has last for now 2 years am I am 19 almost 20 I have had my period since I was 9 so about 10 years. how can i tell her and is it all important for her to no if not what isnt important. hekp
    What are the types of questions a new doctor will ask.
    also what did a new doctor want to do. like will they just want to take my blood pressure or what.

    • ANSWER:
      From the sounds of what you are describing, it is very likely that you have endometriosis. This can be a very painful condition. Endometriosis is a condition where the lining that is developed inside your uterus also starts to grow outside the uterus. Growths can be found on the ovaries, the outside of the uterus, fallopian tubes, liver, kidneys, abdominal wall, and several other areas of the abdomen. Theses growths do not shed monthly like the lining that is grown inside the uterus every month, which is shed from the body during your menstrual cycle. There is no way to see if this is a problem without doing exploratory surgery. These growths can not be seen on ultrasound, CT scans, or MRI's. When you get these endometrial growths on the outside of the uterus it is almost like coating your uterus with concrete. Since the uterus is a muscle, the more endometrial lining that is on the outside, the worse your pain will be. This can also lead to infertility in the future if it is not addressed now.

      The surgery is simple. The doctor makes three small incisions in your pelvic region and uses a laser to burn off any of the growths that are found in your abdomen. The doctor will also usually do a D&C which is Dilation and Curettage. This is where the doctor will scrape out all the lining that is currently inside the uterus. A few days after the procedure you will either start Danazol, which is a daily oral steroid or Depo Lupron injections which are done either monthly or every 3 months. Both drugs basically cause a medically induced menopause causing natural hormone production to stop, and therefor stop ovulation and your menstrual cycle. This is usually done for 6 months. After that, the doctor will start you on continuous birth control, which is where you only take the active pills and skip the placebo week and move on to the next pack. Basically, if the doctors can stop your periods, or make it so you only have them once every 6 months, this will keep the endometriosis from growing back so quickly. The BC does not stop the growth but it does slow it down dramatically.

      Make sure you see an OB/GYN or fertility specialist to get this problem addressed. You need to tell the doctor everything that you said here. Let them know how long it has been happening, what the level of your pain is during your menstrual cycle (scale of 1-10), and the most severe symptoms you experience. This should set off alarm bells in a good doctor's mind that you have developed severe endometriosis. I was first diagnosed when I was 19. The doctor I saw did not take me seriously, but agreed to do exploratory surgery to see if this was the problem. It took him nearly two hours to laser off all the areas where it had grown, and he also had to remove 2 large ovarian cysts while he was in there. He came out of surgery and told my mom that he would have given me a hysterectomy if I had not been 19. It was that bad.

      The healing time afterward was about a week. The medication that was used to put me into menopause was not fun because you do get hot flashes and night sweats, which really sucks. I remember waking up in the middle of the night a week after I had my first shot and the sheets and my pajamas were drenched with sweat. I had to go outside, where the temperature was about 30 degrees, and stand in the cool air for about 20 minutes just to cool off.

      Please be sure to tell this doctor everything. If you are concerned about leaving out the details, write them down on a piece of paper, along with any questions you may have, and take it in to your appointment. This will insure that you tell the doctor everything he needs to know and that you will get some answers to your questions. If it would help, you can also have a friend or family member go in with you because you may get a ton of information and they can take notes for you while the doctor is talking. This way you will not have to worry about forgetting any information that is relayed in the appointment. I hope you can find some relief soon. I know how it feels to have such painful periods and be so young. It interrupts your entire life for a week every month and that sucks when you are young and trying to have fun.

  27. QUESTION:
    what is endometriosis and what are the symptoms ?

    • ANSWER:
      Endometriosis is an often painful disorder of the female reproductive system. In endometriosis, a specialized type of tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus (the endometrium) becomes implanted outside your uterus, most commonly on your fallopian tubes, ovaries or the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region.

      During your menstrual cycle, hormones signal the lining of your uterus to thicken to prepare for possible pregnancy. If a pregnancy doesn't occur, hormone levels decrease, causing the thickened lining of your uterus to shed. This produces bleeding that exits your body through the vagina your monthly period.

      When endometrial tissue is located elsewhere in your body, it continues to act in its normal way: It thickens, breaks down and bleeds each month as your hormone levels rise and fall. Because there's nowhere for the blood from this displaced tissue to exit your body, it becomes trapped, and surrounding tissue can become irritated.

      Trapped blood may lead to the growth of cysts. Cysts, in turn, may form scar tissue and adhesions abnormal tissue that binds organs together. This process can cause pain in the area of misplaced tissue, often the pelvis, especially during your period. Scars and adhesions related to endometriosis also can cause fertility problems

      Endometriosis can be mild, moderate or severe, and it tends to get worse over time without treatment. Some women with endometriosis have no signs and symptoms at all, and the disease is discovered only during an unrelated operation, such as a tubal ligation. Other women may experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

      Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before and extend several days into your period and may include lower back and abdominal pain.

      Pain at other times. You may experience pelvic pain during ovulation, a sharp pain deep in the pelvis during intercourse, or pain during bowel movements or urination.

      Excessive bleeding. You may experience occasional heavy periods (menorrhagia) or bleeding between periods (menometrorrhagia).

      Infertility. Endometriosis is first diagnosed in some women who are seeking treatment for infertility.

      Some cramping during your period is normal. But women with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that's far worse than usual. They also tend to report that the pain has increased over time.

      Pain is a common symptom of endometriosis. However, severity of pain isn't necessarily a reliable indicator of the extent of the condition. Some women with mild endometriosis have extensive pain, while others with more severe scarring may have little pain or even no pain at all.

      Endometriosis is sometimes mistaken for other conditions that can cause pelvic pain, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or ovarian cysts. It may be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that causes bouts of diarrhea, constipation and abdominal cramping. IBS can accompany endometriosis, which can complicate the diagnosis.

      To be correctly diagnosed with Endometriosis, your Dr. would perform laparoscopic surgery. In laparoscopic surgery, a slender viewing instrument (laparoscope) is inserted through a small incision near your navel. The laparoscope is equipped with a laser, a cautery an instrument that destroys tissue with heat or small surgical instruments. This surgery removes endometrial growths, scar tissue and adhesions without removing your reproductive organs.
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      In my experience, cutting caffeine completely out of your diet is extremely important. Limit dairy products. If possible buy organic milk, eggs, meat. You want to eat hormone-free & antibiotic-free items to cut excess hormone activity. Try & limit foods made with yeast like bread, beer. Some studies have shown a correlation with overgrowth of Candida in many Endo patients. Because Candida albicans is yeast, it can rapidly grow when fed properly. The way to feed yeast is with products that increase fermentation, such as sugar, products containing yeast, carbohydrates, and vinegar.

      For those who may have an overgrowth of the Candida Albicans yeast causing an increase to the monthly endometriosis pain, a special diet which starves the yeast may alleviate some of the pain.

      Heres a link to the story on Endometriosis and Candida:

      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/21808/endometriosis_and_candida_albicans.html?page=3

  28. QUESTION:
    could this be a problem?
    I have been ttc for many years in that time I have had cervical cancer (had my cervix removed but no other treatment) and more recently 4 months ago I had an ovarian cyst. Not that I could believe it but last week I got a positive test result (still can't believe it) but since that day I have had a dull pain on my right ovary (where the cyst was) It is not consistent nor is it getting worst, tbh it is just irritating, My doctor thinks it is nothing to worry about and I am having a scan on thursday to make sure all is well. but I just can't help but worry. is it possible to have this pain even the cyst still remain and still have a reasonably healthy pregnancy (not including the complications of a missing cervix) It is keeping me awake at night and I am very nervous about it all

    • ANSWER:
      I have been there too, I did a scan to my cervix when I was 14 weeks all was fine, i was freaking out for nothing, but in my case I had wound on cervix not cancer, so I did a laser surgery. It all depends how much they took from your cervix, if you have an incompetent cervix they will put stitches on it, And .most of pregnancies carry on with no problems.

  29. QUESTION:
    Iease read and answe if you can! It will help me a lot.?
    Went for a scan today and found out i have a cysts on my right ovary its as big as they can get the man said so was just wondering if anybody new much about them? How they will treat it? If I'd still be able to have children? And if it's serious? As I don't find out to the middle of next months what's going to haopen and in quite worried. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, I don't know if I can be of much help but I have cysts on my ovaries too (PCOS) Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. I've had it for years now and yes you can have children. Maybe not as fast as normal circumstances but it is VERY possible. I'm not sure of the severity of yours being that large but there are laser surgeries available now-a-days that can remove it. Again, depending on your age they'd have to see if you are suitable for the treatment without it causing your ovaries damage.
      Don't worry yourself sick, nothing you can do and it's not life threatening and you can have children so don't sweat it too much.
      I also assume your periods are irregular.
      I'm 31 and DH and I are planning on getting pregnant soon. (planning as it may take over a year) BUT we're optimistic we'll have luck as there are plenty of aids out there for us!

  30. QUESTION:
    hysterectomy needed?
    I have sufferes with ovarian cysts, endemetriosis, and adhesions for years now. I have had the cysts asperated (drained) last year, but they returned. One mesures 4.8cm, another 3.8 cm. I also have other smaller ones. (had scan 3 weeks ago.
    I Last year, I was treated with Prostap injections, but only had 2, as I started suffering with severe depression and anxiety. My last period was February, and about 2 month ago, started with like a pink discharge which started and stopped every so often. Three weeks ago, I started bleeding, and it was so heavy with the addition of big clots, I went to Casualty last week. They looked for the results of my scan, and told me that the lining of my womb should be 2mm thick, but in actual fact mine was 19mm thick.
    I saw my gyne yesterday, he has mentioned full hysterectomy, but he has concerns about my depression, and with a blood clot I had in the lung when I had my son 24 years ago. Has anyone else had this sort of gyne condition,

    • ANSWER:
      I have read that surgical menopause is far worse than natural menopause. Hysterectomy is only beneficial for Endo or the adhesion's if they are confined to the uterus, tubes & ovaries because depending on your age you will have to take HRT to stop bone degeneration etc & these drugs will enable any Endo in other parts of body to carry on growing & causing problems.
      There is a treatment called Novasure, that is not surgical so should not cause more adhesions, that can be done as a day patient, it removes the lining of the uterus that grows back each month, by laser or heat. This lining will not grow back and stops you from having periods, although some people get minor spotting. Visit them at www.novasure.com.
      I'm not sure what they can do for the cysts though. I had to have an ovary & tube removed, by emergency surgery,14 yrs ago due to a cyst that totured & cut the blood supply off to my uterus, which was extremely painful. I have Endo & adhesions so know how painful that can be. I would do some web research before i had the hysterectomy because it may be just the start of alot more new problems & you may well be stuck with some of your old ones still !!!

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of severe endometriosis?
    My doctor thinks I have endometriosis because my period is irregular, painful, and I have been trying to get pregnant for 4 years and no luck. I had a pelvic exam done on Jan. 19th, and i was very tender up in there, and my period came on Feb 7th and it hurt so bad, nothing would stop the pain. I have never hurt that bad in my life. My back and pelvis was hurting terrible too. Do you think I have stage 4 endometriosis?

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with endrometriosis 4 or 5 years ago. I had to go through about 2 years of testing before they determined what it was. Several times they thought I had a tubal pregnancy the pain was so severe. They also though I had ovarian cysts. Ultra sounds, vaginal probes, blood work, none of it showed any signs of what my issue was. I finally opted for explorative surgery (which is the only way they can determine endrometriosis for sure.) The scar tissue was so severe, they told me I would never have kids, one laser scraping would not be enough, I needed to have my parts removed. I refused. So I was prescribed birht control to help ease the pain (it helped, a little.) Let me tell you, my back would hurt, my left leg would go numb, cramps so severe I actually passed out, and if anyone touched my left side, I was crying for hours. Do I think you have it? Sounds like. But only way to know is surgery. And do NOT listen to a doctor if they say you can not get pregnant. Took a LOT to get here, but I am expecting a little girl in April. :) Good luck

  32. QUESTION:
    Should I call the doctor?
    I had a miscarriage in April. I don't ovulate on my own. My doctor died...yeah can you believe that...and I am going to a new doctor that I absolutely love! He's great. I know that I don't ovulate so I have to take clomid. My new doctor wanted me to wait one more cycle before he put me on it again...I had a scrip left from last time and took it. Clomid causes you to get cysts on your ovarys sometimes. I had one last time when I got pregnant. I know I have gotten one this time because I am having pain. I didn't have pain before. Should I call...the cyst should go away by itself but I didn't hurt the last time. I am scared to admit to him that I took clomid against his better judgement....I don't want to loose a great doctor.
    I have been having pregnancy symptoms, but it could be caused by the cyst I assume. I can't test for 4 more days.
    I called....the nurse was super nice and when he gets in they are going to have me come in for an ultrasound and blood work.. Thanks for easing my nerves guys!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have PCOS. I have not heard of people getting cysts from clomid. I have heard that most people that don't ovulate have PCOS and are put on clomid in order to ovulate.

      You have been mislead or maybe you misunderstood. You have PCOS. IT has nothing to do with the meds. You should go read up on PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). This is the whole reason you aren't having regular periods and are having problems concieving.

      Once you understand about this disorder, you'll be able to understand the treatment.

      I too miscarried (mine was in May, 5-6 weeks). I understand what you're going through. Hopefully the next one will go better.

      You should only take clomid certain times of the month. You need to have your period first. Call this new doctor. I'm sure he will put you on Provera. You'll take that for 10 days to induce a period...at which time he'll put you on Clomid so you can drop another egg.

      Good Luck! Sorry for your loss. There are lots of great forums that talk about PCOS and TTC, I suggest looking them up on Yahoo Groups.

      Btw, other than causing pain, the cysts are not an 'emergency' situation. You'll have them despite the meds. You've probably had them since puberty. They can do an ultrasound to see how many you have. Some people have them worse than others.

      My cousin who's 24 just had one removed via laser b/c it was causing her immense pain. I have them too but they never bother me. The only way I even know that I have them is b/c I saw them on the ultrasound monitor.

      Again, ignore the people that have no idea what they are talking about...The way your ovaries work is;
      Each ovary has follicles. Normally certain hormones would be created to stimulate full follicle growth. These follicles, then release an egg once they have matured.
      In a person with PCOS, the follicles never receive the correct levels of estrogen/progesterone in order to mature a follicle (b/c women w/ pcos have higher testosterone levels). So fluid builds up in the sacs around the follicle. Occassionally the sacs rupture and cause some discomfort. Since your follicles haven't matured, no egg is released. Since no egg is released, you don't have a period. That's why you doctor will induce one (generally using Provera).
      *Do you see why I'm saying Clomid isn't the cause for the cyst? Clomid causes you to drop an egg, in theory it should reduce cysts as opposed to promoting cyst growth.

      The cyst will either go away or it wont. Like I said, they often rupture. If the pain is VERY intense, you'll have to have surgery. Thats expensive and will put a delay on TTC. I suggest bearing with it if you can.

      If this new doctor wants to help you with ttc he might ask you to do an HSG (not much fun - xray looking for blocked fallopian tubes), he might also ask your hubby for a semen sample. Semen sample is good to rule out bacterial infections that can reduce the sperm count.

      My doctor put me on Metformin and that helped me concieve the first time. I don't want to wait this next time so he'll put me back on clomid around the end of August. I'll continue to stay on the metformin through out the first trimester.

      He told you to wait one more cycle because concieving too early causes an increased risk of premature delivery. This means your baby could be born with out Fully developed organs. You also have a higher miscarriage rate because your body is still out of whack.

      My Dr wants me to wait 3 months from the miscarriage. It feels like an eternity. =( I know how you feel. I do.

      You might want to see if Metformin is a good option for you because it has quite a few beneficial qualities.

      Whatever you do, don't freak out. I'm sure you miscarried because of a genetic defect. Most early abortions happen b/c of genetic defects. Also, your period is probably late because of all of these recent hormonal changes.

      Good Luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    endemetreosis can it come back?
    Hi there I have had bad pains in pelvic region and nausa and feels just like it used to as I had endo in 2000 and I have come off the pill in june and have started to try to conceive and since septemberI a have started getting these pains again, I have just got period which is 3 weeks late today. Do you think it could be endo and whats chances of getting pregnant? and why has it just come back is it because I am of the pill or is it something else pain in left ovary region and pelvic and ultra sound showed fine in november! please help

    • ANSWER:
      Yes ... endometriosis can easily come back because not all cells are removed from tissue outside the uterus using endoscopic laser removal. They clean up what they see but there is a lot they do not see on a cellular level. More emdometrium tissue can migrate out of the uterus again as well. Higher estrogen birth control pills can also cause a return. Comming off low estrogen BC pills now allow your normal cycles to control events and with that higher estrogen levels produced by your body .... more chance for endometriosis to be re-activated as well. It is probably just a sacrifice that you will have to accept for trying to become pregnant.

      Is this what is causing your pain?????? who knows without an exam. There are other causes of the pain too. Releasing an egg exposes the inner surface of the ovary to the blood supply and that can cause an allergic reaction that also causes pain.(it can cause ovarian cysts) Infections of the fallopian tubes can also cause pain. Ectopic pregnancy too. Pre-menstrual cramps may also be the real cause. People with endometriosis tend to have a heavier build up of tissue before sloughing off in menstruation and that can intensify cramps. Having had endoscopic surgery of the intestinal area looking for endometriosis can also lead to adhesions.(part of the intestine sticking to another part) This makes for food travel through the intestines meet obstructions to flow and this also can cause severe cramping and nausea.

      As far as interfering with pregnancy, as long as the fallopian tubes are clear there should not be a problem conceiving. The act of conceiving and a full term pregnancy often makes endometriosis worse...so expect it. My best advice though would to be to have your children early in life because later on, that option could disappear.

      Good luck and am hoping you are blessed with little ones soon.: )


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