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About Ovarian Cysts On Both Ovaries

If you are considering trying a natural treatment, you may be wondering about eating foods that shrink ovarian cysts. Indeed, there is much evidence to say that eating a diet to reduce cysts on the ovaries must form an integral part of any set of protocols to naturally treat this condition.

Very often, many women feel that once they have received a diagnosis from their doctor that the cysts on their ovaries are harmless, many feel that they are more or less left to fend for themselves, with most doctors assuming a "watchful waiting" stance. For those who are suffering the often-painful and debilitating symptoms, ovarian cysts feel anything but harmless!

Conventional treatment can help with the symptoms and often ranges from birth controls to regulate ovulation, through to surgery to remove the cysts or even, in severe cases, the ovary itself. The real issue here is that conventional treatment cannot, and does not, remove the root causes and it is only by using a natural process to eliminate each and every possible cause of the condition and there is no doubt that by eating foods that shrink ovarian cysts, you are helping the process tremendously.

There are various contributory factors, and what we eat has a huge impact on our general health and, more importantly, the wrong kinds of foods can trigger the growth of cysts if other factors are present in the body. Controlling your diet can start the rebalanced process, helping to make the body into a neutralised environment where, quite simply, ovarian cysts cannot grow or thrive.

Foods That Shrink Ovarian Cysts

* Dark green leafy vegetables
* Small amounts of lean, organic meat
* Fruits (in moderation)
* Sprouting beans
* Non-starchy vegetables
* Beans
* Whole rice
* Nuts and seeds
* Garlic
* Filtered water

A diet based on the foods above will certainly help, but to be sure of success, dietary changes need to be combined with the other protocols, such as toxin elimination, cleansing protocols, stress management and an effective exercise routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts?
    Could someone please tell me what some of the symptoms of ovarian cysts are?
    I think I have them... and I know it says that sometimes there is no symptoms at all but there can be.
    So I know some... but if any of you ladies out there ever had this let me know what it felt like for you and how the doc. finds out and how they are treated, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      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.

      A functional ovarian cyst (or two) probably will not give you problems conceiving, 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.

      I recommend that if you have any concerns regarding your ovarian cysts and have any of the symptoms as listed above, that you see a gyno 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 :)

  2. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst...?
    I had a cat scan and they detected a small ovarian cyst. They didn't give me any medicine for it or anything. They aren't going to check up on it either to see if it went away. Is that normal?

    • ANSWER:
      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 usually resolve (shrink and disappear) on its own in a few weeks.

      I wouldn't worry too much about the cyst if it's very small and they did not seem to concerned with it, however I would recommend you go back to your referring doctor or gynaecologist to discuss your concerns with him/her.

      I have suffered from numerous bilateral ovarian cysts over the past 9 years and although most of them have resolved on their own, I have had to have surgery for some of them too as they continued to grow and was causing too much pain.

      Each woman's own situation is different, so I would really recommend speaking with the doctor that referred you to have the cat scan.

      Good luck :)

  3. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst??
    hi im 17 years old and I believe that I have a ovarian cyst. I have all of the symptoms of it and Im going to the doctor next week. but I just want to ask a few questions first. can being overweight cause ovarian cyst? what can cause ovarian cyst? also, can an ovarian cyst make you infertile?? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      No, ovarian cysts are not caused by being overweight. I'm not overweight at all, infact think I'm a bit under weight and I have had a number of bilateral ovarian cysts (which included functional, hemorrhagic and endometrioma cysts) over the past 9 years. I have even needed surgery for 2 of them because they didn't resolve after a few cycles (as cysts usually do resolve on their own after a few cycles).

      Ovarian cysts are usually a common and harmless swelling of one or both ovaries. These cysts most often occur in and can occur in any 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.

      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.

      A functional ovarian cyst (or two) probably will not give you problems conceiving or make 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.

      I recommend that if you have any concerns regarding your ovarian cysts and have any of the symptoms as listed above, that you see a gyno 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 :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts?
    A couple of questions about ovarian cysts
    1. What causes them to burst? is it that they reach a certain size? I've had some, and I doubt they are very big when they've burst, but I've heard of people having HUGE ones, like grapefruit size
    2. Are there cartain things that make you more likely to get cysts? Like certain foods, smoking, race, age, weight?
    3. How can cysts affect having children? Not necessarily polycystic ovaries, but maybe just a few every now and then.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure what causes them to burst all the time, but a pressue build up can be one reason. I had a cyst burst when I was pregnant (BOY DID THAT HURT)! Also, any kind of trauma can make them burst. When I finally had my child (who's now 3 months) BOTH of my ovaries were the size of grapefruits! I was told that eating an excess of fatty foods can be a cause of ovarian cysts. I have now been diagonosed with polycystic ovaries, where as after my first child 5 years agp, I had 2 cysts. The cysts can take up egg space, and make it hard to conceive, but as you see, it's not impossible. It took me an additional 4 1/2 years to have another, but who knows? Maybe God just wasnt ready for me to have another until now. I hope this helps in someway

  5. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst?
    I went to the ER about 3 weeks ago. The results was a ovarian cyst. Last year I had my other ovary removed due to a 12 pd cyst on my tube and my ovary was the size of a grapefruit. (I never had any pain until we found out about the 12 pd cyst) I'am birth control. About two days ago I started getting pain again and bad nausea. I'am having lower back pain too near my ovary. Isn't 3 weeks enough time for the birth control to work? Thanks for the help. :)
    To clear up my details my right ovary is already gone. This is my left one causing trouble now.

    • ANSWER:
      I've battled ovarian cyst issues for about 7 years. Here is what has helped for me:

      1. Finding a doctor who knew what they were doing, which includes treatment and steering me in the direction of having less cysts;
      2. Cutting back on caffeine....now I drink 1 diet coke/day. Caffeine can really play havoc on these cysts. Alcohol too....so cut back in both these areas and you will be glad you did;
      3. Losing weight. Any excess weight can trigger many health problems. Just losing 10 pounds can help in eliminating cysts;
      4. Know your options, and go with your instinct. If you are having tremendous pain, call your doctor or go to the ER immediately. If you cannot control the pain, know that your body is telling you something is wrong.

      I've been on the pill for about 20 years. After about 3 years on a certain pill I have to be changed to a different one; it just doesn't work for my body any longer. It does take my body about 6 months to adjust to a new pill, so have patience. Three weeks isn't long enough for your body to get used to a new hormone level.

      Make sure you're getting plenty of exercise, sleep and nutrition. Try to avoid high-stress situations (if possible) and learn ways to cope with stress so your body doesn't pay the price. I used to work in a high-stress environment, and I KNOW that attributed to my cyst issues.

  6. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts?
    Can you fall pregnant if you have Cysts on your Ovaries or does it stop the egg from going through to be fertilised? I'd like to know as my surgery to remove them isn't for a while and i would really like to have a baby. Any answers or options you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Both times I conceived I had cysts on both ovaries...They saw them at the first ultrasound and they were quite large. So yes you can definitely conceive even if there are cysts. Also, my cysts cleared up during both pregnancies since my ovaries had a break...Hope that helps!

      GOOD LUCK!

  7. QUESTION:
    Does Functional Ovarian Cyst on both ovaries Prevent pregnancy?
    Hi guys...a bit worried here. I found out that i had ovarian cyst a little one on both ovaried. On the left side 1.8cm and on the right 0.72cm.I had a pain on the lower abdomen and its gone right away and I dont have any pain at all.I have an appt on feb 25 in order to see if its gone or not.And by the way I am trying to conceive and 2nd time I failed. Does having ovarian cyst prevent egg release??? But I have my Af every month that means egge is released rightt?? But Can we have an Af without an egge realease which is an Anovulatory? Will I be pregnant with the functinal ovarian cyst???

    • ANSWER:
      The cysts can inhibit pregnancy. You can have AF and be anovulatory that cycle. The 1.8 is considered big, a mature follicular cyst is 1.8cm-3cm. After ovulation a cyst is reabsorbed. Maybe you were before ovulation. Where were you in your cycle when the cysts were detected? The cyst is what houses the egg. When its mature it the egg ruptures and you ovulate and the cyst is reabsorbed.

  8. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts?
    I'm 27 and I have cysts on both of my ovaries. I'm in pain 3 weeks out of a month and my doctor tells me I need to be on birth control pills and that will stop the pain. I stop taking the pills and I'm in so much pain. It hurts to even touch my stomach and when you touch it, it burns. I can't even lay on my stomach. I need to know what should I do. My doctor is no help. He doesn't seem to understand the pain that I'm in. Is there any woman that can relate to my pain

    • ANSWER:
      Most ovarian cysts are small and benign, and don t produce any symptoms. Larger cysts may cause problems and it s important to speak to your GP if notice any of the following:

      Pain and discomfort low down in your abdomen. This may come and go, or be more lasting. Some women notice it more after sex;
      You may notice changes to your periods. They may become irregular, or be heavier or lighter than normal;
      Depending on where the cyst is and its size, it may put pressure on the bladder or bowels, making you need to go to the toilet more often;
      In rare cases, ovarian cysts can cause abnormal amounts of hormones to be produced. This can affect your periods, and speed up or change the way your breasts and body hair grow;
      If you have endometriosis (womb lining in other parts of the body) or polycystic ovarian syndrome (multiple cysts in the ovaries), you ll probably have other symptoms as well. Sometimes cysts cause more serious problems. If a cyst is growing on a stem from an ovary, the stem can become twisted. This stops the blood supply to the cyst and causes a lot of pain in the lower abdomen. It is called torsion and usually needs treatment in hospital. In other cases, the cyst may burst, causing sudden severe pain in the lower abdomen. The pain you feel depends on what the cyst contained, whether it is infected and whether there is any bleeding. This usually needs treatment in hospital as well.

      Very occasionally, an ovarian cyst is an early form of ovarian cancer. However, ovarian cysts are very common and about 95% are non cancerous.

  9. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst.......?
    I think my cysts are back for the second time, but i'm not sure. I have these symptoms..
    -Irregular period (50 day cycle)
    -i always get really bad cramps (even when im not on my period)
    -breasts tenderness
    -i pee a lot
    -lower back pain
    -nausea
    and my left ovary hurts all the time

    • ANSWER:
      If you have pain in your ovary area (this is the area you seem to be describing in your question), then you might have an ovarian cyst. I have experienced the same type of pain whenever I have had an ovarian cyst.

      I have had a number of bilateral ovarian cysts (which included functional, hemorrhagic and endometrioma cysts) over the past 10 years. And I have even needed surgery for 2 of them because they didn't resolve after a few cycles (as they usually do).

      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.

      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 recommend that if you have any concerns regarding this pain you are experiencing, that you consult with your doctor/gyno 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 :)

  10. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts, curious?
    I found out I have a hemorrhagic cyst (1.6 x 1.3cm)on my right ovary and anechoic cyst (2.4 x 1.5cm)on my left.

    There is flow in both ovaries.
    And I have a homogeneous appearing uterus with no gross evidence of mass.
    (Im going off what the ultrasound report says)

    I wanted to know if these are too serious, and could cause infertility. Or require surgery.

    Im just really worried and have insurance issues right now, so it will be about a month before I get back to the doctor.

    Any info will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am having surgery Tuesday to remove a cyst on my left ovary 4.3 cm in size. (pretty big, I know). Also, my doc has informed me that I have endometriosis, so that will be taken care of at the same time.

      Just talk to your doc about your options, you may want to get this taken care of asap if it continues to give you problems. My sis has been having a cyst for 2 years now and it really doesnt bother her that much. They can burst and you may have bigger problems.

      My doc also has told me that my cyst could be the exact reason why my DH & I have not conceived #2 for the past 2 years being that we have done test after test on he and I and cant find anything wrong.

      Good Luck

  11. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts?
    It was confimed yesterday that i have a ovarian cyst in my right ovary and was wondering , can they just remove my right or do they both have to go?

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts come and go and they usually always resolve themselves after a few cycles, however they can also come back again within a few cycles too.

      I wouldn't worry too much about the cyst if your most recent ultrasound came back normal. I would recommend that if you experience pain that you go back to your doctor/gyn and that you discuss with him/her whether you need to have surgery in order to remove/drain the cyst, I'm sure they won't remove your entire ovary, unless your cyst is cancerous, but I would really recommend you talk with your doctor/gyno first.

      Good luck :)

  12. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts??????
    I went to the ER in August b/c I was having an early miscarriage. They did an ultrasound to confirm the miscarriage (which was a blighted ovum), and found I had a 21mm cyst on my right ovary (which made sense b/c I was having sharp shooting pains in my right side). They said it was small and functional and not to worry about it since there were no masses. Got my period in normal time and everything was back to normal (no pains). My second cycle post-miscarriage was really weird. When I ovulated it was late and I had severe bloating and cramping the evening I ovulated, then it went away, but for the 2 weeks before my period I had weird symptoms that made me think I was pregnant (breasts got huge, felt sick to my stomach, etc). And when I did get my period I felt a little throbbing on my right side for the 1st day or so. Then it went away. My 3rd post-miscarriage period started last night, and I have felt some little jabs in my right side, but they have gone away this morning. I should mention I've been to my OBGyn twice in the last 4 weeks as well as the ER (there was no pain but I was just worrying myself sick b/c I tend to obsess about this kind of stuff and I wanted to be seen asap) and had 3 pelvic exams and was told everything was completely normal and my ovaries felt totally normal and not to worry. But I can't help worrying... do you think the cyst they found on the ultrasound went away and these are all different cysts? Could I have had these all my life and never known? Some info on me that may help- I'm 29, have an 18-month-old son, weigh 130 pounds. Hubby and I will start trying for #2 in a few weeks so I just want to make sure everything is good to go!
    Thanks everyone- I really already know all the info that is out there on the internet about cysts- I really just want to hear personal stories from other women who have had them- thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Most ovarian cysts are functional in nature, and harmless (benign).In the US ovarian cysts are found in nearly all premenopausal women, and in up to 14.8% of postmenopausal women. The incidence of ovarian carcinoma is approximately 15 cases per 100,000 women per year.Ovarian cysts affect women of all ages. They occur most often, however, during a woman's childbearing years.
      Some ovarian cysts cause problems, such as bleeding and pain. Surgery may be required to remove those cysts

      Some, called functional cysts, or simple cysts, are part of the normal process of menstruation. They have nothing to do with disease, and can be treated.

      There are also types of other ovarian cysts you caould of been missed diagnoised with functional-more info here-
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovarian_cyst

      Symptoms
      Some or all of the following symptoms may be present, though it is possible not to experience any symptoms:

      Dull aching, or severe, sudden, and sharp pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen (one or both sides), pelvis, vagina, lower back, or thighs; pain may be constant or intermittent -- this is the most common symptom
      Fullness, heaviness, pressure, swelling, or bloating in the abdomen
      Breast tenderness
      Pain during or shortly after beginning or end of menstrual period
      Irregular periods, or abnormal uterine bleeding or spotting
      Change in frequency or ease of urination (such as inability to fully empty the bladder), or difficulty with bowel movements due to pressure on adjacent pelvic anatomy
      Weight gain
      Nausea or vomiting
      Fatigue
      Infertility
      Increased level of hair growth
      Increased facial hair or body hair

      Treatment
      About 95% of ovarian cysts are benign, meaning they are not cancerous. [citation needed]

      Treatment for cysts depends on the size of the cyst and symptoms. For small, asymptomatic cysts, the wait and see approach with regular check-ups will most likely be recommended.

      Pain caused by ovarian cysts may be treated with:

      pain relievers, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or narcotic pain medicine (by prescription) may help reduce pelvic pain.NSAIDs usually work best when taken at the first signs of the pain.
      a warm bath, or heating pad, or hot water bottle applied to the lower abdomen near the ovaries can relax tense muscles and relieve cramping, lessen discomfort, and stimulate circulation and healing in the ovaries. Bags of ice covered with towels can be used alternately as cold treatments to increase local circulation.
      chamomile herbal tea (Matricaria recutita) can reduce ovarian cyst pain and soothe tense muscles.
      urinating as soon as the urge presents itself.
      avoiding constipation, which does not cause ovarian cysts but may further increase pelvic discomfort.
      in diet, eliminating caffeine and alcohol, reducing sugars, increasing foods rich in vitamin A and carotenoids (e.g., carrots, tomatoes, and salad greens) and B vitamins (e.g., whole grains).
      combined methods of hormonal contraception such as the combined oral contraceptive pill -- the hormones in the pills may regulate the menstrual cycle, prevent the formation of follicles that can turn into cysts, and possibly shrink an existing cyst. (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
      Also, limiting strenuous activity may reduce the risk of cyst rupture or torsion.

      Cysts that persist beyond two or three menstrual cycles, or occur in post-menopausal women, may indicate more serious disease and should be investigated through ultrasonography and laparoscopy, especially in cases where family members have had ovarian cancer. Such cysts may require surgical biopsy. Additionally, a blood test may be taken before surgery to check for elevated CA-125, a tumor marker, which is often found in increased levels in ovarian cancer, although it can also be elevated by other conditions resulting in a large number of false positives.

      For more serious cases where cysts are large and persisting, doctors may suggest surgery. Some surgeries can be performed to successfully remove the cyst(s) without hurting the ovaries, while others may require removal of one or both ovaries.

  13. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst?
    My wife was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst as a teenager. She never did anything about it because it only causes her slight discomfort while she is in ovulation. We asked the obgyn about it and I wasn t satisfied with her answer. Will this cyst make it harder for to conceive?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how advance the cyst really is. A woman usually developes cysts around the time of her monthly... most of the time they go away. My friend is pregnant... about ready to pop... and her cysts are so bad that they will have to remove both ovaries completely if she ever wanted to get rid of them. I would get a second opinion. If it's a dermoid... then they would have to surgically remove them. I myself used to have ovarian cysts... but mine were dermoids... I just recently got them removed back in Feb. I don't know what else to tell you. But with the cysts... conception is going to be a little more difficult. Good luck!!

  14. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts?
    has anyone had these and what were your symptoms..how bad was the pain

    • 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 only 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).

      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.

      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.

      A functional ovarian cyst (or two) probably will not give you problems conceiving, 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.

      I recommend that if you have any concerns or think that you might have ovarian cysts and have any of the symptoms as listed above, that you see a gyno 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 :)

  15. QUESTION:
    what is an ovarian cyst?
    what are they? how do you get them? are they dangerous? how can you tell if you have them?

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      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.

      A functional ovarian cyst (or two) probably will not give you problems conceiving, 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.

      I recommend that if you have any concerns or think that you might have ovarian cysts and have any of the symptoms as listed above, that you see a gyno 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 :)

  16. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts?
    I'm 16 and since the end of June/beginning of July I've been having constant pelvic cramping that worsens during and after physical activity (like jogging,swimming and even walking).

    I had an ultrasound in August that revealed that I had a few cysts around 3 or 4mm.
    They gave me two options:wait a few months and redo the ultrasound or go to a gyneocologist
    I chose to go to a gyneocologist
    She ordered some blood tests and anouther ultrasound,which I already did but she doesn't have the results yet.My mom and I both though that the cysts looked bigger on the recent ultrasound than it did on the other one I had in August.

    I was wondering,my gyneocologist was pressing on my stomach during the exam and she said she felt something on my ovary.If it was just normal functional or fullicular cysts would she beable to feel it?

    Also just today the pain has gotten alot worse.It feels more like a stabbing pain,that worsens whenever I move.What could cause the pain to worsen so quickly
    My period cycle has changed but it has been fairly regular the past 2 months.In september my cycle was alot shorter and I had a period 1 week into September and then anouther period 2 weeks later.My cycles were 36-37 days before that but now are 28 days.

    • ANSWER:
      Polycystic ovary syndrome is characterized by mild obesity, irregular menses or amenorrhea, and signs of androgen excess (hirsutism, acne). Typically, the ovaries contain multiple cysts. Diagnosis is by pregnancy testing, hormone level measurement, and imaging to exclude a virilizing tumor. Treatment is symptomatic.
      Although there's no definite way to prevent the growth of ovarian cysts, regular pelvic examinations are a way to help ensure that changes in your ovaries are diagnosed as early as possible. In addition, be alert to changes in your monthly cycle, including symptoms that may accompany menstruation that aren't typical for you or that persist over more than a few cycles. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any concerns relating to menstruation.

  17. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts...?
    I've been having pain on my right side for a few months and finally asked my doctor about it...she scheduled me for an ultrasound which I had a couple days ago. My doctor just called and said that they saw that my right ovary was enlarged and they saw a lot of follicles (?) that they said were probably a bunch of ovarian cysts. They want to do another ultrasound in 6 weeks...I'm really scared...What does this mean? If they are all cysts, what do they do? And what does that mean for me? Will I have problems getting pregnant?? My doctor didn't really help so I have no idea where to ask these questions...I'm scared. =

    • 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.

      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.

      A functional ovarian cyst (or two) probably will not give you problems conceiving, 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 cysts and have any of the symptoms as listed above, that you speak to your doctor and ask her for a referal 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 :)

  18. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst question!?
    Ok so when I was 16 I had a cyst on my ovary (both of them) and I was VERY involved with cheerleading at the time so after i found out what the pain was comming from the doctor had told me that at some point in time one of the cyst had ruptured. So my question is what are the chances that I will have a difficult time concieving?
    *I did not have surgery to remove them they went away on their own but they were about the size of a walnut each

    • ANSWER:
      Ever since i was 16 i have had cysts on my ovaries. I ended up having two surgeries, two years apart. The last one they removed a cyst the size of a grapefruit. A couple months later i got pregnant. While i was pregnant i had a 2 pound cyst on my right ovary. Gross i know. They ended up doing a c-section 3 weeks early because i couldn't deliver vaginally (the cyst was pushing my uterus shut). Needless to say i got pregnant, and had a beautiful baby girl even though i had these problems. I only have one ovary left, and they say i still have a good chance of conceiving in the future. I hope this helps and sheds a little light on the subject for you. I know a TON of info on the subject, you can e-mail me if you have any more questions : )

  19. QUESTION:
    paragard iud and cysts on both ovaries?
    my wife and i went to the doctor today and found out that she has cysts on both of her ovaries. she has had a paragard iud in her for the past two years my questions are 1) should we be concerned and 2) can she still produce children?

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts do not cause sterilization - in fact, unless it gets to the point where it actually ruptues the ovary, it will do nothing to your reproductive system but cause pain. Whether or not you should be concerned depends on the size of them, but if they were of significant size, the doctor would have told you. Don't worry about it. The cyst is caused when an enlarged follicle simply doesn't get released during ovulation - it clings to the ovary and sometimes doesn't go away. It won't harm the body's ability to ovulate and it absolutely will not make her sterile.

  20. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts?
    Today I had a dull ache in my lower abdomen, in the center, about three inches down from my belly button. It was dull at first but when I got up and started moving around, I felt a big pop along with a very sharp pain, like someone had stabbed me. Well my school sent me to the hospital...and the hospital did a blood test, a urine test, and just asked my symptoms. The doctor came in and told me it was an ovarian cyst based off my symptoms (he said he didn't need to do an ultrasound because he was certain.) But aren't your ovaries slightly off to the sides? This pain I had was right in the dead center. Or is that whole area so small that it feels like the middle? Because I keep reading and I'm reading that you can get cysts on one or both ovaries...which I thought were off to the sides...and like I said, my pain is in the center. I'm confused, any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I do agree that you need a second opinion. I also suffer immensely from ovarian cysts. My first cyst ruptured one night after my fiance and I had sex. BUT, they can just rupture on their own too. I went to the hospital and was GROSSLY misdiagnosed! They didn't do an ultrasound on me either, but instead told me that I was being a baby about the severe pain. I went to the OBGYN the next day and he was infuriated by the doctor. He said that the cyst was large and had had some blood in it but not so severe as I would bleed out. He put me on strict bed rest for a week and I had to take pain meds. The other doctor told me it was pain from sex!!!! You really need to go get checked up again...just to make sure. And what you described DOES sound like one. I always get the same symptoms as you, and it hurts me to sit flat on my butt too. I also get VERY nauseated.

  21. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst? rupture?
    I'm a virgin. I think I have a ruptured ovarian cyst?

    Symptoms:
    Bloated
    Pressure in lower abdomen
    The top of my vaginal area looks bloated/swollen
    Weight gain
    Frequent urination
    Shorter period
    TONS of vaginal discharge
    Pain near my ovaries (both sides)
    Pain spreads to inner thighs
    Pain is not constant, intermittent. (Usually when I'm laying down or asleep)
    Some fatigue and headaches(common with me normally though)
    Sore breasts/nipples (sometimes)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, sounds like you do have a ruptured cyst in the ovary. Consult a gynecologist,,

  22. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst question??????
    I recently had an ultrasound done, I have a cyst on each ovary, both over 5 cm... I wanted to know if anyone has personal experience with this..? If so, does this sound like I should be worried? I've know about my right ovarian cyst for several months and it hasn't gone away.. Is it bad that I have two large sized ones? I also feel the one on my right side when I walk and bend over sometimes.. I often have pain on each side randomly.. Is surgery a good idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I had personal experience with this and it was very sad for me. I hate to tell you this but either your doctor or your family are withholding information from you. I had a cyst on one ovary smaller than the ones you have. I was booked as fast as possible into surgery for fear the cyst would burst and possibly poison my system. It was not known what the growth consisted off. Perhaps it was a tumour or an infection. I was not allowed to go to work for the two days I waited for my inpatient surgery appointment. It turned out the cyst was filled with old blood and not cancerous but the doctor said it was large and the ovary had to come out with it. Now can you see what I am saying about your situation with both ovaries and cysts that are 5+cm each? Because mine were caused by endometriosis the surgeon had to do an exploratory for abdominal growths and the incision was from navel to pubic bone. They have less invasive methods to do oopherectomies now.

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    do i have an ovarian cyst?
    last night right after i had sex with my boyfriend i started experiencing severe nausea, cold sweat extreme cramping, its as if someone stabbed me in the uterus, it hurts soo bad to even walk, then sometimes the pain goes to my rectum,im also anemic, and i feel extremely weak my bf seems to think that i might have an ovarian cyst. but i dont know what it is

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      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 (which is a symptom I have experience myself a number of times) or at the start or finish of menstruation, feelings of nausea or queasiness or breast tenderness.

      I recommend that if you have any concerns regarding this pain you are experiencing, that you consult with your doctor/gyno 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 :)

  25. QUESTION:
    I have endemetriosis and now have just been diagnosed with ovarian cysts on both ovaries, what happens now?
    been told to wait 6wks and return for another scan, why wait 6wks when more damage might have been done,especially when i've not had any children.

    • ANSWER:
      i have cysts all over both of my ovaries too, but i've had 2 children and theryre healthy and i had no complications. The doctors are leaving mine alone for now as they dont bother me that much,occasional pain but not much else. If they are causing real problems then they night suggest you have them removed - but if you want children why not start trying now before your ovaries get worse and the decision is out of your hands? Good luck.

  26. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst in both the ovaries?
    iam a29 year old women married last year i have and cyst in both my ovaries doctor said after my scanwho scanned me that it is very little but iam pcods free will ibe able to concieve normally or i have to take a treatment to get preagnent please answer me regards farheen

    • ANSWER:
      You may have some difficulty conceiving but you should be able to without medication. It will just require some patience.

  27. QUESTION:
    Are ovarian cysts common in teens?
    If so, what are the symptoms you have one?

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      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 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).

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

  28. QUESTION:
    Question about ovarian cysts??
    ok so im a teenager and i started by period about 2 and a half years ago and ive been having lower abdominal pain for about 3 weeks and it alternates from side to side and sometimes i feel pelvic pain and well as lower back pain so i went to the doctor and she said its nothing to worry about its probably just constipation or ovarian cysts and i have a feeling its cysts but i was just wondering if it is cysts will this be a problem i will have to deal with for a while the pain and stuff?? oh yeah and do you think it could be ovarian cancer??? im only about 15??? helppp???

    thanks
    its not like ive ever been doubled over in pain but most of the time its like a dull ache

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts can lead to numerous typical symptoms such as:

      * Irregular menstrual cycles
      * A constant or intermittent dull ache in the pelvic area
      * Pain the in the pelvis shortly before the menstrual cycles begins and ends
      * Pain in the pelvis during intercourse
      * Nausea, breast tenderness and vomiting
      * Heaviness or fullness in the abdomen
      * Pressure on the rectum or bladder

      But for a lot of women (in fact it is thought that up to 70% of women may have ovarian cysts) they are asymptomatic (that is, they do not cause any symptoms).

      When they cause so much discomfort that you cannot live with them it may be suggested that if an ovarian cysts seems not to 'go away' (as they sometimes do) you might undergo surgery such as a Cystectomy (where they remove the cyst only) or in more extreme cases where an ovary is badly encysted - Oophorectomy - the removal of the ovary.

      Naturally an Oophorectomy may affect fertility, although with a single ovary you will still produce eggs and hormones needed for maintaining a monthly cycle. But if both ovaries are removed due to cyst problems (such as happened to someone I know when she was 38) you are thrown full tilt into menopause, and it can be a difficult thing to cope with.

      Some resources suggest that you might encourage the natural process of ovarian cysts diminishing, and shrinking to nothing through adopting some key strategies and some lifestyle changes. I feel it is preferable to surgery or drugs if appropriate for your case. This is well worth considering if there is still an option to avoid surgery and you feel you can give a natural remedy a chance to work. In depth details are outlined here:
      http://www.happytorecommend.com/ovarian-cyst-cure/

  29. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst problem?
    So, i know that i have an ovarian cyst and i have for several months now and it isn't going away. i looked up symptoms and i have all of them except for two. and couple of them fell under "if you have these symptoms, get help right away". But my mom won't let me get it checked out somewhere for i dont know what reason. so do you think doing something like talking to the school nurse would help me to be able to get this checked out? (oh and i'm in 9th grade)

    • ANSWER:
      How are you sure that you have one? Has a doctor told you for sure that you have one? A lot of cysts that you can get on your ovaries are OK and often come and go by themselves. However, there is a few types of cysts that you do need help for. Why wouldn't your mum let you get it checked out?

      Here's some info about different types of ovarian cysts:

      Follicular cyst: This type of simple cyst can form when ovulation does not occur or when a mature follicle involutes (collapses on itself). It usually forms at the time of ovulation and can grow to about 2.3 inches in diameter. The rupture of this type of cyst can create sharp severe pain on the side of the ovary on which the cyst appears. This sharp pain (sometimes called mittelschmerz) occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle, during ovulation. About a fourth of women with this type of cyst experience pain. Usually, these cysts produce no symptoms and disappear by themselves within a few months. A woman's doctor monitors these to make sure they disappear and looks at treatment options if they do not.

      Corpus luteum cyst: This type of functional ovarian cyst occurs after an egg has been released from a follicle. After this happens, the follicle becomes what is known as a corpus luteum. If a pregnancy doesn't occur, the corpus luteum usually breaks down and disappears. It may, however, fill with fluid or blood and stay on the ovary. Usually, this cyst is on only 1 side and produces no symptoms.

      Hemorrhagic cyst: This type of functional cyst occurs when bleeding occurs within a cyst. Symptoms such as abdominal pain on 1 side of the body may be present with this type of cyst.

      Dermoid cyst: This is an abnormal cyst that usually affects younger women and may grow to 6 inches in diameter. This cyst is similar to those present on skin tissue and can contain fat and occasionally bone, hair, and cartilage.

      The ultrasound image of this cyst type can vary because of the spectrum of contents, but a CT scan and MRI can show the presence of fat and dense calcifications. These cysts are also called mature cystic teratomas.

      They can become inflamed. They can also twist around (a condition known as ovarian torsion), causing severe abdominal pain.

      Endometriomas or endometrioid cysts: This type of cyst is formed when endometrial tissue (the mucous membrane that makes up the inner layer of the uterine wall) grows in the ovaries. It affects women during the reproductive years and may cause chronic pelvic pain associated with menstruation.

      Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial glands and tissue outside the uterus.

      Women with endometriosis may have problems with fertility because 80% of all pelvic endometriosis is found in the ovary (1 or both).

      These cysts, often filled with dark, reddish-brown blood, may range in size from 0.75-8 inches.

      Polycystic-appearing ovary: Polycystic-appearing ovary is diagnosed based on its enlarged size usually twice normal with small cysts present around the outside of the ovary. This condition can be found in "normal" women and in women with endocrine disorders. An ultrasound is used to view the ovary in diagnosing this condition.

      Polycystic-appearing ovary is different from the polycystic ovarian syndrome, which includes other symptoms in addition to the presence ovarian cysts. Polycystic ovarian syndrome involves metabolic and cardiovascular risks linked to insulin resistance. These risks include increased glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

      Polycystic ovarian syndrome is associated with infertility, abnormal bleeding, increased incidences of pregnancy loss, and pregnancy-related complications.

      Polycystic ovarian syndrome is extremely common and is thought to occur in 4-7% of women of reproductive age and is associated with an increased risk for endometrial cancer.

      More tests than an ultrasound alone are required to diagnose polycystic ovarian syndrome.

  30. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst?
    Hi I was just recently told with a CT Scan that I have an ovarian cyst the doctor said it was fairly large he said 5 sonograms I am only 19 and I had a baby August 27th also I haven't had a period in 2 months I am not trying to get pregnant but took 2 at home pregnancy tests and took a urine pregnancy test at the hospital all were negative. I feel slight pain in my left abdomen but I also have a kidney infection, urinary tract infection and an infection from my cats. I was just curious should I be worried.. should I be cautious of this large ovarian cysts like not running around .. and there is nothing I can do.. I won't be able to even talk to my OBGYN to monday but I am just worried it will burst I am not good with pain..

    Also I heard birth control helps i have it but my obgyn told me not to take it until my period starts.. and could the cyst be the reason I am not having periods?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. I have had an ovarian cyst and had to have one of my ovaries removed because the cyst twisted and cut off the blood to my ovary and killed it. My periods were also very irregular before I was diagnosed with one (I was rushed to the emergency room with intense pain in my abdomen, which is how I found out). The cyst could definitely be the reason you are not having your period.

      You really want to be careful with cysts and get rid of it as soon as you can either through surgery or medication that your doctor provides. From what I understand, if it is a large cyst, surgery is probably the best way. It depends on the surgery (usually either laproscopy or regular surgery or a combination of both) but the heal times should be about 2-4 weeks. I was perfectly fine and walking about after a little more than two weeks after my surgery. Do not do anything that could make the cyst twist or tie up as it can seriously affect the ovary and let your doctor know immediately if you feel any sharp intense pain.

  31. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts on both my ovaries?
    i have large cysts on both of my ovaries (bigger that 2cm) that ive had for longer than 2 menstrual cycles. is it possible, if the cysts are that large, that i could just have them removed and not my ovaries? please please professional or experienced help only. and please explain in depth...

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah they can remove them an if they are that big I would asap cause ive had em bust an its the worst pain ive ever felt.. It even hurts worse then giving birth..

  32. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts?
    I have cysts on both of my ovaries. I have been to the doctor numerous times about them because the pain is so.... put it like this on a scale from 1 to 10 it's always a 9,10. The doctors keep giving me pain meds and telling me that they'll go away ...but of course they haven't! They tell me to get on birth control....That didn't work either. So now all i can do is take pain pills that don't work much and lie on a heating pad all day. Any one have any suggestions on what i should do?. The last time i went to the doctor I was told that i was in pain because one of the many cysts had ruptured.

    • ANSWER:
      I also have cysts on both of my ovaries of various sizes from large to really big. The birth control helped me a little but not a whole lot. Besides what you're doing, the only thing they can really do is surgically remove them. Mine rupture a lot and yes, it is very painful i understand. Even if the doctors surgically drain your cysts, the come back. To remove them could help if you got on birth control right after the surgery to stop regrowth...I'd find a different doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    Any help with Ovarian Cysts please!!!!!!!!!!?
    I have had scans and been to the doctor for the results and have found multi and complex cysts of BOTH of my ovaries and the doctor has sent me for gynecological? :s scans and whatever they do, but dont know what they do etc so would be a great help if someone could inform me!

    What is going to happen to me? Is this going to affect me or my future?
    I've heard and read things about not being able to or it hard to have children, is this true? What are the odds of me having children? etc?

    I ignored the pain for over 6 months now :/

    Periods have been a bit early or late and sometimes heavier or lighter and have had these problems for over the last 4-6 months. Also some problems including fully passing urine, also back pain and legs ache (Are these a side effect of the cysts?)

    Also i have pain during and after sex, so if anyone knows anything to help that pain please inform me as its very annoying and painful!

    Any other info would be greatly appreciated! THANK YOU!

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts tend to be painful and, from what I've heard, recurring. They're not uncommon and aren't always serious, but they can affect a woman's ability to conceive. If they become too problematic, the treatment for/removal of them could come at the cost of damage to/removal of one or both of a woman's ovaries. I don't know exactly how often that happens or what the likelihood of them having long-term detrimental effects are, but if your doctor doesn't seem too worried and appear to know what they're doing, then I would try not to let it get to me too much. It's probably in your best interest to do some research of your own on the subject so that you can better communicate with your doctor and know what all of your options are. For now though, I think you should be fine. The pain may continue if the cysts do, and you might be able to get a prescription for some sort of pain-killer, but you're probably safe to just focus on what's going on right now and leave the long-term for after you've dealt with your current cysts. Maybe ask your doctor next time you see them if they think the cysts are going to be an ongoing issue for you. Best of luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    How does one get rid of ovarian cysts naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      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.

      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.

      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 10 years and have surgery 2 times to have them removed (it wasn't anything too serious).

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

  35. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts???? HELPP?
    so im pretty sure i have ovarian cysts i have a dull ache on both sides of my abdominal area and its not like a killing pain but i can definatel feel it and it comes off and on ive also felt some aching in my lower back and vaginal area but just ocassionally ive also kind of felt a little dizzy and had slight head aches from time to time are those symptoms of ovarian cysts?? i went to my doctor and everything and we scheduled a pelvic ultrasound oh yeah ive had some slight pelvis pain as well helppp meeee!! does it sound like cysts to you??

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a number of bilateral ovarian cysts (which included functional, hemorrhagic and endometrioma cysts) over the past 10 years. And I have even needed surgery for 2 of them because they didn't resolve after a few cycles (as they usually do resolve after a few cycles).

      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.

      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.

      It does sound to me like you could have an ovarian cyst, I have experienced the same type of symptoms you are describing except for the dizzy feeling, however the only way to know for sure is to find out by having an ultrasound (which you're having soon). I would recommend that if you do have an ovarian cyst, that you ask your doctor/gynaecologist lots of questions with regards to it, such as what type of cyst is is, is it a simple cyst (such a as functional (fluid-filled) cyst) or a complex cyst (such as hemmorhagic cyst)? As your doctor/gyno how big it is and what they would recommend such as waiting to see whether it resolve on it's own within a few cycles, whether your doctor/gyno may recommend you take the pill for a couple of months to see whether that helps resolve the cyst or whether you may need to have the cyst surgically (laparoscopy) drained/removed.

      Good luck :)

  36. QUESTION:
    Painful Ovarian cysts?
    I have one ovary left, the other was removed due to cysts causing a lot of pain. My doctor suggested removing them both, but I am not ready for menopause so I declined.
    I didn't realize how much the ones on my other ovary hurt until she removed the other ( 3 years ago) Now, i can't stand it. I have the typical symptoms, abdominal pain, bloating, dizziness, nausea, etc.
    Can't they just remove the cyst without removing the ovary??? I am still not ready for menopause, I'm only 42. But the pain can really be unbearable.
    Any suggestions or advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Grr. I wrote a whole long answer and then it didn't save. In short: Yes, docs can probably save your ovary. Requires skill. Clearly your current doc feels uncomfortable doing it. Find a new one, preferably in a large teaching hospital.

      But even if you just get the cysts removed, you'll get new ones--sounds like you're prone to them. So can you take birth control pills. They eliminate ovarian activity so you don't get cysts. good compromise

  37. QUESTION:
    What is complex ovarian cyst in simple terms ?
    My gf has complex ovarian cyst and it's her lower right quadrant close to her ovary I just want to understand what's going on .. She's been hiding this and I just want some closure and understand whats going on she is going to have surgery

    • ANSWER:
      Complex ovarian cysts have both solid and liquid components. Check out the link below, as it explains all of the types very plainly.

  38. QUESTION:
    cyst/ ovaries?
    I've had many cysts in my ovaries before. the first time i had one was almost a year ago, and i was perscrible birth control, its been about 6 months since i have taken any. I have had a couple more cysts since than. i went to the hospital once, and they told me i had a big one, but they left out that there was more than one. when i went to my gyno he was reading the paper to me and he said i had a couple. i started taking birth control again, but its starting to cost to much. i am just wondering from someone who has had cysts, or who knows who had cyst. will i still be able to have kids, or will my ovaries be damaged for good unless i continue taking the birth control. what will happen to me if my ovaries stop working. will my periods stop if they mess up and im not longer aloud to have kids. This is kinda scary to me. So i would apprecate your help and no stupid comments. Please and thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah....doctors want you on the pill because they make $$ everytime one of us fills the prescription. You're a number for them and a sale.

      I wasted my time on 13 MDs (specialists..etc.) who were clueless. Then I started seeing an ND (naturopathic doctor/MD and one of the things he put me on was Iodine (called Iodoral). I researched it and lookie what I found - it cures ovarian cysts...both ovarian cysts (the big ones) and the PCOS ones..the smaller ones on the eggs. You can read more about it here...http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=840932#i

      Here's where I buy mine cause it's HALF the price from what my doctor sells it for... http://www.breastcancerchoices.org/ Check out the Iodine link...read the whole site really.

      If you do this...you can buy the other supps cheaper maybe at your local vitamin store...best to check prices...I like NOW Brand (nowfoods.com) You wll need Vit C, magnesium, niacin, selenium....

      Not to shabby for dissolving cysts....

      And you asked will your ovaries be damaged by the pill? YES. You are taking FAKE hormones. FAKE. Not the kind your body recognizes. Will you still be able to have kids? Good question...take care of yourself, get off the pill....

      I CANNOT HAVE CHILDREN thanks to a doctor putting me on the pill. My ovaries started shutting down in my 20s and no doctor would EVER run further tests...I had many complaints and was always blown off. Because of what the pill has done to me, I make it my life's goal to warn as many women about this as possible. Doctors will tell you they are safe...but they are lying or just plain uneducated...which is a scary thought. I know of several women that this has also happened to.

      Good luck!
      :)

  39. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst???????????????????????
    I've had a small ovarian cyst (diagnosed with ultrasound) of left ovary last december where I was a week late for my period and then started getting sharp pain on the left side, radiating down the leg. My Ob/Gyn prescribed me morphine pills to take every few hours for any painful period or problems. The cyst vanished within a month. The next month, my period was black-brown clots. This month, I am 4 days late for my period and having a burning pain in the left ovary side, worse with standing or sitting for long time. No breast pain or anything. Having slight facial hair problems for few months now. Is it safe to take morphine pills when I am trying to conceive. Could this be another cyst? Should I take the pills and wait for the cyst/pain to vanish?

    • ANSWER:
      Good chance it's another cyst. Lucky women, we have the chance to make multiple cysts on one or both ovaries. The facial hair is a little concerning to me. If you think you might already be pregnant, I'd avoid the morphine. If you're not yet, I'd avoid it at this point in time, take the morphine and follow up soon with my gyn ASAP. Recurrent cysts, depending on the cause, may require additional treatment.

  40. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts.. What do you do?
    I recently found out that i have ovarian cysts or Poly cystic ovaries- Can anyone just share some stories with me in regards to how you dealt with this.. medically of course.

    My number one fear in life is becoming infertile, and i know that is a big risk of PSOS.

    The doctors arent telling me much, and i feel like they're holding alot back. I've become Anemic as well have a horrible hormonal balance (which i'm about to receive therapy for)

    Again- i'm just hoping to gain a little more insight to how people have dealt with this.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I have an ovarian cyst on my left ovary that I've had since 2001. Before that, I had a cyst that would grow, then rupture each year. That is SO painful! Usually ovarian cysts are normal and come and go with your cycle. When they persist for months or years, it is still common, but not as "normal." I have sought help for mine but have always been told if they do not cause pain, they won't do anything about them. Mine does cause pain during most of the month and I am being evaluated for laroscopic surgery, but who knows if they'll remove it.

      I have read that ovarian cysts can grow in certain spots on the ovary causing hormone imbalance. Is your imbalance the result of your cysts? This would be a good thing to find out, because you're probably treating one larger problem, not several smaller ones.

      Despite my having cysts, I got pregnant easily both times. I believe my body normally releases an egg from each ovary during each cycle, because I have pain in both ovaries. However, the left ovary may not have actually been releasing the egg, though the right one was. The doctors I've seen have been surprised I was able to conceive (and without any troubles) but this is the best theory I can come up with. I hope you have similar luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst question...?
    I know that I have ovarian cysts, and as far to my knowledge, one on each ovary. My last ultrasound was in September and the nurse said the biggest of the two was about pea-sized. They said to go a few months and see if they go away, and they haven't. I am almost positive they have been there for quite some time, possibly as long as 2 years, and I have been on birth control for 2 years, next month. The pain has increased greatly, especially in the past month, and I have an appt. Friday morning. If birth control is supposed to treat them/prevent them from forming, does anyone know what I might have to do to get rid of them? I have done some research and pretty much found surgery is the only way if birth control has not worked. Anyone with any experience/information for me?
    I also wondered if they can grow very quickly? When I lay flat I can feel what I believe is the cyst on my right ovary swell and there is a contstant lump in that area.

    • ANSWER:
      I've read your massage, and you know what we are the same case. I have also an ovarian cyst and both of my ovaries are affected. In my case I haven't experience any pain or discomfort, its just my menstruation that is not regular. And the only way to correct it is to take contraceptives in order for the ovary to stop producing eggs and the pills were the one regulate it. I have been on birth control pills for a months, and I skip on taking it because there's a side effects. The only way to remove that cyst is surgery, either they will remove your ovary or remove the cyst.

  42. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst advice please?
    have just be told i have a 20cm dermoid cyst attached to my left ovary.I am awaiting a specialist appointment.My GP says i will loss my left ovary.I am 39 with 2 kids.I was wandering if they will remove both ovaries.
    I have no pain ,i only found out i had it by chance was at doctor for some thing else when they found it.
    Only symptom i have is my large tummy which i put down to weight gain.
    I would like to hear from any one who has had similar problems.
    Did you loss weight after the op.

    • ANSWER:
      My mum had a cyst on her ovary which was removed. They did not remove both.

      She also had another child after the operation with one ovary...crazy lol.

  43. QUESTION:
    I have an Ovarian Cyst. Now what?
    I went for an abdominal ultrasound today - both external and internal, and guess what - surprise - happy days - she found an OVARIAN CYST!!!!!!
    I cant find any decent information on the internet about this so someone please help. My symptoms were as follows: when I got out of bed yesturday I had to go to the loo - both number 1 AND hallelulia number 2's!!! (wee's and poo's). But, then, I had this gripping sickening excruciating pain in my lower right side. I could barely walk and felt like vomiting and nearly passed out. - Mind you I had to get one off to school - one off to kindy - the other one to entertain all day as she is only 2 - but I had no other option but to collapse onto the bed in pain.
    This pain lasted for about 2 hours or more. The pain was so severe that it was frightening. - Does this level of pain mean that the cyst is serious? Or is a cyst always this painful even if it is not at all serious? Please lend me some of your advice/answers/experiences... Thankyou so much!

    • ANSWER:
      An ovarian cyst is a round, thin-walled, clear fluid-filled sac that develops in the ovary as part of normal egg development. When on the ovary's surface, an ovarian cyst looks something like a skin blister. A normal ovarian cyst can grow as large as 1.5 in.(3.8 cm) as it prepares to release an egg into the abdomen (ovulation).

      When an ovarian cyst does not release its egg, it continues to grow, becoming larger than normal (functional ovarian cyst). A functional ovarian cyst may also form after an egg is released. In this case, the ovarian cyst reseals itself and swells with fluid. This is called a luteal cyst. Functional ovarian cysts are the most common type of ovarian growth in women of childbearing age.1

      Like most types of ovarian cysts, functional cysts usually don't cause symptoms and are first noticed during a general pelvic exam. However, a larger ovarian cyst can twist, rupture, or bleed and be very painful. If your health professional has found that you have a functional ovarian cyst, you have no reason to worry about cancer functional cysts do not lead to cancer. Most functional ovarian cysts go away on their own within a few months and are harmless.

  44. QUESTION:
    bilateral ovarian cysts and anterior uterus?
    had an MRI to rule out adrenal or pituatry tumors (have high 17 OHP, testorone, prolactin etc). MRI can back tumor free but report says "Bilateral ovarian cysts" and "Anterior Uterus". What do these mean? Is that bad?
    Can't get in til next month...trying to find out if these are a big deal or not

    • ANSWER:
      Bilateral ovarian cysts means you have cysts on both of your ovaries. But to say anything further needs more info on what type of cysts they are. But given that you have high testosterone and high prolactin, it might be that you have PCOS--polycystic ovarian syndrome. I have no way of knowing, but your doc will tell you. As for your uterus: are you sure that's what it said? Might it have said "anteverted uterus"? That means your uterus is in the normal position. That's probably what they mean.

  45. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst?
    I went to the emergency room the other night bc i was doubled over in pain.. They did an ultra sound and he said i have numerous cysts on my ovaries...and my left has moer -why i was in so much pain).. but he said they were complex..

    anyone have this before?

    • ANSWER:
      Most women have cysts on their ovaries and tubes. Majority of them never know. I've had a couple of cysts rupture, but there's not much that can really be done. Anytime I've gone for an ultra sound there are usually several on both sides. Other then seeing them, I'd never know they were there. My doctor put me on birth control to help control them so they don't rupture.

  46. 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 :)

  47. 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

  48. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Questions...?
    I am 22 years old, I have been diagnosed with 2 ovarian cyst in my right ovary, depending on the growth I might need surgery. I'm worried because i've been having crazy symptoms that are making me very uncomfortable. I haven't gotten my period and have been having pregnancy like symptoms... But have taken a HPT and it came back negative. I went to the ER today for a major headache and pelvic pain, pain so strong that made me nausea's... In googling some stuff I read I could have to have my ovaries removed, meaning to me that I wouldn't be able to conceive. I already have a 2 year old daughter but I really want more children... I don't know what to do or how to react, and although I know I haven't really asked anything yet....my question is... Has anyone had or know of anyone whose had this that can give me some insight into what to expect?

    • ANSWER:
      I am very sorry that you are going through all of this. It seems like you have a million and one questions about your diagnosis and not many people who can answer them. Your doctors mostly like tossed a handful of unknown medical terms at you which is why you googled your questions in hope of answers and a quick and safe outcome.

      I am not sure I can give you the answers you want, but I hope to give you the answers you need and much needed support.

      You were diagnosed with two ovarian cysts on your ovaries. If you found that out in the ER, then the hospital will have you do a follow up with a gynecologist. When you make an appointment with a gynecologist, it is important that you research and find one you like and has very good reviews from past patients. I say this is important because a good gynecologist will not just do their job, they'll do it properly and at their best efforts versus a bad gynecologist who will do the minimum required and who will not listen to you.

      Once you have the gynecological appointment, your gynecologist will discuss with you your options about the cysts. They will mostly likely prescribe you pain medication, and birth control and do a pelvic ultrasound in a month and a half. This is to check and see if the ovaries did shrink. If it has not they will do another ultrasound in a month. If has grown, then the next option could be laparoscopic surgery. This is a surgical procedure done where a small incision is made by your belly button to allow a mini scope in and look at your pelvic organs. The second incision made is slightly below your underwear line to take out cysts. Both incisions are very small, and the procedure is quickly done. Its called an "in and out", because its noted as a minor procedure that does not require a hospital stay. You can leave once you have awakened from the procedure.

      Now I remember, surgery is always the last option. So do not jump a head. Your gynecologist will talk with you through everything.

      I know this, because I had been sent to the ER in July for Nausea and an elevated white blood cell count. It turns out like you I had two ovarian cyst. I chose to monitor it for a couple months but while the first one went away, the second one did not. Because the nature of the second cyst was unidentifiable I decided to have surgery. Why was it identifiable? Take in mind, this why I tell you to have a good gynecologist who listens to you. The second cyst was closer to my fallopian tubes. It gave the impression that it was a hydrasalphinax, or that my tubes were filled with water instead of being a cysr. Hydrasalphinex are normally associated with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which is usually contracted by a person who is sexually active. I have never been. So while I said I was not some doctors chose not to believe me, but my gynecologist listened to me and believed the hydrasalphinex was a cyst. So when she opened me up she saw the small cyst and saw that all of my repproductive organ were healthy. My gynecologist knew not misdiagnose me by listening to me. Worst case scenario however, your cyst might my a cyst filled with endometriomas or simply be a hemoraghic cyst. If it is endometriomas, it is possible you could have endometriosis which has symptons of irregular peiods, heavy and I mean heavy blood flows, and menstrual pain that can not be relived with over the counter meds. You also have a hard time getting pregnant. But if endometriosis was suspected then the ER doctor would have mentioned it. If you don't have those symptons, then really don't worry.

      So, I hope everything works out for you. Please do not give up hope. Ovarian cysts are actually common. Many females understand your situation, so you don't have to feel alone. I'll keep you in your prayers, and also remember you are your best advocate, so don't give up or give ine. God Bless.

  49. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts question?
    so for about the last month ive had a dull ache in both sides of my abdominal area, around my ovaries and my doctor told me she thought it was ovarian cysts so we scheduled an ultrasound but i havent really felt it today or yesterday. Could it have dissolved after a month?

    • ANSWER:
      I suffered with Ovarian cysts for years. I am sorry you are having this issue. If it is confirmed you do have them get checked for an illness called PCOS. Polly Cystic Ovary Syndrome.

      If you do have this then get yourself a Reproductive Endocrinologist and find support either online or in your community.

      Ovarian Cysts can dissolve. They can also be very painful. It is possible you cysts may have decreased or disappeared. They can also grow at certain times in your monthly cycle.

      Another thing you may wish to have checked are your hormone levels and cholesterol levels. Your GYN can check this for you. Cysts on ovaries can cause excess hair growth in places women do not wish to have hair such as the face. The cholesterol issue is common in PCOS.

      This condition is treatable and and there is support out there. In some cases when my ovaries developed cysts the pain would shoot into my back or down my legs. It is important to watch your sugar, and fat intake and keep your weight down. Too much sugar and fats can actually contribute to the growth of cysts by affecting your hormones.

      Best of luck with you results.

  50. QUESTION:
    Information on Ovarian Cysts...?
    I have several ovarian cysts on my right side, all quite small, and 1 abnormally large on my left. One recently ruptured on my right side and caused me severe pain. I saw several doctors and went to 2 different hospitals b4 i finally found out what had happened. I just want to prevent this from happening again, and I want to be more prepared.
    Are there any precautions I can take? and is it true that I may have fertility issues? i want kids, but i don't want to bring children into this world if they are going to have any sort of mental disability, i don't think it's fair. finally if there are any physical restrictions i should be aware of, it would be a great help! or if there is anything additional, please add it, all help is great!
    Thanks soooo much!

    • 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 11 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.

      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.

      A functional ovarian cyst (or two) probably will not give you problems conceiving, however, if it is recommended that you need surgery to remove a cyst, you can talk about your future 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 cysts and have any of the symptoms as listed above, that you speak to your doctor and ask 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 :)


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