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A 38-year-old member asked:

are there medications that shrink ovarian cysts?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Contraceptive pills: Combined oral contraceptive pills may regulate the menstrual cycle, prevent the formation of follicles that can turn into cysts, and possibly shrink an existing cyst, and may reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. in many cases, especially if you have no symptoms like pain, you can wait and see if the cyst goes away on its own within a few months. Your doctor may recommend periodic ultrasounds.
Dr. David Dang
Radiology 14 years experience
Likely no.: I am not aware of medications that can shrink ovarian cysts. Many cysts, however, may resolve on their own. Birth control pills may reduce the chance of developing new cysts in the future.

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Are there any signs for the ovarian cysts?

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What are my chances of having ovarian cysts pop?

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Dr. Michael Swor
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A member asked:

The difference between appendicitis and a ruptured cyst?

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Huge but simlar pain: There is a huge difference between appendicitis and a ruptured cyst. However the initial symptoms may be nearly identical making the differential diagnosis confusing. Appendicitis requires close observation, antibiotics, and possible surgery for impending rupture. However rupture ovarian cysts rarely require intervention other than pain medication unless there is sever associated bleeding.

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