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A 36-year-old female asked:

If i get hemorrhagic cysts while on pill, what does that mean? pill is not working? i heard the type of cyst is caused by ovulation. always have cramp

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 30 years experience
OCP: Most hemorrhagic ovarian cysts are corpora lutea, which occur after ovulation. Combination OC (estrogen + progestin) usually suppress ovulation, though not always, esp. with lower estrogen pills. Progestin-only pills do not stop ovulation. OCP are effective contraception because they have other contraceptive effects. SO..."working" depends on why you use the pills. Hope this helps.

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