U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Georgia
A 19-year-old female asked:

i was diagnosed with 5.2cm ovarian cyst and my doctor told me to take bc pills. will these pills reduce the size of the cyst or stop its growth?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
They will likely: Stop the growth. It is likely what we call a "simple cyst" which means it just has fluid, or a hemmorragic cyst with blood it it. It's not gonna be cancer but you will need follow up to ensure resolution. It will likely resolve on its own. Good luck.
Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Stop growth: The goal of the pills is to inhibit ovarian function (ovulation) and there by reduce your risk of further development. Also your current cyst is likely to resolve on it's own but the pills will prevent new ones.
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
If it is a simple fluid filled cyst usually it will, but not always so u will need to get follow up US and then u should stay on pills to prevent future cysts
Sep 21, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Sep 22, 2013

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.