A member asked:

Is taking birth control pills the only way to prevent functional ovarian cysts from forming?

A doctor has provided 1 answer
Dr. Jeffrey Levine answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

No: Quarterly Depoprovera (DMPA) shots, monthly Nuvaring, and Weekly OrthoEvra Patches also prevent ovulation and may reduce cyst formation. Nexplanon also inhibit ovulation, but there is no strong evidence regarding functional cyst formation/prevention.

Answered 7/14/2017



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