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I'm 34. I have been diagnosed with ovarian cysts. My menstrual cycles are very abnormal. I've been on my cycle for 3 1/2 weeks. Should i be alarmed?

I'm 34. I have been diagnosed with ovarian cysts. My menstrual cycles are very abnormal. I've been on my cycle for 3 1/2 weeks. Should i be alarmed?

See your doctor: You probably have pcos — polycystic ovarian syndrome. Irregular periods is very common with this condition. It's likely you will need medication to manage your periods. I would encourage you to see your gynecologist soon. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Could your menstrual cycle stop if you have an ovarian cyst?

Could your menstrual cycle stop if you have an ovarian cyst?

Possibly: A persistant ovarian cyst means that there was never ovulation therefore you would get anovulation or no period at all! But remember small cysts in woman are fuctional and normal. ...Read more

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I have bad menstrual cramps only on the left side. Was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst 5 years ago.

I have bad menstrual cramps only on the left side. Was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst 5 years ago.

The past: Ovarian cyst is not necessarily the cause. If you had surgery for the cyst -then scar tissue could be an issue. ...Read more

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I have long suffered with a crippling menstrual cycle. I'm only 23, but I've had ovarian cysts. Is a partial or full hysterectomy best for me?

I have long suffered with a crippling menstrual cycle. I'm only 23, but I've had ovarian cysts. Is a partial or full hysterectomy best for me?

Start medically: Because of your age most people would start with medical treatments such as birth control pills or Lupron (leuprolide) or iud. Or do laparoscopy. It is also important to know what's the cause of the pain to know if a hysterectomy would help. Also, knowing the cause would determine if the ovaries need to be removed — a full hysterectomy. ...Read more

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After how long will the menstrual cycle begin after laproscopy? I had an ovarian cyst removed and scar tissue was also found during surgery.

After how long will the menstrual cycle begin after laproscopy? I had an ovarian cyst removed and scar tissue was also found during surgery.

2 to 4 weeks: If the lining of the womb (endometrium) was also removed then it will be closer to 4 weeks. You're treating GYN can also give you an approximation at your 2 week check up appointment. ...Read more

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I noticed that for several cycles, I have had pain for up to 5 days before my period. I found out that I had a cyst on my right ovary. Will things like heat and Midol help with my ovarian cyst pain? My ovarian cysts make menstrual cramps a lot worse.

I noticed that for several cycles, I have had pain for up to 5 days before my period. I found out that I had a cyst on my right ovary. Will things like heat and Midol help with my ovarian cyst pain? My ovarian cysts make menstrual cramps a lot worse.

Sure: Midol and a heating pad are certainly options you can consider. You may want to discuss treatment options for painful periods with your Obgyn. Birth control often helps with menstrual pain. Most ovarian cysts resolve on their own without treatment. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cysts on the left side and right side of ovary and it feels like menstrual cramps is that a bad sign?

I have ovarian cysts on the left side and right side of ovary and it feels like menstrual cramps is that a bad sign?

Ruptured cyst: It is very common for ovarian cysts to rupture, and at that time, you can have abdominal cramping that feels like a period. This is nothing to worry about. If your pain is difficult to bear, however, or if you have a fever, or nausea/vomiting, then see your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When is the best time to have an ultrasound for ovarian cysts (complex). Before the menstrual cycle or after? Will there be any difference?

When is the best time to have an ultrasound for ovarian cysts (complex). Before the menstrual cycle or after? Will there be any difference?

Hemorrhagic cyst: I suspect you have hemorrhagic cysts that can arise in the context of ovulation. Bleeding into the follicle after ovulation is the most common cause for complex cysts. The best time to do a follow up ultrasound would be immediately after the menstrual period. ...Read more

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Could severe cramps while running be caused by my ovarian cysts? I run often and these cramps usually only occur close to menstrual and last a while.

Could severe cramps while running be caused by my ovarian cysts? I run often and these cramps usually only occur close to menstrual and last a while.

Possibly: Although the Cysts might be causing your cramps, more likely the cramping is menstrually related-that is related to hormonal changes occurring with your cycle. You need to follow up with a Gyn. You possibly need a thorough examination, hormone studies and Ultrasound to help define exactly what is going on. Generally, at your age, severe cramping is not unusual but can be helped. ...Read more

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Do complex ovarian cysts generally disappear after a few menstrual cycles? Very sore breasts and bloated. Next scan in august.

Do complex ovarian cysts generally disappear after a few menstrual cycles? Very sore breasts and bloated. Next scan in august.

Usually no...: All ovarian cysts have to be evaluated on a case by case basis. However, complex cysts usually do not resolve with watching and waiting. They usually have to be surgically removed and evaluated by the pathologist to determine their true nature. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cysts cause your blood cell levels to mess up?

Do ovarian cysts cause your blood cell levels to mess up?

Ovarian cyst: Ovarian cysts can be functional or pathologic. Pathologic ovarian cysts can cause abnormal blood levels of certain tests. Examples include a granulosa cell tumor can appear as a cyst and cause elevated inhibin and estrogen levels. An endometriotic cyst can cause mildly elevated CA 125 levels. Your doctor can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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Could ovarian cysts mess eith your hormones?

Could ovarian cysts mess eith your hormones?

Ovarian cysts are...: Caused by hormonal imbalance in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Other ovarian cysts are not. In pcos, free testosterone is elevated (decrease in sex hormone biding globulin) ; associated with hyperinsulinemia, which is caused by Insulin resistance. If you have non-pcos cysts, the answer is probably not! Pcos is part of metabolic syndrome! Hirsuitism is common in pcos, not other cysts. ...Read more

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If ovarian cysts mess with hormones, does that mean that once they are gone for good there is a chance that depression can go away for good?

If ovarian cysts mess with hormones, does that mean that once they are gone for good there is a chance that depression can go away for good?

Unlikely: I have unfortunately never seen the removal of ovarian cysts clear up depression. Perhaps one of my colleagues on here has and I would be interested in their input. ...Read more

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How does having ovarian cysts mess with my fertility? I have had many ovarian cysts rupture.

How does having ovarian cysts mess with my fertility? I have had many ovarian cysts rupture.

Probably doesn't: Simple ovarian cysts (only fluid inside them) tend to come and go and probably don't affect your fertility. If the cyst reaches a large size (>5cm) then it can cause pain. Rarely a very large cyst (>8cm) can lead to ovarian torsion which is a medical emergency (you could end up losing that ovary). An endometrioma is a cyst filled with old blood. Endometriosis is associated with decreased fertility ...Read more

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Ovarian cysts best cure?

Ovarian cysts best cure?

Time: Most ovarian cysts go away by themselves over time. If a cyst stays around for more than 3 months, what we would do next depends on its size, your age, any symptoms and very specific details of the ultrasound report describing the cyst. ...Read more

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Do I have an ovarian cyst?

Do I have an ovarian cyst?

Ultrasound: Discuss this with your doctor and negotiate an ultrasound to determine whether you have an ovarian cyst or not. ...Read more

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How to remove an ovarian cyst?

How to remove an ovarian cyst?

It depends: There are many kinds of ovarian cysts. However, most functional ovarian cysts will resolve on their own with time. ...Read more

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What if an ovarian cyst hurts?

What if an ovarian cyst hurts?

Getting larger: If a cyst hurts it usually indicates it is becoming larger. However, could be from ongoing inflammation/infection. ...Read more

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How can you treat ovarian cysts?

How can you treat ovarian cysts?

Birth Control Pills: If you have recurring cysts, suppression of ovulation is the best treatment. This is best achieved with birth control pills but only your doctor can determine which treatment is best for you. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose ovarian cysts?

How do you diagnose ovarian cysts?

Ultrasound: Ovarian cysts are best evaluated by transvaginal ultrasound. If you are young and have periods, most cysts are ok, though they may grow large and rupture and cause pain. If you have gone through menopause, ovarian cysts need to be followed more closely, since they may be cancer. Pelvic MRI is helpful in evaluating persistent cysts or cysts which may partially contain solid tissue. ...Read more

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What do I do for an ovarian cyst?

What do I do for an ovarian cyst?

Talk to your MD: Simple ovarian cysts are not uncommon and are normal part of the ovulation process. However, many ovarian cancers are also cystic. Therefore, it is important to consult your doctor to assess the need for further investigation and removal. ...Read more

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How dangerous can ovarian cysts be?

How dangerous can ovarian cysts be?

Complex question: This depends on many details: your medical history, your family history, features seen on ultrasound like size, solid areas, blood flow. Most cysts at age 44 if you are still having menstrual cycles will be benign, but you should follow up with your gynecologist as directed to be sure. ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more