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Doctor insights on: Breakthrough Bleeding On The Pill Ovarian Cysts

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Had ovarian cyst rupture month ago. Got period & put on bc. Breakthrough bleeding for past 5 days. Now I'm short of breath, usually tired, & dizzy. Why?

Had ovarian cyst rupture month ago. Got period & put on bc. Breakthrough bleeding for past 5 days. Now I'm short of breath, usually tired, & dizzy. Why?

Need to see your doc: Birth control pills can put you at an increased risk of developing blood clots that can lead to pulmonary emboli. Call your doctor or go to the er or urgent care to make sure the shortness of breath is not a pulmonary embolism. ...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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Is it normal to just spot once in the pill free week with no bleeding on the first month of the pill? Was given bc for ovarian cysts.

Is it normal to just spot once in the pill free week with no bleeding on the first month of the pill? Was given bc for ovarian cysts.

Yes: Your periods will usually be light on the pill. It is perfectly normal. It is possible some months just to spot or even have no period at all. Of course, if you have no period at all, get a pregnancy test just to make sure you're not pregnant. ...Read more

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I get cramps while taking pills and irregular bleeding. Could it be endometriosis or ovarian cyst?

I get cramps while taking pills and irregular bleeding. Could it be endometriosis or ovarian cyst?

Yes and no: If by pills you mean birth control pills, then sometimes they can not help with irregular bleeding, they don't typically cause irregular bleeding separately. Endometriosis can definitely cause irregular bleeding, but birth control pills are used to treat it. Ovarian cyst, unless a cyst that makes estrogen typically doesn't cause bleeding. ...Read more

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Dx w/ endometriosis. Tried multiple bc pills before this diagnosis for ovarian cysts and made bleeding & pain much worse. Will lupron (leuprolide) be similar? Wary of lup

Dx w/ endometriosis. Tried multiple bc pills before this diagnosis for ovarian cysts and made bleeding & pain much worse. Will lupron (leuprolide) be similar? Wary of lup

Different: Lupron (leuprolide) gives you a (temporary) chemical menopause, thus no period. By not stimulating the ovaries the symptoms of endometriosis might improve. Bcp are also commonly used, also put the ovaries "at rest", but different mechanism. ...Read more

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Cramp while taking pills, irregular bleeding, endometriosis, ovarian cyst, what to do?

Cramp while taking pills, irregular bleeding, endometriosis, ovarian cyst, what to do?

See your doc: Sounds like you have a few issues. You should see a gynecologist. What pills are you taking? A combined hormonal pill (birth control pill) may help all of your issues. Or if you are already taking one, maybe it should be changed. You need to be able to talk about these issues with your gyn. ...Read more

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How do you know my ovarian cyst is functional cyst with one Ultrasound? I worry since my period and bleeding get heavier. Was on pill but quit lately

How do you know my ovarian cyst is functional cyst with one Ultrasound? I worry since my period and bleeding get heavier. Was on pill but quit lately

Repeat sonogram: Repeat sono after next period. Functional cyst should disappear. It is not unusual for period to become heavier after you stop the Pill ...Read more

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Had ovarian cyst but it shrunk. I'm still taking birth control pills daily. I've been spotting/mild bleeding some days, doctor says it's normal. Is it?

Had ovarian cyst but it shrunk. I'm still taking birth control pills daily. I've been spotting/mild bleeding some days, doctor says it's normal. Is it?

Not uncommon: Some women have spotting or light bleeding while using a birth control pill. This is unlikely to be anything dangerous but can be quite annoying. This will often stop after a while on its own. If the problem persists you could take a low dose estrogen for a few weeks, change pills or change your method of contraception. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have had an ovarian cyst for 3 months and was taking the pill when I got it. I stopped taking the pill 2 days ago. Will this make my cyst worse?

I have had an ovarian cyst for 3 months and was taking the pill when I got it. I stopped taking the pill 2 days ago. Will this make my cyst worse?

Unlikely: Depending on it's size you may want to watch it closely, but it is as likely to go away as to get worse. Since it developed in spite of being on the pill it is not likely to act differently simply because you are now off of the pill. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get an ovarian cyst on the pill?

Is it possible to get an ovarian cyst on the pill?

Yes: Cysts can form at any time, though less likely when using birth control pills. These pills suppress ovulation in most women but many women may still ovulate. After ovulation that follicle can stay around and become a cyst. ...Read more

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I have an ovarian cyst and was place on BC. I still have typically cyst symptoms even while on the pill. Is this normal?

I have an ovarian cyst and was place on BC. I still have typically cyst symptoms even while on the pill. Is this normal?

Usually resolve: It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their reproductive years and may be a single cyst or many cysts. Most cysts are benign and only require monitoring. Most are cysts which develops from tissue that changes in the normal process of ovulation. They usually disappear within 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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I've gained weight since turning 40. It's as if my metabolism completely shut down. I'm on the pill for ovarian cysts, can this be the culprit?

I've gained weight since turning 40. It's as if my metabolism completely shut down. I'm on the pill for ovarian cysts, can this be the culprit?

Definitly not: Ovarian cysts do not cause weight gain or slowing of the metabolism. Perhaps you are thinking of polycystic ovarian syndrome where weight gain and slow metabolism cause the ovary to exhibit typical finding of multiple small 1 cm cysts. These cysts are a result not the cause. ...Read more

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My 16 yr old daughter found out today that she has a 7 CM ovarian cyst. (on the pill) she can barely move from the pain! What do we do?

My 16 yr old daughter found out today that she has a 7 CM ovarian cyst. (on the pill) she can barely move from the pain! What do we do?

See gynecologist!: 7 cm cysts are usually benign but may need surgery due to size. Pain can be due to "torsion" or twisting of the blood supply to the ovary, risking the health of that ovary. The pain can be from the size of the ovary or partial rupture. Surgery does not necessarily require removal of the ovary but could be only removal of the cyst. ...Read more

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I'm on my first month of LoEstrin Fe to dissolve an ovarian cyst. I'm on day 22 of my normal cycle but day 11 of the pill. I'm spotting. Normal?

I'm on my first month of LoEstrin Fe to dissolve an ovarian cyst. I'm on day 22 of my normal cycle but day 11 of the pill. I'm spotting. Normal?

Can be: Normally we like to start pill on first day of period, but not always practical. The dose of the pill may not be high enough to offset your body's normal cycle and that could explain the spotting. The pill may blunt your normal period resulting in less bleeding than normal. I am assuming your gyn doctor recommending several cycles of pill. If issue continues, discuss with them. Change pill? ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hpv, I have persistent ovarian cysts and take birth control. Should I take a break from the pill? Scared of infertility

I was diagnosed with hpv, I have persistent ovarian cysts and take birth control. Should I take a break from the pill? Scared of infertility

No: Birth control pills do not cause infertility, so you do not need to discontinue them for that reason. If there are other reasons then you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does ovarian cyst bleeding last when bcp start?

How long does ovarian cyst bleeding last when bcp start?

Cyst bleeding: Pain is most common symptom of an ovarian cyst, which are common after age 40. Bleeding, however, may have more serious causes, such as endometrial hyperplasia. Bcp's can sometimes correct this, but you should see your healthcare provider for advice. Ultrasound or a biopsy of the lining of your womb should be considered to determine the cause of the bleeding. ...Read more

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I think I have an ovarian cyst. After sex I had some light bleeding, is that a symptom?

Not likely the cause: Typically ovarian cysts don't cause bleeding unnless they rupture or get twisted onto their own tubes etc...Light bleeding after sex is quite common for those having a male partner who is a bit on the long-side--repetitious trauma of the penis pushing/thrushing on the cervix which can bleed a bit. If u have some cervical polyps, fibroids, infections, cancer, bleeding is even more common. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have my ovarian cyst removed 11 days ago, but past 2 days I was bleeding, having blood in my panty. Is that uncommon?

I have my ovarian cyst removed 11 days ago, but past 2 days I was bleeding, having blood in my panty. Is that uncommon?

Early period: An off cycle or an early period is common for any woman. Having surgery is certainly stressful on your body so some menstrual irregularity in the recovery period does not seem concerning. If it does not resolve over the next few menstrual cycles you should discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been bleeding for 4 weeks now and found out I have a large ovarian cyst. How long will it take for the pain and bleeding to stop?

I have been bleeding for 4 weeks now and found out I have a large ovarian cyst. How long will it take for the pain and bleeding to stop?

Bleeding with cyst: It would take a lot more detailed information to be able to speculate about this. A gynecologist asks questions about your periods, pregnancies, pain, bleeding pattern, sexual history...etc...They can then give better advice about what may be going on with you exactly. ...Read more

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I have a ovarian cyst that is resolving itself and bleeding into itself. The sonographer said it all looked fine, should I be concerned though?

I have a ovarian cyst that is resolving itself and bleeding into itself. The sonographer said it all looked fine, should I be concerned though?

No: These are usually corpus luteal cysts which develop subsequent to ovulation and are completely normal. You need only be concerned if it does not continue to improve and persists through a couple of cycles. ...Read more

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What does it mean when an ovarian cyst is "bleeding into itself"?

What does it mean when an ovarian cyst is "bleeding into itself"?

Called hemorrhagic c: After ovulation there can be slight bleeding in cyst
endometriosis can make bleeding in cyst
unless lots of pain do not worry ...Read more

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My ovarian cyst is bleeding inside a little what does that mean?

My ovarian cyst is bleeding inside a little what does that mean?

Common: Most ovarian cysts are part of the normal functioning of your ovary, sometimes they rupture and bleed but the pain usually goes away in a few days. If you have severe pain then see your obgyn. ...Read more

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I have an ovarian cyst with abnormal bleeding, could it be something more?

I have an ovarian cyst with abnormal bleeding, could it be something more?

Yes: Ovarian cyst can alter hormone production from the ovary and cause irregular bleeding. If the cyst is solid then there are certain tumors called granulosa cell tumors that produce estrogen and can cause a lot of bleeding. There are many other reasons that have nothing to do with the cyst that can also cause the bleeding. ...Read more

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Was told I had an ovarian cyst. I've been bleeding for a few days now and was wondering when it would stop?

Was told I had an ovarian cyst. I've been bleeding for a few days now and was wondering when it would stop?

Depends.: Are you bleeding because its your menses? Is it a random bleed. Hard to know without more information. How large is the cyst? Is it symptomatic? ...Read more

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Is this normal for my situation or is something to worry about? I was diagnosed with a bleeding ovarian cyst on monday of this past week and was told the cyst wasn't very big and that it wasn't bleeding very much. They were not worried about and told me I

Is this normal for my situation or is something to worry about? I was diagnosed with a bleeding ovarian cyst on monday of this past week and was told the cyst wasn't very big and that it wasn't bleeding very much. They were not worried about and told me I

Pepto: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause the stool to look abnormal. It is unlikely for a cyst to cause blood in the stool, even if it is bleeding, although endometriosis can cause that. If you have another bloody stool, have increased pain, vomiting, or feel light-headed or faint, then you must be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cysts cause cervix bleeding?

Do ovarian cysts cause cervix bleeding?

Usually not: Most ovarian cysts don't cause the cervix or uterus to bleed, since most ovarian cysts are not hormonally active. ...Read more

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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


Breakthrough Bleeding (Definition)

Breakthrough bleeding = vaginal bleeding ...Read more