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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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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