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Can you still get ovarian cysts when you are on birth control pills?

Can you still get ovarian cysts when you are on birth control pills?

Yes!: 20% of women on the pill may ovulate while still not getting pregnant. Ovulation is preceded by a small cyst that will release the egg. ...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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If I'm not on birth control, I get large painful ovarian cysts. My OBGYN says to stay on pill, but is that safe long term? Should I get a 2nd opinion?

If I'm not on birth control, I get large painful ovarian cysts. My OBGYN says to stay on pill, but is that safe long term? Should I get a 2nd opinion?

Very safe: Birth control pills have lots of non-contraceptive benefits that are seldom discussed. They decrease the risk of anemia and non-cancerous breast lumps as well as the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer and are considered safe until age 35 even in smokers unless you have other risk factors. ...Read more

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How long before birth control starts help get rid of follicular ovarian cysts?

How long before birth control starts help get rid of follicular ovarian cysts?

Months: Usually, once you start taking the pills, they will prevent further follicular cyst formation and prevent new cysts from forming. They usually prevent pre-existing cysts from growing further and may over time allow shrinkage. It does however takes weeks to months. ...Read more

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How long do you have to take birth control pills for the ovarian cyst to go away and get pregnant?

How long do you have to take birth control pills for the ovarian cyst to go away and get pregnant?

1-2 months: Bcps stop the functioning of the ovary as they become the source of hormones for the body. This allows the cyst to regress in 1-2 months. ...Read more

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I continue to get ovarian cysts when on a different continuous birth control pills year round for endometriosis. Last one was serous cystedoma. Could changing birth control pills potentially help.

I continue to get ovarian cysts when on a different continuous birth control pills year round for endometriosis. Last one was serous cystedoma. Could changing birth control pills potentially help.

Probably not: It is unlikely the changing birth control pills will prevent the recurring ovarian cysts. If you know that the last cyst was a cyst adenoma you are probably being followed by a gynecologist. ...Read more

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I recently had an ovarian cyst rupture, I am also on birth control and I was supposed to get my period 3 days ago, would the cyst make it late?

I recently had an ovarian cyst rupture, I am also on birth control and I was supposed to get my period 3 days ago, would the cyst make it late?

No but related: Cysts can persist if one is not regularly ovulating which can also throw off your cycle regularity. If you do not get your period in another 4 days, take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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What should I do about my ovarian cyst I'm taking on birth control pills my menstrual cycl I really want to know because I real I want to get pregnant?

See an OB/GYN: Issues of this nature are best answered on an individual basis after a full assessment by a professional. If you are trying to become pregnant it will also be helpful to establish a relationship with an obstetrician to help manage your pregnancy and delivery. ...Read more

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My doctor put me on birth control for my unbearable cramps and ovarian cysts so I don't get periods anymore but I have one right now. Why?

My doctor put me on birth control for my unbearable cramps and ovarian cysts so I don't get periods anymore but I have one right now. Why?

What kind?: If you are on birth control pills, and are taking the placebo week (one week out of four with most pills; one week out of 12 with seasonale/seasonique) you should have a period when you stop taking your active pills. Progestin only pills are a little different, though. You don't take inactive pills, just active ones. With those, you might not have regular periods, but have breakthrough bleeding. ...Read more

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What should I do about my ovarian cyst I'm taking on birth control pills my menstrual cycle I really want to know because I real I want to get pregnant?

What should I do about my ovarian cyst I'm taking on birth control pills my menstrual cycle I really want to know because I real I want to get pregnant?

Discuss with Gynecol: Ovarian cysts do not cause any problem with your menstrual cycle and do not cause you not to be pregnant.
Treatment of ovarian cyst depends on the size and any associated symptoms. I will suggest you discuss your concerns with your gynecologist as he/she can answer your question. ...Read more

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What happens to my ovarian cyst if I stop taking birth control?

What happens to my ovarian cyst if I stop taking birth control?

It depends: There are ovarian cysts that will go away over time, and others that are more serious and need surgery. Birth control pills prevent many types of cysts, and thus can be helpful in preventing cysts. They don't make cysts go away away faster, but they prevent some types of cysts. See your dr about what kind of cyst you have. ...Read more

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I've been on birth control for 4 months but I still have ovarian cysts. Is this normal?

I've been on birth control for 4 months but I still have ovarian cysts. Is this normal?

Yes: Ovarian cysts are generated by ovulation monthly, and wax/wane with your estrogen levels. Birth control pills, depending on composition, can stimulate ovarian cysts, and can make things worse. Best idea is to talk this over with your OB if your BCP's are making things worse, can change the type and possibly lessen any symptoms ...Read more

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There's a chance I have an ovarian cyst. I don't know what to do? I'm on birth control, could that cause it?

There's a chance I have an ovarian cyst. I don't know what to do? I'm on birth control, could that cause it?

Ovarian cust: You eather have it or not. Pelvic ultrasound will tell. Depends how big it is, so it may have to be treated or not. See a doc for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is being on birth control dangerous at the age of 45? I have never smoked and on it for trying to shrink ovarian cysts?

No: If you have no other health problems, birth control pills are relatively safe, safer than being pregnant. The risks of serious side effects (blood clots in the legs or lungs) is less than 1/1000. ...Read more

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I'm taking birth control for an ovarian cyst and I'm going back in 4 months to check and see if it's gone. Will it make it go away?

I'm taking birth control for an ovarian cyst and I'm going back in 4 months to check and see if it's gone. Will it make it go away?

Ovarian Cyst: Ovarian cysts are actually quite common in premenopausal women. (The function of the ovary by nature is to produce cysts each month). BCPs do not make the cysts go away. They prevent ovulation, which allows the ovaries to "rest" while the cyst resolves on its own, and no further ones develop. Should be gone by this time. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am on birth control for ovarian cysts, and I have been taking my pill everyday, around the same time everyday also.. I switch I am on birth control for ovarian cysts, and I have been taking my pill everyday, around the same time everyday also.. I swit

I am on birth control for ovarian cysts, and I have been taking my pill everyday, around the same time everyday also.. I switch I am on birth control for ovarian cysts, and I have been taking my pill everyday, around the same time everyday also.. I swit

Yes,: Yes, you are right, that is abnormal and you should see your OB gyn doctor. Please take the pills with you that you were given. They may have changed your hormone levels enough that you are having irregular bleeding.

If you developed increased pain, vomiting, or light-headedness, then you would have to be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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How can I have an ovarian cyst while on hormonal birth control?

How can I have an ovarian cyst while on hormonal birth control?

Many reasons: Many cysts are not hormone-dependent so ocp doen't affect them. Ocp can also fail to prevent cysts just like they can fail to prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the best birth control for endometriosis and ovarian cysts?

What is the best birth control for endometriosis and ovarian cysts?

Homonal method: Any hormonal contraceptive can suppress the ovaries and suppress endometriosis. I agree with the above answer - however, depo-provera can be effective as well. ...Read more

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How is it possible to have an ovarian cyst while taking hormonal birth control?

How is it possible to have an ovarian cyst while taking hormonal birth control?

Different type cysts: Not all ovarian cysts arise from ovulatory follicles that failed to rupture and release the egg. Some cysts spontaneously develop from other cells in the ovary. Examples include "dermoid" cysts which can contain hair, skin secretions and other mature adult tissues. Other types are cystadenomas (both serous and mucinous), and cystadenofibromas. ...Read more

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I have not had my cycle for a couple of months. I also have ovarian cysts, I was on birth control but ran out. How do the shots go? And where?

I have not had my cycle for a couple of months. I also have ovarian cysts, I was on birth control but ran out. How do the shots go? And where?

Every 3 months: Birth control pills, the patch and NuvaRing will help regulate your cycles. The depoprovera shot usually stops your period and it is very effective at preventing pregnancy. You need one shot every three months. ...Read more

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How good is birth control at getting rid of ovarian cysts?

How good is birth control at getting rid of ovarian cysts?

Err....: Kinda, sort of. Depends what kind of a cyst it is. "functional cysts" may go away with ocp, but they will usually go away on their own too. Non-functional cysts like endomtrioma, dermoid, ovarian tumors will not respond to ocp at all. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cysts and amenorrhea for years with a cycle that is only induced by birth control. Are there any natural ways to develop a cycle?

I have ovarian cysts and amenorrhea for years with a cycle that is only induced by birth control. Are there any natural ways to develop a cycle?

See medical expert: If there is a history of ovarian cysts and/or abnormal hormone effect, a woman definitely needs to be seen by an expert in gynecology or rei. It is important to receive their treatment recommendations. At some point she might need to be evaluated further and treated differently. Rarely cancer can occur if the lining of the uterus is not shed properly, and natural ways have unpredictable results. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy 4 months ago. All of my ovarian cyst symptoms are back. Is it okay to go back on my birth control (ortho try-cyclene low)?

Yes: Unfortunately, removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) does not treat ovarian cysts. I would recommend seeing your ob/gyn for a sono to evaluate the ovaries before restarting your pills, however. Birth control has benefits but also risks, so you would want to make sure you are treating the right thing. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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Birth Control (Definition)

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