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Doctor insights on: Does Birth Control Shrink Ovarian Cyst

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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?

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

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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I had a Large ovarian cyst around a year ago where I started birth control to try to shrink it. However I am now experiencing pain and brown discharge?

I had a Large ovarian cyst around a year ago where I started birth control to try to shrink it. However I am now experiencing pain and brown discharge?

Big or little pain?: If BIG pain, go to the ER and get it checked out. Birth control does not shrink the cyst sometimes and just prevents new ones from happening...

if little pain, then maybe just a cyst popping. Brown discharge from that cyst popping. No worries unless BIG pain or fever. ...Read more

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Can birth control help shrink ovarian cyst and ease menstrual pain?

Can birth control help shrink ovarian cyst and ease menstrual pain?

No and Yes: No, contraceptive pills do not help shrink existing ovarian cyst; they may prevent you from forming a "follicular cyst or a corpus luteum cyst" since they block your ovulation though.
Yes, you can anticipate your "menstrual pain to be eased" by the hormones in the contraceptive pills ...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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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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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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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 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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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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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

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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

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Do birth control pills prevent future ovarian cysts from occurring?

Do birth control pills prevent future ovarian cysts from occurring?

Maybe: Studies have shown that because birth control pills decrease the chance of ovulation, they may also reduce the formation of new functional ovarian cysts. They will not make a cyst you have now go away any faster then without medication. ...Read more

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What is the safest birth control pill there is? I need it to help with ovarian cysts. Terrified of side effects. No insurance.

What is the safest birth control pill there is? I need it to help with ovarian cysts. Terrified of side effects. No insurance.

Birth control pills: No health insurance doesn't mean no health care. Check out planned parenthood. Or check out links on my website for low cost, even free, healthcare. All birth control pills have similar risks. Pick lowest dose that controls your pain. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more