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Ovarian Cyst And Depression
Can bad news? Yes: If the cysts cause an imbalance in the hormones related to ovulation that have any effect on moods, then yes in a physiological way. But even if that's not the case, having ovarian cysts is bad news in the life of a young woman and can cause you to worry about the consequences for childbearing, life-span, etc. Work w/ your obgyn on the cysts and consider supportive therapy to address the feelings. ...Read more
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
What is your opinion about an ovarian cyst affecting sex drive? Depression can, and ovarian cysts I read can cause depression. Is there a link?
Sex drives & cysts: If the ovarian cyst has testosterone containing material inside it (male hormone) the sex drive will actually go up. Benign ovarian functional cysts are either estrogen generated or the after affects of ovulation of the corpus luteum which makes progesterone. Depression is usually not associated with either case unless it Is secondary to chronic pain from a large untreated ovarian cyst. ...Read more
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?
Can general anesthesia interfere with Effexor (venlafaxine) XR or make anxiety/depression worse after ovarian cyst surgery???
Unrelated: See your prescribing physician for medication adjustment. ...Read more
Period was lite now very very heavy. Period has always been irregular. Over weight. History of ovarian cysts. Very stressed and depressed.
Get thyroid checked: Your throat can affrct the flow of your period. If you are overweight you a be at risk for polycystic ovarian syndrome which can affect your metabolism and menses. Sometimes that is treated with Glucophage (metformin). Do you have male hair growth? It is important to get your stress under control and be more active. Walking 20 minutes a day can help. ...Read more
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 it's size, your age, any symptoms and very specific details of the ultrasound report describing the cyst. ...Read more
Depends on the cyst: Some cysts (small simple follicular) don't need any help and resolve on their own. Large symptomatic cysts most likely will require surgical intevention. There are some cysts that resolve with hormonal treatment. ...Read more
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
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
Patience vs. Surgery:
Most ovarian cysts in young women are "functional cysts", which evolve from a follicle that you ovulate from, then grow and finally resolve spontaneously over several weeks. Birth control pills do not speed up the resolution, but do decrease recurrences.
If the cyst persists then surgery, often laparoscopic, is necessary to remove the cyst and have it tested for cancer. ...Read more
Ovarian Cyst: Cysts may be asymptomatic for the most part and only discovered during a routine gyn examination. Occasionally they may present as a vague to severe abdominal pain. Some malignant ovarian cysts may also present as a gastric disturbance like bloating, eructations, dyspepsia. ...Read more
No: Life is difficult enough without people trying to worry you over something like this. Ovarian cysts are extremely common and only the large ones come to a physician's attention; most are harmless. I trust you're having the cysts followed. ...Read more
Different types: Ovarian cysts are collections of fluid, or soft or hard tissue that develop within the substance of the ovary. They can be normal- where the body produces eggs & hormones every month; or they can be either benign or malignant tumors. The size, and characteristics give an idea of whether they are benign or not. Most simple cysts are small, and resolve on their own with time. ...Read more
Pain: An ovarian cyst can have no symptoms, it could just be discovered on an exam. A cyst could throw off a menstrual cycle: delay it or make it early. But it can also cause pain, or pain with intercourse, bloating, or pressure. If a cyst ruptures or twists on itself, you can have severe, crippling pain that sends you to the emergency room. ...Read more
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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