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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)?

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

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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Can you get ovarian cyst after a partial hysterectomy?

Can you get ovarian cyst after a partial hysterectomy?

Yes: You will continue to ovulate even without a uterus. Ovarian cysts are exceedingly common and usually normal. ...Read more

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I've had ovarian cysts and painful bursts almost every month for years. Even more often since my partial hysterectomy February 2013. Help.

I've had ovarian cysts and painful bursts almost every month for years. Even more often since my partial hysterectomy February 2013. Help.

OCPs or surgery: You could take OCPs to suppress ovulation, as that's when these cysts usually start. The other option would be to have one or both ovaries removed, which can be done laparoscopically. However, if both ovaries are removed, you will need to take hormone replacement, especially at your age. ...Read more

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I recently had a partial hysterectomy about 3 months ago and discovered last month that I have an ovarian cyst, does it need to be removed?

I recently had a partial hysterectomy about 3 months ago and discovered last month that I have an ovarian cyst, does it need to be removed?

No: Not unless it is causing bad symptoms or has features worrisome for cancer. Cancer is unlikely since your surgeon just looked at the ovary 3 mo ago. The cyst should be followed with periodic ultrasounds to make sure it resolves and does not develop worrisome features. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy in 2009 and I have an ovarian cyst that I have had for awhile now and it hasn't burst yet. Been over a year and its painful.

I had a hysterectomy in 2009 and I have an ovarian cyst that I have had for awhile now and it hasn't burst yet. Been over a year and its painful.

Time to remove it: A painful ovarian cyst that persists fro more than 6 weeks is not likely to be normal. Every women who is ovulating form an ovarian cyst with every cycle and they always go away on their own - if they persist they are not normal and usually require surgery. ...Read more

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Month after hysterectomy found I have a complex septated ovarian cyst. 11/11 was 2.3cm, 12/23 3 cm, 12/31 3.8 cm. A lot of pain. Should I be concerned?

Month after hysterectomy found I have a complex septated ovarian cyst. 11/11 was 2.3cm, 12/23 3 cm, 12/31 3.8 cm. A lot of pain. Should I be concerned?

Obgyn evaluation: Most ovarian cysts are benign and resolve on their own. You will need to see your Obgyn and have them evaluate it. They can determine if treatment is warranted of if this is a typical cyst that will resolve spontaneously ...Read more

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Hi.......I have a 3.8 cm hemorrhagic right ovarian cyst. I will be 50 yrs old and not menopausal. Had a hysterectomy 10 yrs ago. What should I do?

Hi.......I have a 3.8 cm hemorrhagic right ovarian cyst. I will be 50 yrs old and not menopausal. Had a hysterectomy 10 yrs ago. What should I do?

Watch it...: Hemorrhagic ovarian cysts usually go away on their own without surgical intervention. If it isn't too painful, its usually ok to repeat the u/s in a few months to make sure it is gone. If it is very painful, it can be removed surgically. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have been experiencing shooting vaginal pains for three days. I'm 64, radical hysterectomy in 1983, one ovary saved. Could this be an ovarian cyst?

Broad differential.: The differential diagnosis is broad. The cause of your pain could indeed be ovarian in etiology. However, it is not uncommon for other disease processes (such as kidney stones) to refer to groin area as well. More history, exam, and possible imaging studies may be needed to give you a good answer. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had a complete hysterectomy 3 1/2 years ago.. .. they took everything because of endo. Now I'm having pain in left side like a ovarian cysts... why?

I had a complete hysterectomy 3 1/2 years ago.. .. they took everything because of endo. Now I'm having pain in left side like a ovarian cysts... why?

Scar tissue?: Sometimes scar tissue can cause pain in an area where there was previous surgery. It could also be your colon - constipation, colitis or diverticulitis. If you have bowel changes, fever or nausea / vomiting then see a doctor. Otherwise some motrin might help with the pain. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cysts on both ovaries since a hysterectomy...Will the doctor remove them?

I have ovarian cysts on both ovaries since a hysterectomy...Will the doctor remove them?

Depends: At 39 years old, you probably have functioning ovaries. If they are removed you are (without hormonal replacement) plunged into menopause. A question would be, are you in pain, or are the ovaries just known to have asyptomatic cysts on them? Most physicians would remove symptomatic ovarian cysts if other means to shrink them didm't work. ...Read more

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An MRI of the spine showed a 5.9cm ovarian cyst. I had a Partial Hysterectomy 25 years ago. Should I be concerned I'm 50 years old.

An MRI of the spine showed a 5.9cm ovarian cyst. I had a Partial Hysterectomy 25 years ago. Should I be concerned I'm 50 years old.

Need eval by Gyn onc: It would be wise to have a pelvic ultrasound, consult a Gyn oncologist and have your ovarian cyst evaluated further. Ultimately, either exploratory laparoscopic surgery or laparotomic oophorectomy may be needed to make a definitive diagnosis. Unfortunately there is no other accurate and reliable way to reassure you that your ovarian cyst is benign, even though most ovarian cysts are. ...Read more

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I have long suffered with a crippling menstrual cycle. I'm only 23, but I've had ovarian cysts. Is a partial or full hysterectomy best for me?

I have long suffered with a crippling menstrual cycle. I'm only 23, but I've had ovarian cysts. Is a partial or full hysterectomy best for me?

Start medically: Because of your age most people would start with medical treatments such as birth control pills or Lupron (leuprolide) or iud. Or do laparoscopy. It is also important to know what's the cause of the pain to know if a hysterectomy would help. Also knowing the cause would determine if the ovaries need to be removed - a full hysterectomy. ...Read more

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4.2 x4 x 3cm left ovarian cysts says non specific I had a partial hysterectomy last December. Should I be worried? It was discovered in a bladder ultrasound on Friday

4.2 x4 x 3cm left ovarian cysts says non specific I had a partial hysterectomy last December. Should I be worried? It was discovered in a bladder ultrasound on Friday

Ask gynecologist: Ovarian cysts with clear fluid and no solid elements or wall thickening are usually benign Enlargement of ovary by cyst has increased incidence of ovarian torsion which can cause ischemia/death of ovary. Sometimes reversible. Patient usually presents with acute lower abdominal pain and sometimes vomiting. You should consult gynecologist for advice as to close imaging followup or surg. Intervention ...Read more

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Full hysterectomy done. Precancerous cells in uterus. Pathology was "inconclusive" on ovarian cyst requiring an "addendum"?? what could this be?

Full hysterectomy done. Precancerous cells in uterus. Pathology was "inconclusive" on ovarian cyst requiring an "addendum"?? what could this be?

Cells change gradual: Ly. There is a spectrum. Whoever the pathologist was who read the slides of your tissues saw a slight change in them, but not nearly enough to call them frankly cancerous. Anyhow, they are out of your body now, so good riddance. ...Read more

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MRI (for other purpose) found 3 cm. Ovarian cyst. Post-menopausal, hysterectomy/one ovary. Wasn't felt 4 months ago at gyn exam. Expect follow-up?

MRI (for other purpose) found 3 cm. Ovarian cyst. Post-menopausal, hysterectomy/one ovary. Wasn't felt 4 months ago at gyn exam. Expect follow-up?

Very likely benign: If a pelvic sonogram confirms that your 3 cm ovarian cyst has thin walls, clear fluid, no septation and normal blood flow, it is most probably benign. If you have a personal history or a family history of breast-colon-endometrial-thyroid tumors, have never been pregnant, never used oral contraceptives, have symptoms and risk factors for ovarian tumors...consult a Gyn oncologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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51 yr old female had a hysterectomy but have both ovaries. Have an ovarian cyst 4.2cm blood results FSH 19.6 LH 11.7 oestradiol 74 progetorone. 8?

Cyst: Cyst on ovary may be a type that goes away on its own - a functional cyst - or a benign growth that will need surgery to remove. Seeing what the cyst does over the next few months will show which it is. The blood tests show you are getting near to menopause but not there yet. ...Read more

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Is a painful, 3.6 ovarian cyst bad for 32 yo after partial hysterectomy in April2015? Spotting, nausea, pressure, low appetite, fullness, freq. Urination

Is a painful, 3.6 ovarian cyst bad for 32 yo after partial hysterectomy in April2015? Spotting, nausea, pressure, low appetite, fullness, freq. Urination

Bad versus good: An documented ovarian cyst that produces pressure is not uncommon. However you don't say if the cyst is 3.6 centimeters or inches. Moreover, your symptom complex with urinary frequency, and vaginal spotting post hysterectomy indicate a need to be examined more thoroughly to rule out something else by your MD including bowel or urinary tract issues. ...Read more

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I'm having severe pain in my lower right abdomen. I've had a hysterectomy yet only have my left ovary. I've had an appendectomy. I was told I had an ovarian cyst on the left side, so what is causing the pain on the right?

I'm having severe pain in my lower right abdomen. I've had a hysterectomy yet only have my left ovary. I've had an appendectomy. I was told I had an ovarian cyst on the left side, so what is causing the pain on the right?

Depends: How long ago was the surgery? If recent, they may have accidentally left an instrument or sponge in, or it could be a complication related to surgery. Otherwise, it could be something else, and you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a total hysterectomy 3 weeks ago for early stage endometrial cancer, the surgeon also found an ovarian cyst. Is this likely to be cancerous?

I had a total hysterectomy 3 weeks ago for early stage endometrial cancer, the surgeon also found an ovarian cyst. Is this likely to be cancerous?

Possible: It's certainly possible that your cyst is malignant but not likely. The vast majority of ovarian cysts are benign. If you had the cyst removed, a pathology report would have been generated and will have the information you seek. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Complex ovarian cyst, told need complete hysterectomy & need 2 see oncologic gyn. Is this standard or should I worry? Also sent 4 ca-125 & CEA tests

Complex ovarian cyst, told need complete hysterectomy & need 2 see oncologic gyn. Is this standard or should I worry? Also sent 4 ca-125 & CEA tests

Complex Ovarian Cyst: It is not uncommon for a doctor to be cautious and have you seen by a gyn oncologist with a complex ovarian cyst. Most ovarian cysts are benign but some can be cancerous. The size and ultrasound appearance of the cyst as well as the results of the blood tests may raise or lower the suspicion of cancer. It might be best to ask your doctor what they are thinking because they have those details. ...Read more

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4cm complex ovarian cyst. Mri can't ruleout neoplasm. Hysterectomy in apr. Age 37. Horrible pain, bloating, urinary incont. Bowel changes. Surgery?

4cm complex ovarian cyst. Mri can't ruleout neoplasm. Hysterectomy in apr. Age 37. Horrible pain, bloating, urinary incont. Bowel changes. Surgery?

May have to remove I: Complex ovarian cysts require closer monitoring and consideration of removal if they grow in size. The size is still not big enough to chase it and remove it right now. But an interval re-evaluation in 2-3 months will help to determine if it is increasing in size or not. If it grows over 6 months and the size is bigger than 6-7 cm, I would recommend surgical removal. But also get a ca125 level do. ...Read more

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1 complex ovarian cyst and postmenopausal I am 60. Just had polyp remove from uterus may have com ov cyst removed but I have adhesions. Hysterectomy?

1 complex ovarian cyst and postmenopausal I am 60. Just had polyp remove from uterus may have com ov cyst removed but I have adhesions. Hysterectomy?

Adhesions from: Previous surgery or infection can cause technical difficulty during surgery. If you need to have removal of complex ovarian cyst in order to exclude malignancy, you should proceed with the procedure, even if the operation could be technically difficult. Consult with your gyn for opinion. ...Read more

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Have rt lower abdomen pain has had appendix, gallbladder, part hysterectomy & back surgery an have small ovarian cyst. What could pain be?

Hard to say: There are many possibities and usually a detailed exam and appropriate studies can determine the cause. Among some of the possibilities include diverticulitis, scar tissue from your prior surgery, a hernia, an irritation from a nerve in your back above where you had your previous back surgery just to name a few. I would encourage you to be seen. ...Read more

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I am suffering with lots of pain from an 4.6 ovarian cyst I had a partial hysterectomy 9 years ago I'm having lots of stomach pain vomiting and leg?

See your doctor: Cysts on the ovary are common and not necessarily a problem. That said, some cysts represent abnormal growths and need to be removed. Large cysts that cause pain need to be evaluated by your doctor. The other symptoms may or may not be related but they should be evaluated as well. Cysts (especially in a 48 yo with symptoms) require a visit to the doctor. ...Read more

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Can you get ovarian cyst after a partial hysterectomy? I had a trans-vaginal, & trans-abdominal ultra sound, now I was told I had to get a CT scan

Can you get ovarian cyst after a partial hysterectomy? I had a trans-vaginal, & trans-abdominal ultra sound, now I was told I had to get a CT scan

Yes: About 10% of women with hysterectomy with the ovaries left in will need surgery for cysts (not always cancer). Ultrasound and MRI are best for evaluating the ovaries, but ct is sometimes used in preoperative evaluation. If that is the case, your doctor may be worried about cancer. Make sure a gynecologic oncologist is involoved before going to surgery. ...Read more

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How long will menopause last?? I'm 31 y/o & had a total hysterectomy 4 weeks ago. I had it due to ovarian cysts & the family history risk of cancer

How long will menopause last?? I'm 31 y/o & had a total hysterectomy 4 weeks ago. I had it due to ovarian cysts & the family history risk of cancer

The rest of. ....: Your life! Thirrty-one is very young to have your ovaries removed and you will need hormone replacement therapy, likely, for your entire life in order to prevent bone thinning and, probably, heart disease. The symptoms of ovarian deficiency would be most severe right now, but you are 20 years away from natural menopause. Even if symptoms improve you will still be in menopause. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Hello there! What to do after a total hysterectomy with ovaries left In place. Now having pelvic pain and had ultrasound which showed ovarian cysts?

Hello there! What to do after a total hysterectomy with ovaries left In place. Now having pelvic pain and had ultrasound which showed ovarian cysts?

Many choices: Have a chat with your GYN MD about your choices which include everything from cyst suppression with the oral contraceptive pill to surgical extraction and hormone replacement therapy. ...Read more

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What treatment for painful post hysterectomy complex hemorrhagic bilateral ovarian cysts? Total of five cysts in right ovary & change in bowel habits

What treatment for painful post hysterectomy complex hemorrhagic bilateral ovarian cysts? Total of five cysts in right ovary & change in bowel habits

Ovarian Cysts: Hemorrhagic ovarian cysts can develop after uterine removal, or they can represent foci of endometriosis or merely retained corpora lutein cysts that become necrotic and bleed into them. Either way, the cysts don't usually burst, but they should definitely be evaluated by your gynecologist immediately, because they can be serious or even be harboring an ovarian tumor. See your gynecologist soon. ...Read more

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I have a past with ovarian cyst I had a hystercomy then 1 year later removed 1 overy now cyst is on other ovary and I'm in a lot of pain now what?

I have a past with ovarian cyst I had a hystercomy then 1 year later removed 1 overy now cyst is on other ovary and I'm in a lot of pain now what?

Two options: Option one- Surgically removing the ovarian cyst and starting hormone replacement therapy in some form. (pill, patch, etc.)
Option two-Surgically removing only the cyst with the understanding that you are an ovarian cyst former and it may recur, but you are trying to conserve your natural ovarian hormone source and are willing to take the risk of recurrence.
Talk to your GYN MD in detail about this ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy last year aged 29. Gyn left a cyst on ovary said it shall disappear. I have all symptoms for ovarian cancer should I be concerned?

I had a hysterectomy last year aged 29. Gyn left a cyst on ovary said it shall disappear. I have all symptoms for ovarian cancer should I be concerned?

Ultrasound: If you are concerned about the presence of the cyst the Gynecologist saw at the hysterectomy, you can get an ultrasound done to check for the presence or absence of the cyst. Do you have family history of ovarian cancer? You are too young to get your ovaries removed. Surgical menopause at this young age is not recommended. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and can be from colon or stomach too. ...Read more

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U/S says 5.6cm ovarian cyst resolved, but it still hurts all the time. What could be going on? I'm still having all the same symptoms.

U/S says 5.6cm ovarian cyst resolved, but it still hurts all the time. What could be going on? I'm still having all the same symptoms.

Cystic fluid: If the ovarian cyst resolved by rupturing with fluid accumulation on the lining of the internal body cavity (peritoneum), then that's why you are still symptomatic. Eventually this will resolve if that is the case. ...Read more

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What's the primary ovarian cyst symptoms?

What's the primary ovarian cyst symptoms?

Most women have none: Ovarian cysts are common and occur monthly in cycling females. Some women will have some pain, especially if a cyst ruptures and bleeds. Most cysts go away spontaneously. Persistent cysts may be felt on exam or may cause some discomfort such as bloating, pain or if large enough, bladder or bowel symptoms. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy (Definition)

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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