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What is the difference between polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts?

What is the difference between polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts?

Good question: Pcos is a condition which patient may have multiple cysts in the ovary, irregular period, increased male hormone production, et al. Ovarian cyst is a very common condition which means a cyst present in the ovary. There are many kind of ovarian cysts, and most of them are benign and physiological. Pcos patients may have ovarian cysts, but patients with cyst usually do not have pcos. Read more

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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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Need advice on what is the the difference between polycystic ovaries and getting ovarian cysts?

Need advice on what is the the difference between polycystic ovaries and getting ovarian cysts?

Different cysts: Polycystic ovaries contain many very small follicles - "cysts." these are less than 1cm, and related to anovulation and hormone alterations. Ovarian cysts would normally be 2cm or larger, may happen after ovulation, or be related to some type of ovarian tumor, endometriosis, or other reasons. Read more

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What's the difference between polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts?

Totally different: It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Most resolve in 6-8 weeks on their own and the discomfort can be controlled with ibuprofen. Pcos is totally different. These are multiple tiny cysts throughout the ovary. The main problem being weight gain, lack of periods and abnormal hair growth. The ovarian cysts are a side effect of the hormonal imbalance with pcos. Read more

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If you have ovarian cysts or polycystic ovaries does it mean you need regular vists to the doctor?

If you have ovarian cysts or polycystic ovaries does it mean you need regular vists to the doctor?

Yes: Every woman of reproductive age should have an annual gyn exam. If you have pco and you don't wish to be pregnant you're on bcp and should have an annual visit. If you want to conceive you're probably on Clomid (clomiphene) and should be monitored for ovulation. Read more

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Is 99-99.4temp for 2yrs a fever? Never had temp above normal before. Had ovarian cyst surgery 2yrs back bt ultrasound is normal, have polycystic ovaries.

Is 99-99.4temp for 2yrs a fever? Never had temp above normal before. Had ovarian cyst surgery 2yrs back bt ultrasound is normal, have polycystic ovaries.

Fever: Fever is not normal, particularly for a 2 year period, but single temperature recordings are not necessarily helpful. Keep a careful record of temps and the times taken 4 times a day and add in any other symptoms to the list and take with you to a doctor. Perhaps an infectious diseases expert. Read more

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What natural rx's do you suggest for ovarian cysts, including genetically inherited pcod polycystic ovarian disease? For dr lisa rankin - sweepstakes entry fr askdrlindamd@aol. Com

What natural rx's do you suggest for ovarian cysts, including genetically inherited pcod polycystic ovarian disease? For dr lisa rankin - sweepstakes entry fr askdrlindamd@aol. Com

In: In my experience the most natural way I have seen patients deal with pcos is through diet. Here are the basics : low carbohydrates with protein at every meal add essential fatty acids in your diet add phytoestrogens to your diet buy organic foods when possible reduce saturated fats decrease consumption of dairy drink at least 2 litres of water daily avoid preservatives and chemicals avoid artificial sweeteners avoid caffeine and alcohol avoid sugar I hope this helps! Read more

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Can complex ovarian cysts cause polycystic ovarian disease?

No: The term complex ovarian cyst indicates that an imaging study, usually ultrasound, shows a cyst with internal echoes, septation, or irregular or thickened cyst walls. They should be aggressively investigated as some of these cysts may be cancerous. Polycystic ovaries are usually enlarged and contain multiple small cysts just under the surface of the ovary. They mainly produce hormone imbalances. Read more

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Lt ovary removed due to large ovarian cyst & Rt ovary is polycystic in appearance if tests confirmed I had pcos what are my chances of having kids?

Lt ovary removed due to large ovarian cyst & Rt ovary is polycystic in appearance if tests confirmed I had pcos what are my chances of having kids?

With treatment: They are only slightly decreased if you get proper treatment. All in all it is just somewhat harder but very possible. Hope this helps. Read more

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I had an polycystic ovarian cyst so I had an surgery 2 years back so my one ovary and fallopian tube is removed. I gained weight. Is there any risk in future. Can any problem will occur in future?

I had an polycystic ovarian cyst so I had an surgery 2 years back so my one ovary and fallopian tube is removed. I gained weight. Is there any risk in future. Can any problem will occur in future?

Future symptoms: If you experienced ovarian torsion due to a large cyst it may occur in the remaining ovary. The best you can do is be aware of the symptoms and present immediately for care if they occur so you can get the ultrasound +/- CT scan if needed. ACOG found weight loss can help you maintain menstrual regularity and avoid diabetes in future. Follow closely with MD to avoid metabolic complications. Read more

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I had an polycystic ovarian cyst so I had an surgery 2 years back so my one ovary and fallopian tube is removed and now I am getting irregular periods and weight is also increased. Is there any risk. Will I again get a ovarian cyst. What will happen..

I had an polycystic ovarian cyst so I had an surgery 2 years back so my one ovary and fallopian tube is removed and now I am getting irregular periods and weight is also increased. Is there any risk. Will I again get a ovarian cyst. What will happen..

What will be will be: The best way to determine if there is a recurrence of the multiple ovarian cysts is to be examined by a GYN MD and have an ultrasound exam done. I can't predict the future, but the above advice will take of the present. Read more

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Is there a difference between polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Is there a difference between polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Not really: The ovaries are polycystic and the syndrome refers to the medical issues related to polycystic ovaries such as menstrual cycle changes, hair growth patterns, weight, infertility, insulin resistance and increased risk of uterine lining overgrowth/cancers. Read more

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Good day, I'm 25, my ultrasound IMPRE, Polycystic ovarian cyst, is it curable? I'm afraid that I cAnt b pregnant n the future?, thnks!

Good day, I'm 25, my ultrasound IMPRE, Polycystic ovarian cyst, is it curable? I'm afraid that I cAnt b pregnant n the future?, thnks!

Lifestyle changes: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a very complex disorder. It can be associated with infertility, but this is not always true and many women do become pregnant. However to enhance your chances at pregnancy, you have to be regular and in order to have regular periods you need to live a balanced, and healthy lifestyle. Make sure that your diet and your weight are normal. See a doctor for more advice Read more

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I had an ovarian cyst last year and had a surgery in removing d dermoid cyst. Part of my ovary was removed. Can I get pregnant again..

I had an ovarian cyst last year and had a surgery in removing d dermoid cyst. Part of my ovary was removed. Can I get pregnant again..

It is possible: If you still have the other ovary fully intact then you will likely be able to get pregnant again. Read more

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Hi. I'd like to ask something. My right ovary was removed 4 yrs ago due to ovarian cyst and now I feel pain everitime I have my period. Pls help?

Hi. I'd like to ask something. My right ovary was removed 4 yrs ago due to ovarian cyst and now I feel pain everitime I have my period. Pls help?

Need more info: Menstrual pelvic pain is common & unlikely to be serious. A few questions though: your age; taking hormones; pain on same side as the removed ovary; unusual bleeding; had another pelvic ultrasound in past 6 months? Your answers can help in forming a treatment plan. Meanwhile, an NSAID like naproxen if safe for you, can give pain relief. Read more

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Sharp pain in my left or right ovary about once a week, period has completely stopped for 2 months now, can an ovarian cyst (s) cause a + preg. Test?

Sharp pain in my left or right ovary about once a week, period has completely stopped for 2 months now, can an ovarian cyst (s) cause a + preg. Test?

It's a baby: A positive pregnancy test is a baby until proven otherwise. If unsure, one can repeat a home urine pregnancy test 7-10 days later... they are very accurate. If the second test is positive, there's a baby embryo or fetus in there. That means it's time to call one's doctor to schedule a prenatal visit. The usual ovarian cysts don't cause false positive pregnancy tests. Read more

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Took Plan B 2 months ago and never got my period, found 3.5cm ovarian cyst on my right ovary. When will I get my period and when will the cyst go away?

Took Plan B 2 months ago and never got my period, found 3.5cm ovarian cyst on my right ovary. When will I get my period and when will the cyst go away?

Ovarian cyst: Most ovarian cysts of this type will resolve within two months. On occasion a cyst will produce an excess in hormones and will change your period pattern, but only for 1-2 cycles at the most. If you are definitely not pregnant you should return to normal cycling on your own. Remember, emotional stress is a very common reason for missed periods. Your doctor can evaluate this and treat as needed. Read more

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I have an enlarged ovary and ovarian cysts, do you recommend me storing my eggs?

I have an enlarged ovary and ovarian cysts, do you recommend me storing my eggs?

Probably not: All women of reproductive age typically develop 3-5 small cysts on each over every month. One usually becomes a dominant cyst (egg or follicle) from which ovulation occurs. Oral contraceptives can reduce cyst number and size. Ask your gyn if there is a concern over pcos (polycystic ovarian syndrome) before considering anything. Read more

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Is it possible or rare to have ovarian cyst on both ovaries? I have pain on both and am wondering if that could be the cause.

Is it possible or rare to have ovarian cyst on both ovaries? I have pain on both and am wondering if that could be the cause.

Possible: It is possible to have cysts in both ovaries. You would need to have your physician check a transvaginal ultrasound to look at the ovaries and determine if you have cysts. Read more

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I have 5.6 CM ovarian cyst and scheduled surgery by march. I'm puzzled if I am. To have left ovary removed or just scrape. Worries are they'd regrow?

I have 5.6 CM ovarian cyst and scheduled surgery by march. I'm puzzled if I am. To have left ovary removed or just scrape. Worries are they'd regrow?

Ovarian cyst: You don't mention which side the cyst is on but I'm thinking the left from the way you word it. We do try to remove just the cyst and safe the ovary in most situations. But that isn't always possible, so there is a small chance you may loose your ovary. Talk to this concern with the surgeon ahead of time so you know what to expect. Read more

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I have been having achiness in my ovaries and soarness on my right side and hip could this be a ovarian cyst?

I have been having achiness in my ovaries and soarness on my right side and hip could this be a ovarian cyst?

Possible, not usual: Actually, ovarian cysts usually don't cause much pain unless they are unusually big or burst/leak. Don't freak out. This may be just usual ovarian activity. DO see your gyno if you have more intense pain, or abnormal discharge or fever, since it could be a pelvic infection... Read more

Ovary (Definition)

The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, estrogen and ...Read more


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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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