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.

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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...

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?

No. The birth control pill did not cause your ovarian cyst. Simple ovarian cysts are quite common and normal, and oral contraceptives actually decrease the frequency of these cysts. If they become large or rupture, they can be very painful. Follow up with the doctor who made the diagnosis. You will need a pelvic ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis. Read more...

Last year I was told I have an ovarian cyst and put on birth control to help it go away. I still have pelvic pain till this day. What do I do?

Get rechecked. A pelvic exam and/or ultrasound can tell if you still have a cyst or cysts (which are extremely common in the ovaries.) there are other reasons for pelvic pain as well which can be evaluated by your doctor. Good luck and hope you're feeling better soon. Read more...

I have been spotting dark brown/black blood for 5days no period. I have an ovarian cyst, took Plan B while on birth control. What's wrong with me pls?

Typical w Plan b. Emergency contraception is used after unprotected intercourse to decrease the risk of pregnancy by about 70%. It is a high dose of birth control to disrupt the hormonal patterns to delay or prevent ovulation. Abnormal bleeding or an abnormal cycle after use is common. Check preg test in 10 days. Read more...

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...