Complex Cyst On Ovary Size

Learn More About Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are quite common in women of childbearing age. Small cysts often come and go without any difficulties and fortunately most ovarian cysts pose no threat of cancer. Even if you have been diagnosed with a large complex ovarian cyst, chances are it is benign. It is a cyst, however, that should be evaluated further by your doctor.

There are two types of ovarian cysts, functional and complex. Functional cysts develop during the course of a woman’s monthly cycle and are fluid filled sacs that usually go away on their own without treatment. The complex cyst is a bit different. They are filled with both solids and liquids and usually require some type of treatment or surgical procedure. A large complex ovarian cyst is almost always of the cystadenoma type.

What Are Cystadenomas?

Cystadenomas are large complex ovarian cysts that are classified as neoplasms. Unlike a functional cyst that develops during the course of the normal ovary functioning, the cystadenomas are actually new growth and abnormal formations of ovarian tissue. They are the largest of all ovarian cysts and often cause problems because of their size alone.

There are two different types of cystadenomas. A serous cystadenoma can grow to be two to six inches in diameter and is filled with a watery liquid. This type of large complex cyst does not cause any significant symptoms unless it grows large enough to cause weight gain and an enlarged abdomen. They are usually benign but do have the potential to become malignant so they are generally removed.

A second type of cystadenoma is the mucinous cystadenoma. They can become extremely large but usually range between six and twelve inches in diameter. The fluid that fills this type of cyst is thicker than that of a serous cystadenoma. They are generally benign but because of their size can cause extreme problems.

An extremely large complex ovarian cyst can become so heavy that it twists in on itself causing extreme pain. They can also take up so much space in the abdomen that they interrupt the normal functioning of other organs such as the intestines, stomach and bowel. If they rupture or bleed they can be even more hazardous. Therefore surgical removal is almost always required.

Holistic Remedies Are Very Beneficial Along With The Help Of Your Medical Professional

If the cyst is small enough, it can be removed by laparoscopy, a less invasive surgical procedure. If not, removal may include removing part or all of the ovary and occasionally a complete hysterectomy. In all cases a holistic approach to the treatment of a large complex ovarian cyst can be extremely beneficial. Keeping hormone levels balanced will help promote proper functioning of the ovaries and help the healing process.

Strengthening your body’s immune system through proper nutrition, vitamins and herbs will help ward off infection or complications following surgery. A holistic approach to the treatment of a large complex ovarian cyst often includes diet changes as well. Doing whatever you can to strength your body as it deals with the stress of surgery can only help.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Dr. found a 7cm complex cyst on my ovary?
    About 2years ago the Dr. found a 5cm cyst on my left ovary and now it has grown to 7cm complex cyst (about the size of a tennis ball). He said there is not much to worry about it being malignant (because of my age) but I have to have surgery to have it removed. He is going to try and remove it laparoscopically but there is a 50%chance he will have to open me up because of how big it is. The Dr. also said there is a chance I could lost my left ovary. He said I will still be able to have children but it still worries me. Has any one experienced anything similar than this or knows anyone who has? Anything you can share with me (good or bad) will be really helpful

    • ANSWER:
      No problem – you only need one ovary to produce eggs and become pregnant. Also, it’s very likely that they can spare the left one.

  2. QUESTION:
    Risk of Complex Ovarian Cyst Rupturing? Softball size…?
    I have a softball sized complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary. I have an apt at the gyn oncologist in four days… should I be concerned with it rupturing? I am having a lot of back pain from it… any advice on natural cures/treatment or personal stories would be appreciated. Thanks.
    FYI- mine is not ‘draining’ it is rapidly growing. It has grown from a golf ball size to softball in about 6 months. My apt monday with the oncologist will tell more of what type it is… i’m sure they will recommend surgery asap.

    • ANSWER:
      If your pain is more than it has been, you don’t need to wait a cyst that size can cause your ovary to twist around and cut off it’s own blood supply which left unattended can cause some very serious complications..don’t drink alcohol you might need emergency surgery.
      It’s not so rare, I had it happen to me twice.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can a simple ovarian cyst turn into a complex ovarian cyst almost 3x the size within a matter of 2 months?
    I went to a new gynecologist in December 08 due to about 5 months of continual symptoms dealing with the pelvic area pain and nausea. I told the doctor that i believed i had a cyst. The sonogram he requested for me revealed a 2x4cm SIMPLE cyst. He did not tell me cause did not think it was important to tell me being it was “only” a simple cyst. I happened to find out while i was reading the report myself. This gynecologist did tell me i had gallstones and i should get in touch with my primary care doctor, which the report also revealed. All the doctors i saw and no one attributed the symptoms to anything but possibly and most likely the gallstones. I had the surgery a month later to take the Gallstones out because i was advised that it would more than likely relieve me of my nausea and pain. 3 weeks after this easy surgery i was vomiting nonstop and back in the hospital in pain, severe nausea and severely dehydrated. They released me after the moment they got the new sonogram report stating i now had a 8×5.6cm COMPLEX ovarian mass on my ovary. I was referred to immediately consult a gynecologist/oncologist. I was told by the oncologist that it needs to be removed and they will not know if it is cancer until they get to it. He was surprised the General surgeon did not see the mass while having the surgery. Then he said that the General surgeon said there was too much scarring in the pelvic area to see it, because of a past surgery. I have all the symptoms that say ovarian cancer. Is it possible that this cyst changed so drastically in such a short time? Is it also possible that the Gall bladder surgery put more stress on my immune system and possibly made it grow more rapidly? Especially if it IS cancer? Or is there a mistake done in the first ultrasound that did not find the solid features of the cyst? And why would a gynecologist think that they can decide what is important to tell me and what isn’t? How could he think that it would be unimportant to tell me i had a cyst? By the way that previous surgery was due to a radical hysterectomy from cervical cancer 12 years ago. The ovaries were left in. With so many symptoms that reflect ovarian cancer at this point what are the chances that it is not cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Most ovarian cancers happen in women over the age of 50 – the risk increases for older women (BBC News)
      About 25% of ovarian cancer deaths occur in women between 35 and 54 years of age. By the time ovarian cancer is diagnosed, it has usually spread beyond the ovaries. There are often no symptoms until late in the disease process. More than half of women who get ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the advanced stages of the disease. As with most cancers, the earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the chance for survival. (MedlinePlus)
      Ovarian cancer is often fatal because it is usually advanced when diagnosed. Symptoms are usually absent in early stage and nonspecific in advanced stage. Evaluation usually includes ultrasonography, CT or MRI, and measurement of tumor markers (eg, cancer antigen 125). Diagnosis is by histologic analysis. Staging is surgical. Treatment requires hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, excision of as much involved tissue as possible, and, unless cancer is localized, chemotherapy.(Merck)
      CA-125 test may be done to rule out the possibility of ovarian cancer.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CA-125

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007217.htm

      Please note that I am not a medical professional. My answer contains basic information only. If you are concerned about your health, you should consult your doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    I have a softball sized complex cyst?
    I spent all day today in the ER. They quickly did a CT scan because they were first thinking I may have Kidney stones, almost immediatly after I got back to my room the ER Dr came in my room and said “Well you dont have kidney stones, but I actually wish you did” At that point he told me that I had an extremly large cyst on my right ovary and they would be doing an ultrasound to measure it more acuratly and see what it was filled with. The nurse then came in and gave me even more pain meds while saying “Geez, I know that has to really be hurting” Then I went to ultrasound where the tech looked at the screen and said WOW THATS BIG! After the ultrasound I waited in the room and the ER Dr came back in to let me know that I had a cyst on my right ovary that was 7.6 cm, which is larger than a softball. He also said that it was bleeding into itself so there was some blood in it, but that it was a complex cyst which meant that it was filled with both solid and liquid. He explained that Complex cyst do not go away on their own and do need to be surgically removed. He also told me that since I had had many cyst before (but before this one the biggest was 4.3cm) that he could pretty much guarantee that they would go ahead and remove the ovary. I had to have a hysterectomy last year due to extremely bad and fast spreading endometriosis. Which is what has ultimately made me have so many, and such large cyst. Well I don’t have medical insurance, so they wrote me some different prescriptions and sent me home with a dvd of my CT scan and Ultrasound and in the morning I will be going into the “free” hospital. It is actually probabaly the best hospital around, its the only one with Level 1 trauma and has all the specialist in it and everything else. Ive had most of my surgeries here, so I would actually rather be there. So… I guess my question is..have any of you had a cyst this large or larger? And have you had a “complex” cyst. I dont know if they are going to do the surgery tmorrow or not but he said it will not go away on its own, and its causing me SERIOUS pain and vomiting so if not tomorrow, it will be soon. So im really nervous about the morning. Can anyone give me any insite on what they may do tomorrow, and what this type of surgery is like? Thank you!
    I’m only 22 but because my endometriosis was so severe this surgery will be my 9th in less than 4 years. Which is also what worries me. I’ve got a lot of scar tissue. When I had my hysterectomy my left ovary was glued to the back of my abdominal wall and my right one wasn’t too bad…now this cyst is on my right. So after this there is a very good chance I will go into menopause. Which really scares me cuz I can’t afford the hormones. And I know once menopause kicks in so will everything else like osteoparosis and I don’t wanna be crippled by age 35

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I had a cyst that was 20 cm. It was complex, too. So they can get kind of big.The surgery you will have will be simpler than a hysterectomy, since a uterus is large and attached to all kinds of muscle, while an ovary is small and removal is just a matter of a few snips. When I had an ovary removed it took one hour. But cleaning things up, repairing things, checking for things–those surgeries all take 3 to 4 hours. The scar will nevertheless probably be large because the cyst is large and they’ll want to get the cyst and ovary out in one piece. The concern here is: how old are you, and will you keep your other ovary or go into surgical menopause?

      Good luck. I know this is scary but the pain and vomiting will go away after the surgery. They might have to clean up some more endometriosis, so ask them about that.

  5. QUESTION:
    What happens if you only have one ovary?
    okay so i’m 15 and yesterday i just rushed to the hospital because of my appendix….turns out i have a complex cyst the size of an orange on my right ovary…they said there is a high change i might need to get my ovary removed…but i really want to have kids when i’m older…will this affect it.? and if i get it removed does that mean i will get my period every other month.?

    • ANSWER:
      yes u can have kids with one ovary as well.

  6. QUESTION:
    My ovarian cyst went from complex to simple; huh?
    At the beginning of the last month, an ultrasound revealed I had a complex, endometrial cyst the size of a walnut on the right ovary. There was great concern over this as the ovary was enlarged and there was some free fluid.
    A follow up ultra sound now shows that the cyst is just a simple cyst the size of a hazelnut. What the???
    Is this normal for cysts to change like this? My doctor is no longer concerned but I am, especially as I have not had a period in 2 months! (no, I am not pregnant)
    Should I go to another doctor or just hope for the best?
    Hey, Me for Prez;
    Yeah, I have had them before one of which did require surgery.
    I guess given the level of concern the doc had at the beginning, and given the history of ovarian/uterian cancer in my family, I am a bit more concerned over this cyst as opposed to the others.
    Thanks for the reply!

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Natural cures/treatment for complex ovarian cyst?
    I went to my ob/gyn yesterday, and he said I have a complex ovarian cyst the size of a softball on my right ovary. I’ve had some pain with it lately (backaches mostly) and am now really worried. I had to get a CA 125 blood test yesterday. I don’t have the results yet. I have to make an apt with a gyn oncologist today. Have any of you went through this and found any natural cures that do not require surgery, pills, etc? I am all for herbal treatment or diet change. I am just nervous about surgery or other pills. I want to have another baby and am scared this is going to affect my fertility.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of women with ovarian cysts have been able to get pregnant – in many cases it will not interfere with conception, although each case is different & it does depend on the type of cyst.

      Conventional medicine has really only 3 approaches to treating ovarian cysts – wait and see (& hope that it goes away itself), birth control pills, or surgery. All 3 options fail to address the underlying cause of the cyst, which means that even if it does go away (or is removed) it is quite likely to come back again.

      Personally I believe in the holistic treatment approach for ovarian cysts. It’s totally natural, and addresses issues such as diet, your metabolism, and your hormones. If you can get these right, you will get rid of your cyst naturally and forever, without the need for drugs or surgery.

      There’s a good site below with articles and more information. Hope this helps, and good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    softball sized cyst sudden pain?
    I went to the ER about a month ago thinking I had kidney stones, they did a CT and discovered I had a large cyst on my right ovary, about the size of a softball. They said that it was a complex cyst so that it wouldnt go away on its own. The following morning i went to the Dr and they did an ultrasound and said the same thing, but just schedules me for another ultrasound in 6 weeks and said if it had grown any was still same size they would operate. I can feel a constant dull ache, but within the past hour the pain has gotten bad. Im driving my husband nuts because I just keep pacing. Its now a sharp pain that even makes my hip and groin ache. The Dr said te yst had normal fluid, blood, and some material that appeared to be like cartliage. I have 2 weeks left until my appointment with my Dr. Within the past house the pain has gotten WAY worse and im really shakey and just “dont feel right” Should I go to the ER or jus wait and try to get into my Dr sooner?

    • ANSWER:
      I’d go to the ER but im not doctor

  9. QUESTION:
    20 weeks pregnant, 11cm complex ovarian cyst?
    Hi there – I am 20 weeks pregnant and an 11cm cyst was found on my left ovary at my 11 week scan, and was still present and unchanged at 19 weeks. The report said it appears to be a complex cyst with septations with normal ovarian tissue on the side. My OBGYN is repeating the u/s in one week, and has sent me for CA125. I have a history of simple cysts that have always dissolved on their own. Never this size though, and never complex. I am terrified that this is a malignant process. Does anyone have any similar experience to share?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, 11cm. I had an 8.5 one (benign) removed once, but I wasn’t pregnant.

      I know this probably isn’t going to help much, but you should try not to be terrified. They are probably going to wait until after you deliver to remove this. Just ask your doctor a LOT of questions. He/she can tell you all the things this might be related to other than cancer. Try not to dwell on the worst-case scenario, because that’s probably not where you are.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is it?
    I recently went to the hospital and found out that i had a golf ball size complex cyst on my left ovary that ruptured They did not remove it and just watched me over night. Should it have been removed or does it go away on its own.

    • ANSWER:
      Cysts can reabsorb….usually when ovarian. but to be safe go and see a gaenacologist to be saaafe :]

  11. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst still causing problems?
    Hi everyone,

    I’m an eighteen year old female and in the spring of 2010 I was diagnosed with a normal sized cyst that was completely fluid filled on my left ovary. My doctor didnt seem too concerned about it, in fact she was more concerned about the fact that I had low estrogen. She put me on Loestrin 24 Fe to both shrink and dissolve the cyst, and to bring up my estrogen levels.

    The cyst was discovered by abdominal ultrasound after a few months of annmenorhea (which was the first time I ever missed periods).

    A few months passed without incident and it looked like the cyst has just been a functional cyst that messed with my menstrual cycle for three months. However, in early November, I started experience pressure in my left ovary (the affected ovary). The pressure is normally not painful at all, sometimes I get twinges of pain but overall, it’s just uncomfortable.

    I brought it up to my doctor in my appointment in late december and she told me to just wait it out and if it got worse to come back and see her, so I got the impression that this is normal on birthcontrol or cysts. However, now I feel the pressure constantly, almost like someone is pushing their thumb on my ovary. Now here is where I’m confused, I read stories from other people and all the ones i’ve read, women have felt the pressure when they stand and move around. Not so for me. I feel the pressure when I’m sitting or lying down and it relieves once I stand and move around.

    I’m not too sure why this is and everyone i’ve talked to has found this very odd.

    I’m not sure if this is a recurrant functional cyst or if maybe it’s another type of cyst. The Abdom. Ultrasound said it was competely fluid filled. So that takes out the complex cysts and cancer.

    Any ideas?

    Also, I’ve got the urge to urinate ALL the time. And after I do my bladder feels heavy still. I haven’t had a period since November 11 (but thats normal on bc right?) And I am not sexually active.

    Thank you for any and all suggestions as to what this could be!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds to me like a cyst. it’s irrelevant that others you’ve talked to felt pressure when standing while you feel it while lying down. Different people can have different symptoms. Sounds to me, though, like the cyst didn’t go away. There are really only 3 treatments for cysts: 1) go on birth control pills and hope that makes them go away; 2) surgery; 3) do nothing and hope it goes away. In any case, cysts are quite common, and most do go away.

      Sounds like the pill isn’t making yours go away and that’s why you have the pressure. My non-medical opinion (I’ve had lots of cysts, but I’m no doctor) is that the cyst has grown, and now it’s pressing on your bladder a little. If I were you, I’d get a second opinion. Your doc right now is just waiting and seeing, and it sounds to me like you are wanting to see if there’s something more to do because you are getting nervous about this situation continuing with no resolution for many months. You might want to get another ultrasound to see if the cyst has shrunk or grown. So the second opinion and another ultrasound may give you some peace of mind that you’re doing what you can. This may be the only thing you can do–you don’t want to have surgery, so your only other option is trying to shrink it and waiting and seeing.

  12. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a Complex cystic Ovary(tumor) with Septations?
    I recently was diagnosed with one of these and I am terrified. I have never had anything like this mywhole life.It measured 6 cm last week on the ultrsound. My doctor wants me to have a laparotomy instead of laproscopic surgery. My cyst has some fluid but it also ahs solid mass tissue as well. i am really terrified and need more information from women who hav ebeen through this.I am 29 married and the cyst was found after a NORMAL pap smear and within two months it was this size.Maybe it was too small to detect before with a normal papsmear. I went last week for the CA 125 and other tests for preop surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      I have never had this kind of a cyst before but have the link to a site that might help you find more information. Please e-mail me off site with the subject line: “Women’s Health link” so that I will know what it’s in regards to.

  13. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Cysts…what to do?
    Recently, I ended up in the emergency room due to sudden abdominal pain. A CT scan and an ultrasound (both outside and inside) revealed that I had two cysts the the size of golf balls on my ovaries. The right one ruptured and sent me to the ER, but the left one is still intact. Upon going to my local ob-gyn, she refused to authorize surgery. The cysts were shown to be complex–both fluid and blood filled. I experience pressure constantly and pain almost daily. The doctor prescribed me some vicodin but I try not to take it since I cannot drive or really function on such narcotics. The local ob-gyn has basically told me to wait 6 weeks and then go back for another ultrasound to check on the cysts.

    However, I can’t help but feel worried about the left cyst rupturing, and I don’t think it’s practical to limit my exercise and mobility to prevent rupture. I also don’t feel like the “wait and see” approach is healthy. Am I being unreasonable or should I get a second opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      You really need a second opinion. You can tell if something isn’t right, doctors aren’t always right, do what’s right for you and see another Dr.

  14. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst for almost 5 months?!!?
    I was diagnosed with a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary in January. At the time, it was about 4cm in size. My dr did a follow up ultrasound in Feb and it was still 4cm. He decided to let it be to see if it would dissolve on it’s own. I hurt severely in Feb right before (and for the first few days after) my period. otherwise, it really didnt bother me (I had a few pains before my period last month).

    I just started my cycle today and I’m in alot of pain again!! not to mention, I’m severely nauseated (gets worse after I eat).

    my dr hasn’t done anything with it b/c I didnt have symptoms so he thought it was gone-but I know that it’s still there.

    how long can these things stick around? Is there a time-frame before my dr should just go in and remove it (5 months seems to long to me)? I’m also very worried about it rupturing-my dr said I would be in severe pain and I could bleed alot (the cyst has blood in it)

    i’m in alot of pain and scared-advice?!!

    • ANSWER:
      it can enlarge it can keep the same and it can regress in size

      it can twist and it can rupture and in both cases surgery is needed with bad consequences on future fertility
      i suggest you remove it now surgically with minimum problems better than living with a ticking bomb inside you

  15. QUESTION:
    Please help me understand u/s report that found ovarian cyst!?
    I have been feeling horrible and hoping someone can help me understand my transvaginal ultrasound report.. I know completed/complex cyst isnt a good thing but what about the echos and septations and the 12 mm endometrium that is heterogeneous? Please help me understand this I would really appreciate it!

    UTERUS: Anteverted measuring approximately 6.3 x 3.1 x 4.3 cm.

    ENDOMETRIUM: The endometrium is heterogeneous and appears prominent along the fundus measuring 12 mm in diameter.

    RIGHT OVARY: 4.3 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm. This contains a complicated cyst with low level internal echoes and multiple internal septations. The cyst overall measures approximately 3.6 x 2.4 x 2.7 cm.

    LEFT OVARY: 2.8 x 1.9 x 1.7 cm with multiple small follicles.

    On Doppler assessment, both ovaries demonstrate vascular flow.

    CUL-DE-SAC: No free fluid.

    IMPRESSION: COMPLICATED RIGHT OVARIAN CYST MEASURING UP TO 3.6 CM IN SIZE. FOLLOW UP IS NECESSARY IN A DIFFERENTIAL MENSTRUAL CYCLE IN 6-8 WEEKS TIME. IN ADDITION, THERE IS PROMINENCE OF THE ENDOMETRIALSTRIPE ALONG THE FUNDUS WITH A HETEROGENEOUS APPEARANCE AND RE-EVALUATION OF THE ENDOMETRIUM AT THAT TIME IS ALSO RECOMMENDED.

    • ANSWER:
      your uterus tips forward in your body which is normal (most women are like that) and it looks like it is a normal size.

      the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) is not the same throughout your uterus – looks like it is thicker at the top.

      you have a cyst on you right ovary that is divided into parts by little walls in the cyst. Looks like the cyst is fluid filled, not solid.

      left ovary is normal.

      you have good blood flow to and from your ovaries.

      basically you have cyst which can be normal. for some women they just go away on their own and for others they don’t. Sometime they rupture which is not dangerous, just a little painful. The lining of you uterus is thicker at the top, the lining changes throughout your cycle and then sheds. The lining is usually 1-4mm during your period, 5-11mm before you ovulate and 7-16mm after you ovulate.

      These things may resolve on their own so they want to wait a couple of cycles and then repeat the u/s. If these thing persist your dr will talk to you about the next step to take.

  16. QUESTION:
    too long to have ovarian cyst?!!?
    I was diagnosed with a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary in January. At the time, it was about 4cm in size. My dr did a follow up ultrasound in Feb and it was still 4cm. He decided to let it be to see if it would dissolve on it’s own. I hurt severely in Feb right before (and for the first few days after) my period. otherwise, it really didnt bother me (I had a few pains before my period last month).

    I just started my cycle today and I’m in alot of pain again!! not to mention, I’m severely nauseated (gets worse after I eat).

    my dr hasn’t done anything with it b/c I didnt have symptoms so he thought it was gone-but I know that it’s still there.

    how long can these things stick around? Is there a time-frame before my dr should just go in and remove it (5 months seems to long to me)? I’m also very worried about it rupturing-my dr said I would be in severe pain and I could bleed alot (the cyst has blood in it)

    i’m in alot of pain and scared-advice?!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I’m sorry to hear about your pain. Ovarian cysts are common and many doctors will not recommend surgery unless they grow in size. They are painful; I know. My mother, cousin and a friend have or had them. They all described the same symptoms: painful menstruation, heavy bleeding, and a “pop” that they would feel prior to their period. If you are in a lot of pain, seek the advice from another physician. As for how long they will last, my mother was told by her OB/GYN that they feed off from the estrogen hormone, and for this reason, they disappear once the woman starts going through menopause as this lessens the availability of estrogen. My mother had an ovary removed, and then, cysts appeared on her remaining ovary. My mother sucked it up, unfortunately, but they did indeed disappear post menopause. My cousin had her’s surgically removed, and my friend is still contemplating about removing it. Let me state that I’ve met other women with ovarian cysts, and all of them either were overweight before their surgery or became overweight afterwards. It’s just an observation. Good luck! I hope I helped a bit.

  17. QUESTION:
    Did you have surgery for your ovarian cyst?
    I knew I had a small cyst on my right ovary since last summer. I was having increasing pain so my obgyn ordered another ultrasound last month and it has tripled in size and she said its a “complex” cyst instead of the simple cyst it was before. She said it’s filled with blood but there is no blood flow to it so she’s pretty sure it’s not a tumor. It does still cause me pain around my period or when I am ovulating. I’m having another ultrasound in 2 weeks and she said we’ll then discuss options (surgery vs birth control). Here’s my dilemma.

    We have been TTC for 1 year next month. We are obviously having our own difficulties getting pregnant and birth control will throw a wrench in those plans. She said the pill will most likely only reduce the size of it so it wouldn’t cause me pain or run the risk of rupturing. My other option is surgery which I think I am leaning towards. Get it gone and forget about it.

    What are your thoughts? Did you have any complications? Did your cyst come back?

    • ANSWER:
      My cousin had her whole ovary removed and she still got pregnant. I would recommend surgery, but did your dr. talk about lupron shots at all? I had 75% of my ovary covered in cysts and these shots took care of it completely. You will also be able to still get pregnant.
      Good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    I have an ovarian cyst, could it be cancer?
    Hi I was taken to A&E after severe pain in my side.(( My G.P had suspected kidney stones after 3 courses of meds after infection ( detected after urine dip test)) It turned out not to be kidney stones at all but a cyst on my Right Ovary (spotted on scan). I was just sent home with a months supply of co-codamol. Since the I have recieved an appointment for a second follow up scan which is on the 23rd May. I was given no info on size, type etc…but I did see that the cyst had a division so looked like 2 joined together, After looking on many sites I have took it to be a complex septated cyst??? The question is I am 49 I have had partial Hysterectomy and have not a period for over 15 yrs Is it likely/possible it could be cancer?
    I have not had a period because of the hysterectomy, but I still get the sore breasts etc once a month so guess my ovary is functioning (they said I only have one so my body must have broke the other one down? No menopause symptoms as yet, so you have put my mind at rest a little! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Go to this website and read the options. It’s asked by a 50 year old woman with same kind of cyst. It’s a pretty long answer so it’s easier to read from this site…http://askville.amazon.com/septated-ovarian-cyst-removed/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=42318508

  19. QUESTION:
    Did i miss my period because i have Follicular cyst or preganant? 4 day late!!?
    Hi everyone…I was diagnosed last month that i was having a follicular cyst on my left ovary. It was 1.8cm. This month I was diagnosed again if the cyst was resolved. Yes and the doctor said..its not a complex its a simple cyst that is now smaller 0.5 inch. Its a good news. He said i dont hav eto come back ,beacuse it will go away on its own.

    I get my period every month regular.
    My LMP is 1 Feb
    O day is on 16FEB
    Bdance on 9/14/16

    Now i missed my period it should came on 28/march 2.
    i was one week really sick.
    mood out, cold, cough etc, tender breast etc

    I did a blood test on march 5th.
    My breast are really bigger then original size.
    I dont have any pregnancy symptoms yet for exa…back pain
    i do have headache sometime

    do you guys think that this is my month
    Monday 9th i will get the HCG result

    Lets prayyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    baby dust to u all

    P.S: Do i miss my period beacause i have ovarian cyst or preganant?
    4 days late for my period..I am Panicking is this my Month??? Please help..this is my 4time of baby trying!

    • ANSWER:
      Your period could definitely have been missed because of the cyst. I have missed my period once or twice too in the past (over the past 11 years) because of ovarian cysts. I have also had my period turn up 4-5 days late my past 2 cycles due to ovarian cysts (I currently have 2 ovarian cysts).

      If you do think there is a possibility that you are pregnant, I would recommend that you try another pregnancy test and if it is negative that you wait for your blood test (HCG) results later today (9 March) to see what they show.

      All the best. Good luck :)

  20. QUESTION:
    Will my abnormal ovarian cyst go away on its own? Has anyone else had an abnormal ovarian cyst?
    My dr. found a cyst on my right ovary and sent me for an ultrasound. It’s about the size of a baseball. I’ve had pain for a while from it now, but I didn’t know exactly what was causing the pain. He is somewhat concerned because it isn’t a normal functional cyst. My paper says complex cystic. It has some abnormalities about it. He put me on Provera (hormone) for 5 days, and I will begin a new pack of Ortho Novum 7/7/7 birth control pills on Sunday night. He told me we can wait like 6 weeks-2 months to see if it’ll go away on its own, or he can operate to remove it. Has anyone else had anything similar to this? How were you treated for it? What was the outcome for you?

    • ANSWER:
      I am hopeful that the physician you saw is not a gynecologist. Most of them are brighter than that.
      GET ANOTHER OPINION !!!
      Even a very small cyst that ruptures is painful and can cause internal damage. A large one can disable you.

      I had surgery for ovarian cysts + other problems when I was very young.
      It was in the “olden days” and treatment (even surgery) is so much simpler now.

      Please, see a/another gynecologist.

      Oh, and those medications: they often cause more problems than they help.

  21. QUESTION:
    Surgery for endometriosis and/or ovarian cysts?
    Went to my gyn yest. We’ve been following a complex ovarian cyst (chocolate). It has doubled in size in two months and is now 5 cm, though it doesn’t hurt. (I had a simple one rupture two months ago and the pain nearly killed me! That’s when he found this one.) I now have a smaller cyst on the other ovary, as well. I had a hysterectomy a year ago, if that matters.

    Somewhere (I’m really confused right now) endometriosis fell into the mix. So now he wants to do a lap and take both of my ovaries and the existing endo. Says the hormones from the ovaries feed the endo and if we remove the food source, then the endo won’t come back. His focus seems to be more on the endo rather than the cysts, but he says no hurry (six months).

    After taking my ovaries, he wants to put me on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). (I’m only 40.) That makes NO sense to me because isn’t the idea of getting rid of the ovaries to eliminate the hormones that feed the endo? I’m also afraid of HRT because of all the horror stories, but maybe today’s technology has changed all of that. Doc says most of that is hype from the “bio-identical” developers or whatever you call them.

    I’ve been with this doc for nine years and he has never pushed surgery or anything else. Even w/ the hysterectomy, he mentioned it as an option for years (due to pain), but always just said “when you’re ready”.

    Again, I am in no pain at this time and haven’t been since the rupture. However, if I actually need to do this, then I need to do it asap because of insurance. Otherwise I wouldn’t even think about it unless/until I started hurting.

    I think that covers it, but let me know if you need more info and I’ll edit. Thanks.

    Anyone have any experience and/or advice? Is there a physician on board?? :-)

    • ANSWER:
      I would really get a second opinion. Are there any endo centres near you or Doctors that specialize in Endo?

      A chocolate cyst is an endometrioma, which is Endometriosis – so that is where Endometriosis comes in.

      I read that the body can create a synthetic form of Estrogen which is the reason why women who have had a hysterectomy sometimes have the Endo return.

      As far as HRT goes, my Doctor said that the synthetic type is the one with the bad name as it can lead to other problems, but that “natural” type is not known to cause other problems.

      Also, when they put you on the HRT, I believe – you will have to check this, that the level of Estrogen is too low to affect Endo.

      Have you had kids yet?

      as for the cysts, did he call them simple or functional? Most women have functional cysts around the time of their cycle.

      I’m just a little confused though, you said that you had a hysterectomy a year ago? Did they leave both ovaries?

      Please try the websites below for factual info as I would hate to be offering you wrong info.

      Please get a second opinion and check the facts for yourself before you make a decision.

      Take Care, Cindy

  22. QUESTION:
    Can someone put my mind at ease?
    Here is the report from my transvaginal ultrasound…I am a 21 year old female.

    Size of right ovary: 2.4 x 2.3 x 1.4 cm
    Left ovary: 6.4 x 6.1 x 3.0 cm
    Two large anechoic cystic structures.
    Size of cysts:
    Cyst 1: 5.9 x 5.0 x 3.3 cm 50.9 cc
    Cyst 2: 2.5 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm 6.6 cc

    There is no evidence of uterine abnormality. The right ovary is normal
    in appearance. There is a septated cyst of the left ovary which is
    mostly unchanged from its appearance on Jan 26. There are no nodules
    or papillary projections. This is probably a benign ovarian neoplasms
    such as a cystadenoma. Follow up is advisable. There is no ascites.

    I have surgery to have my cysts removed March 30th. I am terrified I am going to lose my ovary or that it is cancer. I know that is says it is probably benign, but I am still so worried. Since one cyst is septated does that make it complex?

    • ANSWER:
      Septated means it is made of both solid and liquid matter. I really don’t think you would lose an ovary unless by some chance, it’s damaged in some way by the cyst.

  23. QUESTION:
    Ovarian complex mass?
     
    Well i had an ultrasound recently to see whats going on with my ovaries and my right one had an ovarian cyst 3.5 cm in diameter. My left ovary is whats worrisome. There was a cyst i think bigger than the right one and inside are solid Components. The doctor kept referring to the overall thing as a mass which worried my mom. She said to do birth control pills for 8 weeks. In 8 weeks i will have another ultrasound and if the mass size stayed the same or grew then we would have to go in. First they would look and if they dont like it then thry will remove my whole ovary. Im worried since its a complex mass that its cancer. Any feedback would be great. Btw my doc is a gynecologist.

    • ANSWER:
      Mass is the correct term to use. and does not mean cancer.
      It just means tissues.

      Don’t you trust your dr? The treatment sounds correct to me.
      And it is most likely that the pills will treat the mass, and
      you will avoid a difficult surgery. Very few masses of the ovary
      are cancer. most are just hormonal, and thus the pills will
      fix the problem

  24. QUESTION:
    Can you please interpret my pelvic scan report for me (It’s in doctor language)?
    I just received my reports today and I have an appt with my gyno next week to discuss the results but I’m so worried. I just want to know if everything is ok?? like when it says “several follicles present” does that mean I have polycystic ovaries??

    *11/07/07*

    Findings: Transabdominal scan only (patient not sexualy active)

    The uterus is anteverted and appears normal with no fibroids or adenomyosis seen. 58mm in length. Endometrium is homogeneous and measures 7mm in thickness. Right ovary is enlarged (42cc in volume) and contains a 4×3.3.8cm complex cystic lesion. No internal vascularity found. Multiple linear echogenic echoes within the cystic mass noted. Left ovary appears normal with several follicles noted and containing a 2cm simple cyst. No free fluid seen.

    Comment: Right ovarian cystic lesion, nature is unsure. Most likely either a dermoid cyst or hemorrhagic cyst. Follow up scan in 6 weeks recommended.

    *02/12/08*

    Scan on 11/07/07 showed the right ovary to be 42cc. This included 4cm complex cystic lesion. Query dermoid, query haemorrhagic cyst.

    Transabdominal study only. Transvaginal scan declined.
    Findings: The uterus is normal in shape, size and echotexture. No myometrial lesion is present. The endometrium is normal in appearance with a double layer of thickness of 6mm. Both ovaries are normal in appearance. The right is 9cc and the left is 4.5cc. Several small follicles are present in each ovary. A simple 20mm cyst is present in the right ovary compatible with a dominant follicle. There is no adnexal mass or free fluid present. Both kidneys are normal.

    Comment: Resolution of the previously documented right ovarian complex cyst. Normal pelvic ultrasound.

    • ANSWER:
      Just focus on the “Comment” at the end of each report, that’s all you need to understand, the rest of the report is descriptive documentation.

      On the initial scan in November, they found a right ovarian cyst, which on follow-up scanning in February, it has resolved. It’s disappeared, it’s gone! You got a normal pelvic ultrasound. :o)

      The part on the Feb report that says, “A simple 20mm cyst is present in the right ovary compatible with a dominant follicle” is completely normal. (It means that you are ovulating and this “cyst” is actually the egg that is getting ready for ovulation this menstrual cycle).

      — P.S. This does not mean that you should not go to your Gyne appointment though. Let your Gyne, discuss the whole report with you, and he/she may have additional recommendations for you. Your doctor knows your whole case, I only saw your report.