Complex Right Ovarian Cyst

The reproductive age woman category, now that’s the ones -if she’s trying to get pregnant, then obviously she’s not on any kind of birth control and most likely they’re functional. What do you do? Well you can watch them month to month, and if they resolve, which most of them will, the problem is gone.

If such a cyst grows or causes more problems, then she should also have a laparotomy. Now, if that woman – well, the other way is of course, many of these women you’d say listen, what we need to do is put you on a short course of birth control pills to see if the cysts stop forming.

Birth control pills, the way they work, is they, they work on the complex mechanism that regulates ovulation, interrupting all those pathways that I briefly described earlier and that complex pathway interrupted, no more ovulation occurs, no more functional cysts occur. And the cyst that was there will most likely resolve because of less feedback from the other hormones so birth control pills in a way you could say could cure cysts. But these are the cysts-

That may not always be an option for some women that have problems with birth control pills or other side effects.

For those women, those group of women who cannot take birth control pills. If for whatever reason, and there’s a litany we won’t get into here of women who cannot take the pill for one reason or the other, then it would be expected management, that’s basically just watching and seeing, cause most of these will go away within three menstrual cycles. If they do not, then, then most likely she’s going to have a laparotomy. Obstetrician Gynecologist, Christopher Freville, recommends you could also do a laparoscopy.
A laparoscopy again is a very common term, this is where a telescope like tube with a light on it is put in, the doctor is able to look through an incision in the naval, while of course I might add the patient is asleep and fully anesthetized, is able to look at the pelvic organs. But if the doctor sees a six-centimeter cyst, he is going to operate anyway, so most of the time that would be a procedure that would not have a purpose. She needs a laparotomy to make sure that this particular ovary cyst isn’t one of the other cysts, of course the endometriomas, the sustatnomas, the dermoid cysts, the polycystic ovaries, which usually aren’t going to show up as large cysts.

And of course, the last category is the rarer cystic tumor that would be cancerous. So, the management basically is one of just, in most women is, in the reproductive age group is going to be wait and see. You know, reassurance, come back in a month. You can take, if the cyst goes away, great, if it doesn’t or if it slowly resolves fine, if it doesn’t go away, you can offer a course of birth control pills. If that’s not acceptable or not possible, then the last way is to of course to actually take a look through an incision, a laparotomy.

And that I think that pretty much sums up the actual treatment of cysts, at least as far as a diagnostic program. There are other treatments of cysts, and I will mention these each by the category.

So we got a functional cyst that are self-resolving or you’re going to use birth control pills. We’ve got the endometriomas which begin the endometriosis on the ovary. This is a case that needs to be treated with various medications.

There are medications to suppress ovulations, stop the period which burns up in the endometriosis and it’s generally about 90% effective, and also causes fertility when you get these to go away. So the chocolate cysts once they are, they’re usually removed at laparotomy, you can also cauterize them, that’s zapping them with electricity. Again, the patient is asleep because the endometriomas and endometriosis are usually multiple places in the pelvis, and then follow up with medications to suppress ovulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Complex right ovarian cyst?
    Hi,
    I was recently diagnosed with a complex right ovarian cyst measuring 5.8 x 5.3 cm. I am scheduled to have an appointment with an internalist on Friday, and I’m pretty sure he will be referring me for a follow-up ultrasound to check the status of the cyst in a few weeks. Of course this is on my mind, and I have a few questions before seeing the doc on Friday. Firstly, is that a “normal” size for a cyst? It seems large to me. Also, what does a thickened nodular wall and internal echoes mean? Finally, I was also told I have an endometrium measuring 10mm…is this normal? What is considered “normal” endometrium thickness? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      How old are you? A complex cyst means it does not appear to be a typical simple fluid filled cyst. You are right in that it is a large cyst. You should be seeing a OB-GYN not an internist. Checking it again in a few weeks to see if it has changed really should be something that the OB-GYN decides. I would not wait to see the internist but get set up with your OB-GYN. The lining of the uterus depending again on age and where you are in your cycle can be different thicknesses. 10mm is thick.

  2. QUESTION:
    I was told that l’ve got features of PC OS on my right ovary and large complex ovarian cyst.l’m depress.?
    my doctor said he would refer me to a gnaecologist that l would be operated on to bring out one of the ovary.l really don’t understand.can u pls,explain more to me and would l be able to give birth.how long does the fertility treatment take after the operation?he said my right ovary is of increased volume and contains an increased number of ovarian follicles all peripherally locaated and my leaf ovary contains a unilocular complex cyst with both a soft tissue density and fluid component 50/50.what is the operation he said called and would l be able to ve children after the operation and fertility treatment.how long does it take to get back to normal?thanks

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS can cause infertility in general, pre or post operation. Best to see an Endocrinologist and once you’re ready to conceive see a fertility doctor. Every woman’s body is different.

  3. QUESTION:
    when does a complex ovarian cyst become a danger to just leave alone.?
    I have had a complex ovarian cyst on the right side, for over 2 years that is diffidently painful at times, including pain in the groin. It seems to be growing and then shrinking but never the less it doesn’t go away. It has gone from 8×5 cm to 2×2 or there abouts, but is still carrying solid mass within. I already went in for an oopherectomy but when he went in, it was the left ovary that seemed to be more at risk and he took that out instead, leaving the right one in and that was the problem in the first place. After the oopherectomy, the right side cyst started giving me problems again, yet i am still not willing to go back in for another oopherectomy to now take out the right one. The other day the oncologist suggested Lupron, though i said yes, i now have done enough research to realize that i may not be the best candidate being that every symptom these people speak of having on posts are already symptoms i deal with. So i don’t want to do that now either. Even though i have a lot of pain and it actually is going down into my groin on the right side, i just want to let it be. Am i taking a risk? The doctor doesn’t think its cancer, he said i am too young (41) but they have said that before based off statistics and i did have it, luckily it hadn’t spread AT ALL. What could be the outcome of just leaving a complex ovarian cyst alone when the doctor says he is pretty sure it is not cancer? And how do they know its not cancer? Also, do benign ovarian cysts ever have the possibility of becoming malignant with time or no?

    • ANSWER:
      Functional ovarian cysts are the most common type of ovarian cyst. They usually disappear by themselves and seldom require treatment. Growths that become abnormally large or last longer than a few months should be removed or examined to determine if they are a sign of a more serious condition.

  4. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst?
    I had an ultra sound 6 weeks ago which showed a complex ovarian cyst on my right side. My gyno had me follow up today with another ultrasound. It showed the one on the right was gone but it showed a complex cyst on the left side along with some fluid around it. Now she just wants me to follow up in 6 weeks to see if it’s gone. Does this sound right? Should I get another opinion? I don’t like to wait and see, What if it is gone and there is one on the other side??

    • ANSWER:
      I have had ovarian cyst, and later had to have one ovary removed. However, I had complex cyst for quite some time. The body has a way of sloughing off the cyst on it’s on sometimes. Which can sometimes be painful, and sometimes never known it happened. Just keep a watchful eye on them, and make sure to see your gyno, when any problems occur, or if you feel any bad pain, nausea, etc. This could been a more serious cyst, that could cause infection in your body, or this is how my Dr. explained it to me in basic terms. Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    Should I get a second opinion about this complex cyst?
    A month ago, I went to the meergency room with severe abdominal pain (thought it was appendicitis). I was given a barium enema (OUCH!). When it came back it said I didn’t have that, but I had a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary measuring 3.5cm. Last week, I went to my doctor who said they would do a sonogram in a month to see if it has grown. I got a copy of the films, and it shows what I think seems like alot of free fluid (ascites?) is there supposed to be any?) I have used this information and done some research on ovarian cysts and the symptoms, but it always seems to go back to ovarian cancer. I am 32 yo. I have no risk factors for ovarian cancer, but I am scared to death. As I sit here now, I just want to cry. Should I get a second opinion on waiting a month, or should I just wait the month and see what happens? I have read so much about OC being misdiagnosed or overlooked until it was too late. I really am at a loss, and would feel better if I could just get some opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no relationship between an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer.
      Almost all women have an ovarian cyst at one time or another. Usually, we just don’t know about it, because they usually resolve on their own.

      3.5 cm really isn’t very big. Nobody would want to operate on that, unless it persisted, and did not resolve.
      Free fluid around the cyst could indicate that it ruptured. That’s not a bad thing — it’s the normal process. Once it ruptures it goes away.

      Usually ovarian cysts are managed expectantly, which means “wait and see.” If it grows, then it may need surgery. If it goes away, then great.
      Sometimes oral contraceptive pills are given. This hormonal cycling can help a cyst to resolve.

      Finally, let me reassure you that a cyst looks different from cancer on an ultrasound. A cyst is fluid-filled, and looks black. Cancer is a solid mass which is grey and not well-defined.
      Talk to your doctor (NOT the emergency room people) about how to manage this. You really do not want unnecessary surgery.

  6. QUESTION:
    I have a complex ovarian cyst. Please Help!?
    I was diagnosed with a complex ovarian cyst on my right side back in August and I still have pain. The pain calmed down, but the past two months ive been in so much pain laying on my right side, standing up for a long time, even when I work out my leg hurts. Does it go away or should I seek medical help?

    • ANSWER:
      Seek medical help. That’s the only way you can be rid of the pain that’s plaguing you.

  7. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst during pregnancy?
    I am 6 weeks pregnant, and during a recent ultrasound, my doctor saw cysts on both ovaries. On my left ovary, she said it was a simple, fluid filled cyst which she wasn’t worried about, as they are normal and will shrink on their own. She thinks there may be a ‘complex’ cyst on my right ovary, and I am going back for another scan to check it again next week. Has anyone had any experience with a complex cyst? Am I more likely to need surgery for that?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep i had the same thing. I was 6 weeks pregnant and went to the ER because i had awful pain in my side so i thought i might have had an ectopic pregnancy. So they did a bunch of tests and an ultrasound and found a complex cyst on my right ovary i beleive it was. They gave me some pain meds and sent me home but i never even took the meds, the pain went away eventually and later they told me that it had collapsed on its own. Thats what happened to me and the doctor also said they usually do collapse on their own. Good luck

  8. QUESTION:
    complex ovarian cyst, laparoscopy? way more details- included and needed!? please, please help.?
    Well. Back in March, I was out of town for a cheerleading competition. We arrived after a 3.5 hour car ride in the early evening. It was near the time my period was scheduled to start, so when I started getting cramp-like pains I just figured it was PMS. As the night went on it became more evident that it was in my lower right abdominal and it was excruciating. Definitely the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life. (By the way, I am 14 years old, I was 13 at the time of this incident) I couldn’t walk, stand or stretch out my body. This was a huge competition and I am a stubborn person, so convinced my parents that it wasn’t a huge deal, I’d be fine and I didn’t need to go to the ER. Now I’m wishing I would have. Anyway I eventually fell asleep, woke up the next morning 100% fine. I was puzzled but ended up just being happy it was over and forgetting about it. Recently, the pains had returned, though not nearly as bad. The other day it felt more like a burning sensation, and we finally went to the ER. I got an ultrasound and revealed a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary. Whether that explains this or not I guess that means it has solid and fluid components in it. It is around 36mm x 35mm x 44mm. Those aren’t the exact measurements, but close enough. The ultrasound also revealed fluid outside of the ovary which means that it is leaking or busted somewhat or something. I am returning to get another ultrasound in about a month to see if the cyst is shrinking and is dissolving on its own. If it is not, my doctor said they would most like perform a laparoscopy, but that will not be concluded until after we find out what the next ultrasound reveals. My question is: what the HECK is a laparoscopy? I really just want to know exactly what the procedure is. Sorry I wrote so much, I’m just so worried. My lower right abdominal is aching as I type. Any information is appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The repeat ultrasound is a good idea. If the pain you felt was due to bleeding into an ovarian cyst, the cyst may resolve within the next month. If the cyst remains and is complex at that time perhaps laparoscopy would be useful. Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure whereby the surgeon inserts a laparoscope into the abdomen through a small incision in the lower abdomen and the surgeon directly looks at the ovaries. This is done under general anesthesia.

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    complex ovarian cyst question?
    in january i was diagnosed with a complex cyst on my right ovary and in may my doctor requested that i get another ultrasound to find out wether it got smaller or bigger ,, 2 days ago i went to see my doctor and she told me that my ultrasound came up normal with no internal echoes but im still experiencing pain and she told me that i have a small labothian cyst on my cervix… why would i still be experiencing pain .. could i have been miss diagnosed??

    • ANSWER:
      What happens with mine is that they end up exploding, and the pain stays for about a week or even two. The pool of blood sitting where it was ends up hurting just as much as the cyst did.
      If not, go back to the doc!
      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Cyst?
    I have been told that I have a 3.9 cm complex cyst In my right ovary as well as an over sized right ovary measuring 6.1 cm X 3.8 cm X 2.9 cm. I haven’t been able to talk to a doctor about this. I am 18 years old and I can’t think of anything else but this. Can anyone tell me what all this means? Is this gonna make me infertal??

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm. It’s not going to make you infertile for the rest of your life, probably, though it’s possible you could have trouble getting pregnant at this moment, until you get the cyst removed. You should be getting it removed surgically.

  12. QUESTION:
    I’m 17 and I have a complex ovarian cyst?
    I also have one simple cyst and they are both on my right ovary. How do they treat this? What makes it complex?

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of types of ovarian cysts, but generally they are either fluid filled, or solid. A complex cyst is one which is a combination of both.

      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.

      That’s why 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    what is a complex ovarian cyst?
    I have history to have cyst, I had remove my right ovary and endometriosis in 1998. Now I had a laparascopy 3 months ago because I has a cyst in my left ovary The last month I took clomid and I got a complex ovarian cyst.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/articles/ovariancysts.html for a good guide regarding ovarian cysts.

  14. QUESTION:
    Why would a complex ovarian cyst become “less complex”?
    I have a small complex cyst on my ovary that was discovered in March. The doc put me on Ortho cyclen and wanted to see if it would go away on its own. Four months later, the cyst is still there but appears to be “less complex” than it was before. I know complex cysts seem to be more worrisome than simple ones; does this development of the cyst mean it’s heading in the right direction? The cyst has grown about a cm since the last ultrasound but is still small (now about 2.5 cm). I don’t see my gyn until next week so I’m hoping someone can tell me a little bit about this.

    • ANSWER:
      This probably means that they expect the cyst to end up shrinking on its own and going away completely. The complex ones would be fast growing where they would cause you a lot of problems to where you would probably have to have them removed.

  15. QUESTION:
    solid complex ovarian cyst and scared?
    Im 42, 2 c-sections, the last c-section they removed my uterus due to placenta accreta but left my ovaries. Last 3 months when I ovulate I began having very bad pains in my right side. Went in for an ultrasound 3 weeks ago and an hour after the test was called saying Dr wanted to see me first thing in morning. My gyno then told me I had a 4cmx4cm solid cyst in my right ovary and it had to come out. It also could be cancer and she sent me right away for a ca-125 test. That came back a 3 which if you have been through this you know it really means nothing. The radiologist report which came in AFTER gyno told me this, said solid complex cyst and suggested waiting 6-8 weeks to repeat US. I then see a gyn/oncologist in Boston who initially tells me I can wait or have the surgery to see what it is. After he got the US pictures 2 days later he called me and said he strongly suggests surgery and that he would try to remove just the cyst if possible. I was going to have a 2nd opinion but feel that I will just be more confused after that and will stress harder. I cant find any reviews on this Dr because I think he only recently started working at Tufts coming from Colorado. He has been very nice and even called me yesterday to ask if I had any questions or had decided which way to proceed. I have scheduled the surgery for 2 weeks. He wants to see me Monday to sign consent forms and to also be able to sit down and ask any questions. Im also very nervous that if I have a lot of scar tissue that he wont get it laproscopically and will have to cut me vertically, ruining the body I have worked so hard on getting to look good. If its cancer, of course I wouldnt care where they have to cut but Im afraid he will do this and perhaps its nothing or maybe he isnt the best gyn/oncologist to perform this. Im so scared and confused. Anyone else go in for laporoscopy surgery and had scar tissue that caused the vertical cut?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve had ovarian cancer. You definitely need the surgery to be done by a gyn-onc, so that’s good that you have one. Gyn-oncs are very surgically skilled. I’ve had 4 surgeries with them, always with the same scar, and in surgeries 2, 3, and 4, I had tons of internal scar tissue, which they always clean up for me. If it appears you have cancer, they’d definitely turn it into a laparotomy, because they need to visualize the whole area and do “staging” surgery to make sure it hasn’t spread. Even if they thought it MIGHT be cancer they’ll usually do a laparotomy. So if they do it and it’s “nothing” then they STILL did the right thing in doing the laparotomy, and it was NOT for nothing–they did it to give you the valuable information that your problem is localized. So I think you should resign yourself to that possibility as being the best for your welfare. You’ll get your body back, it won’t be ruined. Perhaps you can even ask for a tummy tuck after the surgery. The CA-125 of 3 is a good sign. I wouldn’t say it means NOTHING. Typically even with a benign tumor, you’d expect a higher CA-125 than that. It’s not definitive or diagnostic, but it is encouraging.

  16. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst 4.8 x 3.6 cm, should I worry?
    have been dealing with simple ovarian cysts my entire life (that cause me a lot of pain). I am probably in the ER every 3-4 months with excrutiating abdominal pain (usually the right side). When I go in, they say “it’s probably just a cyst that burst” and send me home. I recently found a doctor that has me do an U/S every 6 months. This last U/S showed a 4.8cm complex cyst which was not there 3 months ago (this is all the paperwork said). The recommendation from whoever read the U/S is that I get another one done in 6 weeks. My doctor seems worried because I was just in the ER 2 weeks ago with unbearable pain, nausea, vomiting, diareah, no appetite, frequent urination (they ruled out that it was my appendix
    Appendectomy
    and sent me home). I’m waiting for my doctor to send an “urgent” referral to a gyn because she thinks I should have it removed due to all the pain and symptoms.
    I still haven’t gotten a call for my referral and am getting nervous thinking about it. My mom had these exact problems when she was younger and had to have a full hystorectomy at a very young age

    • ANSWER:
      Your case sounds typical of complex ovarian cysts. Women who get these sort of cysts once usually are bothered with them again and again. Doctors are very slow to treat at all, despite the pain, and when they do their only options are birth control pills, or surgery. Even with these, the cysts do often just come back again – because they do not treat the underlying cause.

      Have you considered the natural approach? If you take a holistic approach to treating what really is a profound internal, metabolic and hormonal problem, you are much more likely to get results.

      If you’re interested in getting more information, there’s a good site below.

      Hope this helps, and good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst 5cm and CA-125 lab reults of 28. Cancer?
    I’m 32 with no medical history. My doc said probably not cancer and wants to wait 6 weeks to do repeat ultrsound. I’m thinking this cyst should be biopsyied right away!!!!!! Anyone have anykind of experience with this situation?
    I disagree with my doctor bc my complex cyst does show a “solid material” in it and my Ca-125 level is borderline. My grandmother’s sister died of ovarian cancer as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor is following the standard of care in this situation is there a reason you disagree?
      There is nothing about this that indicates cancer.
      Has he put you on the pill?

      EDIT: A cyst is only complex if there is solid material and these are most often not frank malignancies. Cysts under 8cm in premenopausal women are nearly always benign and usually regress with the birth control pill – this is why I asked if he or she put you on the pill.
      CA 125 is a tumor marker and not a diagnostic test. It is most often used to monitor treatment. In this case your doctor is just using it as a tool to form his or her recommendations. A normal CA 125 ranges from 0-35. There are many things which can cause in elevation including the cyst itself. Also the younger you are the less reliable the test is and at your age a CA 125 even over 35 would not be a huge red flag.
      Your doctor should have taken a thorough history. If your grandmother’s sister is the only family member diagnosed with cancer it has little relevance to your health, especially if she was postmenopausal. If you have one or more family members diagnosed under 50 years old with breast, ovarian, prostate cancers, any male with breast cancer or female with bilateral breast or breast and ovarian cancer regardless of age, you need to let your doctor know as these are indications of a rare hereditary cancer. Less than 10% of all cancers are hereditary.
      You should also know any ovarian cancer should be removed intact, as there is a risk of dropping tumor cells in a needle biopsy or busting the cyst which may contain tumor cells spreading the cancer, if it were cancer therefore the best way to remove this requires surgery. Right now the odds this is cancer is so small it is not worth the risk of surgery.
      Thank you for the additional details. It makes it easier to answer when I understand what is truly troubling you.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst should I request CA 125 test?
    I was recently diagnosed with a 4 cm complex ovarian cyst in one ovary and several smaller cysts in the other ovary. I have several of the cyst/possible ovarian cancer symptoms, such as abdominal pain, back pain, bloating, weight gain, fatigue and just not feeling right. So I went to my gyno and I have a COMPLEX ovarian cyst. She immediately scheduled me for a ultrasound that I go to tomorrow. I am wondering if I should request the CA 125 blood test also. I am only 31, so not in the high risk age group. From what I have read the CA 125 can be unreliable for my age. However I do have other risk factors, colon and breast cancer run on both sides of my family. I am not sure what the progression is of medical procedures,, once they do the ultrasound, then what? Is that when they “know” or do they have to do other procedures before they can tell me without a doubt its benign? When would a CA 125 test normally be taken? Any helpful advice would be great, I know these things are usually benign but from what I have read the complex ones are the ” bad” cysts and I want to be an advocate for my own health, I don’t want to fall through the cracks. Thanks,

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    complex ovarian cyst?
    I went to the ER yesterday because I had a sudden pain in my stomach that didn’t ease up. They did an internal ultrasound and found that I have multiple cysts on my left ovary, one measuring 2in. by 1in. that demonstrates some heterogeneity with internal septation and complex echoes. I also have multiple cysts on my right ovary that they described the pattern as being unremarkable. I’m not sure what all this means and it kind of sounds scary. I have an appointment with a gyn. on Friday. I had asked the ER doctors a few questions but they didn’t seem to want to answer any of them and just wanted to rush me out. I have had similar pains for nearly 2 years before now and had went to the ER and my gyn. when they first began, but it was written off as ovulation pain. Could this have somehow been treated before so many cysts developed and gotten so large? I am also wondering if this could be the reason I have been unable to concieve and if it will prevent it in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor couldn’t tell you I would go to a different doctor, probably a gynicologist. I think that your cysts could have been avoided if they were caught earlier. If you have cysts on both ovaries then this is probably why you couldn’t concieve and they might have to remover your ovaries to remove the cysts so you might not be able to concieve either.

      I hope this helps you.

  21. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with Complex Ovarian Cyst?
    Okay so I went to the hospital 2 weeks ago going on 3. I was diagnosed with complex ovarian cyst. So the next day I go to the ob/Gyn and he said there should be nothing to worry about that the cyst had ruptured and that’s why I was in so much pain that it will leave by itself fast since the fluid is coming out. Well I still have a lot of pain on my right side. Should I get a second opinion? He didn’t give me antibiotics. Was he suppose to? Please help me out. I just wanna know if I should take this seriously or wait till the pain goes away! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Complex ovarian cyst just means it’s a little more than a simple cyst. A simple cyst is just a single bag of fluid. A complex cyst might have blood or clot in it, or septations dividing it into smaller compartments, or solid components.

      Cysts can cause a lot of pain sometimes when they rupture. You should not need antibiotics, as they are not usually due to infections.

      However, most doctors I work with want to follow up a cyst, especially if complex, just to make sure it goes away. They usually do this in 2-3 months. Since you’re still having a lot of pain, I’d call him up and let him know. He will probably do another ultrasound just to make sure things are ok. Good luck.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst issue?!!?
    I was diagnosed with a 4cm complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary back in Feb. It hurt really bad that month but then the pain sort of went away after that so I didn’t worry about it too much.

    Just today, it started hurting really bad again!! earlier (around 8pm-it’s 3am now and i’m at work) I started feeling really nauseated, having palpitations (although my heartrate was 98 which is normal for me), and had a severe headache. about an hour later, my side started hurting again. i also had a little pain w/intercourse today.

    I was worried that the cyst might have ruptured but I’ve been told I would be in severe pain, be vomiting, and have uncontrollable vaginal bleeding-which I had none of these symptoms..

    this is my first cyst so not sure what to expect. why would the pain suddenly spring up again after being gone for a whole month? I had my period just fine last month (get it around the first week of the month so it’s still 2 weeks away) w/no pain at all.

    advice?!!
    also-the pain is weird. for the past hour it’s been a constant dull aching but earlier when it started it was occasional stabbing/pulling sensation.

    i’ve also drank 4 bottles of water (12 oz each) since 3pm and my side hurts when I urinate.

    and It’s NOT my appendix-it was taken out when I was 4

    thanks for the advice guys and please don’t answer if you are not going to help my situation-I dont need rude/immature answers

    thanks again!!!

    • ANSWER:
      the meaning of cyst is not like the figure in ur mind that it grow till being ruptured but rather collection of fluids separated by thin membrane emerged for unknown reason but causes and treatment relay on insulin resistance well any way the pain could be relieved by any non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug as ibuprofen and declofenac but i really recommend ketoprofen 100mg unless there is peptic ulcer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovarian_cyst

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is there any discharge after an ovarian cyst ruptures?
    I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts the last October, the one on my left ovary ruptured, but I did not know. I was also told that I have complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary.

    I was working out yesterday and all of the sudden I felt this cramp sharp like pain on my upper left pelvic side and then I went to the bathroom and I had brown charge.

    I know it is not my period, because I just had it on the 4th of this month.

    BTW, I am only 20 years old and not sexually active.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    possible pregnancy or from my ovarian cyst?!!?
    i was diagnosed with a 4cm complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary 2 weeks ago. the ultrasound report and my urine test both came back negative for pregnancy.

    i had my tubes tied in 2003 but my symptoms lately seem strange to me..

    -frequent urination
    -pulling sensation in my lower abdomen and inner thighs
    -lower back pain
    -severe nausea whenever i eat or drink (it’s really bad like when i was pregnant before-i have 3 girls).
    -tender breasts
    -abdominal heaviness

    i got my period last thursday but it only lasted 2 days.

    i know the chances are like 1 in a million that i’d be pregnant but can a cyst mimic pregnancy symptoms?!!!

    thanks in advance!!!
    forgot to add that my tummy is getting bigger (and harder) and my pants are starting not to fit anymore (not really gaining alot of weight though).

    i’m a tiny girl (5″1 100 pounds) so it worries me that my stomach is getting bigger than normal

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have one similar big and still now i am pregnant.
      The thing with the cysts .. they are coming and going .. u will always have them , but there will be times when its just going away.. And then u can easily get pregnant. I know this from a gynecologist. A good doctor can help you.
      But, dont worry , its not impossible what you want :)

      P.S. a pregnancy can actually help you get rit of the cyst for good.
      Wish you good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    Big Ovarian Cyst & Im only 19!?
    Hello my fellow yahooligans,
    I have some questions and i would like for people who have the knowledge or experience to help me understand what is going on in my ovaries etc. I started having my period when I was 9 and currently I am 19 years old. I never had regular menstrual cycles and sometimes i would not menstruate for 1-9 months. I got sick of the Doctor telling me it was normal and complained. He gave me a medication that was suppose to make me menstruate after 10 days and later regulate me. I only menstruated once and thats it. I am still not menstruating for the past 4 months. He said we had to do an ultrasound and blood work. Back in may everything was ok, now in october my thyroid was high.
    Below I will write what I was found on the recent ultra sound and blood work.
    BLOODWORK
    THS- 5.62 (lOW LEVELS IN MY THYROID HORMONE PRODUCTION)

    PELVIC ULTRASOUND
    -” The uterus measures 9.8 x 3.1 x 6.0 cm. The endometrium measures 9mm in thickness. The left ovary measures 2.9 x 2.9 x 1.5 cm.

    The right ovary measures 8.6 x 6.4 x 8.9 cm and demonstrates complex echogenicity with with solid and cystic components. The solid component measuring approximately 5.4 x 4.7 x 4.3 cm. There is no free fluid.

    IMPRESSION-
    Complex right ovarian mass with both cystic and solid components. This raises the possibility of a dermoid. Left ovary is unremarkable.” By-Todd Brack-Do-Smemc Do

    I know what a dermoid is, does this mean that those solid components can be teeth AND HAIR? Can I have kids with just one ovary. do you recomend me having kids early before my other ovary damages?
    I know its alot but please help! No vague answers please.. :(
    Forgot one more question,
    how likely is it for me to loose my ovary due to this cyst? thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      FIRST, this ovarian cyst should be removed immediately;
      SECOND, you will be able to have children with one ovary;
      THIRD, it is very bad idea to become pregnant with cyst – anyway, chances are very low in present situation – discover everything about cysts, amenorrhea and more in link below

  29. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Report and Analysis?
    My report says this, “Right ovary contains cyst with low level internal echoes measuring 32*29mm . Similar cyst seen in left ovary measuring 48*49mm impression: bilateral complex ovarian cysts likely endometriomas , advised MRI pelvis”…..what does it mean??? please suggest some cures and have to undergo surgery to remove them. and i couldn’t calculate the size in cm can you please help me out?? :(

    • ANSWER:
      Ovary size is reported in volume
      standard size is 3 to 5cm long
      1.5to 3 cm width
      0.5 to 1.5 cm thick
      10 mm = 1cm
      Cyst sizes are 3.2 & 4.8 cm which
      are to be removed by laproscopic surgery
      MRI may be advised to diagnose endometriosis wall, follicles

  30. QUESTION:
    No evidence of an intrauterine pregnancy?
    I am reading my ultrasound and it says no evidence of an intrauterine pregnancy of greater than 5 weeks. There is no fetal plod or yolk sac identified. What does this mean. Also says I have a 3.8 cm complex right ovarian cyst. Should I be worried? Am I pregnant. The dr says I am 5 weeks. But is she not telling me something? Please help me

    • ANSWER:
      It’s saying you aren’t pregnant but you have a cyst on your ovary. I don’t know why your doctor would tell you you’re pregnant when AND how far along you are when they can’t even see a baby on the ultrasound.

  31. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst and enlarged lymph nodes what is going on with me?
    Recently found 4cm complex ovarian cyst with septations on my right ovary, extreme pain in my lower back for the past 10 days and sharp pains and sometimes constant pain in my lower abdomen/pelvis for a month now. My lymph nodes in my pelvic area are enlarged and about 1in long from what I can feel on each side. They have been enlarged for months now and I have one on the back of my neck as well… my doctor wants me to wait and do another ultrasound to see what happens with the cyst but I am in soo much pain and nothing has been prescribed.. what can I get over the counter for this? I have also had a sudden symptom of extreme fatigue for the past month and a half… What do you think is causing everything?
    I got my period today and I am having an unusual very heavy flow with lots of clots! I never have a heavy flow and never have clots.. Gross I am sorry but maybe this will help answer my question…
    Also, I get dizzy/lightheaded when I stand up and sometimes everything goes black for like 3 seconds when this happens as well. Its kind of scary.. never happened before..

    • ANSWER:
      Try a new doctor !

  32. 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:

  33. QUESTION:
    Should I be worried about a cyst?
    I just had an ultrasound because I had a history of large complex ovarian cysts on my right ovary. I have now received the report and it states ” …on the left ovary an approximately 1.9 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm simple apearing cyst.” Is that large and should I be worried?
    It states “The endometrium measures 0.8 cm in double thickness.” Is this bad?

    • ANSWER:
      a simple cyst is also called a follicular cyst(also called functional cyst). Every month a part of your ovary swells, almost like a little blister, and eventually it will pop…releasing the egg (ovulation! yay!). That is all a simple cyst is. You can have more than one each month because they dont always pop at the same time.

      If you have an ultrasound and you see something like “Endometriomas” then that is something more to worry about. Nothing life threatening, but these can be a painful thing to have.

  34. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had an ovarian dermoid cyst?
    Last month I was diagnosed with a 10cm complex mass ovarian dermoid cysts on my right ovary and I am due to go into hospital to have them removed by laparotomy at the beginning of June..
    I was wondering if anyone else had their cyst removed? and how did you feel afterward after the Op?

    Thanks xx

    • ANSWER:
      Well im only 14 and i had a cyst in my right breast when i was about 11 and 12 years old.I was scared to tell my parents but they eventually found out,i actually had to have it surgically removed.I had my surgery January 5th 2007,I did fine during and after the surgery and i recovered pretty quickly.But there was never any discomfort after the surgery,i had to stay home from school for three days and the doctor recommended that i only eat light foods like soups so that i don’t get sick.

      But i think you’ll be fine.I was a little scared at first but the lord was with me the entire time.The doctors would probably make you get to the hospital early in the morning,but they wont operate on you until the after noon,that’s what they did to me.I had to get there at 5 in the morning and they didn’t operate until 2,so it was really a long wait but it was worth it.I really hope you do well & Good Luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Mass – Endometrioma or Functional Cyst?
    Hi,

    I was hoping that someone could provide me with some advice. Below are my reports, this has been going on for more than 10 months. I saw one Gynecological Oncologist and she said that the reports show functional cysts (despite having them for 10 months) that will go away by themselve and no treatment is needed. That was last week.

    I saw another Gynecological Oncologist this morning for a second opinion and she said that they are Endometrioma. She has scheduled an Trans-vaginal ultrasound for Jamuary 21, and I will get those results from her on February 4, 2009.

    I am completely confused. I do not know which one to trust. Worse still – will these continue to grow? What if they are neither? My CA125 was 63. My father died of colon cancer and my paternal Aunt of Breast Cancer.

    My first report dated February 8, 2008 states:
    Endometrium double layer thickness is just over 7mm.
    The uterus is anteverted with overall diameters 37x40x76mms. There
    appears to be a fibroid subserosal posterior at the fundus 24x19x14mms.
    In the cervix, there is a little cyst 8mms.
    The right ovary is 34x28x22mmx. Here we find 2 follicles or a
    biloculted cyst with a thick septum, more likely that these represent 2
    adjacent follicles.
    The septation between the two are little hyper vascular.
    The left ovary is 30x30x28mms contains a follicle 13x8mms.
    The cul-de-sac is clear and the bladder appear normal.

    Report 2 dated Sept 22, 2008:
    The uterus measures 7.7×4.8×3.7cm. There is a fibroid at the fundus
    measuring 2.2cm. Endometrial lining is 0.4cm. In both
    adnexa there are abnormalities. On the left there is a complex
    primarily solid but inhomogeneous irregular mass measuring
    6.1×4.1×3.7cm. On the right there is one measuring 2.5×2.4×2.3cm.
    Sorry, should have mentioned that I am 37 years old, have never had kids, and got my period when I was 13. Symptoms: bloating pelvic tenderness, lower back and leg pain, headaches, constant need to urinate (sometimes a lot, sometimes a false call!) and extremely tired. Very heavy and painful menses.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Sorry to hear about all this trouble you’ve been having. I had ovarian cancer some years ago. Of course I can’t say what exactly is wrong with you, if two gyn oncs who examined you are both unsure what you have. So I can’t make any judgment one way or the other. But if I were you, I’d schedule an appointment with another gyn onc for a third opinion. You can bring your scans. It sounds like the second gyn onc isn’t too worried, or she’d have scheduled further testing immediately rather than in a month.

      Your symptoms could mean a variety of things–that’s one of the difficulties of ovarian cancer. Its symptoms are also the symptoms of many common and not terribly dangerous ovarian problems. Likewise your CA-125. This test, while used for detection of ovarian cancer, is actually testing something that rises in your body in the presence of any abdominal inflammation. So the things you currently have–a cyst, maybe uterine fibroids–could cause a rise in CA-125 all on their own, with no need for them to be cancerous.

      Good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    I had an ovarian cyst removed from my left ovary 4 years ago by laparotomy.?
    Just this month, they found another large and complex cyst – this time on my right ovary. When I saw the gynecologist she said I probably have endometriosis. I have had problems with cysts for the past 5 years, and endometriosis has never been mentioned until now. Can anyone relate or have any advice to share?
    Could they just be finding the endometriosis now, after 5 years of problems with ovarian cysts?

    • ANSWER:
      ovarian cysts and endometeriosis may co-exist ,

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Pain But wont give nothing for pain?
    I went in to the hospital a few weeks with horrible right abdominal pain,They did all the tests and found out i have a 2cm complex cyst on my right ovary Sent me home with pain meds and told me to get into see my OBGYN SO went there and told him my pain is really bad some days and i work i need something to get through the day plus i have three young kids who count on me to plan activities and such Well i went in and the doctor said i cant give you anything else and i don’t think its that much pain, pretty much saying there is no pain. Is anyone else on a pain med to control the pain? If so what kind and did you describe your pain that they understood? Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cyst pain is usually treated with over-the-counter pills. If it gets very severe, narcotic pain medications can be used. Your doctor, based on speaking with you (scale of 1 to 10 is the most common way pain is graded), decided that it’s severe enough to justify highly addictive pain medications.

      If the pain suddenly gets worse, you should worry about ovarian torsion. This is when the ovary twists on its vessels, cutting off the blood supply. This can be diagnosed with ultrasound and is a good reason to visit the ER.

      The complex cyst does need to be followed up with ultrasound to make sure it goes away. If it doesn’t, then the concern moves to tumor. So, make sure you get that followed up.

  39. QUESTION:
    Should I be worried about ovarian cancer?
    I went to the doctor for pain in my lower back and right side. I thought I had a kidney infection, but my UA is normal. I am tired all of the time. They found a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary. My mother and aunt have both had ovarian/uterine/cervical cancers. The doctor didn’t check my C 125 and is putting me on hormones for a couple of months. I am only 30 and I have two young children should I be concerned enough to get a second opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      I would get a second opinion.
      However, being as young as you are, it is highly unlikely that you have ovarian cancer.
      This is mostly an older woman’s cancer.

      My mother got this cancer at age 60 – her symptoms were enlarged abdomen and she could not eat very much without feeling full. Also, she had to urinate a lot.
      There is not a real effective test to tell if a woman has ovarian cancer – only exploratory surgery.
      There are a few tests they can do – ultrasound, C125.
      Get a second opinon and ask for an ultrasound and the C 125 test.
      Take Care.

  40. 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

  41. QUESTION:
    5.5cm complex cyst,this will be 4th surgery, is anyone familiar with this?
    My ultrasound results show a 5.5 complex cystic/solid right adnexal mass. The differential diagnoses includes endometrioma, complex hemorrhagic cyst, or cystic ovarian neoplasm. The last one mentioned could be cancerous. In addition to the 4 previous surgery’s, I’ve had at least 20 either rupture or resolve on there own. My symptoms include abdominal, back, and groin pain as well as the feeling of fingers between my ribs, headaches, severe constipation, fullness/bloating, and fatigue. And my emotions are all over the place. My OBGYN was sapose to see me today but when I got there he had to leave for a labor and can’t see me now until tuesday, The anxiety of not knowing what to expect is killing me. Anyone have any ideas????

    • ANSWER:
      I really don’t know anything to say that will comfort you.
      I have been through a lot medically and I can feel for you.
      Please try to imagine yourself in the safest, healthiest condition you can imagine. Read, pray, listen to music and try to NOT think about how long it is until Tuesday.
      I’m so sorry for your problem, and I will say a prayer for you.
      Good Luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    can ovarian cyst cause you not to get pregnet?
    i been having cyst since 2005, this month i found out i have 1 again but on my right side, its a complex cyst measuring about 3×3.6×4.7cm with debris and also septation, i had missed my period for about a month and last night i had sex and i started bleeding, so i got my period and its very dark with some clear stuff with it. has anyone out there had this before and can tell me a lil about this cause this tI’me im a lil scared,

    • ANSWER:
      i know im a guy but my good friend at work was missing her periods and having irregular ones for months with consant bleeding. it turned out an embryo was developing in her ovary. You should go to your ob/gyn.

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    Painful Ovarian Cyst?
    About 6 weeks ago I ended up in the emergency room due to sever abdominal pain. After many hours and exams they found a large complex mass in my right ovary 6cm large. I coulden’t even walk or stand up straight. The ER doctor discharged me and told me to see my gyn. I was put on birth control (loestrin 24). During my monthly I am bleeding large dark clots. I also have sharp sudden pains on my right side where the cyst is located. In May 2006 I had an ectopic pregnancy and i had a cyst removed during the surgery and it was located on the right side. Could this be polycystic ovarian syndrome. Why are my doctors no taking action. Should I get a second opinion?
    I am not overweight i weight about 122 and i am almost 5’4 I am 21 yo and i did gain a significant amount of weight but managed to loose it i went from 115 to 136 in about 3 or 4 mos not sure if it is tied to the cyst or over eating. They are monotoring the growth of the cyst but my mothers gyn advised her that the BC would only prevent the cyst from growing further i guess since it prevents me from ovulating but it will continue to grow as soon as i am off, which is another concern.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor will be able to tell you if it is Polysystic Ovarian Syndrome, but generally speaking someone who suffers from this has cysts rapped around their ovaries. In fact the POS looks almost like a strand of pearls rapped around the ovaries. Other symptoms of POS includes being overweight, acne, excess testosterone, and excess hair. In addition most women who have POS struggle getting pregnant. Based off what you said I would think you had POS, but only your doctor will be able to tell you.

      Your doctor will will monitor the size of your cyst over a couple of months and if it does not get smaller then the way it will be removed is through laparoscopic surgery. This is an outpatient surgery and they will be able to take a look at your insides and make a correct diagnosis in addition to testing your cyst to make sure it is not cancerous. Speaking from a similar experience it is not that painful and it does help.

      Regardless of your situation you should stick to your doctors orders. Keep with the birth control and it will help. In addition, if you still feel concerned go and get a second opinion.

      There is a really good book titled “A Gynecologist Second Opinion which really helped me thru a lot of problems.

  45. QUESTION:
    when they remove an ovarian cyst to they find out what it is composed of?
    I have a big complex one on left ovary and right one growing bigger. if it was infectious how would they now. Do they sample what it is when they remove it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, what they will do is remove the cyst and send it to a pathologist who will disect it and analyze the tissue to make sure it’s not cancerous or full of abnormal cells.

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. QUESTION:
    Ultrasound report, complex ovarian mass?
    My left ovary now has “Complex mass at the left ovary including a prominent cystic component. Differential considerations for the left ovarian findings include hemorrhagic cyst as well as benign or malignant cystic ovarian neoplasm.”

    Thats directly off the ultrasound report. It measures 4.6cm in greatest dimension, overall dimensions of 5.9×4.1×4.3 cm.

    I have another ultrasound in a 2 weeks. Depending on what that one shows, we’ll go from there I guess. That left ovary likes to act up, even with being on birth control. My oncologist in Arizona (I live in Wyoming now) put in my records that I should have a diagnostic scope done if the cysts persist. My doctor here wants to see if getting the IR under control a little will help it.

    So basically… that ultrasound sounds vague to me. It’s not a functional cyst. It’s complex, possibly bleeding, possibly something a bit nastier.

    Any other input/stories/experiences/interpretation… of the medical terminology greatly appreciated.

    It should be noted that prior to the surgery for having my right ovary removed, the radiologist described the tumor on it as a complex hemorrhagic mass as well. So, as you can see, this has me pretty worried. My right ovary was removed due to a borderline malignant tumor in 2008.

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, I sympathise with you during this scarey time. I’ve just been diagnosed with similar on my right ovary and the doctor called it “chocolate cyst” where it is filled with dead blood and cells and they can keep growing (or if you are lucky they can also go down), or you can get ovarian torsion and cut off the blood supply or haemorrage and bleed uncontrollably. Greatest dimension 6.4cm. Doctor says don’t take any risks just have it out, but I really don’t want to :( I’ve been on depo provera for 10 years (no periods) and dr said it has probably suppressed it from being a bigger problem than it is.

      Are you in much pain? At times there is no pain, but at times it is unbearable and I’m just like “take it out now!” even though I am horrified of hospitals and drs due to past experience…

      The surgery to have your right ovary removed, how did that go? Did you get any pain after the operation or after healing? Did you heal quickly? I’m just a big worry wart.. I tell myself every day its nothing, could be worse, but can’t stop worrying…

      Best of luck and even though u probably have alot more experience email me if you need a friend! :-)

  49. 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.

  50. 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


Complex Ovarian Cyst Postmenopausal

It is not a common thing for women to have complex ovarian cyst. However, when this happens, the symptoms and the complications that may appear are very serious. Unlike the usual sacs filled with fluid that are found in the ovaries or on their lining, a Ovarian Cyst Miracle is characterized by simultaneous presence of both solid and liquid components. These abnormal cysts are divided into three categories.

First of all, there are the epithelial cysts that are produced by the cells that are contained by the human eggs. These cells are capable of forming any tissue in the human body, so dermoid cysts frequently include tissues like teeth, skin or hair. This particular type of cysts does not frequently develop into a cancer. The dimensions of dermoid cysts tend to increase and the sensation of pain that is provoked by them is very acute.

Endometrioma represents the name of the second type of complex ovarian cyst. These appear as the outcome of a process named endometriosis. During this process, the uterine cells start developing in the exterior of the uterus. As uterine tissue may lead to a growth on the surface of the ovaries, there is a chance to form a complex ovarian cyst.

The last category gets formed from ovarian tissue. These cysts are called cystadenomas and are known for frequently containing a fluid or mucous. The dimensions of these ovarian cysts may exceed 12 inches in diameter. As a result, they cause extreme sensations of pain in the abdominal area.

The only chance to get rid of such a Ovarian Cyst Miracle is to undergo a surgical intervention called laparotomy. This procedure involves a large incision in the abdomen through which the complex ovarian cyst is removed. Pain may be felt in the area for 7 to 10 days after the operation.


Complex Ovarian Cyst Images

Suppressing ovulation with medications is generally speaking going to result in endometriomas which will also resolve the pain. The polycystic ovary disease, again, is something that is associated with a lot of symptoms, the ovary cysts themselves do not cause a problem, but it’s all the symptoms with it, the hirsutism, the real problem with diabetes, it’s just now becoming a little bit more watched, the obesity, the hirsutism.

Probably for the polycystic ovary disease, the number one thing you’re going to try to do is to try to get the patient to lose weight. If the obese patient loses weight, most of the time the symptoms of polycystic ovary disease resolve.

The hirsutism of course, and once the hair follicle changes and you’ve got certain types of hair that develop through alflife. Once the male hormone, which I failed to mention, ovaries also produce various types of male hormones like testosterone and once the -

Most women don’t know that, that there’s all types of precursors to as well as the male of course produces certain types of estrogen as well. Estrogen, oh yes, in fact we see it in there’s an interest in certain types of, the liver tears down estrogen products and then, in patients, in male patients who have bad livers for instance, severe alcoholics, they can’t break that estrogen down that’s naturally formed, and they get certain symptoms from estrogen. They can get larger breasts. They can get certain lesions on the face from enlarged blood vessels from high estrogen.

Just like women who have the testosterone DEHA [sic], dehydroepiandrosterone, all of the testosterone precursors, many of these are produced in the ovary.
And these for a lot of complex reasons, the polycystic ovary patient is more sensitive to this testosterone, and once she starts to have the hirsutism develop, the birth control pill will not generally decrease the hirsutism. It can stop the hair from growing, but once the follicles change, then she’s going to have to seek out electrolysis or the more expensive, but more effective, treatment of laser.

She may use creams, but the polycystic ovary disease itself is often palliated or reversed by the weight loss, which is important because then that in itself can decrease or eliminate the diabetes tendency which is a complication of the polycystic ovary disease.

New York OB/GYN Christopher Freville mentions something about cysts in general that I should’ve mentioned earlier when I mentioned the ganglion cyst. Cysts don’t spread or cause other cysts and I’ve had patients come to me and say, “Doctor, I once had an ovary cyst and now I’ve got a cyst in my vagina. Please tell me, did it spread?”

Cysts are female genital tract can develop various cystic lesions, and again many of these are remnants from the development embryo process. These can be vaginal wall cysts. A lot of these show up in the women when they’re in their 30s and 40s.

A Bartholin’s gland cyst is a rather large gland that starts growing and the cyst, but benign but it’s at the opening of the vagina. You’ve got all kinds of occlusion cysts.

These cysts have nothing to do with ovary cysts, nor do breast cysts. Breast cysts, that’s another common question that we doctors get. “Doctor I’ve got a breast cyst. Is it because of my ovaries?” The answer is no. And of course you’ve got the cysts, skin cysts, ganglion cysts, all of these cysts are unrelated to anything in the ovary. They certainly haven’t spread and it’s not a tumor, and I think that’s where a lot of the confusion comes in until somebody’s properly educated -

Then they go draw all kinds of bad conclusions, they avoid the doctor. Unfortunately they make things worse both in anxiety and treatment. When we find something on exam, let’s talk about, we’re finding something cystic. There are other things it can be. It doesn’t have to be an ovary. Some of these are benign and can be, some of these are diseased states.

There can be tube ovary abscesses caused from an old tube infection. Usually these are painful conditions but these are cystic and can show up as cystic on sonar and on exam. You can also have a condition where the tube, itself, fills up with liquid and seals, called a hydrosaplinx. And these can feel like a giant cystic mass, a giant sausage like soft balloon, but these are benign. But sometimes we don’t have a way of knowing until we actually get in at the time of surgery. Or, we actually can image it on ultrasound. And most of the time you’re going to go in and relieve that hydrosalpinx.


Complex Ovarian Cyst Cancer Treatment

Treatment of a complex ovarian cyst depends on the type and nature of the cyst. If benign, there is little or no treatment that is required at all.

On the other hand, if the condition is serious, conventional treatment must be followed.

Included in conventional treatment are birth control pills, and pain relievers. Birth control pills stop FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone) which inhibits ovulation thus, repressing ovarian cyst. This drug also reduces the hormones that promote growth and prevent formation of large cysts; the size of the follicles and size of existing cysts are reduced. It is a fact that birth control pills hinder ovulation but as soon as the woman stops taking the pills, she returns to square one. Prolong use of this pill may pose another health problem. Meanwhile, pain relievers are prescribed to diminish or minimize the pain caused by the cysts.

If the cyst is cancerous there are other complications, surgery will be the only option. In most cases the cyst is removed but in other cases, ovaries are removed to eradicate the cysts. However, there are risks involved. Surgeries are expensive, leave scars, and leave the body open for infection. Sad to say, this does not prevent the formation of new cysts.

A single treatment plan is not possible when dealing with large complex ovarian cysts. Other form of cyst requires immediate surgical removal of such. There are some forms that need to be controlled by drugs. However, some medications do not eliminate complex ovarian cysts, leaving women affected by this condition, emotionally and physically concerned. More complicated varieties of ovarian cysts treatments do not usually help in dealing with this condition as it only targets the symptoms and not the cause of the disease.

More often, gynecologists will decide on surgical removal of the cysts as the ultimate solution for complex ovarian cysts. There is no doubt that this management is the fastest way of dealing with this condition. However, there are side effects and this does not prevent the re-occurrence of cysts.

Body functions can be changed through natural remedies such as increasing fiber and water intake, intake of Vitamins or herbs, and following certain diets.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Mass – Endometrioma or Functional Cyst?
    Hi,

    I was hoping that someone could provide me with some advice. Below are my reports, this has been going on for more than 10 months. I saw one Gynecological Oncologist and she said that the reports show functional cysts (despite having them for 10 months) that will go away by themselve and no treatment is needed. That was last week.

    I saw another Gynecological Oncologist this morning for a second opinion and she said that they are Endometrioma. She has scheduled an Trans-vaginal ultrasound for Jamuary 21, and I will get those results from her on February 4, 2009.

    I am completely confused. I do not know which one to trust. Worse still – will these continue to grow? What if they are neither? My CA125 was 63. My father died of colon cancer and my paternal Aunt of Breast Cancer.

    My first report dated February 8, 2008 states:
    Endometrium double layer thickness is just over 7mm.
    The uterus is anteverted with overall diameters 37x40x76mms. There
    appears to be a fibroid subserosal posterior at the fundus 24x19x14mms.
    In the cervix, there is a little cyst 8mms.
    The right ovary is 34x28x22mmx. Here we find 2 follicles or a
    biloculted cyst with a thick septum, more likely that these represent 2
    adjacent follicles.
    The septation between the two are little hyper vascular.
    The left ovary is 30x30x28mms contains a follicle 13x8mms.
    The cul-de-sac is clear and the bladder appear normal.

    Report 2 dated Sept 22, 2008:
    The uterus measures 7.7×4.8×3.7cm. There is a fibroid at the fundus
    measuring 2.2cm. Endometrial lining is 0.4cm. In both
    adnexa there are abnormalities. On the left there is a complex
    primarily solid but inhomogeneous irregular mass measuring
    6.1×4.1×3.7cm. On the right there is one measuring 2.5×2.4×2.3cm.
    Sorry, should have mentioned that I am 37 years old, have never had kids, and got my period when I was 13. Symptoms: bloating pelvic tenderness, lower back and leg pain, headaches, constant need to urinate (sometimes a lot, sometimes a false call!) and extremely tired. Very heavy and painful menses.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Sorry to hear about all this trouble you’ve been having. I had ovarian cancer some years ago. Of course I can’t say what exactly is wrong with you, if two gyn oncs who examined you are both unsure what you have. So I can’t make any judgment one way or the other. But if I were you, I’d schedule an appointment with another gyn onc for a third opinion. You can bring your scans. It sounds like the second gyn onc isn’t too worried, or she’d have scheduled further testing immediately rather than in a month.

      Your symptoms could mean a variety of things–that’s one of the difficulties of ovarian cancer. Its symptoms are also the symptoms of many common and not terribly dangerous ovarian problems. Likewise your CA-125. This test, while used for detection of ovarian cancer, is actually testing something that rises in your body in the presence of any abdominal inflammation. So the things you currently have–a cyst, maybe uterine fibroids–could cause a rise in CA-125 all on their own, with no need for them to be cancerous.

      Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    Hysterectomy, ovarian cancer and untrustworthy obgyn. How to find a conservative doc?
    I went to the doctor for irregular period and was sent for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed complex cysts in both ovaries. There are no secondary signs of cancer such as ascites, lymph involvement, metastaes, but my doctor began saying “We assume it is cancer – you need to prepare for surgery and chemo.”

    Off to the gynacologist she recommended and this guy says – it is a 15% chance it is ovarian cancer, and if it is we will perform a total hysterectomy. If it is NOT cancer…. we will perform a total hysterectomy. Now I found this disconcerting. I asked – why would you take both ovaries? His answer – because they might become cancerous. So why take the uterus? “Because that is what we do – we call it a total clean out.”

    In the mean time, I consulted with the HERS Foundation and they went over my radiological reports and said that there were no signs that would indicate cancer. In fact, they said that the radiological reports were insufficient and needed to be redone – essential information is missing and some information just makes no sense (suspected findings – do you see them or not? That is the only question you are being asked radiology man!) They suggested I seek out an obgyn who would perform a cystectomy.

    So here is my conundrum – two radically divergent opinions. I do not feel comfortable with a plan to remove a healthy organ (my uterus, which I have grown attached to!!) because that is “what they do.” In general, I feel as though this guy just wants to perform a hysterectomy regardless and I know it is not necessary if there is no cancer. On the other hand, I don’t want to delay and start the process over for fear that if it is cancer it might progress leading to the loss of my reproductive organs and all other signs of life.

    Has anyone sought a more conservative physician for the treatment of cysts or fibroids? Is there any good way to expedite the process on the chance that the clock is ticking? I am in central Ohio if anyone knows of a good surgeon who isn’t slice-happy.

    Thanks for your time!
    To clarify, I have had two radiologists look at my film, both of whom said that they saw nothing in the CT or sonogram to suggest cancer – none of the expected characteristics are there and some things that are there counter-indicate cancer. I understand that were the biopsy to come back, everything would have to come out, however if it is negative, there is no reason to remove healthy organs because “that’s what we do.” The gynecologist I was sent to is a one trick pony who removes all of the reproductive organs for cysts, fibroids etc.

    My question is how to expedite finding a gynecological surgeon who will NOT mutilate me if it is not cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      I HIGHLY recommend you check out www.hystersisters.com. They helped me EXTREMELY with my questions and advice on hysterectomies. It’s a support group and it’s FREE.

      I wish I’d found the site before I had mine. A lot of my questions and concerns would have been answered with just looking at the responses on this website. But I stumbled on the site a few days after my hysterectomy and learned of various things I should do before the surgery, things I’m entitled to at the hospital (which the hospital doesn’t tell you), questions to ask the doctor, etc. It’s an awesome site for women.

      I hope it helps you, it has helped me and my family and friends.

  3. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Mass – Endometrioma or Functional Cyst?
    (Re-posted question. I posted last night but only had one response (Thanks for taking the time), but am posting again in the hopes of more responses)
    Hi,

    I was hoping that someone could provide me with some advice. Below are my reports, this has been going on for more than 10 months. I saw one Gynecological Oncologist and she said that the reports show functional cysts (despite having them for 10 months) that will go away by themselve and no treatment is needed. That was last week.

    I saw another Gynecological Oncologist this morning for a second opinion and she said that they are Endometrioma. She has scheduled an Trans-vaginal ultrasound for Jamuary 21, and I will get those results from her on February 4, 2009.

    I am completely confused. I do not know which one to trust. Worse still – will these continue to grow? What if they are neither? My CA125 was 63. My father died of colon cancer and my paternal Aunt of Breast Cancer.

    My first report dated February 8, 2008 states:
    Endometrium double layer thickness is just over 7mm.
    The uterus is anteverted with overall diameters 37x40x76mms. There
    appears to be a fibroid subserosal posterior at the fundus 24x19x14mms.
    In the cervix, there is a little cyst 8mms.
    The right ovary is 34x28x22mmx. Here we find 2 follicles or a
    biloculted cyst with a thick septum, more likely that these represent 2
    adjacent follicles.
    The septation between the two are little hyper vascular.
    The left ovary is 30x30x28mms contains a follicle 13x8mms.
    The cul-de-sac is clear and the bladder appear normal.

    Report 2 dated Sept 22, 2008:
    The uterus measures 7.7×4.8×3.7cm. There is a fibroid at the fundus
    measuring 2.2cm. Endometrial lining is 0.4cm. In both
    adnexa there are abnormalities. On the left there is a complex
    primarily solid but inhomogeneous irregular mass measuring
    6.1×4.1×3.7cm. On the right there is one measuring 2.5×2.4×2.3cm.

    * 17 hours ago
    * – 1 week left to answer.

    Additional Details

    16 hours ago
    Sorry, should have mentioned that I am 37 years old, have never had kids, and got my period when I was 13. Symptoms: bloating pelvic tenderness, lower back and leg pain, headaches, constant need to urinate (sometimes a lot, sometimes a false call!) and extremely tired. Very heavy and painful menses.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=19373

      This is a good summary on functional cysts as you see the raised CA125 can be a sign

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/255865-overview

      This covers all kinds of cysts – and you can see quite a few of your symptoms are in their list.

      I think if either of them thought they were sinister findings you would be getting treated much, much quicker, so I don’t think you need to worry.

      Oh, BTW, your fibroid is a reasonable sie and could definately be leading to heavy menses and you could also be anaemic


Complex Ovarian Cyst Cancer Symptoms

Although cysts are usual among women that are in the childbearing age, menopausal women should not be having cysts. Cysts are usually the result of cyclical reproductive functions. If this condition occurs, it should be checked by a gynecologist to do series of examinations to diagnose it properly and to assure that this is not a cancerous cyst.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to abdominal pain, alteration in bladder operation, constipation, bloating and back pain. If these symptoms are present, check with a health professional. Sores before menopause can clear up within a few months during ovulation cycle. During the reproductive cycle, the ovary will return to normal as the fluids will drain off. If the condition has not cleared up, surgery is the best option.

Hormones can be given to encourage dissolving during the cyclical function, thus eliminating the option of surgery. However, if hormones will not work, surgery is the last option?

A sonogram is used to view the size and shape of the cyst on ovary after menopause. A blood test can be done to determine the presence of cancerous cells and determining what approach to take in the treatment of this condition.

Even though ovarian cysts are common during child bearing years, a cyst found after that may pose a greater risk to cancer.Women ages 50-70 are more at risk of developing cancer than young women. Usually, ovarian cysts that are found during child bearing years can be benign.

It is important for menopausal women to be aware of the symptoms concerning ovarian cysts. If cancer is detected earlier, there is a greater chance of surviving the disease. That is why it is significant to contact your gynecologist as soon as possible. Some doctors choose surgery after menopause to reduce ovarian cancer risks in menopausal women. A small incision in the abdomen is done to remove the cyst easily, this is called laparoscopy.

Removal of ovaries during menopause poses no longer a risk since there are no parts left in the ovary. Older women must always be aware of the symptoms of this condition and consult their gynecologist at once, to have a greater chance of survival.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst should I request CA 125 test?
    I was recently diagnosed with a 4 cm complex ovarian cyst in one ovary and several smaller cysts in the other ovary. I have several of the cyst/possible ovarian cancer symptoms, such as abdominal pain, back pain, bloating, weight gain, fatigue and just not feeling right. So I went to my gyno and I have a COMPLEX ovarian cyst. She immediately scheduled me for a ultrasound that I go to tomorrow. I am wondering if I should request the CA 125 blood test also. I am only 31, so not in the high risk age group. From what I have read the CA 125 can be unreliable for my age. However I do have other risk factors, colon and breast cancer run on both sides of my family. I am not sure what the progression is of medical procedures,, once they do the ultrasound, then what? Is that when they “know” or do they have to do other procedures before they can tell me without a doubt its benign? When would a CA 125 test normally be taken? Any helpful advice would be great, I know these things are usually benign but from what I have read the complex ones are the ” bad” cysts and I want to be an advocate for my own health, I don’t want to fall through the cracks. Thanks,

    • ANSWER:

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    Should I get a second opinion about this complex cyst?
    A month ago, I went to the meergency room with severe abdominal pain (thought it was appendicitis). I was given a barium enema (OUCH!). When it came back it said I didn’t have that, but I had a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary measuring 3.5cm. Last week, I went to my doctor who said they would do a sonogram in a month to see if it has grown. I got a copy of the films, and it shows what I think seems like alot of free fluid (ascites?) is there supposed to be any?) I have used this information and done some research on ovarian cysts and the symptoms, but it always seems to go back to ovarian cancer. I am 32 yo. I have no risk factors for ovarian cancer, but I am scared to death. As I sit here now, I just want to cry. Should I get a second opinion on waiting a month, or should I just wait the month and see what happens? I have read so much about OC being misdiagnosed or overlooked until it was too late. I really am at a loss, and would feel better if I could just get some opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no relationship between an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer.
      Almost all women have an ovarian cyst at one time or another. Usually, we just don’t know about it, because they usually resolve on their own.

      3.5 cm really isn’t very big. Nobody would want to operate on that, unless it persisted, and did not resolve.
      Free fluid around the cyst could indicate that it ruptured. That’s not a bad thing — it’s the normal process. Once it ruptures it goes away.

      Usually ovarian cysts are managed expectantly, which means “wait and see.” If it grows, then it may need surgery. If it goes away, then great.
      Sometimes oral contraceptive pills are given. This hormonal cycling can help a cyst to resolve.

      Finally, let me reassure you that a cyst looks different from cancer on an ultrasound. A cyst is fluid-filled, and looks black. Cancer is a solid mass which is grey and not well-defined.
      Talk to your doctor (NOT the emergency room people) about how to manage this. You really do not want unnecessary surgery.

  4. QUESTION:
    when does a complex ovarian cyst become a danger to just leave alone.?
    I have had a complex ovarian cyst on the right side, for over 2 years that is diffidently painful at times, including pain in the groin. It seems to be growing and then shrinking but never the less it doesn’t go away. It has gone from 8×5 cm to 2×2 or there abouts, but is still carrying solid mass within. I already went in for an oopherectomy but when he went in, it was the left ovary that seemed to be more at risk and he took that out instead, leaving the right one in and that was the problem in the first place. After the oopherectomy, the right side cyst started giving me problems again, yet i am still not willing to go back in for another oopherectomy to now take out the right one. The other day the oncologist suggested Lupron, though i said yes, i now have done enough research to realize that i may not be the best candidate being that every symptom these people speak of having on posts are already symptoms i deal with. So i don’t want to do that now either. Even though i have a lot of pain and it actually is going down into my groin on the right side, i just want to let it be. Am i taking a risk? The doctor doesn’t think its cancer, he said i am too young (41) but they have said that before based off statistics and i did have it, luckily it hadn’t spread AT ALL. What could be the outcome of just leaving a complex ovarian cyst alone when the doctor says he is pretty sure it is not cancer? And how do they know its not cancer? Also, do benign ovarian cysts ever have the possibility of becoming malignant with time or no?

    • ANSWER:
      Functional ovarian cysts are the most common type of ovarian cyst. They usually disappear by themselves and seldom require treatment. Growths that become abnormally large or last longer than a few months should be removed or examined to determine if they are a sign of a more serious condition.

  5. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst/cancer?.. age 19..pregnant..opinions?
    One year ago (February 07), I started to develop the following symptoms:
    -Abdominal pain
    -Shooting pains in pelvis/legs
    -Bloated
    -Weight Loss (about 5-10 pounds)
    -fatigue
    -changes in bowel movements (urgency)
    -back pain
    -cold sensations in feet
    -burning while urinating (no infection)

    -pain after intercourse when I started being sexually active in May

    Anyway, my doc did an ultrasound in April/07 and found a cyst on both ovaries, the one on my left being complex, although quite small.. 3 cm in diameter I believe. My gyn thought it nothing to worry since I am “only 19″ and brought up endometriosis. Put me on orthotrycyclen-lo and let me go. I was planning on having an ultrasound in Nov/Dec but unexpectedly got pregnant after going off ortho because of depression. Now.. I’m confused. What do I say to my doctor? She still thinks it was nothing to worry about and now I’m preg? Can people even get preg if they have ovarian cancer? Thank you for any advice/experience.
    I still had the abdominal pain, pain after intercourse, burning while urination, and fatigue, and change in bowel movements during the pill. I no longer had the shooting pains, back pain, or cold sensations in the feet on the pill..I don’t know what this all means.

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts are not the same as cancer. They are very very common and usually (especially for a 19 year old) are not treated, just watched. They don’t usually affect whether or not you can get pregnant (and obviously this one didn’t). You should just follow your doctors advice, or if you are still unsure, get a second opinion.

  6. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Mass – Endometrioma or Functional Cyst?
    (Re-posted question. I posted last night but only had one response (Thanks for taking the time), but am posting again in the hopes of more responses)
    Hi,

    I was hoping that someone could provide me with some advice. Below are my reports, this has been going on for more than 10 months. I saw one Gynecological Oncologist and she said that the reports show functional cysts (despite having them for 10 months) that will go away by themselve and no treatment is needed. That was last week.

    I saw another Gynecological Oncologist this morning for a second opinion and she said that they are Endometrioma. She has scheduled an Trans-vaginal ultrasound for Jamuary 21, and I will get those results from her on February 4, 2009.

    I am completely confused. I do not know which one to trust. Worse still – will these continue to grow? What if they are neither? My CA125 was 63. My father died of colon cancer and my paternal Aunt of Breast Cancer.

    My first report dated February 8, 2008 states:
    Endometrium double layer thickness is just over 7mm.
    The uterus is anteverted with overall diameters 37x40x76mms. There
    appears to be a fibroid subserosal posterior at the fundus 24x19x14mms.
    In the cervix, there is a little cyst 8mms.
    The right ovary is 34x28x22mmx. Here we find 2 follicles or a
    biloculted cyst with a thick septum, more likely that these represent 2
    adjacent follicles.
    The septation between the two are little hyper vascular.
    The left ovary is 30x30x28mms contains a follicle 13x8mms.
    The cul-de-sac is clear and the bladder appear normal.

    Report 2 dated Sept 22, 2008:
    The uterus measures 7.7×4.8×3.7cm. There is a fibroid at the fundus
    measuring 2.2cm. Endometrial lining is 0.4cm. In both
    adnexa there are abnormalities. On the left there is a complex
    primarily solid but inhomogeneous irregular mass measuring
    6.1×4.1×3.7cm. On the right there is one measuring 2.5×2.4×2.3cm.

    * 17 hours ago
    * – 1 week left to answer.

    Additional Details

    16 hours ago
    Sorry, should have mentioned that I am 37 years old, have never had kids, and got my period when I was 13. Symptoms: bloating pelvic tenderness, lower back and leg pain, headaches, constant need to urinate (sometimes a lot, sometimes a false call!) and extremely tired. Very heavy and painful menses.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=19373

      This is a good summary on functional cysts as you see the raised CA125 can be a sign

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/255865-overview

      This covers all kinds of cysts – and you can see quite a few of your symptoms are in their list.

      I think if either of them thought they were sinister findings you would be getting treated much, much quicker, so I don’t think you need to worry.

      Oh, BTW, your fibroid is a reasonable sie and could definately be leading to heavy menses and you could also be anaemic

  7. QUESTION:
    I have sbeen suffering from pelvic pains, bloating, constipation and lower back pains for years?
    I was idagnosed with Endometriosis in November of 2007, my pains got worse and now I had a transvaginal ultrasound and they found a Bilateral ovarian complex cyst and the doctor said that it is malignant. He sent me to do blood work which includes the CA125, Tumor marker, and others. It could lead to me having ovarian cancer. how many have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had this symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      A close relative had been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome but the abdominal pain,bloating,diarrhoea, constipation and back pain got worse.Tests eg barium enema and ultrasound (transvaginal) did not reveal anything.Eventually it was found to be ovarian cancer.


Complex Ovarian Cyst After Menopause

Being diagnosed with an ovarian cyst is something you really want to hear from your doctor. In fact, any woman can develop an ovarian cyst at any age but many are wondering whether it is possible to get ovarian cyst after the menopause.

Yes, although very hard to believe at first, you can develop a cyst even a few years after your menopause. Ovarian cysts are usually linked to menstruation and after you have reached the menopause they can still develop. This means that the lumps were already there most probably a few years back and they are turning into proper cysts now. Therefore if you feel that you may have one, it is essential that you consult your doctor for further assessment.

However, rest assured. Developing a cyst after the menopause does not mean that it is cancerous. In fact, most cysts are benign. This said, never ignore the signs that your body gives out and pay a visit to your surgery to make sure you get a proper diagnosis.

As you are probably already aware, common or functional cysts usually disappear on their own but it may possible that the cysts that developed on your ovary after your menopause was already there and may not contain any fluid. Indeed, a cyst that develops at a later age is known as a complex ovarian cyst and may be the result of the complications from a functional cyst.

Surgery and hormonal therapy may be the treatments proposed to you. Whilst these treatments are effective and get rid of most cysts straight away, the long term results are not good.

More and more women are now turning to different cures in order to free themselves from this painful condition. The most popular treatment remains the natural approach that targets the root causes of the cysts to make sure that they do not come back.

A step by step method and plan can help you achieve maximum benefits and ensure that existing cysts will shrink within weeks and not come back at a later stage in your life.

If ovarian cysts are making your life miserable and you want to get rid of them then you must take action TODAY. Natural remedies will shrink and get rid of your cysts for good. Alternatively, you can also visit http://naturaltreatmentforovariancysts-yoan.blogspot.com


Complex Ovarian Cyst

Have you just been diagnosed with a complex ovarian cyst? If you have, chances are you are considering just what treatment options are available to you. And what you can do to get better, as quickly as you can.

Understand that a complex ovarian cyst is a rare type of cyst that requires medical supervision and a holistic approach. This treatment plan is going to give you the best results to get you back to being well again and to eliminate any pain, discomfort or stress and anxiety that you might be going through.

A complex ovarian cyst can be very painful and actually, potentially dangerous. A very hands on approach and aggressive steps should be take to treat them. And in the process, try to learn as much about ovarian cysts so you can make the changes you need to make in your lifestyle to eliminate the chance of one ever occurring again.

When you are deciding on a treatment plan for a complex ovarian cyst it is essential to consider both traditional medical options and proven natural cures. The treatment options presented by your physician will depend on the type and severity of the ovarian cyst.

A functional cyst frequently clears up on its own in a matter of weeks, by making small changes in your diet and by detoxifying your body. But your physician will usually take the watch and wait, approach. That is, to simply wait and see if your cyst grows in size.

A complex ovarian cyst on the other hand may require surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is used whenever possible to remove an ovarian cyst. It is a minimally invasive surgery that is performed using a telescope that is placed through the navel while tiny surgical instruments are positioned in the abdominal cavity near the pubic bone. It is almost always done on an outpatient basis and recovery in most cases is very fast.

If a physician is concerned the complex ovarian cyst may be cancerous they may recommend more extensive surgery. There are serious risks to these surgeries. Removing the ovaries and hysterectomies are invasive surgeries that require substantial healing time. They are not being performed nearly as often now as they were in the past, so if your doctor is recommending such a surgery, be sure you understand why they feel it is necessary. It may be wise to seek a second opinion before moving forward.

A complimentary or safe alternative option to surgical removal of a complex ovarian cyst is to incorporate proven natural methods of healing into the equation. The most common cause of a functional ovarian cyst is a hormonal imbalance which is likely caused by a weakened immune system, obesity, stress, poor eating habits and perhaps, even a genetic predisposition. The cause of a complex ovarian cyst is a little more obscure but supporting your body’s natural healing properties is extremely beneficial.

Traditional medicine treats ovarian cysts of all types by treating the symptoms rather than the cause. A holistic approach will treat the underlying cause as well. A healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins will help strengthen your body’s defenses. Adding a multiple vitamin, minerals and herbs will build your body’s immune system and help it keep your hormone levels in balance. Eliminating stress, caffeine, sugar and processed foods will help as well.

Even if you and your doctor decide it is necessary to perform a biopsy or surgical removal of the complex ovarian cyst, natural remedies that you incorporate into your treatment plan will help speed the healing process. Laparoscopic surgery may eliminate the immediate problem but it will not prevent your body from developing ovarian cysts in the future. But by making small changes to your lifestyle, through natural practices will.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the diffence between a complex ovarian cyst and functional ovarian cyst?
    My doctor just told me I had a 4cm complex ovarian cyst. She said I will most likely have to have it removed pending another internal ulrasound.

    • ANSWER:
      a functional cyst has only fluid in it, they come and go with your menstrual cycle and are completely normal. complex cysts have solid and fluid components in it and can be many different things. occasionaly, they will go away on their own also because they may be a normal cyst that just had some bleeding into it – has some clots inside so it looks complex – that is why the second ultrasound to see if it goes away on its own before going to surgery. if it does not go away, yes it should be removed

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the risk of leaving a complex ovarian cyst alone?
    I am wondering what the risk of just leaving a complex cyst alone is? I am tired of dealing with this situation and if i can deal with the pain and if the chances are slim of it being cancer then what is the point? I know most would chose to do something about it, but i am just wondering if a complex cyst can turn to cancer after a period of waiting if it wasn’t cancerous in the first place? And what is the point if the odds are against it being cancerous anyhow?

    • ANSWER:
      It is unlikely that an ovarian cyst will be cancerous, but a complex ovarian cyst is likely to keep increasing in size, causing pain & discomfort, and it may rupture if it is not treated. A large ruptured cyst can be life threatening, so you really do need some form of treatment. It sounds as if you have had this condition for a while – many women do, because with conventional treatment the cyst often comes back again. To get a permanent solution you need to tackle the underlying causes, not just the symptoms – the natural holistic approach does this and many women have had great results with it.

      The site below has more details if you are interested. Hope you feel better soon, and good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    How serious is a complex ovarian cyst?
    I just found out today that I have a complex left ovarian cyst. I would like someone who has had this before to maybe tell me about it and about their experience with it. I have an apt on the 29th and they said I might need surgery but they aren’t sure yet. I am nervous! Any info would help =)

    • ANSWER:
      My wife just had same thing on her right. Found out to be size of grapefruit. Surgery was scheduled using Laperscopic. Removed with one incicison, the cyst which was inside the ovary, then the ovary and right tube. Doctor inserted tube into belly button area, less scar tissue. The incision about the size of a pencil. My wife had the surgery about a month ago, and took here a while to heal since she allergic to aspirin which some people can take to reduce the swelling from surgery. Before surgery she was on Vicatin 5mg/500mg and after surgery for only a week Oxycodone 10mg/500mg, then back to the hydrocodone. She fine now and we enjoyed fantastic sex just last night, first time since surgery. And she has no pain or regrets.

      You may also want to google laperscopic surgery and actually see what going to do in the surgery. Secondly, my wife did not have the option of using medicine to reduce and possibly eliminate the cyst by medication because of its size. She had surgery on a Monday at 11am and was in ICU for about another hour, surgery over in one hour. Went to her room and spent one night, home the next day.

  4. QUESTION:
    if a complex ovarian cyst ruptures will it destroy your reproductive system?
    and does a complex cyst more than likely indicate cancer?

    please answer both questions!!!
    I was diagnosed with a complex ovarian cyst prior to my laparoscopy,and the surgeon just left it there
    why would he do that??

    ok,so,please answer all 3 parts!!
    but they didnt give me any medicine!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi.
      The surgeon probably left it there because of the size of the cyst, and possibly the type of cyst.

      I had a large cyst that was to be removed laparscopically, and when he went in to do it, he discovered that it was a dermoid cyst.

      Dermoid cysts are filled with things like hair-gross.

      I had to do a laparotomy, because they did not want to run the risk of it rupturing during laparscopic surgery.

      I was glad for their caution, because as it turned out, the large cyst I had was a mucinous cyst with borderline malignancy.

      Had they done the laparscopic, all those pre-cancerous cells would have been flying through my body.

      As for whether it likely indicates cancer, that can’t really be answered until they send it to pathology. Cancer is a weird disease, and different for every person. One person may have a tiny cyst that looks to be a normal, functional cyst. If removed, it may be cancer.

      Another person may have a giant cyst that is nothing at all, but a huge pain.

      Pathology will biopsy the tissue and determine if there was something there.

      And, your other question about the reproductive system, you have two ovaries, and as long as you have one working ovary, you can still get pregnant.

      Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    If you have a complex ovarian cyst and a thickening of the uterus lining……?
    Are your chances of having Cancer larger if you have both a complex ovarian cyst and thickening lining of the uterus? Can you biopsy both the uterus and the ovarian cyst during the same procudure?

    • ANSWER:
      With an issue this important, you should ask your doctor.

  6. QUESTION:
    When a COMPLEX ovarian cyst ruptures, does the fluid from the sac cause any harm ?
    From the answers I recieved for my previous question, I learned that if the cyst ruptures, it does not cause infertility but causes a lot of pain. But i forgot to mention that the cyst that I have is a complex one as found from ultrasound. So, PLEASE give me more information.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi again. That does change things a bit, doesn’t it? A complex ovarian cyst needs to be evaluated further. A small percentage of these can be cancerous.

      “Sometimes cysts are complex, either containing partly fluid elements and partly solid elements or having septations (walls) within a fluid-filled cyst. In general, complex cysts are evaluated further, as some complex cysts may be cancerous. Depending on exactly how the cyst looks on ultrasound, your doctor may recommend blood work, a CT or MRI scan to get a better look at the cyst, or even surgery to remove the cyst. Many times a complex cyst can be evaluated via laparoscopy, but sometimes a large abdominal incision is required.” http://health.ivillage.com/gyno/cysts/0,,4ltl,00.html

      “With a complex one they would remove it and evaluate it for ovarian cancer.” http://www.baymoon.com/~gyncancer/library/blqa32septcyst.htm
      If it was my body, since the cyst is not a simple cyst, I would have it removed. If it were truly a simple cyst, with NO malignant characteristics on ultrasound, I would leave it and see if it remedied itself. But, it sounds like there are no guarantees that this mass is benign. So, in my opinion, it does not matter if it ruptures or not. A cancer is a cancer, and I would not like to have that uncertainty in my body.

  7. QUESTION:
    Have you had success with shrinking a complex ovarian cyst using natural and/or dietary means?
    If so, what did you eat/ not eat? How long did it take? Did it disappear, or just shrink?

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard several positive results from using either Red Root Extract (New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus) or a product called Lymphatonic that contains Red Root. You can read about that product here: http://www.herbsetc.com/Shopping/l/lymphatonic.htm
      On this site, scroll down to Red Root and click on “contemporary info”: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/r.html
      The women who reported this told me it took a couple of weeks to see improvement and up to 30 days for healing. Some of them had to repeat the treatment to keep the cysts from returning.

  8. QUESTION:
    complex ovarian cyst and septate bicornuate uterus?
    I had a sonogram done and I got a referral from my doctor today to get an MRI. The problem was “h/o complex left ovarian cyst and septate bicornuate uterus.” The things I’m finding online are worrying me.

    Does anyone have any experience with any of these things? or know anything about them. I’m 21, never had any children, and have a hormone imbalance and possible PCOS.

    thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, the Complex ovarian cyst is separate from your malformed uterus.

      A complex ovarian cyst often forms when a follicle (that is intended for ovulation) doesn’t disintigrate and opens up. This releases a vast amount of estrogen and progesterone but isn’t supposed to occur. These cysts, while they have several causes, which are quite different.. are essentially cystic growths from follicular entities. Just think of them as masses in your ovaries. They cause pain, they bleed, and they can twist the ovaries due to the pressure they place. They are often associated with endometriosis, but certainly not always.

      It isn’t likely ‘cancer’ — but it is something that has to be monitored and perhaps removed.

      Now, h/o complex ovarian cyst and septate bicornuate uterus is actually a little incorrect.

      But it essentially means..

      Patient has History of Ovarian Cyst with a malformed uterus. Now the problem here is there is a uterine malformation pattern that is a septate — which looks like this:

      http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/3353/2221/1600/250317/septum%20drawing.jpg

      Then there is a uterine malformation that is called Bicornuate, which looks like this:

      http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/3353/2221/1600/315186/drawing%20bicornuate%20uterus.jpg

      If you look closely you will see the difference. You don’t have both. However, radiologists often misuse these terms. Essentially the key thing here is you have a uterus that failed to form in a normal fashion.

      This can cause problems with fertility, and the ability to bear a child.

      This doesn’t mean you can’t ever have children, it is just something to consider in all of this. It is a ‘finding’ at this point. Nothing more.

      This is nothing to get overly worried about. Your gynecologist should be able to explain things and where to go from here, which may be based on your symptomology.

      In fact, this MRI report is fairly vague and non informative. The cyst you new you had, it tells nothing of it — and the malformed uterus you may or may not have known you had (though I suspect it was found on previous tests). The MRI should have given measurements on the Cyst(s), and so on.

      Your hormonal imbalance is likely a byproduct of the ovarian cysts.

  9. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Cysts- are there alternatives to surgical removal?
    I’ve been doing some reading on ovarian cysts, and the answer that keeps coming up for complex cysts is surgical removal, most often by laparoscopy. This is done due to concerns about ovarian cancer. But aren’t there other options available? And how do they know that a cyst should be removed, particularly if it is multi-compartmental?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a number of complex ovarian cysts that have caused me a lot of pain, once with a 7.7cm cyst they decided to perform surgery (laparoscopy) to remove the cyst but before they got that far my cyst ruptured and I had emergency surgery (laparoscopy).

      In April this year I had another complex ovarian cyst that was 4.6cm but my doctor and gyno recommended going on the birth control pill to see whether it would resolve on it’s own and if it didn’t that they would do another laparoscopy to remove it. The last scan I had said that the cyst had kept growing and was 5.1cm, but a week later it once again ruptured, although I didn’t need emergency surgery again.

      I guess it depends on the type of cyst, the size and whether or not it causes pain. Most of the cysts I have had has caused me intense pain, however some of them were only about 3.5cm (which my doctor says is not big enough to really operate for) they usually wait a cycle or two to see if they go away on their own as they most often usually do (go away on their own).

      I hope this helped answer your question. If you have any further questions regarding ovarian cysts, please feel free to email me anytime (the link to my email is in my profile).

      Good luck :)

  10. QUESTION:
    I’m 17 and I have a complex ovarian cyst?
    I also have one simple cyst and they are both on my right ovary. How do they treat this? What makes it complex?

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of types of ovarian cysts, but generally they are either fluid filled, or solid. A complex cyst is one which is a combination of both.

      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.

      That’s why 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you biopsy a complex left ovarian cyst?
    it’s 4.8CM and considered “complex”. i go to gyn for biopsy thurs. and am unsure of how they go about this procedure. also, since cyst is rather large compared to normal cysts, how is it removed? i’m irregular on menstrual cycles and am unsure if BC would work. seems to only irritate it. i have been bleeding for over 2 weeks now. any ideas??
    im 20 yr old if that constitutes for anything

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure which procedure your doctor will take but here is a brief explanation (do not mind the cancer bit, its just a general explanation about biopsies)

      http://cancer.health.ivillage.com/cancerbasics/biopsy.cfm

  12. QUESTION:
    what is a complex ovarian cyst?
    I have history to have cyst, I had remove my right ovary and endometriosis in 1998. Now I had a laparascopy 3 months ago because I has a cyst in my left ovary The last month I took clomid and I got a complex ovarian cyst.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/articles/ovariancysts.html for a good guide regarding ovarian cysts.

  13. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst during pregnancy?
    I am 6 weeks pregnant, and during a recent ultrasound, my doctor saw cysts on both ovaries. On my left ovary, she said it was a simple, fluid filled cyst which she wasn’t worried about, as they are normal and will shrink on their own. She thinks there may be a ‘complex’ cyst on my right ovary, and I am going back for another scan to check it again next week. Has anyone had any experience with a complex cyst? Am I more likely to need surgery for that?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep i had the same thing. I was 6 weeks pregnant and went to the ER because i had awful pain in my side so i thought i might have had an ectopic pregnancy. So they did a bunch of tests and an ultrasound and found a complex cyst on my right ovary i beleive it was. They gave me some pain meds and sent me home but i never even took the meds, the pain went away eventually and later they told me that it had collapsed on its own. Thats what happened to me and the doctor also said they usually do collapse on their own. Good luck

  14. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst?
    I had an ultra sound 6 weeks ago which showed a complex ovarian cyst on my right side. My gyno had me follow up today with another ultrasound. It showed the one on the right was gone but it showed a complex cyst on the left side along with some fluid around it. Now she just wants me to follow up in 6 weeks to see if it’s gone. Does this sound right? Should I get another opinion? I don’t like to wait and see, What if it is gone and there is one on the other side??

    • ANSWER:
      I have had ovarian cyst, and later had to have one ovary removed. However, I had complex cyst for quite some time. The body has a way of sloughing off the cyst on it’s on sometimes. Which can sometimes be painful, and sometimes never known it happened. Just keep a watchful eye on them, and make sure to see your gyno, when any problems occur, or if you feel any bad pain, nausea, etc. This could been a more serious cyst, that could cause infection in your body, or this is how my Dr. explained it to me in basic terms. Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst 4.8 x 3.6 cm, should I worry?
    have been dealing with simple ovarian cysts my entire life (that cause me a lot of pain). I am probably in the ER every 3-4 months with excrutiating abdominal pain (usually the right side). When I go in, they say “it’s probably just a cyst that burst” and send me home. I recently found a doctor that has me do an U/S every 6 months. This last U/S showed a 4.8cm complex cyst which was not there 3 months ago (this is all the paperwork said). The recommendation from whoever read the U/S is that I get another one done in 6 weeks. My doctor seems worried because I was just in the ER 2 weeks ago with unbearable pain, nausea, vomiting, diareah, no appetite, frequent urination (they ruled out that it was my appendix
    Appendectomy
    and sent me home). I’m waiting for my doctor to send an “urgent” referral to a gyn because she thinks I should have it removed due to all the pain and symptoms.
    I still haven’t gotten a call for my referral and am getting nervous thinking about it. My mom had these exact problems when she was younger and had to have a full hystorectomy at a very young age

    • ANSWER:
      Your case sounds typical of complex ovarian cysts. Women who get these sort of cysts once usually are bothered with them again and again. Doctors are very slow to treat at all, despite the pain, and when they do their only options are birth control pills, or surgery. Even with these, the cysts do often just come back again – because they do not treat the underlying cause.

      Have you considered the natural approach? If you take a holistic approach to treating what really is a profound internal, metabolic and hormonal problem, you are much more likely to get results.

      If you’re interested in getting more information, there’s a good site below.

      Hope this helps, and good luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    I was just diagnose with having a complex ovarian cyst. So will I get my normal period?
    It ruptured & grew back. When it ruptured I had abnormal bleeding. So Im wanting to know if I’ll get my normal period soon or was that it?
    Ladies if you’ve been through what I’m experiencing now I would greatly appreciate it if u leave comments

    • ANSWER:
      One of the symptoms of complex ovarian cysts is irregular periods, so it depends if you are now cyst free, or if you still have cysts (or how soon they come back).

      Without treating the underlying cause of the cyst, it is likely that they will come back. That’s why 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. Good luck, and hope this helps.

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    how many of you have had a complex ovarian cyst resolve on its own without surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a number of bilateral ovarian cysts (which included functional, hemorrhagic and endometrioma cysts) over the past 11 years. And I have even needed surgery for 2 of them because they didn’t resolve after a few cycles (as they usually do).

      With my last complex ovarian cyst in March 2008 (hemorrhagic cyst), it ended up rupturing which caused me severe pelvic pain for about 2 weeks.

      Mostly my ovarian cysts resolve on their own, but sometimes they don’t and surgery is needed. Surgery which is usually done via laparoscopy isn’t that bad if you do have to have surgery, but I would recommend that you talk to your gynaecologist about your options and ask him/her to answer any questions you may have.

      Good luck :)

  19. QUESTION:
    My doctor told me that I have complex ovarian cyst?
    What exactly does it mean.? I have to go in next week for exploratory surgery and I wanted to know what it meant.
    Also my doctor and I decided to take my left ovary out where the cyst is. He’s concerned because it’s increasing in size and I have a family history of ovarian cancer(my mom).

    • ANSWER:
      These cysts are more worrisome than functional cysts that are caused by ovulation. Complex cysts sometimes cause cancer, but not always. They are partially solid and partially fluid – whereas a functional cyst is fluid. It’s good that you are having it evaluated.

      Having cysts after menopause always put you in a higher risk category for cancer than before menopause.

  20. QUESTION:
    Abnormal Complex Ovarian Cyst?
    Doc says my mom (43) has an Abnormal Complex Ovarian Cyst.

    What is this, where can I find more info, what will happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Abnormal ovarian cysts are very different from functional cysts since they have resulted from abnormal cell growth. However, that need not mean that they are all cancerous as most of them are simple benign growths. And none knows for sure what has caused them to grow. However, abnormal ovarian cysts that include cystadenoma cyst, dermoid cyst, endometrioma cyst or Chocolate cyst and ‘polycystic ovarian cyst’ are believed to occur due to imbalance of ‘female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) and a multitude of other direct and indirect reasons. In many women, these cysts have remained all through their lives without the host being aware of their presence. But in some rare cases, they may burst, needing immediate surgical interference.

      Cystadenoma cysts

      These abnormal ovarian cysts develop from cells on the outer surface of the ovaries and can grow to a very large size. Mucinous Cystadenoma cysts take the form of biggest tumours in women often weighing approximately 328 lb or around 149 kg, These cysts reportedly occur at an early age and the cyst turned tumour happens to be unilateral and are often found attached to the ovary by a stem. As there is a rare chance of these cysts or tumours turning malignant, they may be classified historically and treated accordingly. Falling under the category of asymptomatic cysts, they may be found in the form of large abdominal mass during a routine check up of a person complaining abdominal pain and associated distressing condition.

      Dermoid cyst or teratomas

      As a fairly bizarre phenomenon, Dermoid cysts, clinically termed as ‘cystic teratoma’ are classed more as tumours than cysts. In fact, they are solid structures filled with pieces of bone, hair, teeth and skin, as well as hair follicles, pockets of blood, sebum and in some cases ‘thyroid tissue’. Though they are normally benign, the rarely occurring malignant dermoid cyst usually develops as ‘squamous cell carcinoma’ in adults. Incidentally, a Pilonidal cyst often resembles dermoid cyst in several ways, the most significant resemblance concern the presence of Germ Cell Tumour. In case of any evasive surgery care must be taken so that there is no spillage while the opinion of an oncologist will be helpful.

      Periorbital Dermoid Cysts

      Even the kids are not spared of Dermoid cysts – often kids get them close to the eyebrow’s lateral aspect and they feel like rubber. When the cysts are seen, medical practitioners sometimes keep them under observation and at other times they are surgically removed. However when they are meddled with, the cysts may lead to an inflammation. And even after treatment, the cyst may make a comeback, particularly if the entire growth has not been removed. But the problem is, the complete cyst can often be difficult to remove with surgery, particularly when it is a ‘Dumbbell Configuration’, in which, it needs to be cut along the suture line of the skull.

      Endometrial cysts or Chocolate cysts

      Endometriosis is a medical terminology that indicates a condition when the endometrium or the lining of the womb begins to grow in parts of the body other than the womb. These endometrial patches also forms on the ovaries, creating cysts popularly known as Chocolate cysts as they are invariably filled with chocolate coloured pre-stored blood. During the menstrual period every month, these endometrial patches of tissues that have been encapsulated in cyst will also bleed, but since there is no outlet for bleeding, the cyst go on getting larger in size and eventually may burst.

      Polycystic ovarian cyst

      Cysts forming from small egg follicles causing ovaries to get thickened and enlarged, often accompanied by hormonal imbalance in women are known as polycystic ovarian cyst that grow in numbers.

      Holistic approach as plausible cure

      Since OTC medications and prescription drugs can hardly solve the problem of abnormal ovarian cysts in your body and surgical removal of the cyst involves many factors that may not prove beneficial, a holistic approach towards a plausible cure seems to be the best answer. You need also to remember that the surgical removal of a cyst is not foolproof since a recurrence can never be ruled out.

      The holistic approach to the cure is more practical too as the cyst formation involves a multitude of factors starting from hormonal imbalance to psychological trauma. Besides, the holistic approach will add newer dimension towards the treatment that includes change of food habits, change of lifestyle and appropriate physical exercise, topics hitherto unheard of as right line of treatment for abnormal ovarian cysts.

  21. QUESTION:
    I was told that l’ve got features of PC OS on my right ovary and large complex ovarian cyst.l’m depress.?
    my doctor said he would refer me to a gnaecologist that l would be operated on to bring out one of the ovary.l really don’t understand.can u pls,explain more to me and would l be able to give birth.how long does the fertility treatment take after the operation?he said my right ovary is of increased volume and contains an increased number of ovarian follicles all peripherally locaated and my leaf ovary contains a unilocular complex cyst with both a soft tissue density and fluid component 50/50.what is the operation he said called and would l be able to ve children after the operation and fertility treatment.how long does it take to get back to normal?thanks

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS can cause infertility in general, pre or post operation. Best to see an Endocrinologist and once you’re ready to conceive see a fertility doctor. Every woman’s body is different.

  22. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between simple ovarian cyst and complex ovarion cyst?

    • ANSWER:
      Simple ovarian cysts are the most common, and complex ovarian cysts can be more serious. The main difference is that complex cysts are those that have both solid and liquid components, whereas simple just have fluid.

      Ovarian cysts can come and go throughout your lifetime, and there can be many causes, particularly around lifestyle, which is why when you’re looking at treatments you need to take an holistic approach.

      Larger complex ovarian cysts will produce symptoms that will quickly become noticed, and the pain will be a lot worse than simple ones.

      The diagnosis of a complex ovarian cyst should not be taken lightly and any persistent or sudden pain in your abdomen or pelvis warrants thorough medical investigation.

  23. QUESTION:
    I have a complex ovarian cyst. Please Help!?
    I was diagnosed with a complex ovarian cyst on my right side back in August and I still have pain. The pain calmed down, but the past two months ive been in so much pain laying on my right side, standing up for a long time, even when I work out my leg hurts. Does it go away or should I seek medical help?

    • ANSWER:
      Seek medical help. That’s the only way you can be rid of the pain that’s plaguing you.

  24. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Cyst?
    Three years ago, i had a complex ovarian cyst removed. The Dr. did not remove my ovary, and informed me at the time that the ovary had not been compromised in any way. Also, he confirmed I didn’t have any other issues (ex. endometriosis, etc.). I just went to the same Dr. yesterday for an exam and he told me because of my operation, I am limited to the amount of eggs I have (basically, if I want to have kids, I have to have them in the next two years.). I am 31, and I feel what he said made no sense. Does anyone know if having a complex ovarian cyst removed compromises fertility? I’ve never heard of such a thing, and I haven’t had any problems since. He also asked me if I was seriously dating anyone and refernced marriage which I thought was completely inappropriate.

    • ANSWER:
      complex ovarian cyst necessitating surgery? what does the biopsy report say ? at your age,the possibilities are1.normally occurring follicular or corpus luteum cysts with bleeding in them, which other than producing pain and some menstrual irregularity, needs no removal.2.endometriotic ovarian cysts 3. occasionally dermoid cysts , which are not malignant. , the latter two conditions requiring cyst removal either by laparoscopic or open surgery . at the peri and post menopausal age group, one should certainly rule out cancer. if your doctor has suggested that you should try to for an early pregnancy, likely that it is an endometriotic cyst as this condition is commonly associated with infertility .

  25. QUESTION:
    complex ovarian cyst question?
    in january i was diagnosed with a complex cyst on my right ovary and in may my doctor requested that i get another ultrasound to find out wether it got smaller or bigger ,, 2 days ago i went to see my doctor and she told me that my ultrasound came up normal with no internal echoes but im still experiencing pain and she told me that i have a small labothian cyst on my cervix… why would i still be experiencing pain .. could i have been miss diagnosed??

    • ANSWER:
      What happens with mine is that they end up exploding, and the pain stays for about a week or even two. The pool of blood sitting where it was ends up hurting just as much as the cyst did.
      If not, go back to the doc!
      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst should I request CA 125 test?
    I was recently diagnosed with a 4 cm complex ovarian cyst in one ovary and several smaller cysts in the other ovary. I have several of the cyst/possible ovarian cancer symptoms, such as abdominal pain, back pain, bloating, weight gain, fatigue and just not feeling right. So I went to my gyno and I have a COMPLEX ovarian cyst. She immediately scheduled me for a ultrasound that I go to tomorrow. I am wondering if I should request the CA 125 blood test also. I am only 31, so not in the high risk age group. From what I have read the CA 125 can be unreliable for my age. However I do have other risk factors, colon and breast cancer run on both sides of my family. I am not sure what the progression is of medical procedures,, once they do the ultrasound, then what? Is that when they “know” or do they have to do other procedures before they can tell me without a doubt its benign? When would a CA 125 test normally be taken? Any helpful advice would be great, I know these things are usually benign but from what I have read the complex ones are the ” bad” cysts and I want to be an advocate for my own health, I don’t want to fall through the cracks. Thanks,

    • ANSWER:

  27. 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian cyst during pregnancy?
    I’ve been diagnosed with a complex ovarian cyst (possibly endometrioma) in my left ovary for more than a year now. Its size has been quite consistent (7.5 cms).

    I was advised that, considering my age and the fact that I wanted to have a baby, I should try to conceive and if I did then the chances are that the cyst wouldn’t grow any further and might actually shrink or even disappear during the lactation period.

    Now I am 40 days along, my doctor confirmed the pregnancy but when she did the physical exam she said she felt a huge mass (about 10 cms) near my pelvis, which she thinks might be twin pregnancy or a dramatically overgrown cyst or may be the pregnancy happened in the tube or there could be a number of other things.

    So, to alleviate her doubts she has asked me to have an ultrasound next week .

    I am really worried. Is there a chance that I may need a surgery? Wouldn’t that harm the baby? What is the treatment method if the baby is formed in the tube?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry, but your question is much too professional for anyone on Yahoo to answer. This situation you are in really needs good medical attention. No use worrying what the lump is whether its a baby or a cyst. You will have to wait for the ultrasound, try to calm yourself with some herbal stuff like “Rescue Remedy” which are safe Bach flowers drops to calm you. The one thing I can give you is a site about pregnancy in the Fallopian tubes, but still, try not to think about the worst, maybe things are ok? Good luck to you with all my heart.

      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=ectopic+pregnancy

  29. QUESTION:
    will birth control make complex ovarian cyst larger?
    I just found out that I have a complex ovarian cyst and my OB/gyn didn’t even know what complex ovarian cyst was, she said “not sure what it means to be complex, maybe it has a wall or something in it” ?? wow , so I came home and looked it up and saw that complex ovarian cysts only get larger, is that true? And I also read that birth control will absolutely make it larger and my doctor is making me take 3 birth control pills for 3 days, 2 pills for 3 days, and then back to one to stop me from bleeding because I have been bleeding for quite a while and very heavily. ADVICE?? pllleaseee!

    • ANSWER:
      Birth control pills will help reduce the size of your cyst, but are really only a short term solution to ovarian cysts. Often they will get rid of the cyst or at least reduce it, but only temporarily – it will come back.

      Conventional medical approaches to ovarian cysts are very limited, and treat the symptoms rather than the underlying root cause. Have you considered the natural approach? If you take a holistic approach to treating what really is a profound internal, metabolic and hormonal problem, you are much more likely to get results.

      If you’re interested in getting more information, I found a good website at http://www.OvarianCystsHealed.info.

      Good luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    when does a complex ovarian cyst become a danger to just leave alone.?
    I have had a complex ovarian cyst on the right side, for over 2 years that is diffidently painful at times, including pain in the groin. It seems to be growing and then shrinking but never the less it doesn’t go away. It has gone from 8×5 cm to 2×2 or there abouts, but is still carrying solid mass within. I already went in for an oopherectomy but when he went in, it was the left ovary that seemed to be more at risk and he took that out instead, leaving the right one in and that was the problem in the first place. After the oopherectomy, the right side cyst started giving me problems again, yet i am still not willing to go back in for another oopherectomy to now take out the right one. The other day the oncologist suggested Lupron, though i said yes, i now have done enough research to realize that i may not be the best candidate being that every symptom these people speak of having on posts are already symptoms i deal with. So i don’t want to do that now either. Even though i have a lot of pain and it actually is going down into my groin on the right side, i just want to let it be. Am i taking a risk? The doctor doesn’t think its cancer, he said i am too young (41) but they have said that before based off statistics and i did have it, luckily it hadn’t spread AT ALL. What could be the outcome of just leaving a complex ovarian cyst alone when the doctor says he is pretty sure it is not cancer? And how do they know its not cancer? Also, do benign ovarian cysts ever have the possibility of becoming malignant with time or no?

    • ANSWER:
      Functional ovarian cysts are the most common type of ovarian cyst. They usually disappear by themselves and seldom require treatment. Growths that become abnormally large or last longer than a few months should be removed or examined to determine if they are a sign of a more serious condition.

  31. QUESTION:
    complex ovarian cyst, laparoscopy? way more details- included and needed!? please, please help.?
    Well. Back in March, I was out of town for a cheerleading competition. We arrived after a 3.5 hour car ride in the early evening. It was near the time my period was scheduled to start, so when I started getting cramp-like pains I just figured it was PMS. As the night went on it became more evident that it was in my lower right abdominal and it was excruciating. Definitely the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life. (By the way, I am 14 years old, I was 13 at the time of this incident) I couldn’t walk, stand or stretch out my body. This was a huge competition and I am a stubborn person, so convinced my parents that it wasn’t a huge deal, I’d be fine and I didn’t need to go to the ER. Now I’m wishing I would have. Anyway I eventually fell asleep, woke up the next morning 100% fine. I was puzzled but ended up just being happy it was over and forgetting about it. Recently, the pains had returned, though not nearly as bad. The other day it felt more like a burning sensation, and we finally went to the ER. I got an ultrasound and revealed a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary. Whether that explains this or not I guess that means it has solid and fluid components in it. It is around 36mm x 35mm x 44mm. Those aren’t the exact measurements, but close enough. The ultrasound also revealed fluid outside of the ovary which means that it is leaking or busted somewhat or something. I am returning to get another ultrasound in about a month to see if the cyst is shrinking and is dissolving on its own. If it is not, my doctor said they would most like perform a laparoscopy, but that will not be concluded until after we find out what the next ultrasound reveals. My question is: what the HECK is a laparoscopy? I really just want to know exactly what the procedure is. Sorry I wrote so much, I’m just so worried. My lower right abdominal is aching as I type. Any information is appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The repeat ultrasound is a good idea. If the pain you felt was due to bleeding into an ovarian cyst, the cyst may resolve within the next month. If the cyst remains and is complex at that time perhaps laparoscopy would be useful. Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure whereby the surgeon inserts a laparoscope into the abdomen through a small incision in the lower abdomen and the surgeon directly looks at the ovaries. This is done under general anesthesia.

  32. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP! OVARIAN CYST PAINFUL (complex cyst)?
    Hello, I recently went to the ER and the CAT scan & ultrasound revealed I have a golf ball size ‘complex’ ovarian cyst. It was excruciatingly painful for a couple days during my period, now it is just uncomfortable if something presses against it. I have no insurance and the surgery is at least 10,000 dollars (unaffordable) and I desperately want to know if anyone out there knows of a non-surgical, natural (food, vitamins, etc.) that might naturally dissolve or shrink this disgusting thing inside that’s hurting me, and I dread what pain will I endure on my next menstrual cycle. :-( PLEASE ADVISE! Any suggestions welcome!!!

    • ANSWER:

  33. 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.

  34. QUESTION:
    Should I get a second opinion about this complex cyst?
    A month ago, I went to the meergency room with severe abdominal pain (thought it was appendicitis). I was given a barium enema (OUCH!). When it came back it said I didn’t have that, but I had a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary measuring 3.5cm. Last week, I went to my doctor who said they would do a sonogram in a month to see if it has grown. I got a copy of the films, and it shows what I think seems like alot of free fluid (ascites?) is there supposed to be any?) I have used this information and done some research on ovarian cysts and the symptoms, but it always seems to go back to ovarian cancer. I am 32 yo. I have no risk factors for ovarian cancer, but I am scared to death. As I sit here now, I just want to cry. Should I get a second opinion on waiting a month, or should I just wait the month and see what happens? I have read so much about OC being misdiagnosed or overlooked until it was too late. I really am at a loss, and would feel better if I could just get some opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no relationship between an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer.
      Almost all women have an ovarian cyst at one time or another. Usually, we just don’t know about it, because they usually resolve on their own.

      3.5 cm really isn’t very big. Nobody would want to operate on that, unless it persisted, and did not resolve.
      Free fluid around the cyst could indicate that it ruptured. That’s not a bad thing — it’s the normal process. Once it ruptures it goes away.

      Usually ovarian cysts are managed expectantly, which means “wait and see.” If it grows, then it may need surgery. If it goes away, then great.
      Sometimes oral contraceptive pills are given. This hormonal cycling can help a cyst to resolve.

      Finally, let me reassure you that a cyst looks different from cancer on an ultrasound. A cyst is fluid-filled, and looks black. Cancer is a solid mass which is grey and not well-defined.
      Talk to your doctor (NOT the emergency room people) about how to manage this. You really do not want unnecessary surgery.

  35. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with Complex Ovarian Cyst?
    Okay so I went to the hospital 2 weeks ago going on 3. I was diagnosed with complex ovarian cyst. So the next day I go to the ob/Gyn and he said there should be nothing to worry about that the cyst had ruptured and that’s why I was in so much pain that it will leave by itself fast since the fluid is coming out. Well I still have a lot of pain on my right side. Should I get a second opinion? He didn’t give me antibiotics. Was he suppose to? Please help me out. I just wanna know if I should take this seriously or wait till the pain goes away! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Complex ovarian cyst just means it’s a little more than a simple cyst. A simple cyst is just a single bag of fluid. A complex cyst might have blood or clot in it, or septations dividing it into smaller compartments, or solid components.

      Cysts can cause a lot of pain sometimes when they rupture. You should not need antibiotics, as they are not usually due to infections.

      However, most doctors I work with want to follow up a cyst, especially if complex, just to make sure it goes away. They usually do this in 2-3 months. Since you’re still having a lot of pain, I’d call him up and let him know. He will probably do another ultrasound just to make sure things are ok. Good luck.

  36. 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.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why would a complex ovarian cyst become “less complex”?
    I have a small complex cyst on my ovary that was discovered in March. The doc put me on Ortho cyclen and wanted to see if it would go away on its own. Four months later, the cyst is still there but appears to be “less complex” than it was before. I know complex cysts seem to be more worrisome than simple ones; does this development of the cyst mean it’s heading in the right direction? The cyst has grown about a cm since the last ultrasound but is still small (now about 2.5 cm). I don’t see my gyn until next week so I’m hoping someone can tell me a little bit about this.

    • ANSWER:
      This probably means that they expect the cyst to end up shrinking on its own and going away completely. The complex ones would be fast growing where they would cause you a lot of problems to where you would probably have to have them removed.

  38. QUESTION:
    Question about a complex ovarian cyst?
    My wife saw her OB-BYN after going 2 months without having a period. He did an ultrasound in his office and said she had a cyst( but never mentioned the type of cyst). She went for her follow up appointment today and the OB-GYN did another transvaginal ultrasound on her and said she had a complex cyst on her left ovary but it was shrinking. He also mentioned the cyst has shrunk from the previous month and that she was due to have a menstrual cycle after not having one for 2 months. He even said she doesn’t have to follow up because the cyst is shrinking. Is it normal for a complex cyst to split in half because he’s split in half. Does anyone have information on these cyst and can they go away on their own? Her Dr doesn’t seem concerned after doing the transvaginal ultrasound.

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor is not concerned because it is shrinking. Often in these circumstances the patient will be put on birth control and watched for a few months if the cyst is not affected then it needs to come out and may be cancer. However, it is not normal for a cyst to split.

  39. QUESTION:
    solid complex ovarian cyst and scared?
    Im 42, 2 c-sections, the last c-section they removed my uterus due to placenta accreta but left my ovaries. Last 3 months when I ovulate I began having very bad pains in my right side. Went in for an ultrasound 3 weeks ago and an hour after the test was called saying Dr wanted to see me first thing in morning. My gyno then told me I had a 4cmx4cm solid cyst in my right ovary and it had to come out. It also could be cancer and she sent me right away for a ca-125 test. That came back a 3 which if you have been through this you know it really means nothing. The radiologist report which came in AFTER gyno told me this, said solid complex cyst and suggested waiting 6-8 weeks to repeat US. I then see a gyn/oncologist in Boston who initially tells me I can wait or have the surgery to see what it is. After he got the US pictures 2 days later he called me and said he strongly suggests surgery and that he would try to remove just the cyst if possible. I was going to have a 2nd opinion but feel that I will just be more confused after that and will stress harder. I cant find any reviews on this Dr because I think he only recently started working at Tufts coming from Colorado. He has been very nice and even called me yesterday to ask if I had any questions or had decided which way to proceed. I have scheduled the surgery for 2 weeks. He wants to see me Monday to sign consent forms and to also be able to sit down and ask any questions. Im also very nervous that if I have a lot of scar tissue that he wont get it laproscopically and will have to cut me vertically, ruining the body I have worked so hard on getting to look good. If its cancer, of course I wouldnt care where they have to cut but Im afraid he will do this and perhaps its nothing or maybe he isnt the best gyn/oncologist to perform this. Im so scared and confused. Anyone else go in for laporoscopy surgery and had scar tissue that caused the vertical cut?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve had ovarian cancer. You definitely need the surgery to be done by a gyn-onc, so that’s good that you have one. Gyn-oncs are very surgically skilled. I’ve had 4 surgeries with them, always with the same scar, and in surgeries 2, 3, and 4, I had tons of internal scar tissue, which they always clean up for me. If it appears you have cancer, they’d definitely turn it into a laparotomy, because they need to visualize the whole area and do “staging” surgery to make sure it hasn’t spread. Even if they thought it MIGHT be cancer they’ll usually do a laparotomy. So if they do it and it’s “nothing” then they STILL did the right thing in doing the laparotomy, and it was NOT for nothing–they did it to give you the valuable information that your problem is localized. So I think you should resign yourself to that possibility as being the best for your welfare. You’ll get your body back, it won’t be ruined. Perhaps you can even ask for a tummy tuck after the surgery. The CA-125 of 3 is a good sign. I wouldn’t say it means NOTHING. Typically even with a benign tumor, you’d expect a higher CA-125 than that. It’s not definitive or diagnostic, but it is encouraging.

  40. QUESTION:
    complex ovarian cyst, should I be concerned?
    I’ve been riding a emotional roller coaster for the last five months, originally I was referred to a specialist blood doctor because my white count was high, they found a small spot on my lung about the size of a eraser on the end of a pencil but said they didn’t think I needed to worry about it, also the pet scan showed a large mass in my uterus, but it disappeared however my gyn doc says I have a complex cyst and a elevated ca125 level, he is sending me to a gyn ooncologist. I have had alot of what I think are urinary track infections during the last year and on again off again bleeding between periods with severe cramps in my abdomian, back, and upper thighs, what do you think

    • ANSWER:
      You are not well. That must be a big worry. Just keep having your check ups and whatever is needed to get better. I hope you are better soon.

  41. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried a holistic approach to get rid of a Complex Ovarian Cyst?
    4 days ago I woke up in excruciating pain and went to the ER. They diagnosed me with a Complex Ovarian Cyst (not sure which one yet) that is 9cm by 5.5cm…They say it’s pretty large. I can’t do anything without being in pain so I have to sit on the couch and have my mother and boyfriend take care of my son and wait on me hand and foot! I’m 26. I have called my doctor to set an appt to go back in and they can’t get me in until Dec 6th..2.5 weeks! I called the ER, other docs and they say since it’s getting good blood flow it’s not an emergency. But I can’t even function! I read about holisitic approaches, but the websites want you to buy the book. I just wondered if anyone has tried anything and what it was. It couldn’t hurt! and I want to feel better, so I can enjoy life. I can’t believe they are letting me suffer like this. Anyway, Please, I’ll try almost anything!

    • ANSWER:
      I really wish for your sake there were better ways or alternative ways to help with an ovarian cyst. The problem is that to get treated correctly, you need to know what sort of cyst it is. The only treatment that will help you at the moment would be surgical removal of the cyst. As some ovarian cysts will resolve themselves without outside help, most doctors prefer to wait a bit to see if that won’t happen. Which is actually rather a type of holistic treatment, it’s giving your body a chance to handle things for itself instead of leaping in to do things. As long as the ovary itself has good blood supply, that can happen. I realize it grates on you to have to be so dependent on others for care at the moment, but sometimes that is simply the best way to do things. I’m sure you will be willing to return the favor for them someday. Today is just your turn. The best way at the moment is to remain at rest, eating properly and providing your body with the chance to heal itself. Honestly you’d be surprised at how well the body does that, without the need for our outside help. Often our efforts to help are more hindrance than help anyway. When you see the doctor again in December, that will be the time to evaluate the next step. It may involve a laproscopic procedure to remove the cyst. Then they can determine the possible cause, and that will tell you what is best to do next. If it is a dermoid cyst, likely nothing more will be needed. If it is a non-functional cyst, you may be offered birth control pills to prevent ovulation, which naturally causes a luteal cyst to form. But at the moment, rest is your best treatment. I know, it doesn’t sound like you are doing anything helpful. But from your body’s standpoint, if you are resting, it can concentrate more of the effort on dealing with that cyst. Hope it shrinks for you, or is easily removed. And until you see the doctor again- rest, and enjoy the pampering. Soon enough you will be on your feet, and can repay.

  42. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst complex – Help?
    Has anyone had an ovarian cyst ? I have been diagnosed with a complex cyst and am a little concerned!
    Thanks for your help. What action are they taking with yours ? Sounds scary !

    • ANSWER:
      I have them n 2 have ruptured and caused internal bleeding. i almost died the first time the 2nd one ruptured rite b4 thanksgiving. its very painful n u will know if one ruptures. theres no pain like it. b careful.

  43. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst 5cm and CA-125 lab reults of 28. Cancer?
    I’m 32 with no medical history. My doc said probably not cancer and wants to wait 6 weeks to do repeat ultrsound. I’m thinking this cyst should be biopsyied right away!!!!!! Anyone have anykind of experience with this situation?
    I disagree with my doctor bc my complex cyst does show a “solid material” in it and my Ca-125 level is borderline. My grandmother’s sister died of ovarian cancer as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor is following the standard of care in this situation is there a reason you disagree?
      There is nothing about this that indicates cancer.
      Has he put you on the pill?

      EDIT: A cyst is only complex if there is solid material and these are most often not frank malignancies. Cysts under 8cm in premenopausal women are nearly always benign and usually regress with the birth control pill – this is why I asked if he or she put you on the pill.
      CA 125 is a tumor marker and not a diagnostic test. It is most often used to monitor treatment. In this case your doctor is just using it as a tool to form his or her recommendations. A normal CA 125 ranges from 0-35. There are many things which can cause in elevation including the cyst itself. Also the younger you are the less reliable the test is and at your age a CA 125 even over 35 would not be a huge red flag.
      Your doctor should have taken a thorough history. If your grandmother’s sister is the only family member diagnosed with cancer it has little relevance to your health, especially if she was postmenopausal. If you have one or more family members diagnosed under 50 years old with breast, ovarian, prostate cancers, any male with breast cancer or female with bilateral breast or breast and ovarian cancer regardless of age, you need to let your doctor know as these are indications of a rare hereditary cancer. Less than 10% of all cancers are hereditary.
      You should also know any ovarian cancer should be removed intact, as there is a risk of dropping tumor cells in a needle biopsy or busting the cyst which may contain tumor cells spreading the cancer, if it were cancer therefore the best way to remove this requires surgery. Right now the odds this is cancer is so small it is not worth the risk of surgery.
      Thank you for the additional details. It makes it easier to answer when I understand what is truly troubling you.

  44. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a complex ovarian cyst and if so what did they do for you?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I was on the IUD, Mirena and a common side effect of the medicine is to form ovarian cysts. However, one of mine got so big and unruly that it actually twisted my ovary and fallopian tube around several times cutting off most of the blood supply. This caused me to go into emergency surgery where they were able to save my ovary and fallopian tube by simply draining the cyst. It was an out patient surgery and took about a month and a half to feel back to normal.

  45. QUESTION:
    does complex hemorrhagic ovarian cyst, adds up to cancer?
    person is of child bearing age, but has had similar probs before, she also has kidney probs.

    • ANSWER:
      She must see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
      However my wife has a couple of Cysts on her ovaries and they are benign. So not all cysts are Cancer. As I said ONLY a doctor can diagnose her properly.

      Good Luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    complex ovarian cyst?
    I went to the ER yesterday because I had a sudden pain in my stomach that didn’t ease up. They did an internal ultrasound and found that I have multiple cysts on my left ovary, one measuring 2in. by 1in. that demonstrates some heterogeneity with internal septation and complex echoes. I also have multiple cysts on my right ovary that they described the pattern as being unremarkable. I’m not sure what all this means and it kind of sounds scary. I have an appointment with a gyn. on Friday. I had asked the ER doctors a few questions but they didn’t seem to want to answer any of them and just wanted to rush me out. I have had similar pains for nearly 2 years before now and had went to the ER and my gyn. when they first began, but it was written off as ovulation pain. Could this have somehow been treated before so many cysts developed and gotten so large? I am also wondering if this could be the reason I have been unable to concieve and if it will prevent it in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor couldn’t tell you I would go to a different doctor, probably a gynicologist. I think that your cysts could have been avoided if they were caught earlier. If you have cysts on both ovaries then this is probably why you couldn’t concieve and they might have to remover your ovaries to remove the cysts so you might not be able to concieve either.

      I hope this helps you.

  47. QUESTION:
    i have a complex ovarian cyst am about to undergo surgery my question is will i be able to get a baby after th

    • ANSWER:
      Unless they remove your ovaries you should be able to have a baby yes, but it may be a little hareder you wont know how hard until the time comes x

      Good luck baby {not that you need it}

  48. QUESTION:
    Complex right ovarian cyst?
    Hi,
    I was recently diagnosed with a complex right ovarian cyst measuring 5.8 x 5.3 cm. I am scheduled to have an appointment with an internalist on Friday, and I’m pretty sure he will be referring me for a follow-up ultrasound to check the status of the cyst in a few weeks. Of course this is on my mind, and I have a few questions before seeing the doc on Friday. Firstly, is that a “normal” size for a cyst? It seems large to me. Also, what does a thickened nodular wall and internal echoes mean? Finally, I was also told I have an endometrium measuring 10mm…is this normal? What is considered “normal” endometrium thickness? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      How old are you? A complex cyst means it does not appear to be a typical simple fluid filled cyst. You are right in that it is a large cyst. You should be seeing a OB-GYN not an internist. Checking it again in a few weeks to see if it has changed really should be something that the OB-GYN decides. I would not wait to see the internist but get set up with your OB-GYN. The lining of the uterus depending again on age and where you are in your cycle can be different thicknesses. 10mm is thick.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can ovarian cyst cause false-positive pregnancy test?
    I had a 4cm complex ovarian cyst in the beginning of November found by ultrasound. Follow-up ultrasound last week showed the cyst had ruptured and was gone. I had my last period on November 17th I am due for my period and took a home pregnancy test today which immediately showed up positive with dark lines. Am I pregnant or is this a false-positive caused by the cyst rupturing?

    • ANSWER:
      A cyst can absolutely NOT cause any type of reading on a pregnancy test!!!

      This test only detects hg hormone. It has antibodies that look for this hormone. This hormone is not something that is always found in the body such as the ovaries.

      You are 100% pregnant! Congratulations!

  50. QUESTION:
    What do you know about complex ovarian cysts? Does it affect the chance of getting pregnant?
    Well I found out yesterday that i have one and I am going back in four weeks to monitor it. We are trying to get pregnant does this affect that?

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts will usually not effect your ability to have kids. For the majority of women, the presence of ovarian cysts has no impact on their ability to conceive. Typically, ovarian cysts remain small and don’t interfere with ovulation or conception

      If you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, this can cause fertility problems but having an ovarian cyst is NOT the same as having PCOS – they are 2 very distinct conditions. If you have only 1 cyst, then you do not have PCOS (this is a condition with multiple cysts).

      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.

      That’s why 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.


Complex Cyst On Ovary Treatment

Did you know that there are natural remedies for a cyst on the ovaries? Indeed, there are home treatments for ovarian cysts that you can try today which can make a significant difference.

Most ovarian cysts are benign and significantly harmless. They are also known to sometimes disappear by themselves in a certain period of time. However, there are those which don’t and just grow bigger and bigger. A huge ovarian cyst may cause complications because it can push on or affect other tissues and organs as well as the whole ovary. It can also cause several symptoms like pelvic pain, bleeding and irregular menstrual flow. Worst case scenario is the possibility of it turning into a cancerous cyst. In that case, removal of cyst on the ovaries through surgery or removal of the affected ovary may be needed. Prevent that from happening. The moment you find out that a certain ovarian cyst exists inside you through ultrasound or perhaps other medical tests, you need to start taking action before it’s too late.

Here are some natural remedies for a cyst on the ovaries:

<b>Natural Remedy #1-Stress reduction techniques</b>

Stress is very a common dilemma as we all seem to live pretty busy and complicated lives. Perhaps you already understand that stress can disrupt the normal functions of the body. An ovarian cyst is a result of failed ovulation. It’s either the egg wasn’t released from the ovary or the empty follicle from which the egg was developed didn’t dissolve when it should have been. This failed process is an indication that the normal bodily functions are disrupted and one cause of that is stress. That’s why you need to get rid of stress from your system every now and then. Take yoga retreats. Do meditation and breathing exercises. Go for a relaxing massage or perhaps join a support group.
<b>Natural Remedy #2-Castor oil</b>

Certain natural remedies for a cyst on the ovaries make use of castor oil or castor oil packs. The castor oil is a certain type of vegetable oil derived from castor seeds. This particular oil has been used for several health and medicinal purposes. Using castor oil involves heat. If you are having abdominal pains due to the presence of cyst on the ovaries, what you need to do to relieve those pains is to apply the said oil over your abdomen. The next step is to place a clean flannel or towel over that abdominal area. Keep in mind to double the thickness of that towel or flannel before applying a heat pad. Wash off afterwards.

<b>Natural Remedy #3-Heat therapy</b>

You can take a warm bath if you are experiencing some sort of aching in your pelvic or abdominal area. Other natural remedies for a cyst on the ovaries involve further forms of heat therapy options including the use of hot water bag, hot compress and a hot bottle of water wrapped with a towel. Apply these things over the affected area, which is commonly the woman’s abdomen.

<b>Natural Remedy #4-Reducing estrogen intake</b>

Excessive estrogen contributes to creating hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance can cause ovarian cysts, which may be risky especially if it’s causing painful symptoms and discomfort. That’s why you have to limit the intake of foods having estrogen and xenoestrogens.

If you would like to learn exactly how to eliminate your ovarian cysts naturally and banish all associated symptoms completely, please visit Ovarian Cyst Miracle.

The unique feature of this treatment is the personal one-to-one email counseling given by the devoted creator of the system, herself a former sufferer, who is totally committed to helping as many women as possible to be cyst-free for life by learning how to use natural remedies for a cyst on the ovaries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    I was told that l’ve got features of PC OS on my right ovary and large complex ovarian cyst.l’m depress.?
    my doctor said he would refer me to a gnaecologist that l would be operated on to bring out one of the ovary.l really don’t understand.can u pls,explain more to me and would l be able to give birth.how long does the fertility treatment take after the operation?he said my right ovary is of increased volume and contains an increased number of ovarian follicles all peripherally locaated and my leaf ovary contains a unilocular complex cyst with both a soft tissue density and fluid component 50/50.what is the operation he said called and would l be able to ve children after the operation and fertility treatment.how long does it take to get back to normal?thanks

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS can cause infertility in general, pre or post operation. Best to see an Endocrinologist and once you’re ready to conceive see a fertility doctor. Every woman’s body is different.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts and Nonconventional nonsurgical treatment?
    I was diagnosed with somewhat large cysts on both ovaries this summer. One cyst is complex (which means it could be an endometrioma or a dermoid cyst) and the other looks like a large fluid or blood filled cyst but they don’t know for sure. The doctors are recommending surgery but I don’t want to try surgery as of yet. I am currently on birth control pills to help with cysts and I also am going to try some natural therapies from a licensed Naturopath. I have a question for you guys. Should I continue taking the birth control pills along with the herbal and Chinese medicines or should I stop the birth control pills and just take the natural remedies? I began the pill in late August and if actually feels as if one of my cyst has grown larger since then. I also have some breast tenderness. A lot of people say that birth control pills are “toxic” and if I’m going to do natural medicine, then I should just do that. What do you all think? Any advice would be much appreciated.
    I don’t have any children.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis

      #Apis mellifica. [Apis]
      Few remedies cause as many ovarian symptoms as Apis. It has an active congestion of the right ovary going on to ovaritis, with soreness in the inguinal region, burning, stinging and tumefaction. Ovarian cysts in their incipiency have been arrested by this remedy; here one of the indicating features is numbness down the thigh. It has also proved useful in affections of the left ovary. Tightness of the chest may also be present, with the occurrence of a reflex cough and urging to urinate. Mercurius corrosivus. Hughes prefers this remedy in ovarian neuralgia. Peritoneal complications also indicate it. Bovista has also cured ovarian tumors.

      #Belladonna. [Bell]
      As this remedy is one particularly adapted to glandular growths it is especially useful in acute ovaritis, and more so if the peritoneum be involved. The pains are clutching and throbbing, worse on the right side, the slightest jar is painful, and the patient is extremely sensitive. The symptoms appear suddenly; flushed face and other Belladonna symptoms are present. Platinum. Ovaries sensitive, burning pains in them, bearing down, chronic ovarian irritation with sexual excitement. Much ovarian induration is present. Palladium. Swelling and induration of right ovary. It lacks the mental symptoms of Platinum, such as mental egotism and excitement. Aurum. Ovarian induration. Lilium. Ovarian neuralgias. Burning pains from ovary up into abdomen and down into thighs, shooting pains from left ovary across the pubes, or up to the mammary gland. Staphisagria. Very useful in ovarian irritation in nervous, irritable women. Hypochondriacal moods.

      #Lachesis. [Lach]
      Pain in left ovary relieved by a discharge from the uterus; can bear nothing heavy on region. Hughes and Guernsey seem to think that Lachesis acts even more prominently on the right ovary; others believe the opposite, the tendency of affections being, however, to move from the left toward the right side. Suppuration and chronic enlargements of ovary may call for Lachesis. Zincum. Boring in the left ovary relieved by the flow, somewhat better from pressure; fidgety feet. Graphites. Swelling and induration of the left ovary; also pains in the right ovarian region with delayed scanty menses. Argentum metallicum. Bruised pain in left ovary and sensation as if ovary were growing large. Naja. Violent crampy pain in left ovary. Dr. Hughes valued it in obscure ovarian pains not inflammatory in nature.

      #Arsenicum. [Ars]
      Burning tensive pains in the ovaries, especially in the right. Ovaritis relieved by hot applications. Patient thirsty, irritable and restless. Colocynth. Ovarian colic; griping pains, relieved by bending double; stitching pains deep in right ovarian region. It is also a useful remedy,according to Southwick, in ovaritis of left ovary with colicky pains. A dropsical condition may be present. Hamamelis. Ovaritis and ovarian neuralgia. Ludlam praises this remedy in the sub-acute form of gonorrhoeal ovaritis; it allays the pain and averts the menstrual derangement. Ovaritis after a blow. There is agonizing soreness all over the abdomen. An external application of hot extract of Hamamelis acts marvelously in subduing the distress and pain consequent to ovaritis. Iodine. Congestion or dropsy of the right ovary. Dwindling of the mammae; dull, pressing, wedge-like pain, extending from right ovary to uterus like a plug, worse during menstruation. Thuja. Left-sided ovaritis, with suspicion of veneral taint, calls for Thuja. Grumbling pains in the ovaries all the time, with mental irritability, call for Thuja. Podophyllum has a pain in the right ovary, running down the thigh of that side. Numbness may be an attending symptom.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

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  5. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Mass – Endometrioma or Functional Cyst?
    Hi,

    I was hoping that someone could provide me with some advice. Below are my reports, this has been going on for more than 10 months. I saw one Gynecological Oncologist and she said that the reports show functional cysts (despite having them for 10 months) that will go away by themselve and no treatment is needed. That was last week.

    I saw another Gynecological Oncologist this morning for a second opinion and she said that they are Endometrioma. She has scheduled an Trans-vaginal ultrasound for Jamuary 21, and I will get those results from her on February 4, 2009.

    I am completely confused. I do not know which one to trust. Worse still – will these continue to grow? What if they are neither? My CA125 was 63. My father died of colon cancer and my paternal Aunt of Breast Cancer.

    My first report dated February 8, 2008 states:
    Endometrium double layer thickness is just over 7mm.
    The uterus is anteverted with overall diameters 37x40x76mms. There
    appears to be a fibroid subserosal posterior at the fundus 24x19x14mms.
    In the cervix, there is a little cyst 8mms.
    The right ovary is 34x28x22mmx. Here we find 2 follicles or a
    biloculted cyst with a thick septum, more likely that these represent 2
    adjacent follicles.
    The septation between the two are little hyper vascular.
    The left ovary is 30x30x28mms contains a follicle 13x8mms.
    The cul-de-sac is clear and the bladder appear normal.

    Report 2 dated Sept 22, 2008:
    The uterus measures 7.7×4.8×3.7cm. There is a fibroid at the fundus
    measuring 2.2cm. Endometrial lining is 0.4cm. In both
    adnexa there are abnormalities. On the left there is a complex
    primarily solid but inhomogeneous irregular mass measuring
    6.1×4.1×3.7cm. On the right there is one measuring 2.5×2.4×2.3cm.
    Sorry, should have mentioned that I am 37 years old, have never had kids, and got my period when I was 13. Symptoms: bloating pelvic tenderness, lower back and leg pain, headaches, constant need to urinate (sometimes a lot, sometimes a false call!) and extremely tired. Very heavy and painful menses.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Sorry to hear about all this trouble you’ve been having. I had ovarian cancer some years ago. Of course I can’t say what exactly is wrong with you, if two gyn oncs who examined you are both unsure what you have. So I can’t make any judgment one way or the other. But if I were you, I’d schedule an appointment with another gyn onc for a third opinion. You can bring your scans. It sounds like the second gyn onc isn’t too worried, or she’d have scheduled further testing immediately rather than in a month.

      Your symptoms could mean a variety of things–that’s one of the difficulties of ovarian cancer. Its symptoms are also the symptoms of many common and not terribly dangerous ovarian problems. Likewise your CA-125. This test, while used for detection of ovarian cancer, is actually testing something that rises in your body in the presence of any abdominal inflammation. So the things you currently have–a cyst, maybe uterine fibroids–could cause a rise in CA-125 all on their own, with no need for them to be cancerous.

      Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    Hysterectomy, ovarian cancer and untrustworthy obgyn. How to find a conservative doc?
    I went to the doctor for irregular period and was sent for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed complex cysts in both ovaries. There are no secondary signs of cancer such as ascites, lymph involvement, metastaes, but my doctor began saying “We assume it is cancer – you need to prepare for surgery and chemo.”

    Off to the gynacologist she recommended and this guy says – it is a 15% chance it is ovarian cancer, and if it is we will perform a total hysterectomy. If it is NOT cancer…. we will perform a total hysterectomy. Now I found this disconcerting. I asked – why would you take both ovaries? His answer – because they might become cancerous. So why take the uterus? “Because that is what we do – we call it a total clean out.”

    In the mean time, I consulted with the HERS Foundation and they went over my radiological reports and said that there were no signs that would indicate cancer. In fact, they said that the radiological reports were insufficient and needed to be redone – essential information is missing and some information just makes no sense (suspected findings – do you see them or not? That is the only question you are being asked radiology man!) They suggested I seek out an obgyn who would perform a cystectomy.

    So here is my conundrum – two radically divergent opinions. I do not feel comfortable with a plan to remove a healthy organ (my uterus, which I have grown attached to!!) because that is “what they do.” In general, I feel as though this guy just wants to perform a hysterectomy regardless and I know it is not necessary if there is no cancer. On the other hand, I don’t want to delay and start the process over for fear that if it is cancer it might progress leading to the loss of my reproductive organs and all other signs of life.

    Has anyone sought a more conservative physician for the treatment of cysts or fibroids? Is there any good way to expedite the process on the chance that the clock is ticking? I am in central Ohio if anyone knows of a good surgeon who isn’t slice-happy.

    Thanks for your time!
    To clarify, I have had two radiologists look at my film, both of whom said that they saw nothing in the CT or sonogram to suggest cancer – none of the expected characteristics are there and some things that are there counter-indicate cancer. I understand that were the biopsy to come back, everything would have to come out, however if it is negative, there is no reason to remove healthy organs because “that’s what we do.” The gynecologist I was sent to is a one trick pony who removes all of the reproductive organs for cysts, fibroids etc.

    My question is how to expedite finding a gynecological surgeon who will NOT mutilate me if it is not cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      I HIGHLY recommend you check out www.hystersisters.com. They helped me EXTREMELY with my questions and advice on hysterectomies. It’s a support group and it’s FREE.

      I wish I’d found the site before I had mine. A lot of my questions and concerns would have been answered with just looking at the responses on this website. But I stumbled on the site a few days after my hysterectomy and learned of various things I should do before the surgery, things I’m entitled to at the hospital (which the hospital doesn’t tell you), questions to ask the doctor, etc. It’s an awesome site for women.

      I hope it helps you, it has helped me and my family and friends.

  7. QUESTION:
    DPO 1 after Surgery to remove Dermoid?
    I am currently considering my doctor’s suggestion of injectible hormones to stimulate ovulation. My periods were irregular and some months I was not producing any progesterone. I had surgery to remove a dermoid ovarian cyst of over 4cms in early June. My other ovary was covered in several simple and complex cysts as well which were drained at the time the dermoid was removed. In my post op appointment my doctor wants to skip over clomid and go straight to injectibles due to my age. When I asked if it was possible now to get pregnant without treatment she said sure, but not to wait too long. We are trying on our own now for July, August and Sept. If I do not concieve by then I will begin treatment in Oct.

    Since I had the cysts taken care of my hormones have definitely changed. I am experiencing PMS again, which I had not for almost 5 years. I have sore breasts which indicates I produced progesterone (yay). I have a stronger libido as well. According to all I’ve read there really is no definitive reason for this. I suspect the cyst was causing more issues than we realized.

    My question is… is it possible I’ve increased my chances of conceiving now? I should have ovulated yesterday according to my calendar (btw, my period now seems regular) and we baby danced last Thurs, Mon, and yesterday. Should we do it again soon? What do you think? Has anyone else experienced this?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Recurring Ovarian Cysts?
    I have been having a lot of issues with ovarian cysts. In April 2010, I had a bilateral cystectomy. One cyst was removed from each ovary and they were complex dermoid cysts. They were large and painful. I was told to discontinue birth control pills for awhile and let my ovaries “heal and do what they do naturally” (my doctor’s words).

    Anyway during 2010, I moved to another state and I decided to see what was going on with my body and make sure that I was still free of cysts. My new doctor put me on birth control pills (low dose) and also ordered an ultrasound. The ultrasound says that the cysts are back (not as big as before though). I am so frustrated. I am willing to do whatever therapies (conventional and unconventional) to get rid of these recurrent cysts. I don’t want to undergo surgery again because it seemed like it didn’t help before. I am waiting on my doctor to refer me to someone and the wait is agonizing. Is there any help for ovarian cysts? The ones they said I have now are not really painful. I was sore after the trans-vaginal ultrasound but the pain is soreness, not major pain like it was the first time that I had this cyst issue.

    I am at the end of my rope and willing to consider any and all treatments natural, conventional or otherwise. I would like some advice. I will be choosing a best answer. Thanks in advance for your time. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      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 – as in your case.

      That’s why 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.

      Hope this helps.

  9. QUESTION:
    At the end of my rope with ovarian cysts?
    I have been having a lot of issues with ovarian cysts. In April 2010, I had a bilateral cystectomy. One cyst was removed from each ovary and they were complex dermoid cysts. They were large and painful. I was told to discontinue birth control pills for awhile and let my ovaries “heal and do what they do naturally” (my doctor’s words).

    Anyway during 2010, I moved to another state and I decided to see what was going on with my body and make sure that I was still free of cysts. My new doctor put me on birth control pills (low dose) and also ordered an ultrasound. The ultrasound says that the cysts are back (not as big as before though). I am so frustrated. I am willing to do whatever therapies (conventional and unconventional) to get rid of these recurrent cysts. I don’t want to undergo surgery again because it seemed like it didn’t help before. I am waiting on my doctor to refer me to someone and the wait is agonizing. Is there any help for ovarian cysts? The ones they said I have now are not really painful. I was sore after the trans-vaginal ultrasound but the pain is soreness, not major pain like it was the first time that I had this cyst issue.

    I am at the end of my rope and willing to consider any and all treatments natural, conventional or otherwise. I would like some advice. I will be choosing a best answer. Thanks in advance for your time. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you contacted a Naturopathic doctor in your area? A great place to start. Also some general suggestions to bring balance to the body…
      Cut out as much as possible:
      Refined carbohydrates, Trans Fatty Acids (all oils that have been processed – Canola, corn, soy, etc.), Soy (in any form), Beans and Legumes

      Some basic supplementation to assist in balancing hormones:

      Cod liver oil capsules – up to 10-20,000 IUs per day
      A good ‘green drink’ – health food stores – organic is best if you can find it. One serving per day in juice with fruit in blender
      I use herbs that balance the Female system…many out there to work with. Start some reading or email me for specifics
      Can also research using Castor Oil Paks over the ovaries &/or Liver area to help process excess estrogen and break down cysts…also helps with pain. Again look online for specifics on how to do this or email me.

      Really also comes down to cleaning out the junk..eating better..moving your bowels at least twice daily and drinking more water. Exercise (cardio) and yoga are also very beneficial.

      PS…never buy into the concept that there’s nothing you can do. EVER :o)

  10. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Mass – Endometrioma or Functional Cyst?
    (Re-posted question. I posted last night but only had one response (Thanks for taking the time), but am posting again in the hopes of more responses)
    Hi,

    I was hoping that someone could provide me with some advice. Below are my reports, this has been going on for more than 10 months. I saw one Gynecological Oncologist and she said that the reports show functional cysts (despite having them for 10 months) that will go away by themselve and no treatment is needed. That was last week.

    I saw another Gynecological Oncologist this morning for a second opinion and she said that they are Endometrioma. She has scheduled an Trans-vaginal ultrasound for Jamuary 21, and I will get those results from her on February 4, 2009.

    I am completely confused. I do not know which one to trust. Worse still – will these continue to grow? What if they are neither? My CA125 was 63. My father died of colon cancer and my paternal Aunt of Breast Cancer.

    My first report dated February 8, 2008 states:
    Endometrium double layer thickness is just over 7mm.
    The uterus is anteverted with overall diameters 37x40x76mms. There
    appears to be a fibroid subserosal posterior at the fundus 24x19x14mms.
    In the cervix, there is a little cyst 8mms.
    The right ovary is 34x28x22mmx. Here we find 2 follicles or a
    biloculted cyst with a thick septum, more likely that these represent 2
    adjacent follicles.
    The septation between the two are little hyper vascular.
    The left ovary is 30x30x28mms contains a follicle 13x8mms.
    The cul-de-sac is clear and the bladder appear normal.

    Report 2 dated Sept 22, 2008:
    The uterus measures 7.7×4.8×3.7cm. There is a fibroid at the fundus
    measuring 2.2cm. Endometrial lining is 0.4cm. In both
    adnexa there are abnormalities. On the left there is a complex
    primarily solid but inhomogeneous irregular mass measuring
    6.1×4.1×3.7cm. On the right there is one measuring 2.5×2.4×2.3cm.

    * 17 hours ago
    * – 1 week left to answer.

    Additional Details

    16 hours ago
    Sorry, should have mentioned that I am 37 years old, have never had kids, and got my period when I was 13. Symptoms: bloating pelvic tenderness, lower back and leg pain, headaches, constant need to urinate (sometimes a lot, sometimes a false call!) and extremely tired. Very heavy and painful menses.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=19373

      This is a good summary on functional cysts as you see the raised CA125 can be a sign

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/255865-overview

      This covers all kinds of cysts – and you can see quite a few of your symptoms are in their list.

      I think if either of them thought they were sinister findings you would be getting treated much, much quicker, so I don’t think you need to worry.

      Oh, BTW, your fibroid is a reasonable sie and could definately be leading to heavy menses and you could also be anaemic


Complex Cyst On Ovary Treatments

Ovarian cysts are very common among women and because there are so many different types of cyst , it is important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible, in order to determine what action needs to be taken.

The most common type of ovarian cysts are caused by slight abnormalities in the functioning of the ovaries and these are called functional cysts, of which there are two types, follicular and luteal. The abnormal cysts are very different to the functional cysts because they are the result of abnormal cell growth. They consist of endometrial, dermoid and polycystic cysts. This doesn’t mean that they are all cancerous, in most cases they are simply benign growths but it is important to define what type of cyst a woman has before making any decisions with regard to treatment.

It is normal practice for a doctor to prescribe a course of hormonal tablets and then tell the patient to sit back and wait to see what happens so that the growth of the ovarian cyst can be monitored. In the event of the cyst already being large and troublesome, then the normal course of action would be surgery. However, women all over are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with this course of events since quite often their cysts grow bigger whilst they are waiting, and all too often risky surgery is advised, which in some cases leads to damage of the ovaries and difficulty in becoming pregnant.
Now a lot of these problems can be avoided by women taking control of their own bodies and implementing some dietary changes, which in most cases will not only help shrink the cysts but will prevent it from recurring.

The following changes in diet are recommended:

It is necessary to cut back on estrogen laden foods and carbohydrates since these foods are known to power cysts. The consumption of too much estrogen rich foods aids the growth of cysts, whilst too many carbs not only leads to weight gain, but the estrogen gets stored in fat cells and this excess encourages the growth of ovarian cysts that fail to dissolve naturally. For any woman who thinks she may have the signs of an ovarian cyst, it is really important to change to a low carbohydrate diet. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, oil rich fish and soy products and foods that are high in fibre.

As mentioned previously, cut back on estrogen rich foods such a tomatoes, non organic red meat and dairy products and it would be wise to take lycopene gel caps to replace the anti-oxidant benefits of tomatoes. Also cut back on alcohol and avoid iron supplements, unless they have been prescribed by a doctor for anaemia. Cancer cells are known to feed on iron and that is the reason why it is important to cut back on red meat which is rich in iron.

Whilst adopting this dietary change it would also be beneficial to take a multi vitamin pill to make sure your diet is well balanced.

Changing your diet is just one way that you can help alleviate pain and start to shrink the cyst and prevent it from coming back. So many women are led to believe that medication and surgery are their only options when dealing with different types of cysts, but trust me when I tell you that natural treatments can and do work to effectively relieve pain, shrink the cyst and prevent it from coming back.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I was told that l’ve got features of PC OS on my right ovary and large complex ovarian cyst.l’m depress.?
    my doctor said he would refer me to a gnaecologist that l would be operated on to bring out one of the ovary.l really don’t understand.can u pls,explain more to me and would l be able to give birth.how long does the fertility treatment take after the operation?he said my right ovary is of increased volume and contains an increased number of ovarian follicles all peripherally locaated and my leaf ovary contains a unilocular complex cyst with both a soft tissue density and fluid component 50/50.what is the operation he said called and would l be able to ve children after the operation and fertility treatment.how long does it take to get back to normal?thanks

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS can cause infertility in general, pre or post operation. Best to see an Endocrinologist and once you’re ready to conceive see a fertility doctor. Every woman’s body is different.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Mass – Endometrioma or Functional Cyst?
    Hi,

    I was hoping that someone could provide me with some advice. Below are my reports, this has been going on for more than 10 months. I saw one Gynecological Oncologist and she said that the reports show functional cysts (despite having them for 10 months) that will go away by themselve and no treatment is needed. That was last week.

    I saw another Gynecological Oncologist this morning for a second opinion and she said that they are Endometrioma. She has scheduled an Trans-vaginal ultrasound for Jamuary 21, and I will get those results from her on February 4, 2009.

    I am completely confused. I do not know which one to trust. Worse still – will these continue to grow? What if they are neither? My CA125 was 63. My father died of colon cancer and my paternal Aunt of Breast Cancer.

    My first report dated February 8, 2008 states:
    Endometrium double layer thickness is just over 7mm.
    The uterus is anteverted with overall diameters 37x40x76mms. There
    appears to be a fibroid subserosal posterior at the fundus 24x19x14mms.
    In the cervix, there is a little cyst 8mms.
    The right ovary is 34x28x22mmx. Here we find 2 follicles or a
    biloculted cyst with a thick septum, more likely that these represent 2
    adjacent follicles.
    The septation between the two are little hyper vascular.
    The left ovary is 30x30x28mms contains a follicle 13x8mms.
    The cul-de-sac is clear and the bladder appear normal.

    Report 2 dated Sept 22, 2008:
    The uterus measures 7.7×4.8×3.7cm. There is a fibroid at the fundus
    measuring 2.2cm. Endometrial lining is 0.4cm. In both
    adnexa there are abnormalities. On the left there is a complex
    primarily solid but inhomogeneous irregular mass measuring
    6.1×4.1×3.7cm. On the right there is one measuring 2.5×2.4×2.3cm.
    Sorry, should have mentioned that I am 37 years old, have never had kids, and got my period when I was 13. Symptoms: bloating pelvic tenderness, lower back and leg pain, headaches, constant need to urinate (sometimes a lot, sometimes a false call!) and extremely tired. Very heavy and painful menses.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Sorry to hear about all this trouble you’ve been having. I had ovarian cancer some years ago. Of course I can’t say what exactly is wrong with you, if two gyn oncs who examined you are both unsure what you have. So I can’t make any judgment one way or the other. But if I were you, I’d schedule an appointment with another gyn onc for a third opinion. You can bring your scans. It sounds like the second gyn onc isn’t too worried, or she’d have scheduled further testing immediately rather than in a month.

      Your symptoms could mean a variety of things–that’s one of the difficulties of ovarian cancer. Its symptoms are also the symptoms of many common and not terribly dangerous ovarian problems. Likewise your CA-125. This test, while used for detection of ovarian cancer, is actually testing something that rises in your body in the presence of any abdominal inflammation. So the things you currently have–a cyst, maybe uterine fibroids–could cause a rise in CA-125 all on their own, with no need for them to be cancerous.

      Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts and Nonconventional nonsurgical treatment?
    I was diagnosed with somewhat large cysts on both ovaries this summer. One cyst is complex (which means it could be an endometrioma or a dermoid cyst) and the other looks like a large fluid or blood filled cyst but they don’t know for sure. The doctors are recommending surgery but I don’t want to try surgery as of yet. I am currently on birth control pills to help with cysts and I also am going to try some natural therapies from a licensed Naturopath. I have a question for you guys. Should I continue taking the birth control pills along with the herbal and Chinese medicines or should I stop the birth control pills and just take the natural remedies? I began the pill in late August and if actually feels as if one of my cyst has grown larger since then. I also have some breast tenderness. A lot of people say that birth control pills are “toxic” and if I’m going to do natural medicine, then I should just do that. What do you all think? Any advice would be much appreciated.
    I don’t have any children.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis

      #Apis mellifica. [Apis]
      Few remedies cause as many ovarian symptoms as Apis. It has an active congestion of the right ovary going on to ovaritis, with soreness in the inguinal region, burning, stinging and tumefaction. Ovarian cysts in their incipiency have been arrested by this remedy; here one of the indicating features is numbness down the thigh. It has also proved useful in affections of the left ovary. Tightness of the chest may also be present, with the occurrence of a reflex cough and urging to urinate. Mercurius corrosivus. Hughes prefers this remedy in ovarian neuralgia. Peritoneal complications also indicate it. Bovista has also cured ovarian tumors.

      #Belladonna. [Bell]
      As this remedy is one particularly adapted to glandular growths it is especially useful in acute ovaritis, and more so if the peritoneum be involved. The pains are clutching and throbbing, worse on the right side, the slightest jar is painful, and the patient is extremely sensitive. The symptoms appear suddenly; flushed face and other Belladonna symptoms are present. Platinum. Ovaries sensitive, burning pains in them, bearing down, chronic ovarian irritation with sexual excitement. Much ovarian induration is present. Palladium. Swelling and induration of right ovary. It lacks the mental symptoms of Platinum, such as mental egotism and excitement. Aurum. Ovarian induration. Lilium. Ovarian neuralgias. Burning pains from ovary up into abdomen and down into thighs, shooting pains from left ovary across the pubes, or up to the mammary gland. Staphisagria. Very useful in ovarian irritation in nervous, irritable women. Hypochondriacal moods.

      #Lachesis. [Lach]
      Pain in left ovary relieved by a discharge from the uterus; can bear nothing heavy on region. Hughes and Guernsey seem to think that Lachesis acts even more prominently on the right ovary; others believe the opposite, the tendency of affections being, however, to move from the left toward the right side. Suppuration and chronic enlargements of ovary may call for Lachesis. Zincum. Boring in the left ovary relieved by the flow, somewhat better from pressure; fidgety feet. Graphites. Swelling and induration of the left ovary; also pains in the right ovarian region with delayed scanty menses. Argentum metallicum. Bruised pain in left ovary and sensation as if ovary were growing large. Naja. Violent crampy pain in left ovary. Dr. Hughes valued it in obscure ovarian pains not inflammatory in nature.

      #Arsenicum. [Ars]
      Burning tensive pains in the ovaries, especially in the right. Ovaritis relieved by hot applications. Patient thirsty, irritable and restless. Colocynth. Ovarian colic; griping pains, relieved by bending double; stitching pains deep in right ovarian region. It is also a useful remedy,according to Southwick, in ovaritis of left ovary with colicky pains. A dropsical condition may be present. Hamamelis. Ovaritis and ovarian neuralgia. Ludlam praises this remedy in the sub-acute form of gonorrhoeal ovaritis; it allays the pain and averts the menstrual derangement. Ovaritis after a blow. There is agonizing soreness all over the abdomen. An external application of hot extract of Hamamelis acts marvelously in subduing the distress and pain consequent to ovaritis. Iodine. Congestion or dropsy of the right ovary. Dwindling of the mammae; dull, pressing, wedge-like pain, extending from right ovary to uterus like a plug, worse during menstruation. Thuja. Left-sided ovaritis, with suspicion of veneral taint, calls for Thuja. Grumbling pains in the ovaries all the time, with mental irritability, call for Thuja. Podophyllum has a pain in the right ovary, running down the thigh of that side. Numbness may be an attending symptom.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

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  6. QUESTION:
    Hysterectomy, ovarian cancer and untrustworthy obgyn. How to find a conservative doc?
    I went to the doctor for irregular period and was sent for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed complex cysts in both ovaries. There are no secondary signs of cancer such as ascites, lymph involvement, metastaes, but my doctor began saying “We assume it is cancer – you need to prepare for surgery and chemo.”

    Off to the gynacologist she recommended and this guy says – it is a 15% chance it is ovarian cancer, and if it is we will perform a total hysterectomy. If it is NOT cancer…. we will perform a total hysterectomy. Now I found this disconcerting. I asked – why would you take both ovaries? His answer – because they might become cancerous. So why take the uterus? “Because that is what we do – we call it a total clean out.”

    In the mean time, I consulted with the HERS Foundation and they went over my radiological reports and said that there were no signs that would indicate cancer. In fact, they said that the radiological reports were insufficient and needed to be redone – essential information is missing and some information just makes no sense (suspected findings – do you see them or not? That is the only question you are being asked radiology man!) They suggested I seek out an obgyn who would perform a cystectomy.

    So here is my conundrum – two radically divergent opinions. I do not feel comfortable with a plan to remove a healthy organ (my uterus, which I have grown attached to!!) because that is “what they do.” In general, I feel as though this guy just wants to perform a hysterectomy regardless and I know it is not necessary if there is no cancer. On the other hand, I don’t want to delay and start the process over for fear that if it is cancer it might progress leading to the loss of my reproductive organs and all other signs of life.

    Has anyone sought a more conservative physician for the treatment of cysts or fibroids? Is there any good way to expedite the process on the chance that the clock is ticking? I am in central Ohio if anyone knows of a good surgeon who isn’t slice-happy.

    Thanks for your time!
    To clarify, I have had two radiologists look at my film, both of whom said that they saw nothing in the CT or sonogram to suggest cancer – none of the expected characteristics are there and some things that are there counter-indicate cancer. I understand that were the biopsy to come back, everything would have to come out, however if it is negative, there is no reason to remove healthy organs because “that’s what we do.” The gynecologist I was sent to is a one trick pony who removes all of the reproductive organs for cysts, fibroids etc.

    My question is how to expedite finding a gynecological surgeon who will NOT mutilate me if it is not cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      I HIGHLY recommend you check out www.hystersisters.com. They helped me EXTREMELY with my questions and advice on hysterectomies. It’s a support group and it’s FREE.

      I wish I’d found the site before I had mine. A lot of my questions and concerns would have been answered with just looking at the responses on this website. But I stumbled on the site a few days after my hysterectomy and learned of various things I should do before the surgery, things I’m entitled to at the hospital (which the hospital doesn’t tell you), questions to ask the doctor, etc. It’s an awesome site for women.

      I hope it helps you, it has helped me and my family and friends.

  7. QUESTION:
    Recurring Ovarian Cysts?
    I have been having a lot of issues with ovarian cysts. In April 2010, I had a bilateral cystectomy. One cyst was removed from each ovary and they were complex dermoid cysts. They were large and painful. I was told to discontinue birth control pills for awhile and let my ovaries “heal and do what they do naturally” (my doctor’s words).

    Anyway during 2010, I moved to another state and I decided to see what was going on with my body and make sure that I was still free of cysts. My new doctor put me on birth control pills (low dose) and also ordered an ultrasound. The ultrasound says that the cysts are back (not as big as before though). I am so frustrated. I am willing to do whatever therapies (conventional and unconventional) to get rid of these recurrent cysts. I don’t want to undergo surgery again because it seemed like it didn’t help before. I am waiting on my doctor to refer me to someone and the wait is agonizing. Is there any help for ovarian cysts? The ones they said I have now are not really painful. I was sore after the trans-vaginal ultrasound but the pain is soreness, not major pain like it was the first time that I had this cyst issue.

    I am at the end of my rope and willing to consider any and all treatments natural, conventional or otherwise. I would like some advice. I will be choosing a best answer. Thanks in advance for your time. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      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 – as in your case.

      That’s why 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.

      Hope this helps.

  8. QUESTION:
    At the end of my rope with ovarian cysts?
    I have been having a lot of issues with ovarian cysts. In April 2010, I had a bilateral cystectomy. One cyst was removed from each ovary and they were complex dermoid cysts. They were large and painful. I was told to discontinue birth control pills for awhile and let my ovaries “heal and do what they do naturally” (my doctor’s words).

    Anyway during 2010, I moved to another state and I decided to see what was going on with my body and make sure that I was still free of cysts. My new doctor put me on birth control pills (low dose) and also ordered an ultrasound. The ultrasound says that the cysts are back (not as big as before though). I am so frustrated. I am willing to do whatever therapies (conventional and unconventional) to get rid of these recurrent cysts. I don’t want to undergo surgery again because it seemed like it didn’t help before. I am waiting on my doctor to refer me to someone and the wait is agonizing. Is there any help for ovarian cysts? The ones they said I have now are not really painful. I was sore after the trans-vaginal ultrasound but the pain is soreness, not major pain like it was the first time that I had this cyst issue.

    I am at the end of my rope and willing to consider any and all treatments natural, conventional or otherwise. I would like some advice. I will be choosing a best answer. Thanks in advance for your time. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you contacted a Naturopathic doctor in your area? A great place to start. Also some general suggestions to bring balance to the body…
      Cut out as much as possible:
      Refined carbohydrates, Trans Fatty Acids (all oils that have been processed – Canola, corn, soy, etc.), Soy (in any form), Beans and Legumes

      Some basic supplementation to assist in balancing hormones:

      Cod liver oil capsules – up to 10-20,000 IUs per day
      A good ‘green drink’ – health food stores – organic is best if you can find it. One serving per day in juice with fruit in blender
      I use herbs that balance the Female system…many out there to work with. Start some reading or email me for specifics
      Can also research using Castor Oil Paks over the ovaries &/or Liver area to help process excess estrogen and break down cysts…also helps with pain. Again look online for specifics on how to do this or email me.

      Really also comes down to cleaning out the junk..eating better..moving your bowels at least twice daily and drinking more water. Exercise (cardio) and yoga are also very beneficial.

      PS…never buy into the concept that there’s nothing you can do. EVER :o)

  9. QUESTION:
    DPO 1 after Surgery to remove Dermoid?
    I am currently considering my doctor’s suggestion of injectible hormones to stimulate ovulation. My periods were irregular and some months I was not producing any progesterone. I had surgery to remove a dermoid ovarian cyst of over 4cms in early June. My other ovary was covered in several simple and complex cysts as well which were drained at the time the dermoid was removed. In my post op appointment my doctor wants to skip over clomid and go straight to injectibles due to my age. When I asked if it was possible now to get pregnant without treatment she said sure, but not to wait too long. We are trying on our own now for July, August and Sept. If I do not concieve by then I will begin treatment in Oct.

    Since I had the cysts taken care of my hormones have definitely changed. I am experiencing PMS again, which I had not for almost 5 years. I have sore breasts which indicates I produced progesterone (yay). I have a stronger libido as well. According to all I’ve read there really is no definitive reason for this. I suspect the cyst was causing more issues than we realized.

    My question is… is it possible I’ve increased my chances of conceiving now? I should have ovulated yesterday according to my calendar (btw, my period now seems regular) and we baby danced last Thurs, Mon, and yesterday. Should we do it again soon? What do you think? Has anyone else experienced this?

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  10. QUESTION:
    Complex Ovarian Mass – Endometrioma or Functional Cyst?
    (Re-posted question. I posted last night but only had one response (Thanks for taking the time), but am posting again in the hopes of more responses)
    Hi,

    I was hoping that someone could provide me with some advice. Below are my reports, this has been going on for more than 10 months. I saw one Gynecological Oncologist and she said that the reports show functional cysts (despite having them for 10 months) that will go away by themselve and no treatment is needed. That was last week.

    I saw another Gynecological Oncologist this morning for a second opinion and she said that they are Endometrioma. She has scheduled an Trans-vaginal ultrasound for Jamuary 21, and I will get those results from her on February 4, 2009.

    I am completely confused. I do not know which one to trust. Worse still – will these continue to grow? What if they are neither? My CA125 was 63. My father died of colon cancer and my paternal Aunt of Breast Cancer.

    My first report dated February 8, 2008 states:
    Endometrium double layer thickness is just over 7mm.
    The uterus is anteverted with overall diameters 37x40x76mms. There
    appears to be a fibroid subserosal posterior at the fundus 24x19x14mms.
    In the cervix, there is a little cyst 8mms.
    The right ovary is 34x28x22mmx. Here we find 2 follicles or a
    biloculted cyst with a thick septum, more likely that these represent 2
    adjacent follicles.
    The septation between the two are little hyper vascular.
    The left ovary is 30x30x28mms contains a follicle 13x8mms.
    The cul-de-sac is clear and the bladder appear normal.

    Report 2 dated Sept 22, 2008:
    The uterus measures 7.7×4.8×3.7cm. There is a fibroid at the fundus
    measuring 2.2cm. Endometrial lining is 0.4cm. In both
    adnexa there are abnormalities. On the left there is a complex
    primarily solid but inhomogeneous irregular mass measuring
    6.1×4.1×3.7cm. On the right there is one measuring 2.5×2.4×2.3cm.

    * 17 hours ago
    * – 1 week left to answer.

    Additional Details

    16 hours ago
    Sorry, should have mentioned that I am 37 years old, have never had kids, and got my period when I was 13. Symptoms: bloating pelvic tenderness, lower back and leg pain, headaches, constant need to urinate (sometimes a lot, sometimes a false call!) and extremely tired. Very heavy and painful menses.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=19373

      This is a good summary on functional cysts as you see the raised CA125 can be a sign

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/255865-overview

      This covers all kinds of cysts – and you can see quite a few of your symptoms are in their list.

      I think if either of them thought they were sinister findings you would be getting treated much, much quicker, so I don’t think you need to worry.

      Oh, BTW, your fibroid is a reasonable sie and could definately be leading to heavy menses and you could also be anaemic


Complex Cyst On Ovary And Pregnancy

There are many different types of ovarian cysts. Some are harmless and go away on their own, others are more serious and require the attention of a physician. A complicated ovarian cyst is a cyst that should be addressed as soon as possible as it has the potential of becoming problematic. A complicated ovarian cyst is known among specialists as a complex ovarian cyst.

A complex or complicated ovarian cyst is a sac that is filled with both fluids and solids and is more likely to be cancerous than a simple functional cyst. Still, 85% of all complex cysts are benign so if you have been diagnosed with one, take it seriously, but don’t panic.

There are different types of complex cysts and the type will have an influence on the degree and type of pain you experience and the treatment recommended. A Dermoid Ovarian Cyst is one type of complicated cyst and it is formed from the cells that actually form the egg and therefore the cyst can contain sweat glands, nails, teeth and hair. They can become extremely painful.

Endometriomas are another type of complicated ovarian cyst that is often associated with Endometriosis. Cells from the uterine lining attach to the ovary and form a cyst. Cystadeonmas are the third type of complex cysts and they are the largest of all cysts. It is the size and weight of these cysts that cause the biggest problem, not the danger of malignancy.

It has not been completely determined what causes a complicated ovarian cyst to develop. Some women have a predisposition to developing cysts. Other times neglecting an existing cyst can lead to more serious problems. There also seems to be a correlation between obesity, a lowered immune system, insulin intolerance and other medical problems to the development of cysts. Lifestyle can have an impact as well.

If you are experiencing extreme pain and discomfort in your lower abdomen on one side have it checked out by a medical practitioner. There are a variety of conditions with similar symptoms so it is necessary to have it properly diagnosed. Other symptoms of functional cysts and complicated ovarian cysts include bloating and pressure in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, lower back pain and pain that radiates down one leg. Periods may be heavy and irregular.

If you have been formerly diagnosed with a complex or complicated ovarian cyst follow the advice of your physician. But, taking a holistic approach to your treatment can be beneficial as well. Boosting your immune system with a vitamin and mineral supplement and using herbal remedies to eliminate toxins in your body may help your body function more efficiently and will benefit the healing process.
Evaluate your diet and weight. A correlation has been discovered between excess body weight and ovarian cysts. Keeping hormone levels in balance seems to have a positive influence on the resolution of ovarian cysts of all types. Diet and stress both have a big impact on hormone levels.

To treat a complicated ovarian cyst using holistic methods in addition to medical treatments may include eliminating caffeine, sugar, processed foods and other unhealthy foods and replacement them with fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and lean protein. Reduce stress by making life style changes, adding exercise and meditation and you will be doing what you can do to help heal your body.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst during pregnancy?
    I am 6 weeks pregnant, and during a recent ultrasound, my doctor saw cysts on both ovaries. On my left ovary, she said it was a simple, fluid filled cyst which she wasn’t worried about, as they are normal and will shrink on their own. She thinks there may be a ‘complex’ cyst on my right ovary, and I am going back for another scan to check it again next week. Has anyone had any experience with a complex cyst? Am I more likely to need surgery for that?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep i had the same thing. I was 6 weeks pregnant and went to the ER because i had awful pain in my side so i thought i might have had an ectopic pregnancy. So they did a bunch of tests and an ultrasound and found a complex cyst on my right ovary i beleive it was. They gave me some pain meds and sent me home but i never even took the meds, the pain went away eventually and later they told me that it had collapsed on its own. Thats what happened to me and the doctor also said they usually do collapse on their own. Good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    Can a Complex Cyst Give a BFP and hcg 39?
    I am very confused and will ask my OBGYN Friday. But I’m big on doing research myself. I went to the ER a week after I got a positive pregnancy test for light spotting and cramping. I know that I get cysts, a little underweight, and have a tilted uterus so I wanted to be on the safe side. The U/S Tech said I had a large cyst on my right ovary, she didn’t see any sac, and/or I may be earlier than I thought (after I told her my uterus was tilted.) The DR said he wasn’t sure but he thinks I was never pregnant, the cyst caused my positive test, and my hcg was 39 but at that hospital they consider 50 a positive. (of course he passed me off as a paranoid wannabe pregnant lady that wasted his time) The nurse was very supportive and said it could be an early miscarriage.

    After all that poking and prodding I know it helped that cyst to burst which was and still is very painful. (I get smaller ones during ovulation that burst) So I don’t know if I was pregnant, if the cyst caused all of those symptoms, BFP, hcg level, and feeling like I miscarried. I know now that a tilted uterus makes it hard to see early pregnancy and that’s why they want you to wait til 2nd missed period. I know that complex cysts can cause false pregnancy symptoms BUT can it really cause false positive AND hcg levels? Most women are between 0 and 5-that’s a negative test. And I’ve never gotten positives from my cysts. Or could it be a ruptured cyst and I’m still pregnant? Or could the cyst have caused a miscarriage (which it should because they cause cramps and if the cramps are strong enough with bleeding then it can expel everything, right?) I have already come to terms with the possibility that I’m not pregnant as of now. But I want to know what happened and I’m driving myself crazy lol

    • ANSWER:
      Oh dear! Sounds like you have really been through it! I went to the ER when I had my early miscarriage and I will say I had a horrible experience too. They even asked me over and over if I really had been pregnant! Well, I had a positive blood test. Granted the beta count was low but yes, I knew I had been pregnant. I wouldn’t trust those doctors. They have training in such a broad spectrum, often they don’t know.

      Now, a 39 is low but I have been pregnant 4 times now. The first one everything was fine. Hubby and I decided after 3 years of marriage it was time for a baby, made love every day and boom pregnant in a month! Baby number 2 it was a little more difficult. I went on fertilityfriend.com. became obsessed with fertility and charting lol. I drove myself and my husband crazy. It took about 8-9 cycles and I finally conceived but it resulted in early miscarriage.

      Then, after taking a cycle off to rest and mourn and not being able to track ovulation as my temps and everything were all over the place, I got pregnant the very cycle we started TTC again! He was back and forth on business and I thought that month was shot but still! I tested and the line was super dark before I even put the test down to set the timer!

      I went to the doc to have a Quantitative Serum test done just to make sure, given my last experience. I had over 145,000 beta count! When I went back in a couple days to follow up it had doubled! Good news right? Well they did a trans-vaginal scan and we didn’t even see a sac. It was all very confusing and frustrating. I had to wait a whole week to go back and until then its like, “Am I pregnant or not???” Went in for the scan and there she was! Our lil bean with her blinking heartbeat! They determined I was 6 weeks at that point. YAY!

      This time around we weren’t TTC per say but just enjoying each other without protection lol. We had decided it would be fine to have a 3rd child and knew it would eventually happen. About 3 cycles of just making love whenever and not keeping track, I was pregnant! Now, since I was still breastfeeding at that time my periods were very irregular. In fact, I didnt even get one until she was 14 months old. Then the next cycle was 49 days long! It was the 35th day I tested because a friend made me lol. Soo when I called the doc they weren’t sure how far along I was. We decided to do a Quant and a Trans-vag. Again very high count but not even a sac! UGHH. This time when I went back for the follow up it hadn’t doubled but did go up a bit. The doc wasn’t very hopeful. I went back a week later and boom! Again baby with heartbeat! In fact I got to hear it on the trans vag!

      SOoo the moral here is hCG can do some crazy things and don’t give up just because there is no sac yet. The thing is you could have ovulated later and so are not as far along. It takes about week 6 or so for me anyway to see anything on the scan.

      AS far as I know the only thing that causes hCG over 5 to be in your system is pregnancy OR if you are having hCG injections ;)

      Now, the cramping does not always mean miscarriage and not even some bleeding. When I called in because I was bleeding they didnt even want to see me unless I was filling more than a pad an hour! well I didn’t wait to go in, I knew I was having a miscarriage. Sometimes you just know.

      One thing they can do when you go in is check and see if the cervix is closed or open. Usually if open, it indicates that you have had a loss. They were so rude to me though. The doc even told me finally that I had a loss but it wasn’t a big deal. “The baby was so small it didn’t matter, just a mass of cells!” UGH.

      I am so sorry you had that experience. I will be praying for you that you can get some real answers from the OB/Gyn soon. IF you did lose the baby know that a woman is more fertile after. I don’t know if that helps or not. Just wait to see what happens. :)

      Best of luck and blessings :)

  3. QUESTION:
    possible pregnancy or from my ovarian cyst?!!?
    i was diagnosed with a 4cm complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary 2 weeks ago. the ultrasound report and my urine test both came back negative for pregnancy.

    i had my tubes tied in 2003 but my symptoms lately seem strange to me..

    -frequent urination
    -pulling sensation in my lower abdomen and inner thighs
    -lower back pain
    -severe nausea whenever i eat or drink (it’s really bad like when i was pregnant before-i have 3 girls).
    -tender breasts
    -abdominal heaviness

    i got my period last thursday but it only lasted 2 days.

    i know the chances are like 1 in a million that i’d be pregnant but can a cyst mimic pregnancy symptoms?!!!

    thanks in advance!!!
    forgot to add that my tummy is getting bigger (and harder) and my pants are starting not to fit anymore (not really gaining alot of weight though).

    i’m a tiny girl (5″1 100 pounds) so it worries me that my stomach is getting bigger than normal

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have one similar big and still now i am pregnant.
      The thing with the cysts .. they are coming and going .. u will always have them , but there will be times when its just going away.. And then u can easily get pregnant. I know this from a gynecologist. A good doctor can help you.
      But, dont worry , its not impossible what you want :)

      P.S. a pregnancy can actually help you get rit of the cyst for good.
      Wish you good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the definition of a complex mass?
    I am 5 weeks pregnant today. On wednesday my doctor ordered an ultrasound. They found a “complex mass” near my left ovary. My doctor said he was very concerned, he said it could either be an ectopic pregnancy, a cyst filled with blood and tissue. I have another ultrasound next wednesday(in6days). That way they should be able to see if it is an ectopic or not.
    But what is a complex mass? Please and ideas or comments. I cant stop worrying.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    does this pregnancy sound normal?
    i found out i was 4 wks pregnant on the 13th of october my hcg levels were 697 i then went for an ultrasound at 5wks they said they found a tiny sac like structure measuring 6mm of a gestional age of 5wks but no fetal pole or yolk sac or heartbeat was identified they also found a large complex cyst on my left ovary. They were a bit concerned and wanted me to get a blood test done so on the 23rd of october i had another blood test for my hcg levels and they were 7770 the doc said that im at 6wks. Im wanting to know do you think this will be a viable pregnancy and if i was having an ectopic pregnancy will my hcg levels double or not? Can someone help me does anyone think it was just too early to tell at 5wks oh and this is my first pregnancy

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  6. QUESTION:
    Im needing help on this one, pregnancy problem!?
    I am 17 wks pregnant and been having a hard time urinating for 3 days know, but it has got-ton worse. I have some light lower abdominal cramping that comes and goes! My doctor is on maternity leave so i went to go see a nurse today because of the cramping that started at 3:30am and did go away for a while but know it is back. The nurse claimed that she talked to another doctor about my symptoms and all she told me was to rest and drink cranberry juice. I was tested for a urinary track infection and the test came out clean. I also have slept a lot and just know woke up but am scared that my baby is in danger! What could possible be wrong when i try to urinate and why am i hurting. The pain is not so bad but it is uncomfortable and annoying. Does anyone know what could be wrong? I also do have on my right ovary a giant complex cyst and a small on on my left that my doctor does monitor. I still feel my baby move so thats good! But the nurses did not help me much, i still am having a very hard time peeing.
    Im not nuts, how could you be suck an a**. This is really going on and i just turned 28 thank you.
    The reason i am asking is because the nurse didnt seem to conserned about it and i really dont know what to do?
    I was curious to see what you all thought about it and thought that their would be some real adult ppl out there that would help not be dicks.

    • ANSWER:
      well try and drink alot of water that might help u pee (look at the color)
      when u drink alot of water it should be clearish

  7. QUESTION:
    DOCTORS notes and PREGNANCY???
    sorry this is a little bit long try and bare with me
    the clinic thinks im almost 6 weeks pregnant i think im 3-4 weeks pregnant due to irregular periods that are from 22-53 day cycles
    * went to ER for spotting red and brown on monday at around 11 am the hcg was 436
    * ER for update on tuesday to see if its miscarriage 9 am hcg was 558

    * Monday : Transvaginal pelvic ultrasound was performed. Positive pregnancy test with spotting.

    * Endometrium, is somewhat thickened . There is no evidence of intrauterine pregnancy. A small amount of fluid is seen cul-de-sac. <- what the heck does that mean????

    * The right ovary contains a simple cyst. Adequate blood flow is seen to the right ovary. No adnexal masses seen on the right.

    * The left ovary there is a complex heterogeneous cystic mass measuring 12 by 9 by 7mm.(<-what does that mean?) Thre is some increased vascularity to this mass. With a positive pregnancy test, and absence of intrauterine pregnancy, this complex mass in the left could represent ectopic pregnancy. There is a minimal amount of free fluid present.

    what could all this mean????
    i have no pain just periodic cramps like 3 in 24 hours spotting has continued and goes from brown to a little red and stops then starts
    what could the small amount of fluid seen in the cul-de-sac be ?

    has anyone been through or knew someone else with similar report ? how did it turn out ?

    1 angel in heaven and waiting to see what the next one will be!

    HELP ME IF YOU CAN DO I HAVE ANY HOPE FOR THIS PREGNANCY WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF FULL TERM?????????

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  8. 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 :)

  9. QUESTION:
    Please someone answer. I need peace of mind!!?
    My lmp began August 7. I took an 4 hpt on monday.All positive. I have no clue when I ovulated. Went to the emergency room on tuesday night because of slight cramps in right lower abdomen. Did a blood pregnancy test and they said my HCG level was 184. I went because I am worried about it being an ectopic pregnancy as I had chlamydia and I dont know for how long. They did an ultrasound and did not see anything but the doc said I had complex cysts on my left ovary which could be an ectopic pregnancy. Was also told that I have an UTI. All these symptoms popped up Monday night, as I was fine up until then.

    *Should I be worried about my numbers being so low, as I dont know when I actually ovulated?
    *Can an ultrasound tell if I have any blockage or obstructions in my uterus or tubes?
    *Would they be able to see a fetal pole this early?
    *I go back to get my beta tested again tomorrow. Do you think I should ask for an ultrasound also?

    I worried and scared of it being an ectopic pregnancy as I have been through two miscarriages and would rather not go through that pain. Any helpful answers are welcomed.
    Also, could these pains be from the UTI?

    • ANSWER:
      I can understand your worries about a tubal. I have a condition that causes tubals and was told for the past 6 years that I will most likely have a tubal if I were to ever get pregnant-which is rare.

      Anyways, I actually had to go into the ER over a month ago because of a ruptured cyst on my ovaries. While I was there they told me that I was pregnant but when they did an ultrasound there was nothing there. The reason is because it was too early. I found out that at that time, it was only about 2 weeks after conception. Two weeks went by and I had another ultrasound and POOF-the baby was there and growing in the right place.

      I guess what I am saying is that I know you are worried because those two weeks of not knowing where my baby was growing was killing me.

      So, I know it is going to be hard but I think you are right to say that your levels may be low because it is early. If I were you, yes, I would ask for an ultrasound given your positive HPT and your previous pregnancy history. A pelvic ultrasound would be better.

      Good luck and I hope the best for you!

  10. QUESTION:
    Painful Ovarian Cyst?
    About 6 weeks ago I ended up in the emergency room due to sever abdominal pain. After many hours and exams they found a large complex mass in my right ovary 6cm large. I coulden’t even walk or stand up straight. The ER doctor discharged me and told me to see my gyn. I was put on birth control (loestrin 24). During my monthly I am bleeding large dark clots. I also have sharp sudden pains on my right side where the cyst is located. In May 2006 I had an ectopic pregnancy and i had a cyst removed during the surgery and it was located on the right side. Could this be polycystic ovarian syndrome. Why are my doctors no taking action. Should I get a second opinion?
    I am not overweight i weight about 122 and i am almost 5’4 I am 21 yo and i did gain a significant amount of weight but managed to loose it i went from 115 to 136 in about 3 or 4 mos not sure if it is tied to the cyst or over eating. They are monotoring the growth of the cyst but my mothers gyn advised her that the BC would only prevent the cyst from growing further i guess since it prevents me from ovulating but it will continue to grow as soon as i am off, which is another concern.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor will be able to tell you if it is Polysystic Ovarian Syndrome, but generally speaking someone who suffers from this has cysts rapped around their ovaries. In fact the POS looks almost like a strand of pearls rapped around the ovaries. Other symptoms of POS includes being overweight, acne, excess testosterone, and excess hair. In addition most women who have POS struggle getting pregnant. Based off what you said I would think you had POS, but only your doctor will be able to tell you.

      Your doctor will will monitor the size of your cyst over a couple of months and if it does not get smaller then the way it will be removed is through laparoscopic surgery. This is an outpatient surgery and they will be able to take a look at your insides and make a correct diagnosis in addition to testing your cyst to make sure it is not cancerous. Speaking from a similar experience it is not that painful and it does help.

      Regardless of your situation you should stick to your doctors orders. Keep with the birth control and it will help. In addition, if you still feel concerned go and get a second opinion.

      There is a really good book titled “A Gynecologist Second Opinion which really helped me thru a lot of problems.

  11. QUESTION:
    Help please! Could I be having a miscarriage?
    I had a complex cyst on my right ovary that bursted right before I got pregnant at the end of November and now I am experiencing random sharp pain in the area of my right ovary. The pain comes on quick and sharp and sometimes travels down to my thigh alittle but sometimes the pain is just below my belly button to the right, in between there and my right hip bone). I haven’t had this pain for a month now but I did have it when I had the ovarian cyst in October/November. I fell down while running around getting ready for a family christmas party yesterday but my stomach did not hit the floor since I put my hand out to stop myself. I have had slight back pain/ache today but it may be from driving a lot not sure.. I have not had any bleeding or spotting but I am concerned about the random pains I am getting because I am only 5 weeks pregnant. Should I be worried about losing the baby or is this common in early on in pregnancy?
    Just to clarify alittle more.. the pain is not severe just lasts a few seconds and I have only felt it like 5 times and started a few hours ago happening randomly and I am not spotting or bleeding (which is good) and if I was I would be in the ER without any hesitation!

    • ANSWER:
      there should not be any bleeding during pregnancy, so if you are experiencing any you should contact your doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is this a typical experience when having a transvaginal ultrasound?
    My doctor ordered a pelvic ultrasound to see if I had a cyst on my left ovary. The technician first did an external pelvic u/s and found a cyst on my right ovary. She decided to do a transvaginal one to get a better look, to determine whether it is a simple or complex cyst. Mid-way through the transvaginal u/s, she turned the sound on for about a minute. Afterward, she asked if I was taking birth control and if my dr did a pregnancy test, I answered no to both. When she was done, she asked me when my last period was, and how many times I was pregnant. The whole time she was doing the test, she was very friendly and talkative, but as soon as she asked about the birth control and pregnancy test, her demeanor changed. Are these types of questions normal for this type of sonogram? I had one before a year ago, and I was never asked these questions, nor did they actually listen to anything. Is it possible that she saw that I’m pregnant, and can’t tell me?
    I’ve had an ectopic pregnancy before, in my left tube; luckily they were able to save my tube. It was caused by me being on birth control at the time. I haven’t been on b/c for almost a year. I was told to call my doctor tomorrow for the results, so hopefully I’ll find out then. Also, this is the first time i’ve had a cyst on my right ovary, I’ve had two ruptured cysts on my left ovary.

    • ANSWER:
      hi ive just had a week of transvaginal u/s for my follicular study.it was done by the radiologist herself not the tech.if she saw that ur pregnant im sure she can tell u;n incase she cant which i dont think is the case she does give a report right.. well she has to mention it.
      i dont think u should worry too much about her attitude..as it is we ttc gals hv too much to worry abt.maybe she just wanted u to relax while getting the trans .v. done; infact the radiologist who did my transvaginal, she hardly uttered a word other than to tell me that the follicles weren’t ruptured. initially i dint like her attitude but then i was ok,coz if she would hv been overfriendly with me…it would hv taken her ages to do the u/s..u see im quite paranoid abt transvaginals.. so i think u should relax n incase u still have a doubt as to whether ur preggers do a test or go to ur doc…
      take care..baby dust!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. QUESTION:
    How do i deal with this? Im so stressed and worried!?
    Im currently 4 weeks 6 days pregnant. I went in for my first prenatal appointment today. They scheduled an ultrasound-they could not see a gestational sac or anything yet. But they found what my doctor called a “complex mass” near my left ovary. He said he was very concerned about it. But he wanted me to come in again in exactly a week to have another ultradound to see if he can see anything.
    My hcg level today was 356. On thursday it was 165. I havent had any cramping and no bleeding.
    My doctor was thinking it could be anything from an ectopic pregnancy, to a blood filled cyst.
    Im so worried!

    • ANSWER:
      well you dont know yet what it is so dont keep thinking about the worst, be optimistic. when the time comes you will know what is is, and i know that you will be able to deal with whatever problem it is. worrying is not going to help so just try to think about something else for now, i know its easier said than done but it helps. i wish you good luck and i send my prayers!