Complex Ovarian Cysts Symptoms

If you have a recurring ovarian cyst, you’re probably well aware of the fact that cysts can be painful, and hard to get rid of. Traditional medicine can offer some immediate relief to the symptoms of ovarian cysts by using hormonal treatments, pain killers, or even surgery. The problem is that there are no long term solutions for a recurring ovarian cyst if you’re using traditional medicine.

It’s not practical for someone to undergo surgery twice a year, or be on hormone pills for the rest of her life. There comes a point where the symptoms of the drugs and treatments themselves will take a large toll on the body.

More women have now turned to the natural methods of getting rid of a recurring ovarian cyst. It’s not expensive, it doesn’t have to be difficult or consume a lot of your time. The best treatment for ovarian cysts is prevention, and over time these natural remedies do work to make them appear less often or not at all.

Try avoiding any food products that will dehydrate you such as sodas, caffeine, and alcohol. Dehydration is dangerous because it keeps your body from processing out toxins. Empty your bladder as often as you can, the less pressure you have on your lower abdomen the better.

You can also take an anti-steroidal pain reliever such as Tylenol. This along with a cup of warm herbal tea will soothe your nerves and help ease the pain. There are many treatments that you can do at home to relieve your immediate symptoms as well as prevent future cysts from occurring. Living a healthier lifestyle is the first step in getting rid of cysts forever.

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,

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  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    questions about complex ovarian cysts?
    Hi, i have a 6cm complex cyst on my left ovary & have all the usual symptoms which are very painful & getting me down.I have some questions though if anyone can help please?
    1. can they cause shoulder pain?
    2. can they cause recurrent thrush (do they weaken the immune system)
    3.why do they cause discharge?
    4.i had mri in jan &have to wait til march16th to go båck hospital,is this too long?i cant get an earlier,appointment but im in pain!thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Shoulder pain is not a typical symptom. They may cause thrush, but this would be due to hormonal changes not a weakening of the immune system. Discharge maybe due to the same reason. Thrush is a yeast infection. It can be brought on by the cyst itself as most of our hormones come from our ovaries. It can also occur from stress and birth control pills, which is often given for ovarian cysts. I can’t tell you if March is too long to wait. Your age is important information needed here. Premenopausal women are usually give birth control pills for 2-3 months to help it resolve itself. The second MRI is to see if it has regressed or not. An earlier appointment will not make your pain go away. You should call your doctor and discuss your concerns, especially if your symptoms are increasing. If the pain is too much for you go to the emergency room. They will give you something for pain, reevaluate the cyst and call your doctor. Hope you feel better soon.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst- Complex 9.8 cm?
    6 weeks ago my gyno found a 7.9c m simple cyst. Today, she said it was now 9.8 cm and complex and that I need surgery. I have a very busy schedule. How long is too long to wait? I didnt get the chance to fully discuss this with her today. I would like to wait 6 weeks due to work related events that are upcoming.

    I have had NO PAIN and NO SYMPTOMS. She found the cyst at my annual visit. Thoughts?

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  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. QUESTION:
    I just found out I have an ovarian cyst thats a little bigger than 1 inch?
    Ive had the symptoms for about a month now..and just on saturday they found the cyst and that it is a complex cyst..I have major cramps and nothing helps them also the ER dr thinks that the cyst is leaking..my dr doesnt want to send me to a gyno for another month..to see if it goes away…well i figure ive had it for a month now since ive been in major pain..and he wants to wait one more freaking month!? if I have to put up with the pain…I dont want to wait that long…anyone else have this problem with their dr? What did you do?
    Ive had a pelvic ultrasound and a ct scan…the ultrasound didnt show much about the cyst..the ctscan showed that it is complex

    • ANSWER:
      I have ovarian cysts too and it can be very painful. I had one rupture before and it hurt so bad. It was intense pain and then went away after a couple hours. If it’s leaking I can imagine that’s painful. It could go away but I would go to the a gyno anyway and see what they think. Some doctors aren’t that understanding of pain. If you’re not dying they assume it can’t be all that bad. The best thing would be to go to another doctor and tell them what is going on. I went to see a doctors and two nurse practitioners before I got answers, but I got them.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of raised hormone levels, the pill and ovarian mass?
    Hi, I have been diagnosed with a complex left adnexa mass and am currently waiting to see a Gyno. Before the mass was found because of the pain and irregular bleeding I tried two different contraceptive pills, neither of them helped. The both increased my lower back pain and made my constant nausea a lot worse. I would like to know if adnexa mass or ovarian cysts can cause oestrogen and progesterone levels to be raise and if this was what was causing my constant nausea. I figure that if it was, taking the contraceptive pills that are hormones would have been why my symptoms were worse when taking them. I will be asking my Gyno in 2 weeks, but have goggled around and can’t seem to find a straight forward answer. Anyone who knows or has experienced this or similar, I would really appreciate answers and advice .Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  16. 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 !

  17. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain/discomfort, nausea, headaches, weight loss, irregular cycles, severe acne, HELP!?
    I suffer from PCOS, fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis,TMJ, leaky gut, Carpal Tunnel, and an array of allergies. I started my period 10 days early last month on the 13th(unusual for me)bled for 7 days, then started again for a few days on the 27th. I have been experiencing this pulling sensation in between where my ribs meet in the middle of my abdomen, sharp pains at the bottom of my ribs on each side, and pain in my lower abdomen and pelvic area. Also dull aches and sharp pains in my lower back. My IC has been flaring up as well making my whole mid section just hurt like hell. Last time I had a sonogram done, it showed that I had bilateral complex ovarian cysts. Since then I have been taking 80 mg of Vitex 3 times daily. (about 3 months) All of my current symptoms felt similar to when I had cyst trouble before but the nausea was new. I had a CT scan and an intervaginal sonogram done assuming they would show some cysts. My doc went out of town before I could get the results from her, so my nurse called her and all she said was that my tests came back “Normal.” It has been over 2 weeks now and my nausea is more intermittent, but I still have a lot of abdominal discomfort and fatigue. What in the world could be causing my symptoms if it’s not my PCOS?! I’ve never had much trouble with indigestion or heartburn, I am taking a lot of vitamins and supplements recommended by my holistic doctor, I eat a very healthy low carb, low sugar diet, and the only prescription drug I take is low-dose Naltrexone. My conventional doctor is stumped, and I can’t afford to see my holistic docs atm, so any help or info is much appreciated!
    Ok, so maybe not ANY info. Please only leave educated responses and no I am not pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      I am goign to shoot for an educational answer, but there are a lot of symptoms soI am kind of stumpted too.
      Has your doctor suggested doign a diagnostic laparascopic surgery? I think this could be really beneficial for you. If he is stumped based on the tests he has already given, this is one step further to help with a diagnosis.

      I don’t belive it is related to your PCOS either…perhaps endometriosis, but that shouldn’t affect the rib pain. Endo would have to be officaly diagnosed with the laproscopic surgery.

      Maybe getting a second opinion and starting over with the tests at a new doctor would be benefical for you? When I am not satisfied with a doctors answer, i move on to another one. Telling you that you are normal when you are in pain and feling sick means you aren’t normal and they need to look harder.

      I am sorry I can’t be much help. Good luck on your diagnosis.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    normal symptoms?!!?
    i’m 29 and was just diagnosed with my first ovarian cyst.

    it’s a 4cm complex hemographic (has blood and solid matter inside) cyst and i’m in agony. are these following symptoms normal?

    -pain that comes and goes (usually occasional stabbing sensation on right side but sometimes dull ache)

    -pulling sensation down my right leg and inner right thigh (especially if i’ve been sitting too long)

    -lower back pain that radiates to left side and sometimes down left leg

    -leg cramps (like i’ve been working my muscles too hard in both legs) and why would my left leg be affected (was told no cysts on my left ovary)

    -SEVERE nausea. I can’t even finish my meals or drink much. i’ve lost 2 pounds this week b/c of it.

    -pressure on bladder

    the back pain,thigh pressure and nausea are the worst (the nausea topping the list).

    i started my period on thursday (i almost passed out due to the pain from cramps) and it only lasted 3 days-not the norm.

    is all this normal?!!

    • ANSWER:
      These pretty much seem normal with ovarian cysts. I have provided a link for you to read and really look over. Your doc. should be able to provide you with all the info you need. But definitely talk to the doc about all that you are experiencing, sometimes there are more to it than just cysts. You may need some testing done. I have recently had many of the symptoms you described and my doc immediately sent me for ultrasounds, and blood work including the Ca-125. Read the link it will discuss that.

  20. QUESTION:
    all normal symptoms?!!?
    i’m 29 and was just diagnosed with my first ovarian cyst.

    it’s a 4cm complex hemographic (has blood and solid matter inside) cyst and i’m in agony. are these following symptoms normal?

    -pain that comes and goes (usually occasional stabbing sensation on right side but sometimes dull ache)

    -pulling sensation down my right leg and inner right thigh (especially if i’ve been sitting too long)

    -lower back pain that radiates to left side and sometimes down left leg

    -leg cramps (like i’ve been working my muscles too hard in both legs) and why would my left leg be affected (was told no cysts on my left ovary)

    -SEVERE nausea. I can’t even finish my meals or drink much. i’ve lost 2 pounds this week b/c of it.

    -pressure on bladder

    the back pain,thigh pressure and nausea are the worst (the nausea topping the list).

    i started my period on thursday (i almost passed out due to the pain from cramps) and it only lasted 3 days-not the norm.

    is all this normal?!!

    • ANSWER:
      SEE your DOCTOR ASAP!

  21. QUESTION:
    Help! False pregnancy test or pregnant?
    I have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms since mid-october so went to gyno got ultrasound which found a complex ovarian cyst measuring 4cm she said to come back in 6-8 weeks and get another transvag ultrasound. In mid-November I experienced horrible pains and aches in my lower abdomen and lower back that lasted over a week and then suddenly disappeared when I had what I believe was my period for one day after very light spotting for two days before that.. it was very heavy and had lots of clots.. the next day it was gone and so was my pain. I went last week for the follow-up ultrasound and supposedly the cyst is gone but the lady doing the ultrasound said she couldnt say anything else because she doesnt do the official reading of the ultrasound. I am waiting to hear from my gyno what the ultrasound results are. Could a fetus/pregnancy show up on a transvaginal ultrasound at 4 weeks? I have been having unprotected sex and expected my period today. Didnt come and experiencing random shooting pains in my stomach and nausea so I took a pregnancy test and it showed up positive with dark lines/color within a minute! Am I pregnant or did the cyst rupturing cause a false-positive?

    • ANSWER:

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    Enlarged lymph nodes and fatigue 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… 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.. What do you think is causing everything and what can I take for the pain until I get my second opinion next wednesday? Is there anything I can get from the pharmacy that actually works without a prescription?
    I am also having what I believe are heart palpatations? It feels like its alittle hard to breath like slight pressure or constriction and I recognize my heart beating alittle harder and faster even if I am just laying down.. this comes and goes daily and started within the past month as well… what could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a pulminologist (lung breathing dr). You have lymph nodes in your chest to …could be why you are breathing like that…

  24. 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 :)

  25. QUESTION:
    has anyone tried this recipe?
    Take Whole Cycle:
    1 Prenatal Vitamin Daily
    1 Baby Aspirin Daily
    1 50 mg B6 Vitamin in the morning.
    1 B-50 Complex in the evening

    From Cycle Day 1 until Ovulation:
    Two Vitex, 500mg Capsules in the morning
    Two Vitex, 500mg Capsules in the evening

    From End of Period until Ovulation:

    Robitussin::full strength as if you have a bad cough. Label Directions: adults and children 12 years and over, 2-4 teaspoonsfuls every 4 hours. Do not take more than 6 doses in any 24 hour period. Consult label for accuracy, warnings, and ingredients. Active ingredient: Guaifenesin ONLY, do NOT get any type with other active ingredients or letters such as Robitussin DM or Robitussin CF.

    Vitex Information – Vitex has been used holistically for many years to balance the female hormones of estrogen and progesterone. It eases symptoms of PMS, menopause, perimenopause, and menstruation. It has been reported to aid fertility in women by increasing progesterone in particular. Many women suffering from LPD (luteal phase defect) may gain particular benefit. Members have reported reduction in breast tenderness and acne while on vitex.

    Vitex Dosage – Dosages are included in each recipe. If you have a different brand or potency, please refer to the label directions.

    Things to Avoid: Do not take vitex with clomid or any other fertility drug. They can counteract each other.

    When to Take Vitex – There are two schools of thought about taking vitex. One says to not take it during pregnancy so vitex is stopped at ovulation. The other theory says that vitex needs to build up in your system to really work and stopping at ovulation doesn’t allow it to build up enough to work. So, vitex is stopped when there is a positive HPT. Our members have reported both methods as working and some of those beautiful children are the result of their mommies using one of these recipes. Be informed about your choice.

    Possible Side Effects: While many sources report no side effects with vitex we have heard a few things on our forums.

    Headaches – Some have reported headaches that disappeared when vitex was stopped.

    Cysts – Some have reported an increase in ovarian cysts. This makes sense as clomid also can potentially cause cysts.

    B6 Information:

    B6 is taken to help improve mucus quality and quantity. It is safe to take B6 as it is a water soluble vitamin and passes through your system. Some people have experienced numbness or tingling of the hands or arms while on higher doses. If you experience this, stop taking B6 or lower your dosage to something you can tolerate.

    B Complex:

    B Compex is taken to aid in the absorption of B6 and the two should be taken together. Taking a timed release B complex also gives benefits throughout the day.

    Robitussin:

    Robitussin is taken to help with mucus quality. It thins out the mucus in the body, making it easier for the sperm to travel. Some women like to take robi all cycle long and some only take around ovulation. This is a matter of preference and how you think your body reacts to it.

    Prenatal Vitamin:

    Prenatal vitamins can be obtained through a prescription or purchased over the counter wherever vitamins are sold. Prenatal vitamins are a good choice when trying to conceive because they have folic acid which has been proven to prevent certain birth defects. Prenatals also have a variety of other vitamins that are a good idea when trying to conceive.

    Baby Aspirin:

    Baby Aspirin is a good idea for any woman trying to conceive or not. It has been shown to have heart healthy effects over a lifetime and is recommended by many doctors. It has a slight blood thinning effect. Many women who have had repeated miscarriages have taken baby aspirin when ttc. There has been a link in recent years to blood clotting disorders and miscarriage. Most doctors seem to think it can’t hurt when trying to conceive

    • ANSWER:
      I havent tried most of these things.. i just take my pre-natal vitamins regularly and folic acid supplement..

  26. QUESTION:
    Hormone problems caused by a change in diet?
    This might be a little long to explain it all, sorry ahead of time.

    Recently I decided to go to a Doctor’s Weight Loss Clinic. I had gained over 60 pounds in one year for no reason, and it was impossible to lose the weight and keep it off despite healthy diet and daily exercise routine. The weight doctor seemed to think I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and said I needed to be tested by a gyno. Thankfully the diet is working. I lost 15 pounds in one month. Unfortunately these results have come with odd problems that can’t seem to be explained.

    Not even a week after starting the diet I began a very painful and random period even though I’m on the pill. A few days later after I started my period, I ended up having a cyst that ruptured. Finally I healed and my period ended from that, but exactly a week later I started another period. That period has ended, but seems to have caused more issues. I don’t know if I have another cyst or not, but I’m back to having constant abdominal pain. All through this my hormones have gone nuts. It has caused me to get severe acne, and making things things extremely sensitive to say the least.

    I went to the gyno and she basically blew me off. She said it had nothing to do with the diet, the cyst came from me skipping a pill or taking it at the wrong time (I’ve been on birth control for 12 years now, I don’t ever forget to take the pill, and I take it at the same time every night), and that things will just be odd for a month. She also refused to test me for PCOS stating that if I had it, she would just put me on birth control and since I’m already on it, it doesn’t matter. Despite me being in pain, and having some of the same symptoms all over again, she didn’t check to see if I even had another cyst. Furthermore she prescribed another birth control pill similar to what I was on that has low estrogen and progestin, which means it won’t be effective in shrinking or preventing more cysts.

    I then talked to the weight doctor, and he had never heard of such problems. I am currently on a low glycemic index impact diet, which is suppose to help PCOS if I have it. Earlier this year I had started a similar diet and started a random period then too, but didn’t stay on the diet. This leads me to believe it’s the diet, and not any of the medications he has put me on. Also, none of the meds have been known to cause these side effects. I have never had a cyst before that I knew about, and certainly didn’t cause these kind of problems. He seemed to be clueless about if PCOS could have caused this. I have another gyno appointment Monday, but I’m looking to see if anyone has experienced similar problems. Has anyone heard of a diet low in sugar throwing off hormones that bad and that fast? I’m desperate, and am in so much pain all the time.

    Here is what the weight doctor prescribed:
    -low impact glycemic index diet.
    -Phentermine 37.5mg
    -Once a week fat burning shots that include B 12, B complex, and Lipovite

    • ANSWER:
      interesting, i have the same problem :( make sure its not endometriosis( tissue or fiber around ur uterus and ovaries) someone similliar to pcos.This may also be something your having..if ur gaining weight around your tummy! i know it hard but try to look into it..do your own research and understand how your body is and what will make it better? Good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of raised hormone levels, the pill and ovarian mass?
    Hi, I have been diagnosed with a complex left adnexa mass and am currently waiting to see a Gyno. Before the mass was found because of the pain and irregular bleeding I tried two different contraceptive pills, neither of them helped. The both increased my lower back pain and made my constant nausea a lot worse. I would like to know if adnexa mass or ovarian cysts can cause oestrogen and progesterone levels to be raise and if this was what was causing my constant nausea. I figure that if it was, taking the contraceptive pills that are hormones would have been why my symptoms were worse when taking them. I will be asking my Gyno in 2 weeks, but have goggled around and can’t seem to find a straight forward answer. Anyone who knows or has experienced this or similar, I would really appreciate answers and advice .Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you’ll most likely get the answer you’re looking for from your Gyno. You’ll need to be patient.


Complex Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

Ovarian cyst management should be carried out cautiously so as to avoid any future problems. The subject of ovarian cysts has been a source of worry for women for a long time. Much of the time, cysts do not represent any danger. Once we all understand the nature of cysts, then much of the worrying is finished.

Ovarian Cysts and Their Management:

General solutions for managing ovarian cysts require a few remarks. The first one is that classical treatment and medical surveillance is enough for a woman who is not a user of oral contraceptives, whose cystic structure is less than the dimensions of plum, who is still at an age where reproduction is possible, and who does not suffer pain (pain could be a element requiring obligatory surgical intervention).

Pathologic cysts may also display septations, which is the appearance of partitions of the tissues. When this occurs several different fluid compartments can be remarked. Pathologic cysts might also generate growths in the tissue modifying the smoothness of the cyst wall. These growths may be referred to as excrescences. To understand the cyst situation and to ascertain the exact size of the cyst, most doctors would employ the technique of ultrasounds. Neither septations nor excrescences exist in physiologic cysts. Surgical intervention may be mandatory when cysts are pathologic.

Second possibility:

If there is no malignancy, conventional surgery may be possible. This is also an option that permits a patient to keep the ovary. The medical appellation for this is ovarian cystectomy. Surgical techniques should whatever the circumstances minimize any tissue damage. Also to be adhered to is the meticulous control of any bleeding and plans to use adhesion barriers. It is an unfortunate fact that surgical operations on ovaries may bring on the development of “adhesions” causing pain. They may also lead to excessive sensitivity during sexual intercourse, or even cause infertility.
Such an ovarian cystectomy may be performed laparoscopically, that is to say using small incisions, or by using classical surgical methods. The first approach avoids leaving disfiguring marks, as well as pain and also leads to faster recovery. If one of the ovaries has been badly impacted in the cystic process but the other one has stayed normal, a doctor’s advice may be to extract the impacted ovary.

Third possibility:

For a woman who already gave birth to her children, it may be possible to ascertain via endometriosis if the cyst is the result of the collection of old blood, a particularity also known as chocolate cysts or endometria. When endometriosis also occurs elsewhere in the pelvis, then this surgical operation is typically mandatory instead of optional in order to resolve the difficulty permanently.

According to the kind of disease, the age of the patient and possible other pelvic disorders, hysterectomy and ablation of the ovary may be the right decisions. Ovarian cancer is a danger that in all cases must countered by surgery. The explanation for this is the feeble rate of survival without this solution.

Needle Aspiration and Various Factors:

Ovarian cysts develop in some six percent of post-menopausal women. It is a fact that most of these cysts are benign or functional. Certain factors including age, menopausal status, and the nature and dimensions of the cyst will determine how to manage ovarian cysts. Needle aspiration of ovarian cysts is then the best choice compared to classical or laparoscopic surgical intervention when the cysts are considered to be functional. The doctor should thus act in order to stop the development of any cancer that impacts 61 out of 100,000 women aged around 68.

However many questions have arisen in the minds of those concerned on the subject of needle aspiration and its rate of success. Needle aspiration can be performed using only local anaesthetic, which already makes it advantageous compared to other forms of surgical ablation. It is not necessary to enter a hospital for this technique.

Diagnosis:

The first thing to be determined is whether the cyst is malignant or not. Detection relies on establishing the presence or absence of vegetations. The relative levels of CA 125 serum were shown to be normal in around 97 percent of women who it seems had ovarian cysts, which is the same as saying that their cysts were benign. These studies were done some years ago. In the case of malignant tumours, the relative levels of serum were found to be higher. Methods of discovery today include ultrasonography, relative levels of CA 125 serum and clinical examination.

The least satisfactory method is clinical examination, as between 30 and 65 percent of ovarian tumours are usually left unidentified. A more effective technique is vaginal ultrasonography. Benign tumours are identified in up to 96 percent of all cases.

Ovarian Cytology:

Ovarian cytology has not yet demonstrated its complete reliability. Yet it has been shown that in encountering the situations of de Brux, such as instant fixation so as to avoid uninterruptible cells and double configuration, this procedure can then be effective.

Final possibility:

Medication or surgery also has the risk of secondary effects and associated difficulties. A holistic agenda using all natural elements is the best one that you can use to entirely eradicate the problems of ovarian cysts. Following this information on how to manage ovarian cysts, it is still imperative to understand that the basic problem must be remedied for any lasting solution. This must be done or there will be no change.

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:
    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.

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

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

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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    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.

  5. 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.

  6. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst- Complex 9.8 cm?
    6 weeks ago my gyno found a 7.9c m simple cyst. Today, she said it was now 9.8 cm and complex and that I need surgery. I have a very busy schedule. How long is too long to wait? I didnt get the chance to fully discuss this with her today. I would like to wait 6 weeks due to work related events that are upcoming.

    I have had NO PAIN and NO SYMPTOMS. She found the cyst at my annual visit. Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. QUESTION:
    questions about complex ovarian cysts?
    Hi, i have a 6cm complex cyst on my left ovary & have all the usual symptoms which are very painful & getting me down.I have some questions though if anyone can help please?
    1. can they cause shoulder pain?
    2. can they cause recurrent thrush (do they weaken the immune system)
    3.why do they cause discharge?
    4.i had mri in jan &have to wait til march16th to go båck hospital,is this too long?i cant get an earlier,appointment but im in pain!thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Shoulder pain is not a typical symptom. They may cause thrush, but this would be due to hormonal changes not a weakening of the immune system. Discharge maybe due to the same reason. Thrush is a yeast infection. It can be brought on by the cyst itself as most of our hormones come from our ovaries. It can also occur from stress and birth control pills, which is often given for ovarian cysts. I can’t tell you if March is too long to wait. Your age is important information needed here. Premenopausal women are usually give birth control pills for 2-3 months to help it resolve itself. The second MRI is to see if it has regressed or not. An earlier appointment will not make your pain go away. You should call your doctor and discuss your concerns, especially if your symptoms are increasing. If the pain is too much for you go to the emergency room. They will give you something for pain, reevaluate the cyst and call your doctor. Hope you feel better soon.

  10. QUESTION:
    I just found out I have an ovarian cyst thats a little bigger than 1 inch?
    Ive had the symptoms for about a month now..and just on saturday they found the cyst and that it is a complex cyst..I have major cramps and nothing helps them also the ER dr thinks that the cyst is leaking..my dr doesnt want to send me to a gyno for another month..to see if it goes away…well i figure ive had it for a month now since ive been in major pain..and he wants to wait one more freaking month!? if I have to put up with the pain…I dont want to wait that long…anyone else have this problem with their dr? What did you do?
    Ive had a pelvic ultrasound and a ct scan…the ultrasound didnt show much about the cyst..the ctscan showed that it is complex

    • ANSWER:
      I have ovarian cysts too and it can be very painful. I had one rupture before and it hurt so bad. It was intense pain and then went away after a couple hours. If it’s leaking I can imagine that’s painful. It could go away but I would go to the a gyno anyway and see what they think. Some doctors aren’t that understanding of pain. If you’re not dying they assume it can’t be all that bad. The best thing would be to go to another doctor and tell them what is going on. I went to see a doctors and two nurse practitioners before I got answers, but I got them.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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 !

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of raised hormone levels, the pill and ovarian mass?
    Hi, I have been diagnosed with a complex left adnexa mass and am currently waiting to see a Gyno. Before the mass was found because of the pain and irregular bleeding I tried two different contraceptive pills, neither of them helped. The both increased my lower back pain and made my constant nausea a lot worse. I would like to know if adnexa mass or ovarian cysts can cause oestrogen and progesterone levels to be raise and if this was what was causing my constant nausea. I figure that if it was, taking the contraceptive pills that are hormones would have been why my symptoms were worse when taking them. I will be asking my Gyno in 2 weeks, but have goggled around and can’t seem to find a straight forward answer. Anyone who knows or has experienced this or similar, I would really appreciate answers and advice .Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain/discomfort, nausea, headaches, weight loss, irregular cycles, severe acne, HELP!?
    I suffer from PCOS, fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis,TMJ, leaky gut, Carpal Tunnel, and an array of allergies. I started my period 10 days early last month on the 13th(unusual for me)bled for 7 days, then started again for a few days on the 27th. I have been experiencing this pulling sensation in between where my ribs meet in the middle of my abdomen, sharp pains at the bottom of my ribs on each side, and pain in my lower abdomen and pelvic area. Also dull aches and sharp pains in my lower back. My IC has been flaring up as well making my whole mid section just hurt like hell. Last time I had a sonogram done, it showed that I had bilateral complex ovarian cysts. Since then I have been taking 80 mg of Vitex 3 times daily. (about 3 months) All of my current symptoms felt similar to when I had cyst trouble before but the nausea was new. I had a CT scan and an intervaginal sonogram done assuming they would show some cysts. My doc went out of town before I could get the results from her, so my nurse called her and all she said was that my tests came back “Normal.” It has been over 2 weeks now and my nausea is more intermittent, but I still have a lot of abdominal discomfort and fatigue. What in the world could be causing my symptoms if it’s not my PCOS?! I’ve never had much trouble with indigestion or heartburn, I am taking a lot of vitamins and supplements recommended by my holistic doctor, I eat a very healthy low carb, low sugar diet, and the only prescription drug I take is low-dose Naltrexone. My conventional doctor is stumped, and I can’t afford to see my holistic docs atm, so any help or info is much appreciated!
    Ok, so maybe not ANY info. Please only leave educated responses and no I am not pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      I am goign to shoot for an educational answer, but there are a lot of symptoms soI am kind of stumpted too.
      Has your doctor suggested doign a diagnostic laparascopic surgery? I think this could be really beneficial for you. If he is stumped based on the tests he has already given, this is one step further to help with a diagnosis.

      I don’t belive it is related to your PCOS either…perhaps endometriosis, but that shouldn’t affect the rib pain. Endo would have to be officaly diagnosed with the laproscopic surgery.

      Maybe getting a second opinion and starting over with the tests at a new doctor would be benefical for you? When I am not satisfied with a doctors answer, i move on to another one. Telling you that you are normal when you are in pain and feling sick means you aren’t normal and they need to look harder.

      I am sorry I can’t be much help. Good luck on your diagnosis.

  20. QUESTION:
    Help! False pregnancy test or pregnant?
    I have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms since mid-october so went to gyno got ultrasound which found a complex ovarian cyst measuring 4cm she said to come back in 6-8 weeks and get another transvag ultrasound. In mid-November I experienced horrible pains and aches in my lower abdomen and lower back that lasted over a week and then suddenly disappeared when I had what I believe was my period for one day after very light spotting for two days before that.. it was very heavy and had lots of clots.. the next day it was gone and so was my pain. I went last week for the follow-up ultrasound and supposedly the cyst is gone but the lady doing the ultrasound said she couldnt say anything else because she doesnt do the official reading of the ultrasound. I am waiting to hear from my gyno what the ultrasound results are. Could a fetus/pregnancy show up on a transvaginal ultrasound at 4 weeks? I have been having unprotected sex and expected my period today. Didnt come and experiencing random shooting pains in my stomach and nausea so I took a pregnancy test and it showed up positive with dark lines/color within a minute! Am I pregnant or did the cyst rupturing cause a false-positive?

    • ANSWER:

  21. 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 :)

  22. QUESTION:
    normal symptoms?!!?
    i’m 29 and was just diagnosed with my first ovarian cyst.

    it’s a 4cm complex hemographic (has blood and solid matter inside) cyst and i’m in agony. are these following symptoms normal?

    -pain that comes and goes (usually occasional stabbing sensation on right side but sometimes dull ache)

    -pulling sensation down my right leg and inner right thigh (especially if i’ve been sitting too long)

    -lower back pain that radiates to left side and sometimes down left leg

    -leg cramps (like i’ve been working my muscles too hard in both legs) and why would my left leg be affected (was told no cysts on my left ovary)

    -SEVERE nausea. I can’t even finish my meals or drink much. i’ve lost 2 pounds this week b/c of it.

    -pressure on bladder

    the back pain,thigh pressure and nausea are the worst (the nausea topping the list).

    i started my period on thursday (i almost passed out due to the pain from cramps) and it only lasted 3 days-not the norm.

    is all this normal?!!

    • ANSWER:
      These pretty much seem normal with ovarian cysts. I have provided a link for you to read and really look over. Your doc. should be able to provide you with all the info you need. But definitely talk to the doc about all that you are experiencing, sometimes there are more to it than just cysts. You may need some testing done. I have recently had many of the symptoms you described and my doc immediately sent me for ultrasounds, and blood work including the Ca-125. Read the link it will discuss that.

  23. QUESTION:
    all normal symptoms?!!?
    i’m 29 and was just diagnosed with my first ovarian cyst.

    it’s a 4cm complex hemographic (has blood and solid matter inside) cyst and i’m in agony. are these following symptoms normal?

    -pain that comes and goes (usually occasional stabbing sensation on right side but sometimes dull ache)

    -pulling sensation down my right leg and inner right thigh (especially if i’ve been sitting too long)

    -lower back pain that radiates to left side and sometimes down left leg

    -leg cramps (like i’ve been working my muscles too hard in both legs) and why would my left leg be affected (was told no cysts on my left ovary)

    -SEVERE nausea. I can’t even finish my meals or drink much. i’ve lost 2 pounds this week b/c of it.

    -pressure on bladder

    the back pain,thigh pressure and nausea are the worst (the nausea topping the list).

    i started my period on thursday (i almost passed out due to the pain from cramps) and it only lasted 3 days-not the norm.

    is all this normal?!!

    • ANSWER:
      SEE your DOCTOR ASAP!

  24. QUESTION:
    Enlarged lymph nodes and fatigue 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… 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.. What do you think is causing everything and what can I take for the pain until I get my second opinion next wednesday? Is there anything I can get from the pharmacy that actually works without a prescription?
    I am also having what I believe are heart palpatations? It feels like its alittle hard to breath like slight pressure or constriction and I recognize my heart beating alittle harder and faster even if I am just laying down.. this comes and goes daily and started within the past month as well… what could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a pulminologist (lung breathing dr). You have lymph nodes in your chest to …could be why you are breathing like that…

  25. QUESTION:
    has anyone tried this recipe?
    Take Whole Cycle:
    1 Prenatal Vitamin Daily
    1 Baby Aspirin Daily
    1 50 mg B6 Vitamin in the morning.
    1 B-50 Complex in the evening

    From Cycle Day 1 until Ovulation:
    Two Vitex, 500mg Capsules in the morning
    Two Vitex, 500mg Capsules in the evening

    From End of Period until Ovulation:

    Robitussin::full strength as if you have a bad cough. Label Directions: adults and children 12 years and over, 2-4 teaspoonsfuls every 4 hours. Do not take more than 6 doses in any 24 hour period. Consult label for accuracy, warnings, and ingredients. Active ingredient: Guaifenesin ONLY, do NOT get any type with other active ingredients or letters such as Robitussin DM or Robitussin CF.

    Vitex Information – Vitex has been used holistically for many years to balance the female hormones of estrogen and progesterone. It eases symptoms of PMS, menopause, perimenopause, and menstruation. It has been reported to aid fertility in women by increasing progesterone in particular. Many women suffering from LPD (luteal phase defect) may gain particular benefit. Members have reported reduction in breast tenderness and acne while on vitex.

    Vitex Dosage – Dosages are included in each recipe. If you have a different brand or potency, please refer to the label directions.

    Things to Avoid: Do not take vitex with clomid or any other fertility drug. They can counteract each other.

    When to Take Vitex – There are two schools of thought about taking vitex. One says to not take it during pregnancy so vitex is stopped at ovulation. The other theory says that vitex needs to build up in your system to really work and stopping at ovulation doesn’t allow it to build up enough to work. So, vitex is stopped when there is a positive HPT. Our members have reported both methods as working and some of those beautiful children are the result of their mommies using one of these recipes. Be informed about your choice.

    Possible Side Effects: While many sources report no side effects with vitex we have heard a few things on our forums.

    Headaches – Some have reported headaches that disappeared when vitex was stopped.

    Cysts – Some have reported an increase in ovarian cysts. This makes sense as clomid also can potentially cause cysts.

    B6 Information:

    B6 is taken to help improve mucus quality and quantity. It is safe to take B6 as it is a water soluble vitamin and passes through your system. Some people have experienced numbness or tingling of the hands or arms while on higher doses. If you experience this, stop taking B6 or lower your dosage to something you can tolerate.

    B Complex:

    B Compex is taken to aid in the absorption of B6 and the two should be taken together. Taking a timed release B complex also gives benefits throughout the day.

    Robitussin:

    Robitussin is taken to help with mucus quality. It thins out the mucus in the body, making it easier for the sperm to travel. Some women like to take robi all cycle long and some only take around ovulation. This is a matter of preference and how you think your body reacts to it.

    Prenatal Vitamin:

    Prenatal vitamins can be obtained through a prescription or purchased over the counter wherever vitamins are sold. Prenatal vitamins are a good choice when trying to conceive because they have folic acid which has been proven to prevent certain birth defects. Prenatals also have a variety of other vitamins that are a good idea when trying to conceive.

    Baby Aspirin:

    Baby Aspirin is a good idea for any woman trying to conceive or not. It has been shown to have heart healthy effects over a lifetime and is recommended by many doctors. It has a slight blood thinning effect. Many women who have had repeated miscarriages have taken baby aspirin when ttc. There has been a link in recent years to blood clotting disorders and miscarriage. Most doctors seem to think it can’t hurt when trying to conceive

    • ANSWER:
      I havent tried most of these things.. i just take my pre-natal vitamins regularly and folic acid supplement..

  26. QUESTION:
    Hormone problems caused by a change in diet?
    This might be a little long to explain it all, sorry ahead of time.

    Recently I decided to go to a Doctor’s Weight Loss Clinic. I had gained over 60 pounds in one year for no reason, and it was impossible to lose the weight and keep it off despite healthy diet and daily exercise routine. The weight doctor seemed to think I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and said I needed to be tested by a gyno. Thankfully the diet is working. I lost 15 pounds in one month. Unfortunately these results have come with odd problems that can’t seem to be explained.

    Not even a week after starting the diet I began a very painful and random period even though I’m on the pill. A few days later after I started my period, I ended up having a cyst that ruptured. Finally I healed and my period ended from that, but exactly a week later I started another period. That period has ended, but seems to have caused more issues. I don’t know if I have another cyst or not, but I’m back to having constant abdominal pain. All through this my hormones have gone nuts. It has caused me to get severe acne, and making things things extremely sensitive to say the least.

    I went to the gyno and she basically blew me off. She said it had nothing to do with the diet, the cyst came from me skipping a pill or taking it at the wrong time (I’ve been on birth control for 12 years now, I don’t ever forget to take the pill, and I take it at the same time every night), and that things will just be odd for a month. She also refused to test me for PCOS stating that if I had it, she would just put me on birth control and since I’m already on it, it doesn’t matter. Despite me being in pain, and having some of the same symptoms all over again, she didn’t check to see if I even had another cyst. Furthermore she prescribed another birth control pill similar to what I was on that has low estrogen and progestin, which means it won’t be effective in shrinking or preventing more cysts.

    I then talked to the weight doctor, and he had never heard of such problems. I am currently on a low glycemic index impact diet, which is suppose to help PCOS if I have it. Earlier this year I had started a similar diet and started a random period then too, but didn’t stay on the diet. This leads me to believe it’s the diet, and not any of the medications he has put me on. Also, none of the meds have been known to cause these side effects. I have never had a cyst before that I knew about, and certainly didn’t cause these kind of problems. He seemed to be clueless about if PCOS could have caused this. I have another gyno appointment Monday, but I’m looking to see if anyone has experienced similar problems. Has anyone heard of a diet low in sugar throwing off hormones that bad and that fast? I’m desperate, and am in so much pain all the time.

    Here is what the weight doctor prescribed:
    -low impact glycemic index diet.
    -Phentermine 37.5mg
    -Once a week fat burning shots that include B 12, B complex, and Lipovite

    • ANSWER:
      interesting, i have the same problem :( make sure its not endometriosis( tissue or fiber around ur uterus and ovaries) someone similliar to pcos.This may also be something your having..if ur gaining weight around your tummy! i know it hard but try to look into it..do your own research and understand how your body is and what will make it better? Good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of raised hormone levels, the pill and ovarian mass?
    Hi, I have been diagnosed with a complex left adnexa mass and am currently waiting to see a Gyno. Before the mass was found because of the pain and irregular bleeding I tried two different contraceptive pills, neither of them helped. The both increased my lower back pain and made my constant nausea a lot worse. I would like to know if adnexa mass or ovarian cysts can cause oestrogen and progesterone levels to be raise and if this was what was causing my constant nausea. I figure that if it was, taking the contraceptive pills that are hormones would have been why my symptoms were worse when taking them. I will be asking my Gyno in 2 weeks, but have goggled around and can’t seem to find a straight forward answer. Anyone who knows or has experienced this or similar, I would really appreciate answers and advice .Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you’ll most likely get the answer you’re looking for from your Gyno. You’ll need to be patient.


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.


Cause Of Ovarian Cysts Symptoms

Did you recently experience some pain and discomfort in your body? Did you suspect that something might not be quite right? Know that ovarian cysts symptoms are often very subtle and can, at times, go unnoticed.

Ovarian cysts are much more common then many women even realize. Fortunately, ninety five percent of all ovarian cysts are not at all cancerous. And some can and will go away on their own without direct medical treatment. And understand that having an ovarian cyst is really nothing particularly serious, know that ovarian cysts symptoms are primarily pain and discomfort. They also disrupt your life and can cause you some fear and worry.

The most common type of ovarian cyst is called a “functional” cyst. During a normal monthly cycle, a woman’s ovary produces an egg designed to be fertilized by the male sperm to create a baby. The ovaries, which are located on either side of the pelvis, also produce hormones that regulate the pregnancy and the monthly menstrual cycle.

Occasionally, during this process things go awry and a cyst develops. A functional cyst can develop in one of two ways. A “follicular cyst” develops when the sac that holds the egg and a normal amount of fluid produces more than normal fluid, becomes excessively large and does not release the egg as it should. Follicular cysts usually go away in a matter of weeks and cause minimal ovarian cysts symptoms.

A “corpus luteum cyst,” on the other hand, occurs after the release of the egg. In this case, the follicle that contained the egg, known as the corpus luteum, does not dissolve as usual, fills with fluid and becomes an ovarian cyst. This type of cyst also has minimal symptoms and usually dissolves on its own, in time by making small changes in your lifestyle.

On occasion, a functional cyst grows larger than normal and begins to produce symptoms. An ovarian cysts symptoms usually include pain in the pelvic region and the abdomen. When a cyst grows large enough, it can increase pressure in the area which can cause pain, bloating, bladder problems, constipation and back pain.

Menstrual irregularities are a common symptom of an ovarian cyst. A constant, dull ache in the lower back and thigh area is as well. Pain often begins just before your period starts or in some cases right before it ends.

Some women experience pain during intercourse and bowel movements. A feeling of pressure and fullness in the abdomen or rectum is also common. In some cases, nausea, vomiting and breast tenderness may also happen to you.

If you begin to experience ovarian cysts symptoms it is a good time to become proactive to help your body cope naturally. If your symptoms are extreme or continuous, do have a doctor diagnose your condition. In the meantime, there are many steps you can take at home to help correct the problem and avoid future cysts from developing.

Ovarian cysts often occur as a result of a hormone imbalance that is brought on by stress, poor diet and a buildup of environmental toxins in the body. Making an effort to minimize stress and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet are just two of the things you can do to help keep your hormone levels balanced.

Ovarian cysts symptoms can not only be painful, but they can disrupt your life and sense of well being, not to mention cause a lot of unnecessary anxiety. By restoring your hormones to their appropriate levels, you will greatly improve your health. This will also help you avoid another ovarian cyst in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    So I have been complaining…now I have the cause…What is the typical symptoms of ovarian cysts?
    Last week I started complaining of severe dull pressure like cramps on my left side….I have been on my first month of birth control and just finished my placebos…so I thought…well this must just be the pill…however these cramps kept on getting worse…and when I started on my next pack of birth control…they were horrible….My doctor sent me for an ultrasound..and there it was…A large follicle cyst on my left ovary. Since the pain was getting worse on the pill…I stopped taking it…the pain is gone now…but now I am sitting with slightly swollen breasts a week after a normal placebo period…Is this a side effect of stopping the pill…or is this the cyst..and could the birth control have caused the cyst…I never had ovarian cysts before the pill????

    • ANSWER:
      Some functional ovarian cysts (like your follicle cyst) have no symptoms and are discovered, if at all, during routine pelvic exams. Others can cause symptoms, including changes in the menstrual cycle, including shorter or longer periods, skipped periods, and/or spotting between periods, pelvic pain or ache (like the pain you have been feeling on your left side), especially during sexual intercourse or at the start or finish of menstruation, feelings of nausea or queasiness or breast tenderness.

      I have suffered from many bilateral ovarian cysts over the past 10 years and have had surgery 2 times to have them removed (once for a 7.7cm x 8.1cm functional cyst and the other time for an endometrioma cyst when I got diagnosed with endometriosis).

      Although most doctors believe that being on the pill will prevent ovarian cysts, I had experienced getting an ovarian cyst while I was on the pill earlier this year too. I don’t think that your birth control pill caused you to get an ovarian cyst, but if you are on a low dose birth control pill, it could very well be that you still ovulated, since I have learned from my gyn that sometimes (rare) low dose birth control pills doesn’t completely supress ovulation and this is why he believes I got the ovarian cyst while I was on the pill.

      I would recommend that if you have any concerns or questions that you consult with your doctor/gyn for further evaluation.

      Good luck :)

  2. QUESTION:
    Can ovarian cysts cause a woman to have a false negative pregnancy test result?
    Can ovarian cysts make a woman have a false negative pregnancy test? I was told that it should not bother it, but I have all of the symptoms of pregnancy and the home pregnancy tests keep saying that I am not pregnant. How is that possible that I am having pregnancy symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      No. Ovarian cysts have absolutely no affect on the accuracy of pregnancy tests. Pregnancy tests test on how much HCG (the hormone an embryo/fetus gives off) in either the blood or urine, depending on which type of test you take. Typically, blood tests are more efficient. It’s a proven fact that not all women can get accurate results by doing a urine test, so when in doubt, it’s always best to get tested at the doctor’s.

  3. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts causing pregnancy like symptoms?
    Okay, so I’m pretty sure that I have a problem with ovarian cysts. My doctor felt something on my ovaries and I went on the birth control pill but I’ve lost insurance and ran out of my re-fills and so now I’m having problems again. Every other month my period is coming late and four cycles ago I thought I was pregnant but the test was negative and then I got my period the next day. So I’m trying not to think that I’m pregnant or waste money on a test but it has been a while. My last period started on September 1st. So it’s a week and a half late. I’m nauseous and my nipples are soar which is a sign of elevated estrogen, which can be caused my cysts. I haven’t felt a single cramp so my period is at least a week off, my progesterone levels must not have fallen. So I guess my question is, it’s just the cyst right? And what am I to do about these cysts?! I can’t afford 0 to go to the doctor to get the pill. Does anybody know of any way that I can get a prescription cheap? I don’t believe that I qualify for health insurance for cheaper than 0 per month, I live in New York state.

    • ANSWER:
      You are right ~ those are all symptoms that ovarian cysts would cause.

      If I were you, I would be worried to let them go untreated.

      Is there a Planned Parent Hood in your area you could check out? They are able to help people without medical insurance afford birth control.

      Best of luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts causing pregnancy like symptoms?
    Okay, so I’m pretty sure that I have a problem with ovarian cysts. My doctor felt something on my ovaries and I went on the birth control pill but I’ve lost insurance and ran out of my re-fills and so now I’m having problems again. Every other month my period is coming late and four cycles ago I thought I was pregnant but the test was negative and then I got my period the next day. So I’m trying not to think that I’m pregnant or waste money on a test but it has been a while. My last period started on September 1st. So it’s a week and a half late. I’m nauseous and my nipples are soar which is a sign of elevated estrogen, which can be caused my cysts. I haven’t felt a single cramp so my period is at least a week off, my progesterone levels must not have fallen. So I guess my question is, it’s just the cyst right? And what am I to do about these cysts?! I can’t afford 0 to go to the doctor to get the pill. Does anybody know of any way that I can do? I live in New York state.
    What government insurance or free clinics? I know of none.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Can Ovarian Cysts cause nausea/dizziness?
    Can Ovarian Cysts come and go each month? Do they appear and burst at ovulation or during your actual period? And also I was wondering if just having cysts can cause you to feel really sick during ovulation…with nausea or lightheadedness/dizziness and general ill feeling or weakness? Or is it only when they are bursting do they cause those symptoms? I seem to experience severe pain for 24-48 hours one month and then the next month I have about 4-5 days of just nausea/dizziness/lightheadedness. Could a large cyst cause severe pain from my right ovary and then maybe if I’m ovulating from the left ovary the next month it could just be some nausea experienced if there’s a smaller cyst on my left ovary?
    I don’t know for certain if I have cysts…pap smear and pelvic exam turned out okay 1.5 years ago, but then I had a copper iud placed and ever since then have had severe pain, which after a year has now turned into rotating bouts of pain and nausea/lightheadedness.
    Thanks for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cyst on my ovary and my doctor put me on birth control to shrink it and ease the pain. But they form every month and usually burst a few days after your period starts. The pain should not be too bad though. But if it is hard to deal with you should see your doctor. I sometimes get dizzy but I am not sure if it is because of that or if it is because I am not feeding myself the right way or drinking enough water. Get it checked out though.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do I have diabetes or are the symptoms from my ovarian cysts?
    I am a teen who has been having symptoms on and off for three months. The symptoms include excessive thirst, oversleeping, tired, weak, headaches, pain from my two ovarian cyst, feverish, and hungry, but feeling completely full after taking about three bites of food. I am not over or under weight. I thought it may also be mono because I had it in fourth grade and wasn’t sure if it would come back or not. I have heard that diabetes sometimes causes ovarian cysts. I have also been looking pale and my parents have told me I am very irritable lately. Does anyone have any idea of what is wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      Essentially PattyAnn’s answer is correct.
      You are a teen and are undergoing hormonal changes. Among the affects of this is mood swings/depression/grumpiness.

      The sweating and pain has to be from your ovarian cysts.

      All the other symptoms are indicative of Diabetes.

      So, basically, you are likely to have three conditions running at the same time.

      Like PattyAnn I’d say don’t mess about with us here and go see a doc and get yourself sorted out by an expert. The Diabetes will need attention as will the Ovarian Cysts. The hormones will sort themselves out with time as you progress through puberty but will be influenced by the affects on your body of the Diabetes and will take longer.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the cause, symptoms, and effects of an ovarian cyst?

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  8. QUESTION:
    Can ovarian cyst cause you not to be able to get pregnant?
    Do you know of women that have gotten pregnant while havin cysts and i am talkin bout the kind that cause symptoms not the kind that all women have
    I am going to cry i am supposed to be marry a man i love so much but what good will i be if i cant give him children what if he does not want me if i can give him babies
    So is it just harder to get pregnant with a cyst

    • ANSWER:
      You can certainly still become pregnant.
      When I was first diagnosed with ovarian cysts,
      this was the first thing that went through my mind.
      Will I still be able to have a baby someday?

      What you have to remember is that, say you have a cyst on your left ovary, you can still ovulate out of your right ovary and successfully conceive. And vice versa.
      Also,
      ovarian cysts don’t always block the follicles (eggs) from bursting from the ovary. It depends on a lot of things including size, cyst-type, etc.

      I’ve heard countless “ovarian-cyst success” stories, and I believe we have the same chance of becoming pregnant as any other woman, lol.
      This is often seconded by medical opinion.

      You just need to relax and have faith that it will happen.
      And it will. :)
      I’m wishing you the best of luck, and lots of babydust.

      And your husband will love you regardless.
      I’m sure he loves you for the woman you are, and children will just be a bonus.
      He will still want you, dear.

  9. QUESTION:
    how can ovarian cysts be treated and what are its symptoms lastly what is the cause of it?
    ovarian cysts

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment of ovarian cysts varies according to the cause: from medicines to surgery (laparotomy or endoscopy) ( open operative area or introduction of bundle of instruments and camera through mini skin hole) ( the patient even gets the video of the whole procedure but most prefer to watch Monk). Symptoms: moderate to serious to excruciating pain (if the cyst gyrates on its peduncle due to bowel or muscular movement. Cause : many but one of the main causes is endometriosis , a condition where during each menstruation the total menstrual material is not expulsed. Some stays back and settles in various places (not necessarily in the uterus) and eventually forms cysts. Therapy: surgery and hormone induced artificial pregnancy and finally natural pregnancy!!

  10. QUESTION:
    Can ovarian cysts cause chest pain?
    I’m going to the doc tomorrow to check for an ovarian cyst. This would be my first one, so the pain is new to me. I’m still not 100% sure it’s a cyst, but I don’t know what else it could be. About 2 months ago, I started having small pains in my lower abdomen that came and went. It wasn’t bad and didn’t concern me all that much, but I never experienced it before. I felt it every day since. I later started getting sharp chest pains, almost like muscle pains. I figured it was. Sex became almost impossible. I figured that I was allergic to the lubricant or maybe had a UTI. Now, my lower back is hurting me so much. I can’t stand straight, and the pains that were once hardly anything are now stabbing me in different parts of my abdomen, as well as shooting up to my chest. I feel so much pressure, and I feel bloated. My mother told me that we have a history of Ovarian Cysts in the family. I looked it up and can relate to the symptoms completely. But can an ovarian cyst be the cause of my chest pain? Also, I haven’t been in enough pain to assume it’s ruptured already. But I have experienced severe cramps to the point of almost vomiting. That only happened once though. The pain isn’t unbearable, but extremely uncomfortable. Will I know if it ruptures? Or does it not hurt that bad in some cases? If anyone has any experiences with this, please let me know.

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  11. QUESTION:
    How does Ovarian Cysts cause frequent urination?
    I was told I may have PCOS. However I don’t see how it matches with the symptom of having to pee every 20 minutes.

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  12. QUESTION:
    can ovarian cysts cause infertility?
    i suspect having ovarian cysts, and one of the symptoms i heard is infertility. can any one help me with this topic

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS causes infertility – but that is PCOS not all types of cysts. The cysts in PCOS rarely cause symptoms and are very very small. Large ovarian cysts are generally functional if you are young. They are divided into two categories. Follicular and Corpus Luteum. Follicular occurs in the follicular phase (obviously) when the egg is growing inside the dominant follicle. However, it fails to be released and the cyst keeps growing. Obviously if it is not released it cannot be fertilized. The other is a Corpus Luteum cyst. This is caused after ovulation when the egg breaks out of the small cyst – the cyst for some reason or another sometimes seals off and accumulates fluid (often blood). These can become quite large and sometimes need to be surgically removed. However, Corpus Luteum cysts will allow the egg to be released and it can be fertilized. Follicular cysts are much more common and tend to go away on their own.

      I had to have a grapefruit sized Coprus Luteum cyst removed once by laparoscopy. It was pretty painless. I tend to get these cysts every now and then. I had a ruptured one last cycle that caused some pain – and caused my period to be late making me think I was pregnant!! But I wasn’t. Corpus luteum cysts will keep making progesterone keeping your period away and keeping your temps high. They are a cause of heartbreak sometimes :(

  13. QUESTION:
    Can a small ovarian cyst cause these types of symptoms?
    I couldn’t find this while searching online and I’ll be heading to the doctor in a couple days to see what exactly is going on with me other than the cyst but:

    I have a 1.5cm cyst. Lately I’ve been having:
    extreme fatigue
    lower back and thigh pain,
    EXTREME (I almost passed out a couple times) abdominal pain that occurred on the day I was supposed to get my period and the day after. I still feel the pain at various times throughout the day just not AS horrible. Still extremely painful though.
    Bouts of nausea that come at random times.
    Occasional dizziness whether sitting or standing.

    I’m just in shock. The pain from this small cyst is overwhelming. I can’t lift anything over about 10 pounds without almost passing out from the pain from the cyst.

    What I’ve been told is that it is a fluid-filled cyst and that I have fluid in my abdomen from what the ultrasound tech THINKS could have been a cyst that had ruptured a few days prior on the other side of my abdomen.

    I guess my second question would be what kind of things can I do or take to help with this horrible pain as well?

    Thank you so much for any insight!

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  14. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts cause acne?
    About 2 months ago I went to the ER thinking i had appendicitis or something serious, turns out I had an ovarian cyst that was the size of a golf ball. Now im having the same symptoms & im pretty sure I have another cyst. I read online that PCOS can cause acne & oily skin (which I have both) is there any medication that will stop this TYPE of acne?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a primary care physician make an appointment and have an exam to determine if you really do have PCOS or not. If you do be proactive by working with your Dr. for solutions and treatment because you need to address the issue before the symptoms and right now the acne is a potential symptom of the hormonal condition. Once your condition is under control the acne may resolve itself.

      Please see your Dr. and take care

  15. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts?
    The doctor thinks I have folicule ovarian cysts(I had an ultrasound done a month ago revealing I had ovarian cysts),I’m getting a repeat ultrasound in a few months to note any changes or whatever.My question is can ovarian cysts cause a period to come more than a week earlier than expected,be lighter,and doesn’t last as long as my usual periods.Usually my periods are quite regular(every 36 or 37 days)and quite heavey and lasts 7 or 8 days.My last period(the early one) was extremely light(barely enough for a panty liner)and only lasted 4 days.I was wondering if ovarian cysts can cause this?

    Also what are some symptoms of ovarian cysts?
    I thought women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrom usually have irregular periods?Mine are quite regular except for the one that came more than a week earlier.
    2 weeks after my “early period” that was just spotting,I’m having spotting again.Could that be because of the cysts or could it be something else?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it’s completely different from person to person. Some people can have period changes and pain, while others like me had nothing. I just started gaining weight.
      I don’t think there are any symptoms, they just are there. Luckily your doctor caught them.
      Don’t be worried if you have to have surgery, I had it when I was 16 and it was fine.

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced pregnancy symptoms with an ovarian cyst?
    I’m definately not pregnant…had loads of tests done..found out i have a 3cm ovarian cyst…had nausea for 1 week…that passed….now I’m experiencing weight gain even though my diet hasn’t changed..always been fairly slim…also my breasts have grown huge and are tenderr and my belly is a bit swollen…i”ve had blood tests and ultra-sounds etc…could the ovarian cyst cause phantom preganancy symptoms?
    I will be seeing my doctor in a few weeks time..just wondering if anyone else experienced this..tyvm

    • ANSWER:
      My mother had that same problem, she was bloated, she looked pregnant and had to have her ovaries removed. she feels much better now

  17. QUESTION:
    I can’t tell if i’m suffering from a ovarian cysts or anorexia symptoms.?
    I have all the symptoms of a cysts but i know im anorexic and i can’t tell what’s causing it. I’ve looked up everything but i just need to talk to someone to tell me what’s right!!

    • ANSWER:
      at this junction, a doctor would be the best person to talk to, to tell you what’s right…

  18. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts can cause acne?
    About 2 months ago I went to the ER thinking i had appendicitis or something serious, turns out I had an ovarian cyst that was the size of a golf ball. Now im having the same symptoms & im pretty sure I have another cyst. I read online that PCOS can cause acne & oily skin (which I have both) is there any medication that will stop this TYPE of acne?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you are correct. The problem with medical solutions to this is that you do NOT get rid of the root cause, you only treat the symptoms while your body deteriorates.

      PCOS is not the result of a DRUG DEFICIENCY. Let’s start with that. Many women suffer with this problem for years because of doctors prescribing drugs to treat the symptoms. That is not real health, it is “MAKE BELIEVE HEALTH.” Please, do yourself a huge favor and deal with the PCOS problem in a nutritional way and solve the problem.

      When doctors try to juggle hormones, they are attempting to play GOD with out the credentials. Birth control pills are dangerous and have no studies showing long term safety. The synthetic ethinyl estradiol used in those pills is the most stimulating to breast tissue and is 1,000 times more potent in it’s effects on breast tissue as estriol (natural estrogen made in the body that helps breast tissue). Estrogens tend to promote cell division, particularly in hormone-sensitive tissue such as the breast. Studies from two decades ago clearly found that overexposure to estradiol increases one’s risk of breast cancer. The synthetic ethinyl estradiol is even more of a breast cancer risk because it is efficiently absorbed by mouth and slow to be metabolized and excreted. The longer a synthetic estrogen stays in the body, the more opportunity it has to do damage. NOT A GOOD SOLUTION FOR PCOS! ! ! 1 in 7 women now get breast cancer!

      “Normalizing” hormones by simply giving you synthetic hormone pills violates the basic principle of healing. Instead, whenever possible, you should strive to normalize the hormones using your body’s innate intelligence. In your case, by changing your diet, you can start on the road to healing.

      A diet based on the principles of “Nourishing Traditions,” a book by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. is the first step in the therapy of PCOS. Your ovaries need the animal fats, and yes, even the cholesterol found in food in order to make estrogen and progesterone, the correct female hormones.

      Swollen ovaries is a condition analogous to goiter, when the thyroid swells in response to iodine deficiency. Goiters often also result in a hormonal imbalance leading to hypothyroidism. In the case of PCOS, the starvation of the ovaries causes them to become cystic, swollen and eventually unable to regulate the synthesis of their hormones.

      The other main dietary trigger for this imbalance is that when the proper dietary fats are missing, they are inevitably replaced by excessive carbohydrate consumption. This results in excessive insulin production, weight gain, abdominal bloating, and eventually will itself cause hormonal shifts. The biochemistry of this process is well described in the book, “The Schwarzbein Principle” which also suggests a diet based on the principles in the book, “Nourishing Traditions,” along with a restriction to about 75 grams of carbohydrates per day. More good fats and fewer carbohydrate foods should help in restoring your hormones to their proper balance.

      In addition to the dietary program, there are many natural nutrients that I have been shown in the medical literature to help PCOS. The first is the protomorphogen extract from Standard Process called Symplex F. This is a mixture of specially processed glandular extracts from the four organs that make up the so-called pituitary axis–the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal glands and the ovaries. We now know that these glands compensate for each other, and that they all get ill as a group. I usually recommend taking 1-2 tablets per day for one whole year to help normalize the function of these important organs. You should be able to get the Symplex F from your local pharmacy.

      The final therapy that I recommend for PCOS is a 50/50 mixture of the herbal extracts of Peony lactiflora and Glycyrrhiza uralensis (commonly known as licorice). There have been three studies in the literature showing that this combination of herbs can result in a complete remission in PCOS, and that it does so by normalizing adrenal function and reducing testosterone levels. It is important to use the correct amounts that were also indicated in these studies. I recommend the Mediherb extracts and suggest 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the mixture, 2-3 times per day. I usually suggest using this mixture for six months with breaks of a week or two every 4-6 weeks.”

      Birth control pills are the worst way to deal with PCOS. All that does is give you the “make believe health.”

      EDIT: Ignore the uneducated people here that are telling you that you have or do not have PCOS by splitting hairs about the cysts on your ovaries. A cyst is a cyst whether you have one or many. You have oily skin, right? You have acne that is not easily controlled, right? What I have suggested will work for you and with NO DRUGS or CHEMICALS or dangerous birth control pills.

      good luck to you

  19. QUESTION:
    What would cause an ovarian cyst in a 13 year old?
    When i was 13 (im 15 now) i got an ovarian cyst on my left ovary. It was pretty big and it got twisted around 3 times. I never had any symptoms except for one morning i got up before school and i just had a really sharp pain. I had surgery the next morning to remove it. I read up about it because i wasnt really sure what it was and i read that it usually occurs in woman during their child bearing years. What would be the cause of me getting it?

    • ANSWER:
      An ovarian cyst is any collection of fluid, surrounded by a very thin wall, within an ovary. Any ovarian follicle that is larger than about two centimeters is termed an ovarian cyst. An ovarian cyst can be as small as a pea, or larger than a cantaloupe.

      Most ovarian cysts are functional in nature, and harmless (benign). In the US, ovarian cysts are found in nearly all premenopausal women, and in up to 14.8% of postmenopausal women. The incidence of ovarian carcinoma is approximately 15 cases per 100,000 women per year.

      Ovarian cysts affect women of all ages. They occur most often, however, during a woman’s childbearing years.

      Some ovarian cysts cause problems, such as bleeding and pain. Surgery may be required to remove those cysts.”

  20. QUESTION:
    Can ovarian cysts cause my stomach to bloat and pooch out?
    I started working out a little over two weeks ago. My stomach feels flat when I am done working out, but as soon as I eat something it bloats back up. I do have a lot of excess fat on my stomach and since having my appendectomy in 2004 the fat has dropped (due to the incision going down the center of my stomach). Anyway, I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) 10 years or so ago. I was also diagnosed with a 4″ fibroid on my uterus about six months ago. The doctor said it didn’t need to be removed, so I left it at that. But what is my stomach always so bloated? The only time it isn’t bloated is if I don’t eat any food at all.

    I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) about 8 years or so ago, but really don’t have any symptoms from that except stomach cramping, bloating and gas (especially in the morning).

    Will I still be able to lose weight and tone my stomach up even though I have the cysts and fibroid, or will my stomach forever stick out?

    • ANSWER:
      You will be able to hun its just harder for women with pcos i managed though. Just keep working out. Oh and green tea helps with the bloating.

  21. QUESTION:
    can an ovarian cyst cause a positive pregnancy test even with all the prenatal symptoms?
    I was feeling very sick lately feeling nauseous. I have been under a lot of stress so I didn’t think much of it until one night i had a dream that my mother was pregnant…EW WW!!! So i woke up and decided to ease my mind by taking a at home pregnancy test and it came out positive . I went crazy. I told my husband and he couldn’t believe it so he went online to find out more due to the fact that i have had history of cyst. I then became scared of what might really be going on with my body. So i decided to take a digital home pregnancy test and that also came out positive . Im going to the doctor’s soon but i am now very nervous of what he/she might say. Im kinda excited to be a mommy but i don’t want to get my hopes up. Is this possible, a false positive with all the symptoms?

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  22. QUESTION:
    Can ovarian cyst cause this much pain?
    It all started about 3 months ago, my left side really really hurt. If felt as if something was pulling at my side, I charlked it up to my IBS and moved on. I started noticing that every month since then, about a week before my peiod that my left side would hurt. I finally went to my Gyno and was told that I had a small cyst. I am curious if that is what could have been causing my side pain, it is also in the bend of my back as well. I went to a doctor this week and they said they thought I had pulled something, but they can’t find what. This is after x-rays and blood tests. Has anyone had these symptoms with an ovarian cyst or should I insist on more tests. I don’t know what to do, can someone please help!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Deffinately. I get cysts on my left ovary and they can be extremely painful, to the point of being in pain when i would walk. My doctor said that usually they are harmless and will go away on their own ( one of mine took 3 or 4 months to go down) and the reason for the pain the week before my period was because of ovulation.If the doctor says that the tests are necessary then I guess you should do them just to make sure something isn’t wrong, but in all honesty it may not be needed. If you’re in extreme pain i would say go to the emergency room just incase.

  23. QUESTION:
    would ovarian cysts cause this?
    intermittent pelvic pain (like a dull ache) and rectal pressure as well as waves of nausea? i have pcos and i seem to have these symptoms often, but its worse today and worrying me

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  24. QUESTION:
    Do cancerous Ovarian Cysts rupture?
    I know benign Ovarian Cysts rupture and cause all sorts of symptoms. I know Ovarian cancer has similiar symptoms to benign ovarian cysts, but do they rupture? Meaning, if you had a cancerous cyst, can that rupture? Or do only benign ones rupture. Sorry if this is a stupid question :(

    • ANSWER:
      Any cyst can rupture it doesn’t matter if it is benign or malignant.

  25. QUESTION:
    are these symptoms coming from ovarian cysts, or pregnancy?
    i went to the DR today and she said i have a cyst on my right ovary, she did a urine pregnancy test, which was negative. i am going to have an ultra-sound later early next week, where i am going to have them do blood work. any ways, im not if the symptoms i am having are from my cyst or pregnancy(i think it may be pregnancy) b/c when i got pregnant the first time it was late to detect, and cause me to have a cyst just like the one i have now…. i have been having a lot of pregnancy symptoms, but i dont know the symptoms of just having a cyst.
    *hot flashes
    *nauseous (especially after i eat)
    *head aches on and off
    *extremely vivid dreams
    *milky discharge(not think, almost runny—TMI, sorry)
    *constipated
    *flu-like symptoms
    *dizziness about once a day
    *MAJOR food aversions

    —i know the cyst didnt rupture, cause she could feel it when i went in today

    • ANSWER:
      You know what, I’m going thru the SAME thing!!! I was even 13 days late on my period. I just KNEW I was pregnant….. ERRR!!! Wrong! I had a cyst on my left ovary… I had ALL those symptons… It all started when I spotted for 1 day (light pink) 1 week before my period. It could be either or, but I had the EXACT same thing happen to me. I could have written your question…….. seriously…

  26. QUESTION:
    Pain associated with ovarian cysts?
    I have been diagnosed with having a large ovarian cyst on one of my ovaries. I am in the middle of my cycle and I have been experiencing nausea, massive cramping, and a low grade fever. Could a cyst be the cause of these symptoms? Thank you in advance for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      It is very likely that your symptoms are a cause of the cyst. Call your doctor and find out for sure, in case it is something more serious.

  27. QUESTION:
    Multiple Ovarian/Ovary Follicular Cysts – Pain for 4 months, is this normal? Please help!?
    I am a 26 year old female. About 4 months ago, right before my period I started having left lower abdominal pain which is correlated with my left ovary. My ovary area is very tender as well.
    After the pain started, it has not stopped for the past 4 months. I had a CT Scan which was negative and a Pelvic Ultrasound which showed “Multiple Small Follicular Cysts”. My GYN Dr. says this cannot be causing the pain, but after reading symptoms of ovarian cysts, it matches mine exactly. I have a follow up appointment with the GYN Dr. in a week, but any thoughts or ideas on this? Is it possible for follicular cysts to cause pain constantly this long that is not related to a period? I always feel sore like I have been kicked in the ovary area and it hurts worse with movement…not fun! I would appreciate any help as I have a lot of anxiety and it is really worrying me. Thanks a lot!
    My periods have been normal, no chance of any type of pregnancy. Pain gets better and worse throughout the day, sometimes I do not feel it at all but then maybe an hour later it will start hurting..

    • ANSWER:
      I have what is called Polly(many) Cystic Ovary Syndrom (PCOS). I get many cysts on my ovaries all the time. Yes it is painful. They have prescribed me pain pills many of times for the pain related with this condition. All girls get cysts on their ovaries at one time or another. It’s another part of being a woman that SUCKS!!!! lol They are not harmful unless they get TOO large then burst!!!! all of them will eventually either burst or disolve. If one gets TOO large trust me you will know. It will hurt real bad and the only thing you can think of is going to the hospital. When they get TOO big that it is dangerous if they burst. They will go in through a hole in your belly button called a laproscopic procedure and remove it using a little camera and I think a laser. I’ve had this procedure done 3 times. Good Luck!!!!!!! and try not to worry. But make sure to bring up the posibility of PCOS with your doctor. According to a study I read on it alot of doctors dont even consider it.

  28. QUESTION:
    I KNOW THAT THESE ARE SYMPTOMS OF A CYST BUT??? please read on?
    I am 3 weeks late, my breasts hurt, I am dizzy, I have been having headaches, ….Can ovarian cysts cause these symptoms too? I go to the dr tomorrow. I have NEVER been late! My husband and I have been trying to conceive for a little over 3 years. I am 30 years old. I have just been diagnosed with a cyst on my ovary last month. I never knew I even had one. Please help! Am I pregnant or is this a cyst?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that can be a sign for both cyst and pregnancy. I have cyst and I have those symptoms all the time, but I hope the best for you.

  29. QUESTION:
    Have you ever had an ovarian cyst?
    I need a detailed description of your symptoms caused by your ovarian cysts.
    I think i have one and i want to know your symptoms so i can compare them to mine.
    Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cysts/DS00129

      This should be more helpful than any of our stories could be.

  30. QUESTION:
    what are the treatment options for ovarian cysts?
    my doctor has suggested i have an ovarian cyst which has been causing me pain and causing other symptoms such as : painful period, dizziness, drowsiness and pain also going down my leg and slight constipation.
    i was wondering what sort of cysts this could be (if it is one at all) and what the treatment options would be for any of these cysts??

    • ANSWER:
      Surely your Doctor can answer this question. I wouldn’t want people telling me that are not qualified to answer. Good luck with your problem hope it turns out in a positive way.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can an ovarian cyst cause no period for 4 months?
    I have a tendency to get ovarian cysts. My first one landed me in the ER because everyone feared I had appendicitis. I didn’t. I had an ovarian cyst, which then ruptured – the ultrasound showed the fluid in my abdomen. I have had them since then but they don’t cause any problems and when they rupture it’s just about getting through the pain, nothing serious ever happened after a rupture.

    So that’s background, but here’s present. My last period was 4 months ago, at first I thought it was stress related but the months have just dragged on by. I did have typical PMS symptoms in the past 4 months but there was never the actual period – it was like my body was getting ready and then…nothing. Which doesn’t make any sense to me!

    Is it possible that a ovarian cyst can cause me to have no period for 4 months? It’s never happened to me before but..is it possible?

    (And no, I’m not pregnant nor have any chance of being pregnant)

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  32. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy symptoms with prior ovarian cysts?
    I have ovarian cysts, LOTS of them. The doctors told me that it would be near impossible for me to get pregnant on my own. I know that the symptoms from when you have ovarian cysts and when you are actually pregnant are a lot alike so I am just a little bit confused. I have been very bloated and have missed my period for two months. Very gassy, and even more tired than usual. I have had body aches and nausea very slight breast tenderness, but they feel very heavy and full so much to where it is causing my back to hurt. I have also had a lot of trouble sleeping. I am asking if anyone with ovarian cysts had these same symptoms when they found out that they were pregnant or if there is anything that I could look out for that would give me more of a signal that pregnancy is actually what it is and not just the cysts messing with my body. Any advice is appreciated! I really want to know so that I can stop worrying! I took a test last month but I’m not sure if that was just too early or what….. but I don’t want to waste money on another one if it isn’t necessary.

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  33. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts or sick or am i pregnant ? either way i’m screwed…?
    ok here is a list of things that are wrong with me
    .my boobs are so SORE
    .my period is 2 months late
    .i have bad cramps around my side and “down” there
    .my apatite has changed to me eating more
    .and i get a little nauseous sometimes
    and that’s all…. i’m 12 i started my period 2010 February 2 and my period was regular until now
    there is a chance i might have ovarian cysts… cause i have a lot of the symptoms tell me what y’all think before i go to the doctor…. and there is like a 10 percent chance i might be pregnant too i know i’m fucked up

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  34. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Symptoms?
    I haven’t had my period since May 25th, and for the past three months I’ve been told assume that I’m pregnant until confirmed otherwise. I’ve had no confirmations at all, and just today I was just told by my pathetic excuse of a doctor, that weight gain, food aversion, smell aversion, increased appetite, heavy achey breasts, ance breakouts, constepation, hot and cold flashes, mood swings, bloating, and no period are all causes of PCOS and/or an ovarian cyst.

    Is this true?

    I haven’t had any pain or discomfort in my pelvic region, nor do I have any unusual raised areas where a cyst could be, so to me these are pregnancy symptoms. I’ve had normal and regular periods for 10 years now, not missing one.
    I know that PCOS and ovarian cysts cannot develop overnight, or even within a week. There’s just no way. My GYNO doctor would have detected any abnormalites when I had my annual pap towards the end of May.

    Can anyone give me some detailed information (if you or a family member went though it) on these conditions, and other possible symptoms?
    I’ve seen a doctor 3 times within the last 2 months, and all all 3 visits (including today) I was told to just continue on thinking that I’m pregnant. My temp. doctor now just wants to give me a shot of progesterone to induce a period and restart my period…(without even checking to see if I’m pregnant or not).
    Since I’m military (spouse), I cannot switch doctors. I have to be referred.
    I did take a test. The period I missed was supposed to be June 22. I took a HPT 4 days later. Negative.

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS isn’t something that’s detected in your annual exam, but IS very easily detected in an ultrasound. If it’s PCOS, you’ll see what looks like a string of pearls on your ovary.
      I’ve had PCOS for many years and have always had regular cycles, I just don’t ovulate regularly, there’s a BIG difference. It’s also not always easy to tell if you’ve ovulated or not.
      I also wasn’t having any symptoms of PCOS when I was diagnosed, I just happened to be having an ultrasound and the doctor found it.
      I don’t understand why you didn’t just take a pregnancy test when you first thought you were pregnant? It’s probably too late for one now, after a few months your pregnancy hormones decrease and you stop reading positive even if you are pregnant. I personally think it’s stupid advice for a doctor to tell you to just assume you’re pregnant – they make test to confirm things like that. Why he woudln’t just give you a simple blood test so you’ll know for sure, who knows.
      As your doctor for an ultrasound. If it’s PCOS, you’ll see it right away. If you’re pregnant, you’ll also see that right away. Good luck. Try not to stress too much over this. An ultrasound will tell you everything you need to know.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is this a symptom of an ovarian cyst?
    I had a Huge ovarian cyst rupture last month. Holy cow, was that intense! I’m feeling all the pain again right now. Instead of having a period (which I was due a few days ago), I had clear discharge. I wonder if I should get it checked out. I’ve never had that symptom before. Also, last month and right now I have this severe headache that’s keeping me from being able to do just about anything. The pain’s into my neck and everything. Why would an ovarian cyst cause a headache?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a huge ovarian cyst a couple of months ago as well. The pain is intense- you’re right. :(

      Right before mine I had discharge, too but it may be for different reasons- everyone is different.
      Headaches are pretty much common whenever you have stress, so maybe you are stressed because you are thinking you might be having another cyst.
      Either that, or you could just be having another one. :/
      I didn’t have any headaches, though.

      Hope you end up okay,
      -me(:

  36. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts or pregnancy symptoms? HELP?
    i am 24 yrs old and have ALWAYS been a regular 28 day cycle girl.. me and my boyfriend have been together for 3yrs and use the pull out method and no other form of bc (we have both graduated frm college, have our own townhouse.. we are not planning to get pregnant but if it happens then we wld be ECSTATIC!) soooo my period came exactly one week early last month July 5 (which it NEVER does) and was a normal period with clots. (not sure when i actually ovulated since it came early).

    NOW i assumed i wld be back on a 28 day cycle since it didn’t come early this month and planned to start August 1.. but i’ve yet to see AF. i took pregnancy tests bout a week n half ago and all negative. and the last time i was late, i was pregnant. BUT in between this period, i experienced a dull ache on both sides of my abdomen..not painful, jus a very dull ache similar to period cramps; nausea, aversion to foods, fatigue and mood swings.

    i actually had a pap smear July 26 in which they did a vaginal ultrasound and found very small cysts on both ovaries (no baby sac tho, not sure if it was even too early). NEVER had this before. but the dull ache sort of went away last week. now, period like cramps (different cramp feeling than the dull ache) started on Aug 1, the day i was to start my 28 day cycle. like i REALLY felt like it was coming, and go to the bathroom and nothing.. now my breasts have been itchy (don’t know what that means).

    could my early and now late period be pregnancy? or cysts? the doctor didn’t worry too much about the cysts because they were soooo small and not causing me pain.. jus annoying dull achey feeling. what’s going on? anybody else have these symptoms and found out they were REALLY pregnant and the doctor was wrong? HELP! lol

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    What causes ovarian cysts?
    I missed my period for about 3 months,I went to the doctors and I had cysts all over my ovaries.I don’t think I have PCOS,I didn’t get a test done for it.But I don’t have any other symptoms but these.I got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism the very same day,I don’t have any other signs of that either.The only link to Hypothyroid is me being over weight.What could be wrong? what should I get checked for next or should I just see another doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      ovarian cysts are from when the egg tries to exit the ovary and gets stuck and doesn’t release. follicles form cysts after….. I have hypothryoid too and the cyst problem could be endocrine as well. I would get a 2nd opinion but that’s just me :)

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a condition that has symptoms similar to endomitriosis other than ovarian cancer or cysts?
    Ive been checked now for kidney stones, gall stones, appendicitis, ovarian cancer and now endometriosis. They found endo in my left uretur. Now here is my problem. My pain is on my RIGHT side and goes down my right leg. Its a dull pulsing pain that has been causing trouble for 2 years now and they say since the endo is on my left it may not be causing the pain on my right. Does anyone know of a similar condition that exhibits symptoms like endometriosis? They also say that it could be referred pain but I never feel pain on the area where they found a problem. Im desperate! Im so tired of being in anonymous pain!!!

    PS by they I mean Gyno dr

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like they just misidiagnosed/totally missed Endo on the right uterer as well. It is fairly common to have both ureters involved and even more common to have a lesser-skilled doc miss it from there and a lot of other locations. My suggestion is to consult with a highly skilled specialist who truly understands the disease. Many offer records evaluation for free.

      www.centerforendo.com
      www.endoexcision.com
      www.endometriosistreatment.org
      www.drcook.com

      Getting help from a true specialist can make a world of difference. Good luck and feel better.

  39. QUESTION:
    Early Pregnancy symptoms?
    Details: Had a normal period on Feb 13th (was on mini pill) stopped taking pill 3 weeks later around 6th Mar (due to bad side effects). Had unprotected sex with partner around 13th March then had a light 4 day period from 17th Mar. Practiced withdrawal method since…however the last two weeks I have not felt good at all. Really tired, sex has been very painful deep inside,sore lower abdomen, I have been getting headaches, having nightmares, peeing a lot, moody, spotty, bloated, windy, heavy boobs…and the last two days I have woke up with lower back ache and constipation. Did a test (neg) been looking on net at what else can cause symptoms…fibroids, cysts, ovarian cancer etc…got myself really worried. Can’t get to docs till tuesday. I know it could be period due but the symptoms I usually get are moody and loose bowels only. Could it be symptoms of coming off pill? I am really worrying that it is something more sinister. Has anyone else been like this before period was due?
    Thank you Eddy…I had wonderd if it could be an infection…although I shower each day and usually after sex also…I am probaby over hygenic..using wet wipes etc…

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  40. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts and bladder… sorry so long?
    Hello all. Hoping someone could help with a problem I’ve been having for a few years.

    *Extreme lower abd pain that can starts out so bad I want to throw up from the pain.

    *If I lay flat on my back for a few hours and barely move (even deep breaths hurt) the pain subsides to a tolerable, but still limping, level. Sitting is the worst position.

    *Pain is generalized to entire lower belly (skin on belly is usually hot to touch when episodes occur as well). No actual stomach ailments coincide with pain (diareah, gas, etc.)

    *Generally starts in the middle of the night (3, 4 AM) and wake up with over filled bladder (sometimes have spillover in bed). Run to the bathroom and that’s when pain starts, as soon as I sit. Have to crawl back to bed thinking I’m dying.

    *Started in August 2006 with occurances that lasted a day and happened around once a month. Now they last around 3 days and happen anywhere from 1X every 3 months to 2X a month.

    *Today, pain just started right now… in the middle of work… didn’t even have to use the washroom. This is a new experience for me.

    *Periods are inconsistent and usually late. Sometimes skip whole periods (worst was skipped 2 periods in a row) and symptoms stop those months and don’t occur until after my next period.

    ~ER docs always test for appendicitis because of severity and location of pain.
    ~Primary Care doc thought Endometriosis

    , Gyne said probably not (had a 3-day occurance during pregnancy in March 2007… guess Endometriosis doesn’t act up during pregnancy)
    ~Gyne said probably Interstitial Cystitis…
    ~Urologist said bladder looked great after cystoscopy w/ hydrodistention… but still perscribed meds for IC (Elmiron) because “it can sometimes help pelvic pain”. Didn’t have period or pain for 2 months after bladder hydrodistension.

    ~ER docs usually say I have Ovarian cysts that grow, then rupture (which fills my uterus with fluid that causes me pain), then grow again my next cycle, which doesn’t seem right to me because of the significant appearing link to my bladder. Is it possible for ovarian cysts and/or ruptures to cause bladder symptoms??? Also, is it possible for ovarian cycts to occur during pregnancy?? Only happened twice during my 8 month pregnancy (3 weeks along and 4 months along).

    Anything else it could logically be?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
    Actually, no… no birth control. But, like you said, it could be hormones. It really started getting bad right before I found out I was pregnant and after I had him. So maybe my hormone levels never really stablized. I should probably ask to get that checked.. thank you. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hopefully I can help in some way. Are you on any hormonal birth control such as mirena IUD, the pill, depo shot, or patch? I had similar symptoms to yours with the pelvic pain, I had cysts as well but I was told mine were the normal cysts we all get. Birth control actually causes bladder symptoms such as frequency and urgency. I had both symptoms, I frequently wet the bed, sex became impossible, and I had urethral burning for two years before I heard Dr. Drew on Loveline talking about birth control’s underground side effects. I can imagine you are on birth control since you have cysts, that’s like the first thing they do when you have cysts is try to regulate them with hormones. However, if you have too much estrogen in your body, nerves expand, you feel pain that’s unexplained and no doctor in the world has ever heard of this problem so they tell you you’re crazy and send you to therapy. As soon as I stopped taking my birth control even after trying a progesterone dominant pill, the symptoms ceased and now I’m pain free. Hormones do awful things to your body, if you send your hormones into a vortex by taking more, you have a whole platter of problems. Now I have high testosterone and a thyroid problem all because no doctor I went to ever knew about these side effects. I had cystoscopy as well for my bladder and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I’m so sorry you feel this pain, I wish doctors were more in tune to their patients. You’ll get there, but hopefully I added something you can research. It’s sad being the one to diagnose your own medical problem, I can’t imagine what will happen if universal medicine comes around. You and I would be laughed at.

  41. QUESTION:
    Help, I have 2 ovarian cysts. It hurts. What do I do?
    I have had ALL the symtoms for some time now. But some of them for years!! i just had an ultrasound on monday. i was told each ovary has a cyst. One is 2.0 cm, one is 1.8 cm. 2 months ago I had EXTREME pain. So my Dr says, it may have burst back then. The thing is, today, right now, it hurts, Always on my left side (which has the smaller cyst). It’s a sharp throbbing sometimes piercing pain. Theres always a dull ache there, but today its hurting all over again. My lower back is killing me. Do I call my Dr for pain meds? (nothing over the counter works). Doc said will repaet ultrasound in 2 months to see if theyre getting smaller or bigger. Am I going to hurt until then? Do I continue my normal activities? Why do I have these? Im 33, tubes tied, had 4 children. How long can you have cysts? Cause some of those symptoms Ive had for about 3 years. The peeing all night, lower back pain, and sharp pain in abdomin is new symptoms. What do I do now? Suffer till I get them rechecked?

    • ANSWER:
      I also have 2 cyst’s, one on my left ovary is 4 1/2 centimeters and one in my uterus which is 2 centimeters. The Dr. said they were nothing to worry about although I have the same pain as you do. Nothing relieves the pain. I have to “relieve” my self often as it causes even more pain if I do not. I just recently moved and my husbands job is just getting started and there isn’t enough money to have them removed. I was placed on primary care here in Johnson City, Tn., but they’ve not been much help. So for now I’m in limbo. The problem with letting them go is that they can grow. 10 yrs ago I had one grow on my left ovary, It totally engulfed it and began “torching” (twisting). It killed my ovary and part of the tube as well. VERY pain full. It was removed after the birth of my daughter. It was 8 1/2 centimeters. The reason I’m telling you this is to let you know they do grow and waiting can sometimes be a mistake. Sometimes they burst and go away and sometimes they don’t. Be careful, if you can get them removed.
      Although, exercise is good for you, I have even had to reduce that as the pain gets worse when I do excesses. As you already know they can be there for years. As far as your routine If you can go on with them, don’t succumb to the pain and let it run your life. I will pray for you.

  42. QUESTION:
    can ovarian cyst cause severe pain? i just had my cycle 2 wks ago and i had to go to er tonight?
    I thought it was another kidney stone but ct scan revealed numerous cyst on ovaries they gave me dilauid through i.v but when the meds wore off the pain came back hurting in groin area, hip and inner thigh and back, has anyone ever had those type of symptoms before? i mean really awful pain!! how was the cysts treated? any input would be greatly appreciated!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have had some experience treating cysts on the ovaries.

      First off, what did your doctor say your treatment was to be? Did one of you cysts rupture? Sometimes this can be the cause of acute pain leading to an ER trip.

      Do a google on PCOS. Poly cystic overian syndrome. This is a much more common problem then you may think. It also usually shows with other symptoms such as increased body hair, difficulty losing weight, high risk of diabetes type 2, etc. There are many women who have PCOS.

      There has been good success in treating PCOS using chinese medicine. I have had good results with my patients. Even if you are afraid of acupuncture, chinese herbal formulas especially can help to control the pain and lessen the cysts.

      Good luck

  43. QUESTION:
    Can stress cause physical/emotional symptoms in periods?
    I ordinarily have few to no symptoms when I get my period. I’m a little moody, but I don’t have much in the way of cramps or anything like that.

    Last week, a high amount of stress was put on me. This week, right on time, I got my period. However, my emotions are through the roof and I have extremely strong cramps… to the point where I was looking up the symptoms for ovarian cysts because of how much it hurts. I was also spotting for two days before I actually got my period, and I almost never spot. The cramps began when the spotting began, and just got worse today when the period came up.

    Could these abnormalities in my flow be caused by stress? Or could it be something worse that I should see a doctor for?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately stress and your period goes hand in hand. I had the same thing happen to me and I was an emotional reck and my period was longer then ever because I was stressed out. I also found myself very tired and worn out and crying at the drop of a dime it will get better promise

  44. QUESTION:
    Hemoraggic Ovarian Cysts (spelling error?)?
    Hi,

    I have a few questiosn about Hemoraggic Ovarian cysts and would love some information from anyone who’s had experience. I just want to get opinions other than what my doc has told me.

    1. I have a pretty large blood filled cyst on my right side almost 7 cm, it grew pretty rapidly in the last year. I most likely will have to get it removed. If it has to come out it has to come out — but I am concered.. does this type of cyst keep coming back once you remove it? Do your ovaries get damaged in the process of surgery? I want to be able to have kids in a few years.

    2. The problematic cyst is on my right side, but I have constant pain on my left side just on the lower part of my abdomen to the left as well as lower back pains. Could these be symptoms of the cyst getting worse?

    3. Can having this cyst cause weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness? I saw my regular doc for this issue but he’s no gyno so he doesn’t know if they are connected. I have been feeling very dizzy and light headed lately.

    4. Has anyone tried natural meds to dissolve these cysts? If so, what are they and where can I find them?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Weird gyno symptoms…suggestions to cause?
    This month has been weird. I am on a birth control that is also for acne. Usually my face still breaks out but it’s nothing I can’t deal with. This month, my face broke out really bad. My nipples were also really sensitive (which happens to me sometimes during my cycle) and I had an ovarian cyst which caused me pain in my left pelvic region. I am due to have my period in 5 days and I have noticed that my discharge has a slight dark tinge to it.
    I have considered the pregnancy option but I take my pill every night at the same time (give or take 20 mins) and my boyfriend and I use spermicide condoms every time we have sex (which wasn’t that often this month because the cyst caused me a lot of pain during sex). I did however forget to take my pill last night (day 22 of my 28 day cycle) but I took it as soon as i remembered in the morning.

    Besides pregnancy, does anyone have any other idea to what’s causing all these symptoms. It has been a very weird cycle.
    I also found my libido to be lower than usual this month, i’m still not sure if that was due to the pain from the cyst or something else.

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  46. QUESTION:
    Is this pregnancy? Possibility of a ovarian cyst?
    Last fall I had a miscarriage.. it was a blightened ovum where the baby just didn’t form. Starting the past two months, my husband I have been trying for another baby.. we have been having sex just about every other day. This month after around ovulation my boobs became very tender, I was having lower back pain, itchy nipples, vivid dreams, frequent urination, and had a low fever around 99. I really thought I was pregnant. My period did end up coming though, but it was only 2 days long and was alot lighter then normal. I have taken a few HPT but they all came back negative. I took them just in case because I heard of rare cases where people do have their period when pregnant. I also heard ovarian cysts can cause similiar symptoms to pregnancy. And I have had one in the past. I just wanted to hear others opionions.. I def wil be calling the doctor this week though.

    • ANSWER:
      HPT just don’t work all that well for some people and don’t really let you know if you aren’t pregnant, only if you are. Try to be patient, and don’t worry about having a cyst until you have some evidence of that. This definitely sounds more like pregnancy to me.

      Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    Having pregnancy sypmtoms did HPT but came back negative. Could I be pregnant or have ovarian cysts?
    This is week 4 of pregnancy symptoms that I have been having. It’s been 6 weeks since I last had my period. I am tired, nauseated on and off all day, dizzy, got breast soreness a week ago, white discharge, lower back pain, breaking out all the time with acne, bloated, no spotting at all, intercourse is feeling different like I’m tighter down there. I did a HPT in the morning and it came back negative. It’s been more than 6 weeks since I had a period. My friend said she didn’t know she was pregnant until she was 3 months pregnant. She did HPT too. Any advice? I am thinking of waiting a few more weeks to take another one and then call the dr.

    What else are the symptoms caused by.

    I haven’t had any abdominal pain or weight gain which seems to the common symptom of having ovarian cysts. Help?

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  48. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of an ovarian cyst?
    Can’t they delay your period and cause intense pain in the ovary?

    • ANSWER:
      I get ovarian cyst frequently. Most of the symptoms are lower back pain, pain in either side of your stomach ( depending on which side you have the cyst ) frequent urination ( if it’s pressing on your bladder ) nausea, breast pain. Usually the cyst will dissolve by itself. Mine got up to 5cm and then it went away. If it gets too painful, just put a heating pad on it. Sometimes a cyst can cause you to be late on your period and sometimes they can cause you to have 2 periods in one month. I deal with these cyst so much that I’ve became a pro on the subject lol. Good luck!!

  49. QUESTION:
    Can ovarian problems cause pregnancy symptoms?
    I am on CD 36 of a variable 31-38 day cycle. I am suffering from nausea, tetchiness, headache and fatigue. I can smell EVERYTHING and it all makes me feel queasy. I am so tired I could fall asleep on my feet. I have had these symtoms increasingly for 6 days now.

    I have taken pregnancy tests today and two days ago and they have been negative. The last time I had intercourse was 15 days ago so I would expect they are right and I am not pregnant.

    I was going to ignore the symptoms and hope they went away, but then it occurred to me that there could be something wrong like a cyst or something. Anyone know if they can mimic pregnancy symptoms?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      they should go away in a couple of weeks meaning the symptons but if they don’t then go tell a doctor

  50. QUESTION:
    Can a super small cyst cause any sumptoms ?
    Has anyone experienced this. I am sexually active but i have protected sex always wearing a condom. I am very carefull with that but i know is not 100 por cent reliable. well i was feeling very weird having some pain on the right ovary. So i went to my gynecologist a week before my period is due. he did an ultrasound and told me i have a super small ovarian cyst that fell out. (i dont know if that means it ruptures???) well then he told me oh your period is about to come (He saw that on the ultrasound). Then i went home and rest and that pain stoped like for 4 days. and on the fifth day that was yesterday i felt like a little nausea and a constant urge to urinate. And when i press the right side of my lower abdomen i want to pee . every time i went to the bathroom i didnt pee anything. I am scared about it. Gynecologist dont work on the weekends. I am getting paranoid. are all this symptoms because of that small cyst? does the smallest cyst cause symptoms? or i might be pregnant withouth knowing? HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:


Burst Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

To begin with, ovarian cysts do not provide any direct symptom through which one may diagnose the disease condition. Say, for example, a stomach infection will manifest itself with abdominal pain and loose motion or a gastrointestinal acid reflux will produce severe heartburn. But a woman having ovarian cysts will develop no such express symptoms to indicate that her ovaries are affected by cysts. Routine abdominal exam or an ultrasound exam, performed for some other ailment may help detect cysts in the ovary. However, there are plenty of latent symptoms that often point towards affirmative ovarian cysts.

Some prominent symptoms of ovarian cyst

Some of the outstanding symptoms are pain in the abdomen or in the lower pelvic region – this pain is abrupt, beginning and ending all of a sudden, and this can also be severe, sudden and sharp, irregular and untimely menstrual periods; a feeling of fullness in the lower pelvic region and abdominal area. Ovarian cysts symptoms also comprise of pain for a long time around her pelvic girdle during menstrual period (usually felt at the lower back); pelvis pain after having sex or straining such as in exercise; pain or pressure while passing bowel; a feeling of nausea or vomiting tendency; vaginal uneasiness or blood spots in the vagina; painful sexual union, tenderness in the breast, problems in passing urine; frequent urination due to cystic pressure on the bladder and weight gain.

It may however, be kept in mind those symptoms of ovarian cysts that have been mentioned here are actually generic. They can be also present due to some other disease such as pelvic inflammatory ailments, endometriosis and ectopic pregnancy.

Symptoms relating to more complex cases

In some cases the ovarian cyst can take a turn for the worse and in such cases the symptoms can also be different such as light-headedness or dizziness, abdominal pain that cannot be accounted for, fever, shortness in breathing or rapid breathing, general debility or exhaustion. If any or a few of such problems are present in the person for long, it may be time to see a specialist or getting the matter diagnosed through ultrasound or laparoscopy.

Complications

If the size of the cyst is quite large, then it may cause discomfort in the abdomen. For example, it will end up pressing the bladder and as a result, the person will need to urinate often as the ability of the bladder to hold urine becomes restricted. In some cases however the symptoms may not be there – particularly when the cyst is of an uncommon kind. But even if that is the case, the doctor should be able to find it out with a simple inspection of the pelvic region. Some people get cysts after menopause – this might mean cancerous – so take note. Thus, it is a good idea to get a pelvic inspection regularly. And do watch out for these symptoms.

Here’s some caution

Understanding the symptoms is fine – but do not depend solely on them. Because as mentioned above, in some cases, there may not be any symptoms at all. Often the symptoms get misdiagnosed too as something else, such as ovarian cancer, inflammatory pelvic disease, ectopic pregnancy or even endometriosis. Appendicitis and diverticulitis can also show similar symptoms. But this does not mean that you should not be in the lookout for the symptoms of ovarian cyst as this is fairly common among females. Understanding the symptoms is the first step in diagnosing the condition and also understanding how serious it is. If there is associated fever, a sudden abnormal pain in the pelvic region or vomiting, then it can be a serious case.

Holistic approach and ovarian cysts symptoms

Holistic remedies have become quite popular in recent years, and this is the case for many diseases. Ovarian cysts can also be treated 00004000 using holistic remedies. But such remedies are nothing new as holism has been a concept that has been around for centuries. Its only recently however that holistic remedies have found a place in mainstream medical science. This approach is indeed very effective in ovarian cysts – but it also allows a person to become healthy mentally, physically and helps her attain peace too. The holistic system is not merely a way of treatment – it is an approach of treatment and its application. So with an early diagnosis, ovarian cysts can be wonderfully cured with this approach.

‘Healthy Mind in a Healthy body’ – this is the approach of holistic remedies. This approach prevents occurring of ovarian cysts in keeping the person healthy in both body and mind. Contemporary medical science has admitted the significance of strong mental force in curing difficult disease conditions, appreciating the influence of yoga and holistic approach in treating such cases. In fact, holistic approach can help prevent the occurrence of the ovarian cyst, and in case they appear, then they can be cured. Often the holistic approach’s first step is to regulate the diet. A balanced and wholesome diet is very important here to maintain good health because it enhances the power of resistance in the person. A balance diet according to holistic remedies includes proteins, fruits, leafy vegetables and minerals. All those foods that is rich in fat need to be avoided. It is also best to avoid excess carbohydrates. Ovarian cysts cannot cause problems if the body and the surroundings are cleaned and maintained.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how long does the pain last from a burst ovarian cyst?
    I had a dull side ache for about a week and then it got really bad last night. This morning when I woke up the pain was almost completely gone but as the day has wore on I’ve gotten a bit of a dull ache back. Does this sound consistent with a burst ovarian cyst? If it does, how long is this dull pain going to last? I don’t have any other symptoms. No fever, nausea, vomiting, etc etc

    • ANSWER:
      I have had 5 surgeries for cysts. 2 of them ruptured. The pain was unbearable. I had to have emergency surgery. You can have small ones that rupture (most women have cysts in their lifetime). I would not think that you would still have pain though. See your doc and get an ultrasound. That’s the best way to tell. I didn’t have fever, nausea or anything else either. The ones I had that ruptured were really big though.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a cyst to burst, and if so, what are the symptoms? How dangerous is this?
    I have a ovarian cyst the size of a grapefruit, but cannot receive surgery just yet due to blood complications. For the past few days, I have had hot flashes and chills, have felt very nauseated, nd whenever I eat anything, it goes right through me. Are these possible symptoms that the cyst has burst? thank you guys for your time

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ovarian cyst about that size when I was 16.
      I went through a time of “just not feeling well”. I woke up one morning with gut wrenching pain. Horrible, horrible pain. I could only curl up in a ball and scream. My Mother drove me to the ER, I was given a shot of Demerol, and later, had an ultrasound done. Turns out I had a cyst that had burst!
      I was scheduled for surgery 5 days later (I had 2 pain attacks in that time) and they removed the cyst, along with my right ovary. Apparently it weighed about 3 lbs.
      It doesn’t sound like yours has burst. The cyst just being there can make you feel unwell.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to recover from a burst ovarian cyst?
    Today is Monday, and late Thursday night I was experiencing the worst abdominal pain(if I din’t already have my appendix removed would’ve said it was that) and violent vomiting. So after hours of the Er poking, prodding, blood samples and internal ultrasound…they THINK I had an ovarian cyst burst sent me on my way with Lortab and that was that.
    A few years ago I had similar symptoms and had a cyst the size of a grapefruit removed which left about 2 cells remaining on my right ovary. I have no insurance and they told me to make a gyn appt. Four days have passed, since it was the weekend I could not make any appts. Now I am so bloated and in pain I can’t walk straight and am always tired. I realize things take time, but I need some kind of relief as to when am I going to be able to go back to work. There is no way I can function right now since my job is very physical and fast paced. HELP ME PLEASE!
    My friend told me if I had insurance they would not have sent me home! Why am I any differant than any one else ?? That doesn’t seen like that is even a legal thing to do! Aren’t hospital supposed to be not for profit?
    I feel so foolish I call my job every day telling them I need more time. I am about to just say I need the rest of the week off(not that I can afford it) ….what else can I do? Can hardly sleep and the Lortab works but I don’t like the way I feel from it! Too much like vicodine. I can walk around the house slowly but only for short periods of time! This Sux!

    • ANSWER:
      All conventional medical approaches to ovarian cysts are very limited, and treat the symptoms rather than the underlying root cause. What often happens is that the treatment gets rid of the cyst, but then it comes back again – just like in your case.
      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 website below. Good luck, and hope this helps.

  4. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst – Symptoms? ?
    About four months ago, I began to experience period irregularities accompanied with this dull ache in my lower abdomen, and when pressure was applied it hurt horribly. The pain got worse and worse and then finally it was like something blew up! My mother, who is a nurse and has suffered from polycystic ovaries her entire life, felt of my right ovary and told me I had a cyst there that probably burst. Indeed it had. The pIain went away and everything went back to normal.

    About four days ago, I began to experience lower back pain as well as localized pain over my right ovary again. I have missed my period so far this month, but I am NOT sexually active, so I know I CAN’T be pregnant. Well, I felt of the area around where the ovary is, and I could feel a large lump that hurt especially bad when pressure was applied. My mother confirmed that there was somethig about the size of a large egg on my right ovary, while my left one is fine. I walk around with my ride side feeling tense and heavy.

    My question is, is it normal to have horrible back pain, period misses, and mild nausea with an ovarian cyst? My last one was quite similar, but it was much smaller and it ruptured. And what other symptoms should I look for? And can a lot of stress only help a cyst to form? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some info on ovarian cysts. I hope this helps with some of your questions.

      Paste from website listed below:

      Many ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms. Others can cause:

      * pressure, swelling, or pain in the abdomen
      * pelvic pain
      * dull ache in the lower back and thighs
      * problems passing urine completely
      * pain during sex
      * weight gain
      * pain during your period
      * abnormal bleeding
      * nausea or vomiting
      * breast tenderness

  5. QUESTION:
    I suspect that I burst an ovarian cyst. Should I go to emergency?
    I discovered a month ago that I have a large cyst (almost 2 inches in diameter) on one of my ovaries. I had sexual intercourse a couple days ago for the first time in a month. I know that bleeding is one symptom of a burst cyst. My family doctor isn’t available to see me until after thanksgiving. Should I go to emergency tonight to see a gynecologist? I’ve heard that burst cysts are big trouble. Also, should I refrain from having intercourse until I have this all figured out?

    It’s possible that the bleeding was caused by my hymen breaking — I’ve only had intercourse about 10 times before, and I’ve never bled during the act. I heard that sometimes it can take a while for the hymen to break.

    Thanks for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      If there is tenderness at the entry of your vagina, I’d lean toward the hymen theory. That being said however, I’d imagine that if you’ve had repeated acts of intercourse — regardless of whether or not you’ve bled in the past — your hymen has probably long since broken.

      The bleeding might be related to the cyst, but it might actually be caused by hormone fluctuations rather than the cyst rupturing. If it ruptured, you’d be in a considerable amount of pain; if you’re not, it may just be irregular menstrual bleeding.

      If it would make you feel better to go to the ER or urgent care, then by all means, go.

      I’d also recommend that you find a different doctor. A doctor that can’t see you for 2 full months is far too over-booked to be bothered with you. Your condition COULD cause you problems and you want a doctor that is attentive to your needs…even if it means squeezing you in on an urgent basis (which then CAN do … IF they want to).

  6. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst burst and regrew?
    I recently had an ovarian cyst that caused me an intense amount of pain, causing me to spend about 4 days in bed trying not to throw up. When I finally got an ultrasound done, it was small enough to cause the technician to believe that it had burst, and that was what was causing my pain. She sent me to the GYN to be sure. During the pelvic exam the GYN said that it had re-grown and that I needed to come back for another ultrasound.

    I now have the same kind of pain on the other side (a stabbing occasionally and a lot of pain when it is pressed), and I am beginning to feel the symptoms that came with the first cyst bursting.

    I have never had ovarian cysts before. What is causing this sudden onset of them? And is it normal for a cyst to burst and re-grow like that?

    • ANSWER:
      The cysts are part of your ovulation cycle. It is normal for them to burst and re-grow (I’ve had this happen).

      For me, they came, I had them on and off for a while and eventually they stopped. Can’t explain why.

  7. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst has burst and when to seek medical attention?
    I have PCOS (poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome). I keep it under control with BCP. I had a cyst burst about 7 years ago, I went to the Dr at the time because the pain when it burst, well scared me, lol. I felt fine afterwords, no nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, nada. I woke up last night and to the same pain. Sharp, sudden acute pain that lasted about 10 seconds. Woke me up from the dead of sleep, not very please with that. It’s a little tender this morning, but otherwise, again, I feel fine. I know my OB and all he will say is everything is fine. Unless I come down with other symptoms, should I even bother going in? I understand the risks of having a cyst rupture, but I have no other symptoms and it ruptured about 5 hours ago. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      ok if that cyst ruptured u need to be in the ER right away that is something you should not play with that cyst fluid carries poison so Please Go AND SEE A DR. ASAP

  8. QUESTION:
    if u have a ovarian cyst that burst that was detected on an ultra sound…cn there be more that were not seen?
    i went for an ultra sound to see wat was wrong and they said that i had an ovarian cyst that burst and i though that if it burst already then the symptoms would be gone but they are not.is it possible that there are smaller ones that were unseen on the ultrasound?also, if do have more would it be appropriate for me to go see a g.y.n? i really need to know soon cuz the symptoms are only getting worse every day so plz help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have cysts and they come and go. You may have smaller ones. If you see a doc. they will not do anything about them. They told me that they will go away by themselves. But more than likely you will keep getting them like I do. But they will burst and come back. But If it make you feel more comfortable to see a doc then I would. Good Luck!!!

  9. QUESTION:
    Please help – Is it dangerous to have an ovarian cyst burst?
    My doctor was able to confirm that I had one burst not too long ago as they saw fluid around my ovary in a sonogram. Due to some of my persistent symptoms over the last couple of years, I’ve probably been having these cysts on/off. They’ve not really caused a lot of problems, except twice in the last 3 years, I had horrifically painful experiences that I’m thinking were due to cysts bursting. Horrible abdominal pain that had me in a fetal position on the floor, sweating, nausea, just downright hell. First time I went to the ER not knowing what it was – they couldn’t find anything at all. I even went for a sonogram a few weeks later to check for cysts and nothing was found then either.

    But now I’m wondering – if I should get that pain again, should I go back to the ER?? Is it dangerous to have an ovarian cyst burst or is it just unbelievably painful and I shouldn’t worry too much?? Please only answers from people who know what they’re talking about….

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter had this happen and I was with her in the ER. I’ve never heard it’s dangerous, but I’m not your doctor. I do think that it’s linked to endometriosis and you should be treated for that. Find a gyn that knows about these problems and will take your pain seriously.

  10. QUESTION:
    blood filled ovarian cyst burst >10 days ago and still in pain!?
    I have never had an ovarian cyst in my life. I have severe pain and distention in my abdomen, nausea, and pain in my right shoulder/arm. A CT scan confirmed a cyst rupture. My gyn looked at the CT from the ER (I ended up there due to the pain about a week after the symptoms started and thats where the CT was performed) and told me the cyst was filled with blood which is now around my pelvis and in my abdomen. He also told me I have POS due to ultrasound findings. I saw my gyn today and he told me to wait another week to see if my symptoms go away. It has already been over 10 days! Is this normal??? I have never had this problem before and I cant see it getting better in another week. I cant stand up straight sometimes because the pain is so bad. I cant eat because I always feel full. I cant sleep because no position is comforatable. Is it ok to have blood in your abdomen for this long? Again, I’ve never had anything like this before and I dont know how long the pain lasts for before it is a serious problem. Any advise pleasseee!!!

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  11. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst, now having new symptoms that’s causing me concern?
    I’m 14, and this is my first cyst. I’ve had it now for about 4 weeks. It was diagnosed at 4.2 cm. At that time, I was just nausiated and having little to mild pain. Now, as the time goes on, the pain gets worse, I’m bloated and don’t have any appetite whatsoever, my bowel movements are painful, and pain medicine such as Naproxen Sodium and Tylenol with Codine aren’t relieving any pain. Just this morning, I was woke up by my stomach. It started to cramp up, so I rolled over, and my mouth started to water like I was going to throw up. I found out that if you swallow the saliva, you won’t throw up, so I did that, and the symptom passed. For awhile. It keeps coming back, and if I didn’t know that trick, I probably would’ve thrown up by now. Now I’m very weak, having pain that nearly spikes an 8 on that hospital pain chart, and I feel like drugging myself to die so I wouldn’t have to go through this. I have a high pain tolerance, but this is just torture.

    My ObGyn wanted me to wait until my first period to start birth control, but mine shouldn’t happen until November. I can’t miss anymore school.
    What should I do? I’m afraid to ask my mom to go to the ER because my aunt is a hypochondriac and anytime I think something’s medically wrong with me, I feel like I’m just complaining like she does. And my mom has work early tomorrow and she needs sleep.
    Is the cyst twisting, or about to burst? Has it already burst? I don’t usually double over in pain, and haven’t yet.
    Please help me. :[

    (Sorry for my spelling mistakes. The spell checker didn’t show up.)
    It’s not appendicitis, and I was diagnosed by a CT Scan with injection and barium. They were looking for appendicitis, but my appendix was fine.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a fever, and the pain is very severe, you should go to the Emergency Room before your condition worsens. Don’t worry about looking like a hypochondriac, the doctors will be glad that you didn’t take any chances when it came to your health and well-being.

      Best case scenario, this may just be symptoms of PMS. You might be getting your period soon, and that can cause some of the symptoms you’re having.

      If you’re embarrassed about going to the hospital, then call your doctor, and tell him/her what you are experiencing. If the doctor’s office is closed, there is usually a 24 hour answering service.

      Just act now, because if it is serious you are increasing your chances of having fertility problems, becoming very ill, or even death.

      Hope this helped, feel better!

  12. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst bursting during pregnancy??
    I am 5 weeks pregnant, and Ive been in pain for the past 2 weeks and had symptoms of ectopic pregnancy but when i went to the doctor the ultrasound to my relief showed the baby is intra-uterine. What was worrying though was that the ultrasound showed a lot of fluid in the uterus, and the doctor is not sure exactly what it is. Theyre suspecting it might have been a cyst that has burst. Has anyone had a similar thing happen to them, and is it harmful to the baby?? Any idea what this fluid could be other than a burst cyst?? Btw i have a history of endometriosis and have had recurrent cysts.

    • ANSWER:
      Iv never had anything similar in my pregnancy but im sure the doctor would have told you if it was something to worry about. I also had a look on some pregnancy forums and it seems some women have had similar problems and them and there baby is fine. Good luck :)

  13. QUESTION:
    diverticulitis, ovarian cyst, fallopian tube fluid blocked, and uterine infection… any disease related?
    I don’t really understand all of this, but on top of these problems I was recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (diverticulitis flare up caused the concerns for diagnosis). I am 26, have had one child four years ago, smoke cigarettes(I know it’s no good so don’t dwell on this issue for I will not pay attention to your response because it has nothing to do with these problems.. Dr.s words), but for the most part don’t know much about family medical history.
    As for discovery of cyst: Sun. 5:30pm a severe lower middle abdominal pain stopped me in my tracks. Held my lower stomach and couldn’t move without more pain. Coughing, sneezing, or laughter caused the pain to worsen. I reclined myself slightly to calm myself (I felt as though I were to pass out due to the pain) which seemed to help a little. Took two 800mg Motrin when home then took a xanax to go to sleep. Took another xanax after I couldn’t sleep for two hours, due to pain worsening during movement which caused me to stay awake. Finally fell asleep at 2am but woke still to any movement.
    Next morning couldn’t take the pain anymore and resulted in a visit to ER: CT scan and blood work issued.
    Results: Quack said an ovarian cyst burst. Had cysts on ovaries and needed to follow up with OB doc.
    I did. OB said: You have an ovarian cyst on left ovary 4.5 cm, and a fluid blockage in right fallopian tube, but does not indicate a cyst burst. Then proceeded with pelvic exam. I had extreme pain when OB pressed directly upward (towards belly) and said this indicates a uteran infection. What??? How does this happen? Are any of the other issues related to these symptoms? He issued an ultrasound following ten days of antibiotics (IOW: watchful waiting). My white blood cell count was 1500 at the ER, but the doc didn’t prescribe me antibiotics… My GYNO did. The ER doc disregarded me almost entirely and gave me a diagnosis without adding it in the write-up. The discharge papers he gave me was info on smoking, diverticulitis, and ovarian cyst bursts.I do know however that my grandmother had a full hysterectomy around mid-twenties and my mother had a partial at mid-thirties. She couldn’t tell me any disease that they had, only that they had to have it done. My gastroenterologist is concerned because I am too young to have these issues. Is there a disease or something that can be related to these issues? All of my issues are in my lower abdomen and the diverticula and cyst are resided to the left side of lower abdomen. However, my right fallopian tube is fluid blocked?…And I have an infection in my uterus?… Please, anyone with knowledge or experience please give me some kind of info on these rapidly arising problems. Thank you much!
    Other Info: Married in devoted relationship for 6 years.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure the ER doctor told you diverticulitis and not endometriosis? You have the classic symptoms of endometriosis which is abdominal pain any where in the abdomen that occurs at any time during the menstrual cycle. Further investigation shows that endometriosis can cause blocked fallopian tubes as well as pelvic inflammatory disease. So it could be that both physicians are both correct, at least partially anyway. The sites below may be helpful. Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst while on Birth Control?
    I have been suffering with ovarian cysts for about a year now with irregular periods since my period started. lately, I do not seem to have any periods until the cysts burst which is excruciating. I have been prescribes percocet and birth control pills (combined pill called zovia). I have been on the pill for 3 months now, starting after my last ovarian cyst rupture so it was supposed to be done with. I have been taking the pill regularly at the same time and this week have started having symptoms of a cyst. Now my right ovary is radiating in pain like a cyst is about to rupture.. same feeling I have gotten with every cyst before.
    Has anyone else been on birth control who has this same problem? Did the pills work for you or did you continue to get cysts?

    Anyone have any insight as to why I am still getting cysts if I am supposedly not ovulating? Thanks (ive tried google with no good hits and calling my dr. tomorrow to get an appointment sometime this week)
    I’ve already had bloodwork which he said was alright except my biliruben levels were pretty low. He mentioned PCOS but said he wanted to see if the birth control helped first. He seemed pretty confident that the dose of birth control her gave me would be sufficient in stopping my ovulation. Has anyone had this happen to them before? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hun, I’m so sorry that you having these horrible cysts bursting…how very painful! Sounds to me like you should mention “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome” (PCOS) to your doctor when you have your appointment! See if he/she will do some blood tests to determine your hormone levels (which they will most likely do anyway when you tell them of these symptoms). Sounds to me like you should be on “Meformin”. Metformin is given to women with PCOS (there are also some other medications similar to Metformin) and helps reduce insulin in the body, which then allows your body to reduce it’s LH, which is the enemy of your folical stimulating hormones that allow you to ovulate each month. This way, you can ovulate as you are supposed to, and should help with the reduction of the cysts and the bursting, and ultimately, and hopefully, get rid of your pain so you no longer have to take pain medication for this purpose.

      However, I am unsure about the use of the birth control pill along with taking the Metformin. But I’m sure there are other forms of birth control that will be fine used in conjunction with the medication.

      Good luck at your doctor’s appointment tomorrow! I hope you are able to find a reason and a solution as soon as possible!

  15. QUESTION:
    should I go to ER, ovarian cyst causing pain, pls help!?
    I was diagnosed a month ago with a 3cm ovarian cyst, right side. For 2 yrs prior my period was totally screwed up. And I was spotting for an entire year with no real period. Gyno put me on meds to start my period and said we would try treating it with bc. I’m 3 weeks into my first pack and I hurt more and more each day.
    gyno put me on 800mg ibuprofen, which did absolutelt nothing, and upped it to naproxen and darvocet. About 2 weeks ago I ran out of meds and asked for a refill on darvocet. I was taking it as prescribed at 1 every 4 to 6 hrs and was still in pain. The head nurse told me 30 pills should last 30 days. When I pointed out this was one a day she said “well if it’s something that bad then you should fix the problem instead of covering it up.” wtf does that mean? I was also taking a moderate pain killer and was still in pain. If it hurts that badly should I go to the ER?
    now I’ve been spotting consistently for a week. I called gyno thur and I have an apt mon. But I’m in a LOT of pain and I feel like she isn’t giving me the help I need. Should I wait til mon? I have no insurance and have to pay all out of pocket.
    I’ve also had a slight fever the past few days that won’t break and I feel kinda sickish but no other symptoms of illness. Could my cyst have burst?
    I work 7 days a week at 2 very physical jobs and can’t afford to take time off. In fact I have to be at work setting up 600 chairs in 3 hrs. I have no more pain meds and it huuurrrrts! And I’m just laying in bed!
    what should I do? ER or wait?

    • ANSWER:
      If your cyst burst you would definitely know! I didn’t even know I had ovarian cysts and one day while eating dinner within 2 seconds I was grabbing my stomach and lying on the ground in pain, unable to walk get up or speak. I had no idea what happened! After about 20 minutes of lying on the ground I finally made it to a phone to be taken to the ER, which I found out I had a cyst that burst. If you don’t have insurance I would wait until your appointment unless your temperature reaches 102 or above. Best of luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    I’m supposed to have surgery to remove an ovarian cyst but…?
    Okay, I had two very large ovarian cysts. My Dr put me on birth control and I had bad side effects…but my largest (6.3 cm) went away/popped. My Dr wanted me to have surgery to remove my other one, which has grown to 6 cm because she was afraid of it flipping.
    She put me on Spironolactone – which is supposed to reduce your water retention…anyway…I got my period today (or I think it is) very early. I started on the 1st and had it for 4 days and just started it now.
    Should I have them check if the cyst burst before they do my surgery on the 30th? I don’t have any pain with this period and I didn’t have symptoms whatsoever. It feels like the last time my cyst burst

    • ANSWER:
      cyst should be checked by ultrasound before surgery – discover all about ovarian cysts – see below

  17. QUESTION:
    Ultrasound for ovarian cyst mistake?
    I’m extremely concerned as far as my health right now. I had an ultrasound about 3 years ago. It was because my ovarian cyst sent me to the hospital because it burst. I had severe abdominal cramps.

    They did an ultrasound to see if I was fine. And told me the cyst had popped and the fluid had leaked into my system.

    3 years later (I’m 20 years old) I’m having symptoms of ovarian cancer. Could the hospital had overlooked something?

    I got a pap smear about a month ago. She felt my ovaries and said they were fine. Could she have missed something? I read that sometimes you can’t feel the cancerous lumps and can only be revealed by ultrasound.

    I’m scared to death because ovarian cancer can happen to any girl at any age.

    Please someone reassure my mind.
    and even if i did have the ovarian cancer wouldn’t it had hurt when she pushed down on my stomach ontop my ovaries? I had a gyno at the STD clinic do that too and I think he said my ovaries were fine. But I don’t know…

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    help about ovarian cyst problem?
    a few months ago i was having sex and started gettin a pain in my lower abdomen and got chills.. minutes later i felt like i had to puke, starting sweating, and the pain became horrible.. this lasted about 30 mins.. we went to the emergency room and all they said was that it was a urinary track infection.. which i get those often so i knew that wasnt what my pain was from. About 3 months later i get the same pain and same symptoms but its worse and lasted a whole lot longer.. the pain is unbearable and all i can do is just lay there and not move or it will worsen. I go to the doctor and they send me to the ER.. they take x rays and tell me they found a small ovarian cyst in my right ovary.. but all my pain was in the left.. all he did was give me a prescription for pain. does that mean im just gonna have to deal with this pain every time it happens? my grandmother told me she had ovarian cysts which would burst and cause the pain im describing and she said it lasted all through her teenager years till she hit menopause, so is that whats happening to me?

    • ANSWER:
      My wife suffered from Ovarian cysts for years. She was looking for info one day about a year ago and found this website with a natural cure on it. She has been sticking to the plan and has had no more pain since. Check it out.

      http://OvarianCystRemoval.net

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    Stomach Pains or an Ovarian Cyst?
    I have been having pains in my stomach and intestinal area for over a month. The pains usually happen after I eat. The pains feel like my organs are tearing themselves apart. After having many tests, the doctor told me that I have a cyst on my left ovary that had burst causing me to have stomach pains and that I should take prilosect OTC for the pains and in 14 days it will be resolved. They said that the cyst burst when I was dygesting so thats why I have pains when I eat. I don’t think this fits the symptoms that I have. What should I do? ( I dont get pains in my left or right side, just stomach and intestines).

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor doesn’t sound like they know what they’re talking about to me. I’ve had multiple ovarian cysts in the past and while the pain does radiate throughout your abdomen, it is primarily in your mid/lower abdomen and usually worse on one side (where the cyst is). Ovarian cyst pain is not usually affected by what you eat, it has more to do with your cycle.

      And when a cyst ruptures… well, for one, eating food is not going to make your cyst rupture, and two, cyst rupturing is one of the most painful experiences you will ever endure in your life. It feels like someone exploded an M80 in your abdomen, it’s horrifying. You would KNOW if you ruptured a cyst.

      Why would they prescribe an antacid for an ovarian cyst? Cysts are hormonal, they have nothing to do with stomach acid. Prilosec is for heartburn, and will do nothing for a cyst. I really don’t know what is going through your doctor’s head but I would strongly suggest a second opinion on this one. It sounds like your stomach pains are unrelated to anything going on with your reproductive system, and have more to do with your digestive tract (stomach, small intestine, colon, etc.)

      If it was your regular doctor who told you all of this, ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist (a doctor who specializes in the digestive tract). They will be able to give you a much better idea of what’s going on with your stomach and intestines, because it sounds like the doctor you saw was taking shots in the dark.

      Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    If I have Ovarian cysts (but not diagnosed with PCOS), will that affect fertility chances?
    I went to my OB and had a sonogram done due to some pain and tenderness – they saw fluid around my right ovary and figured I had burst a cyst. But they did not see any cysts on my ovaries. I also had other symptoms indicative of ovarian cysts over the last few months such as pain during exercise, so I think they have been there for awhile now – coming and going, and possibly bursting. I’ve had two very excrutiating painful experiences over the last 3 years that I think were due to cysts bursting.

    My doctor said that the only thing that will help is birth control pills, but that technically I didn’t need to be on them. I’m wondering though if this will affect my fertility later on? I have one young child already but want at least one more. I’m in the process of going to school and we struggle with day care options as it is with one child, so having two would be very very difficult if not impossible right now — that being said, I had wanted to wait a little while longer to try for another until we could figure out how our jobs/schedules would be like. But now I’m nervous that if I wait TOO long, I will screw up the chance. I’m 28, turning 29 this year. My doctor didn’t seem to be too concerned about fertility risk – maybe because he didn’t diagnose me with PCOS. But should I be concerned??

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a fan of the pill. I have pcos and it took 4 years to have a child, I started younger than you are now. Yes ovarian cysts can cause scarring and block the fallopian tubes. It also indicates that the ovaries aren’t functioning properly to have evidence of cysts.
      Ask your doctor to try metformin instead, because this will actually help you. It will help the cysts stop, and it will help you when you do try to get pregnant. The doc may want to check your A1C level first. I would not suggest waiting as long as you initially planned. I suggest getting a diaphram for birth control, stay away from hormones. Condoms are fine, but expensive

  22. QUESTION:
    Why am i bleeding?? Could it be ovarian cysts bursting?
    I have had bursting cysts in the past, and they hurt like hell but i never bled. I have been cyst free for many months now. My period COMPLETELY stopped about 2 weeks ago, and i know you can still bleed over 7 days but that’s not what this is. I stopped bleeding completely and now for the last 3 days and even after sex once i have been bleeding a little. I have had small twingy pains on my left ovary and also some breast gland pain. I even had cramping down my legs like menstrual cramps one night. I’m almost POSITIVE i’m not pregnant. Could it be the ovarian cysts causing my hormones to whack out and cause these symptoms?
    I have an appt. with a GYN on the 12th. My period was really heavy and clot passing too. Anyone have any idea? Uterine Polyps maybe?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that you are just experiencing some breakthru bleeding or that your menstrual cycle might be a little wonky. It’s a good thing that you are going to your gynaecologist soon. Even if your symptoms have disappeared by then you need to mention them to your doctor. Until then, unless the bleeding gets very heavy, you start passing clots or you start to experience pain, stop worrying.

  23. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Rupture Excessive Sleeping?
    A month ago I started having a dull ache in my pelvic area on the right side the pain was minimal so I didn’t give it much thought but three weeks later the pain increased and I had difficulty walking or trying to sit. So I went to my family doctor and she said it was an ovarian cyst and told me if the pain persisted for a few more days to get an ultrasound done. The pain decreased some after three days so I decided against the ultrasound. Until a week later (nine days ago) I felt like I was being poked in my belly button it was an odd sensation I didn’t think it was related though. The next night I felt like I was being stabbed in my right ovary and the pain went all the way to my back I was shaking, nauseated and I couldn’t walk across my living room without a lot of pain. Even trying to lay down was bad but once I was laying down and still it would calm down until I would move. I also had rectal pain my arm broke out into a rash (I don’t know what was up with that!) That night I slept for almost 15 hours. When I woke up I googled ovarian cyst and I read up on what the symptoms are of a ruptured cyst and it sounded like what I went through so I set up an appointment for the ultrasound for that day and called my doctor ASAP. She said it sounded like it had burst and told me to proceed with the appt and she would let me know the results. While I was getting the ultrasound I felt a shooting pain go up my abdomen. It was a late appt on a Friday so I didn’t get the results until Monday afternoon and they said that I had some gas over my right ovary so they couldn’t see it at all. I only had the pelvic sonagram not the transvaginal. I know this pain was NOT gas! and I have had this pain for 5 weeks. I told my doctor I was still experiencing pain although not as bad as that one night and that I had been sleeping a lot. Also, my lower back and right leg were hurting really bad for several days after that episode. All of last week I fell asleep as soon as I got home from work I have an uncontrolable tiredness and when Friday came around I slept for 14 1/2 hours then the next night I fell asleep at 10pm. I would have slept longer but my sister kept waking me up telling me to do my homework (I go to college once a week after work). I still feel exhausted…my doctor suggested I go to an obgyn but I feel uncomfortable going to one. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      inflamed kidneys from diabetes? avoid sugar. diabetes causes fatigue.

  24. QUESTION:
    Excessive Sleeping Ovarian Cyst Rupture?
    A month ago I started having a dull ache in my pelvic area on the right side the pain was minimal so I didn’t give it much thought but three weeks later the pain increased and I had difficulty walking or trying to sit. So I went to my family doctor and she said it was an ovarian cyst and told me if the pain persisted for a few more days to get an ultrasound done. The pain decreased some after three days so I decided against the ultrasound. Until a week later (nine days ago) I felt like I was being poked in my belly button it was an odd sensation I didn’t think it was related though. The next night I felt like I was being stabbed in my right ovary and the pain went all the way to my back I was shaking, nauseated and I couldn’t walk across my living room without a lot of pain. Even trying to lay down was bad but once I was laying down and still it would calm down until I would move. I also had rectal pain my arm broke out into a rash (I don’t know what was up with that!) That night I slept for almost 15 hours. When I woke up I googled ovarian cyst and I read up on what the symptoms are of a ruptured cyst and it sounded like what I went through so I set up an appointment for the ultrasound for that day and called my doctor ASAP. She said it sounded like it had burst and told me to proceed with the appt and she would let me know the results. While I was getting the ultrasound I felt a shooting pain go up my abdomen. It was a late appt on a Friday so I didn’t get the results until Monday afternoon and they said that I had some gas over my right ovary so they couldn’t see it at all. I only had the pelvic sonagram not the transvaginal. I know this pain was NOT gas! and I have had this pain for 5 weeks. I told my doctor I was still experiencing pain although not as bad as that one night and that I had been sleeping a lot. Also, my lower back and right leg were hurting really bad for several days after that episode. All of last week I fell asleep as soon as I got home from work I have an uncontrolable tiredness and when Friday came around I slept for 14 1/2 hours then the next night I fell asleep at 10pm. I would have slept longer but my sister kept waking me up telling me to do my homework (I go to college once a week after work). I still feel exhausted…my doctor suggested I go to an obgyn but I feel uncomfortable going to one. Any advice?
    Oh and I’ve had my period for ten years and it has always been consistent never any problems but the last period I had ended three days earlier than normal.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m glad I found your question. I’ve had a side ache, too, with an irregular period the past 2 months, and it might be that. Ugh. About the OBGYN, if you have the insurance and/or money, go. Don’t be shy. They’ve seen it all. I just don’t have the insurance or money, or I would go. Best of luck. I’ll be praying for you.

  25. QUESTION:
    Ladies and doctors I need help about ovarian cyst?
    Well to start off I am 21, healthy, fit and never had any serious medical issues. About 2 years ago I went to the E,R. with bad abdominal pain.First they did a pee test and came up negative and then he did a pap smear and decided to do a cat scan because he thought I had cysts. Well he was right. He came in and told me I had to ovarian cyst, one on my right and the other in my left. He said the right one was bigger and was leaking fluids. They gave me a long shot in my butt and said it was because the fluids form my cyst were giving me a pelvic infection. He also said if the cyst had gotten any bigger they would have to take it out with surgery. He then gave me .oxocodone Well now I still have the same symptoms and haven’t had my period for the past year. Do you think I need surgery. I have bad abdominal pain. nausea and my cyst didn’t burst or get any better. 10 points to best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get surgery hun

      My friend has one on her left ovary and they had to remove it surgically, the danger of the cyst is when you have one and it grows too big it can cause your ovary to twist which can cut off blood flow. If that happens you are in danger of loosing the ovary all together which runs you into an all new set of problems.

      Get the surgery and be done with it. Its just one day and then they send you home to rest for a few weeks. They just make two holes and they heal up in no time.

  26. QUESTION:
    Okay! very serious question about Ovarian Cancer : ( ?
    Alright, for about 2 months now, I’ve been experiencing some major fatigue, not constantly through the day (even though sometimes it feels like it), also gas ( I’ve been diagnosed with IBS before)
    It started off with me think I had an iron deficiency, so I went to the doctors and get some tests done. He ended up doing some tests to check if I can recall, diabetes, Iron, thyroid..I think that was all.
    So, I got my results and my iron was perfect, no diabetes and my thyroid was a little high.
    So, I explain to him that I was also having some cramping, and occasional frequent urination, and a lot of fatigue. So, he gave me another requisitions for I think it was a CBC once over blood test, to check for a lot of problems. Which by the way, if anyone can tell me exactly what they check for with that particular blood test, that’d be great!
    Now, I’m waiting for my results, and I am very anxious! The fact that I have this localized pain on my lower back, where my pelvis is. I mostly only feel this when laying down, and I get a lot of frequent urination.
    I’m sure you can tell by the title, that my concern is Ovarian Cancer, I’m so worried! These symptoms, especially the fatigue, have no gone away in the past 2 months, or a little bit over. This is very concerning to me.
    I’m only 22, and I don’t have any history of Ovarian Cancer in my family, but you never know.
    I did some research online about somethings, and came across Vitamin D deficiency, that kind of caught my eye. They talked a lot of about fatigue, and joint and muscle pains, and that I do have a lot. Right now I’m only taking at most 300 of vitamin d a day while breastfeeding, but I’m ordering a stronger dose of carlson vitamin ddrops with 4,000 IUs a day. I haven’t been getting any sun lately anyways.
    Also, another possible explanation is that I have had many ovarian cysts in the past, and on both sides..from what I can recall. The last time I had an ovarian cyst burst, it hurt like hell! But I don’t remember having an pain or it bothering me prior to it bursting.
    I’ve had ultra sounds done a few times before, and they told me they saw a cyst on my ovaries, and that it wasn’t anything to worry about, because it wasn’t an odd shape. That was a long time ago, since then I’ve had a baby, and I don’t even remember being this tired while I was pregnant.
    So, anyways..I want to know peoples opinions, obviously no one can tell me exactly what is wrong, but advice, and personal experience would be awesome.
    K, I don’t want websites! I can look that up myself! I want personal opinions and advice!
    How dare you call me a hypochondriac?? Do you realize how insulting that is? How would you feel if you went to your doctors with these symptoms and he or she told you, you were crazy? Kiss my ass lady. you’re an idiot!
    I asked for advice, not for you to call me crazy..especially over something that could be as serious as ovarian cancer!
    Also, if ovarian cancer symptoms like you said, are basically like everyday symptoms of a women..Like the symptoms I’m dealing with, then why should I be concerned enough to get these symptoms checked out?
    The fact that you apparently had ovarian cancer, you should be telling people, just to make sure, to get this checked out..not calling someone crazy!
    Plus, I am a women, and I’ve never been this fatigued not tired! in my life, and I know when somethings wrong.
    you’re just an idiot lady, end of story.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    What does cloudy urine, ovarian cysts, depression, and increased cystic acne symptoms of?
    I have had unprotected sex. I have been tested, and I came back negative. I went to an ER, and because it takes several days for the results to come back they gave me medication (penicillin, metronidazole, and another medication that escapes me). So, I don’t have any STDs. However, on the medication metronidazole, I noticed blood in my feces and urine (as well as cloudiness). I have been diagnosed from another ER with an ovarian cyst, but when I went to an OB/GYN they said they couldn’t see anything. Granted I felt it burst, but apparently there was nothing there. I’ve had acne since I was 10 (I’m 22 now), and it’s always been very moderate. Now, it won’t go away no matter what I use. And I overall am just very sleepy, unhappy, feel ugly and nasty. I have no idea what is wrong, and I don’t really have the funds to seek out alot of medical help. Any clues beyond the obvious go see a doctor? No, I’m not pregnant. I think I’m infertile if anything. I’ve never had 1 positive pregnancy test, blood or urine.

    • ANSWER:
      The short answer? No single thing.

      First of all, look into reduced cost / free clinics near you. If there’s a hospital with residents, they often run a clinic.

      Depression can be helped with medication.

      The other issues will take a little investigating.

      Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Late period: Ovarian cyst or pregnant?
    So my period is more than a month late and I am freaking out. I had sex a few times around the time I was supposed to get my period so now I’m not sure if I’m pregnant. I read somewhere that ovarian cysts can cause a late period and I have had ovarian cysts in the past( one time one had burst and it was the worst pain I have ever experienced). Some of the symptoms I have now are similar to the ones I’ve experienced back then, but they also mirror pregnancy symptoms. I’ve taken 3 pregnancy tests and they all came back negative, but I read that sometimes there’s not enough hormone for the test to detect causing a false negative. I can’t go to the doctor right now so I was just wanting to get some opinions from people in similar situations to see what the outcome was for them. Thanks in advanced!

    • ANSWER:
      The only way you will know for sure which it is is to go to either a doctor or a women’s health clinic.

  29. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer symptoms please help.. what should i do?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your Dr to check you for endometriosis. I had the identical thing happen to me, my ovary ruptured from an ovarian cyst it was a chocolate cyst that means it was filled with endometrial tissue (blood) it could be that you have endometrial tissue attached to the outer surfaces in your abdomen and each month when you have your period they bleed. also you may have another cyst. check thus site out but please see your Dr.

      http://www.webmd.com/content/article/3/1680_51158

      and also

      http://www.medicinenet.com/endometriosis/article.htm

  30. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer symptoms please help?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      The following was sent to me by e-mail.
      I thought it was very informative and useful.

      (Sorry, This is the way it looked after I copied and pasted from the original e-mail .)

      SIGNS OF OVARIAN CANCER (even in the absence of Ovaries)

      THIS IS A MUST TO READ TO THE END

      An Eye Opener on Ovarian Cancer
      I hope you all take the time to read
      this and pass it on to all you can. Send this to the women in
      your life that you care about.
      Years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian
      cancer. Her symptoms were inconclusive, and she was treated for
      everything under the sun until it was too late. This blood test
      finally
      identified her illness but alas, too late. She wrote a book to
      heighten
      awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.

      KATHY’S STORY: this is the story of
      Kathy West
      As all of you know, I have Primary
      Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only recently been identified
      as its OWN type of cancer, but it is essentially Ovarian Cancer.
      Both types of cancer are diagnosed in
      the same way, with the “tumor marker” CA-125 BLOOD TEST, and
      they are
      treated in the same way – surgery to remove the primary tumor
      and then chemotherapy with Taxol and Carboplatin.

      Having gone through this ordeal, I want
      to save others from the same fate . That is why I am sending
      this message to you and hope you will print it and give it or
      send it via E-mail to everybody you know.
      One thing I have learned is that each of
      us must take TOTAL responsibility for our own health care. I
      thought I had done that because I always had an annual physical and PAP
      smear, did >>> a monthly Self-Breast Exam, went to the dentist at
      >> least twice a year,
      etc. I even insisted on a sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test
      >> last >>> year. When I had a total hysterectomy in 1993, I thought
      >> that I did not have to worry about getting any of the female
      reproductive organ cancers.
      LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don’t have ovaries
      (and they were HEALTHY when they were removed), but I have what
      is essentially ovarian cancer. Strange, isn’t it?

      These are just SOME of the things our
      Doctors never tell us: ONE out of every 55 women will get
      OVARIAN or PRIMARY PERITONEAL CANCER.
      The “CLASSIC” symptoms are an ABDOMEN
      that rather SUDDENLY ENLARGES and CONSTIPATION and/or DIARRHEA.
      I had these classic symptoms and went to
      the doctor. Because these symptoms seemed to be “abdominal”, I
      went to a gastroenterologist. He ran tests that were designed to determine

      whether >>> there was a bacteria infection; these tests were
      >> negative, and I was >>> diagnosed with “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. I

      >> guess I would have accepted
      >> >>> this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged abdomen. I swear
      to
      >> you,
      >> >>> it looked like I was 4-5 months pregnant! I therefore insisted
      on
      > more
      >> >>> tests
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was
      >> >>> negative. I was again assured that I had Irritable Bowel
      >> Syndrome
      >> and
      >> >>> was encouraged to go on my scheduled month-long trip to Europe.
      I
      >> >>> couldn’t wear any of my slacks or shorts because I couldn’t get
      them
      >> >>> buttoned, and I KNEW something was radically wrong. I INSISTED
      on
      > more
      >> >>> tests, and they reluctantly) scheduled me for a CT-Scan (just to
      >> shut
      >> me
      >> >>> up, I think). This is what I mean by “taking charge of our own
      >> health
      >> >>> care.”
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my
      >> >>> abdomen (NOT normal). Needless to say, I had to cancel my trip
      and
      >> have
      >> >>> FIVE POUNDS of fluid drawn off at the hospital (not a pleasant
      >> >>> experience I assure you), but NOTHING compared to what was ahead
      of
      >> me.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Tests revealed cancer cells in the
      >> >>> fluid. Finally, finally, finally, the doctor ran a CA-125 blood
      >> test,
      >> >>> and I was properly diagnosed.
      >> >>>
      >> >>> I HAD THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS FOR OVARIAN
      >> >>> CANCER, AND YET THIS SIMPLE CA-125 BLOOD TEST HAD NEVER BEEN RUN
      ON
      >> ME,
      >> >>> not as part of my annual physical exam and not when I was
      > symptomatic.
      >> >>> This is an inexpensive and simple blood test!
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FEMALE
      >> >>> FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO INSIST ON A CA-125 BLOOD TEST EVERY
      >> YEAR AS >>> PART OF THEIR ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS. >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Be fore warned that their doctors might
      >> >>> try to talk them out of it, saying, “IT ISN’T NECESSARY.”
      Believe
      >> me,
      >>
      >> >>> had I known then what I know now, we would have caught my cancer
      >> much
      >> >>> earlier (before it was a stage 3 cancer). Insist on the CA-125
      BLOOD
      >> >>> TEST; DO NOT take “NO” for an answer!
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST
      >> >>> is between zero and 35. MINE WAS 754. (That’s right, 754!). If
      the
      >> >>> number is slightly above 35, you can have another done in three
      or
      > six
      >> >>> months and keep a close eye on it, just as women do when they
      >> have >>> fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly elevated PSA
      >> test (Prostatic >>> Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate

      >> cancer. >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Having the CA-125 test done annually can
      >> >>> alert you early, and that’s the goal in diagnosing any type of
      >> cancer
      >> -
      >> >>> catching it early.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Do you know 55 women? If so, at least
      >> >>> one of them will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to

      >> your
      >> >>> doctor and insist on a CA-125 test and have one EVERY YEAR for
      the
      >> rest
      >> >>> of your life.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> And forward this message to every woman
      >> >>> you know, and tell all of your female family members and
      friends.
      >> Though
      >> >>> the median age for this cancer is 56, (and, guess what, I’m
      exactly
      >> 56),
      >> >>> women as young as 22 have it. Age is no factor.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> A NOTE FROM THE RN:
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Well , after reading this, I made some
      >> >>> calls. I found that the CA-125 test is an ovarian screening test
      >> >>> equivalent to a man’s PSA test prostate screen (which my
      husband’s
      >> >>> doctor automatically gives him in his physical each year and
      > insurance
      >> >>> pays for it). I called the general practitioner’s office about
      >> having
      >> >>> the test done. The nurse had never heard of it. She told me that
      she
      >> >>> doubted that insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential
      >> >>> Insurance Co, and got the same response. Never heard of it – it
      >> won’t
      >> be
      >> >>> covered.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> I explained that it was the same as the
      >> >>> PSA test they had paid for my husband for years. After
      conferring
      > with
      >> >>> whomever they confer with, she told me that the CA-125 would be

      >> covered. >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> It is in a GP’s office and 5 at
      >> >>> the GYN’s. This is a screening test that should be required just

      >> like
      >> a
      >> >>> PAP smear (a PAP smear cannot detect problems with your
      ovaries).
      >> And
      >> >>> you must insist that your insurance company pay for it.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Gene Wilder and Pierce Brosnan (his wife
      >> >>> had it, too) are lobbying for women’s health issues, saying that

      >> this
      >> >>> test should be required in our physicals, just like the PAP and
      the
      >> >>> mammogram. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SEND THIS OUT TO ALL THOSE
      YOU
      > CAN.
      >> >>> BE IT MALE OR FEMALE, IT SHOULD NOT MATTER, AS THEY CAN FORWARD
      >> IT ALSO >>> TO THOSE LOVED ONES THEY KNOW.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> IF YOU HAVE! E A PROBLEM WITH FORWARDING
      >> >>> SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS THIS, HERE’S A LITTLE HINT THAT MAY
      ASSIST
      >> YOU
      >> >>> WITH YOUR DECISION ~ JUST PRETEND THAT THIS IS A JOKE, WHICH IT
      >> >>> CERTAINLY IS NOT, AND SEND IT OUT TO ALL THE FOLKS YOU WOULD IF
      IT
      >> WAS.
      >> >>> THANKS
      >> >>>

  31. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer symptoms please help me out!?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      okay before you consider cancer, a more reasonable diagnosis is endometriosis. its where the lining of you uterous escapes and creates smaller cysts in your stomach cavity. you might want to try to get tested whenever you can(a larascapy-spelling- is just a small incision and the look around and thats it.) if they find anything they can take out the worse cysts or you can have a full hysterectomy.
      i am being tested for it soon
      i also have cysts often.
      good luck and dont think the worse
      best wishes.

  32. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cancer symptoms please help.?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      go to a hospital and get checked out throughly. You can pin-point a diagnosis by guessing at the symptoms.
      And despite the not having med insurance…….
      do you really wanna put a price on your life?
      -The Med Student

  33. QUESTION:
    my period was 4 days late can I still be pregnant?
    I wasn’t on birth control for a month and a half. My last reg. period was on March 31 and ended April 4th. I spotted on April 11 and 12. I didn’t start my next period until May 4. I usually have a 28-29 day cycle. I took a hpt on April 31 and it was negative. My period was really weird. It was really heavy and kinda chunky (sorry for tmi). But I also had an ovarian cyst burst a week and a half before. I’m moody and my breasts feel funny I’ve had slight cramping but nothing like pms symptoms. We were trying to get pregnant and decided against it. If we are now, its not bad. We’ll work thru it. My husband is just being deployed in July. :( please help.

    • ANSWER:
      LOL. YOUR BREAST CAN SWELL UP AND GET SORE WHILE NOT ON PERIOD OR PREGNAT. YES YOU COULD BE BUT SOEM PILLS WILL MESSUP OF YOUR CYCLES HORRIBLY. I WAS 41/2 MONTHS PREGNANT WITH MY SON OLDEST ONE. BEFORE MY PERIOD EVEN STOPPED IT WAS CRAZY. PLUS GOING THROUGH MORNING SICKNESS SO YOU NEVER KNOW. THEY WAS TREATING ME FOR SUN POISONING. SO BECAREFUL MAKE SURE GET SECOND OPIONS FROM DR.S. TOO.I WILL PRAY FOR YOUR HUBBY . MY SON GETTING DEPLOYED TO IRAQUI END OF JULY AFTER THE BIRTH OF HIS DAUGHTER. SO GL.

  34. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts don’t cause pain?
    I went through a horrific time while I had an ovarian cyst, which at the time was thought to be endometriosis, and was found during a lap which revealed no endo, and a tennis-ball sized simple cyst.
    The symptoms I had were:
    1. Pain in thighs, on ovary, lower back
    2. Nausea
    3. Very Heavy, Disrupted Periods
    4. Very bad fatigue

    So anyway, I went to join the Navy, and during my medical I had to talk about my lap. The doctor wanted to know why my history had severe pain and disrupted and irregular periods, I explained it was due to the cyst and he just said “No, ovarian cysts cause little to no pain”
    So now I’m waiting 4 months to see if the op really did improve the pain,
    which it did, because it was 3 months ago and I have been symptom free

    Is this guy wrong? Or were my symptoms unrelated to the cyst?

    Oh & another thing, why didn’t my cyst show up on the scan? Fluid was shown up on my pelvis, does this mean that it may have been bursting and refilling?

    Thanks – :)

    • ANSWER:
      This guy was wrong…your symptoms were becuase of the cysts. SOME cysts do not cause pain, but not all. He is an idiot.

      The cyst may not have shown up in the scan becuase it had already ruptured or disappeard.

  35. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts?
    On July 3rd I was in the ER with severe lower left abdominal pain.They did an ultrasound and diagnosed a 9cm ovarian cyst on my left ovary. I went to my ob/gyn on the 17th and they did another ultrasound which showed it at 12cm. I was still in severe pain. They sent me home with pain meds and a wait and see approach with a follow up appointment in September. The pain is getting worse but I have not had any symptoms of it bursting. I can’t lay on my left side without feeling like someone is putting a fist into the side of my stomach to my lower back. Today (july 25) was unbearable. I don’t think it has burst. It feels like a throb and lots of pressure. I also had 3 fainting spells over the last two weeks and saw my regular md and when i stood up my blood pressure dropped 90/60. I wore a heart monitor for 24 hrs but no results yet. I’ve lost 15 lbs since May. Should I get a 2nd opinion sooner than september? Any other suggestions?
    I am also 42 yrs old, and I had an endometrial ablation (burning of the lining of the utererus) in December due to heavy and long menstruation. I haven’t had a period since.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi jlbchhlz,

      Sorry to hear about your pain. This link might help:

      http://www.squidoo.com/Ovarian_Cysts_Symptoms

      good luck

  36. QUESTION:
    Can Ovarian Cysts cause nausea/dizziness?
    Can Ovarian Cysts come and go each month? Do they appear and burst at ovulation or during your actual period? And also I was wondering if just having cysts can cause you to feel really sick during ovulation…with nausea or lightheadedness/dizziness and general ill feeling or weakness? Or is it only when they are bursting do they cause those symptoms? I seem to experience severe pain for 24-48 hours one month and then the next month I have about 4-5 days of just nausea/dizziness/lightheadedness. Could a large cyst cause severe pain from my right ovary and then maybe if I’m ovulating from the left ovary the next month it could just be some nausea experienced if there’s a smaller cyst on my left ovary?
    I don’t know for certain if I have cysts…pap smear and pelvic exam turned out okay 1.5 years ago, but then I had a copper iud placed and ever since then have had severe pain, which after a year has now turned into rotating bouts of pain and nausea/lightheadedness.
    Thanks for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cyst on my ovary and my doctor put me on birth control to shrink it and ease the pain. But they form every month and usually burst a few days after your period starts. The pain should not be too bad though. But if it is hard to deal with you should see your doctor. I sometimes get dizzy but I am not sure if it is because of that or if it is because I am not feeding myself the right way or drinking enough water. Get it checked out though.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can high prolactin cause bad headaches?
    Hi, I have been having ongoing blood tests since March 2010 as my prolactin levels were a little on the high side at 300. The last blood test showed it to be at 841 and my cortisol levels were also high at over 900. I was sent for an MRI which showed no pituitary tumours and also for a glucagon test & dexamethasene suppression test which I presume was to rule out Cushing’s Syndrome. Both came back normal but I am still feeling unwell due to my high prolactin and cortisol levels.

    My symptoms include bad head pains which seem to be getting increasingly prevalent, they are located in the back left of my head which I’m guessing is something to do with the release of prolactin? I am also left feeling extremely fatigued (which is not like me at all!), sore back, blurry eyes and sometimes sickly. My hormones are not right too, I seem to be getting upset a lot.

    Does anyone know if I can be treated for my high prolactin/cortisol and if there’s hope for me?! I’ve read that PCOS can have a few of these symptoms which is something I’ve suspected I’ve had since I was 20 (I’m 28 now) It may also be worth noting that I was taken to hospital with a burst ovarian cyst 7 years ago.

    Any help, advice or just shared experiences would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor is a regular endo or is the doctor experienced in treating pituitary disorders? Do you have copies of all your tests?

      Was your MRI done correctly – with and without contrast and done with the dynamic technique?

      Are your lab tests being done correctly – at the correct time of day, fasting and are they doing all the right tests? The dex test is not really a test of exclusion but really a test of location. Plus a doctor who does not know how to give it can tell you the wrong time to take the pill wrong time of draw etc.

      If you search for Cushing’s and PCOS, you will see there is a lot of overlap. I had both and many of us do – it seems though that many docs think the disorders are exclusive… they are not.

      Cortisol can raise prolactin, or you can have more than one thing going on – I had both a prolactinoma and Cushing’s at the same time which is very rare. Doctors are not going to look for that.

      Get copies, be persistent and go to another doctor if need be.

  38. QUESTION:
    Anyone with experience with OVARIAN CYSTS. please help!?
    timeline:

    july 15 – started period
    july 18 – finished period – was extremely light and short – didnt even need a tampon!
    july 20 – began experiencing bloated, belly pain, fatigue
    july 25 – tested negative for ectopic pregnancy
    july 26 – tested positive for bladder infection. got medication, symptoms worsened during the next week
    aug 2 – tested positive again for bladder infection in the early afternoon, got new medication
    aug 2 – 3 hrs after my drs appointment, i experienced excruciating pain for 1.5 hrs. i should have headed to the hospital but im a SAHM to 2 kids under 3 yrs old – i was in no shape to be trying to get anywhere with them so i wanted to see if it would pass. it did, but i was left pretty busted up inside. it hurt worse than when my appendix was within minutes of exploding!!
    aug 4 – made an appt to see my family dr at an after hours clinic. tested negative for bladder infection, cramping still persistant in my lower abdomen. he suggested perhaps ovarian cysts, but didnt suggest any further testing or anything.
    week of aug 6-12 – felt a little bit better, had some energy back, not much belly pain and bloating decreased.
    aug 12 – had intercourse in the morning, experienced pain during and ended up bleeding afterwards. it turned into my period, which came almost a week early (my cycles are usually 31-33 days and it came at 26-27 days). i usually have painful ovulation and i don’t remember it ever happening this month!
    aug 15 – period ended
    aug 16 (today) – im experiencing lots of lower abdominal pain again and im bloated up.

    does this sound like cysts to you? and if my cysts supposedly burst aug 2nd, why am i still in pain? could there be more? my doctor is obviously on vacation, and my gynecologist won’t see me unless i want to made an appt to get my iud out or if my family dr recommends an ultrasound or something.

    i guess i just need reassurance because it suuuuucks being in pain 90% of my waking hours. my kids are suffering too because i dont want to go out and do things!

    • ANSWER:
      Could well be a cyst or could even be endometriosis (I have both and let me tell you, it ain’t fun).

      You need to see a gynae and get scanned in order to find out if it’s any of the above. There does seem to be a link between IUDs and cysts, although scientist haven’t confirmed it.

      Hot water bottles and Ibuprofen helps to a degree.

  39. QUESTION:
    can someone help me figure out what my symptoms are?
    ok im like 8 days away from getting me period and im having dizzy spells and a slight fever that comes and goes and im having a bit of pain in my ovaries but last month i was diganosed with ovarian cyst that had burst and caused fluid to fill my abdomen, can anyone tell me whay could be wrong?
    im not on birth control and i never have been. and the doctor gave me a prescription for t3′s
    my sister also just found out that she is anemic and i have cold skin and i tire easy. the cyst was diagnosed via ultra sound while i was in the hospital

    • ANSWER:
      Hi – either ring your doctors surgery for an appointment today, or call NHS direct on 08454647 to speak to a nurse – they’re really friendly, and have lots of time to talk you through all your worries and will tell you what might be going on and what you should do.
      Good luck and feel better soon.
      Peace x

  40. QUESTION:
    I Need to Know About Ovarian Cysts?
    So, I’ll start from the beginning…I’m 23 years old and I have a daughter who was born on Sept. 21, 2008. She’ll be 11 months old tomorrow. After I had her and I started having my periods again, they were (and have been) regular. Although, the cramps are 10 times worse than they were before I got pregnant. I’ve also been having really bad hot flashes and like cold sweats.
    About a week ago, I started having a sharp pain on the lower left part of my abdomen. I mostly felt it when I moved around. Saturday night, the pain got worse but I didn’t have anyone to drive me to the ER until Sunday. On Sunday, the pain had kind of eased up, but was still there. So, I had my mother take me to the ER. First, they took a urine sample and blood. Both of those came back normal. Then the doctor had them do a CT. While waiting on the results for that to come back, he done a pelvic exam on me (which hurt REALLY bad). He told me while doing the exam, that he thought it was either my appendixs or something to do with my ovaries. After the results came back from the CT, the doctor told me that it showed about a 2 inch cyst on the left part of my ovaries. He said that was where the pain was coming from and I needed to call and make an appointment with my ob/gyn (which is who delivered my daughter). So, I called them Monday and he’s on vacation this week. I couldn’t get an appointment until the 28th.
    I’m sorry this is so long, but from what I’ve read online, they’re many different types of ovarian cysts. I’m not sure which type I have…So, my question is: If an ovarian cyst (any type) were to rupture or burst, would it cause the pain to worsen? And would their be any other symptoms, other than pain, if this happens?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had and still do have an ovarian cyst, although on the right ovary. If there is any way that you could see an OB/GYN that is working in place of or with your doctor, you should see them, before the 28th. Ovarian cysts can burst and when they do they cause excruciating pain and cause other health problem such as infection and destruction of some internal linings and ovums (eggs to make unborn children). My doctor told me that at four centimeters, doctors begin to take measure to remove them or reduce them in size. A lot of times, if you are not taking it already, he or she will prescribe birth control medicines. I encourage you to seek further medical attention before the 28th.

  41. QUESTION:
    Help, I have 2 ovarian cysts. It hurts. What do I do?
    I have had ALL the symtoms for some time now. But some of them for years!! i just had an ultrasound on monday. i was told each ovary has a cyst. One is 2.0 cm, one is 1.8 cm. 2 months ago I had EXTREME pain. So my Dr says, it may have burst back then. The thing is, today, right now, it hurts, Always on my left side (which has the smaller cyst). It’s a sharp throbbing sometimes piercing pain. Theres always a dull ache there, but today its hurting all over again. My lower back is killing me. Do I call my Dr for pain meds? (nothing over the counter works). Doc said will repaet ultrasound in 2 months to see if theyre getting smaller or bigger. Am I going to hurt until then? Do I continue my normal activities? Why do I have these? Im 33, tubes tied, had 4 children. How long can you have cysts? Cause some of those symptoms Ive had for about 3 years. The peeing all night, lower back pain, and sharp pain in abdomin is new symptoms. What do I do now? Suffer till I get them rechecked?

    • ANSWER:
      I also have 2 cyst’s, one on my left ovary is 4 1/2 centimeters and one in my uterus which is 2 centimeters. The Dr. said they were nothing to worry about although I have the same pain as you do. Nothing relieves the pain. I have to “relieve” my self often as it causes even more pain if I do not. I just recently moved and my husbands job is just getting started and there isn’t enough money to have them removed. I was placed on primary care here in Johnson City, Tn., but they’ve not been much help. So for now I’m in limbo. The problem with letting them go is that they can grow. 10 yrs ago I had one grow on my left ovary, It totally engulfed it and began “torching” (twisting). It killed my ovary and part of the tube as well. VERY pain full. It was removed after the birth of my daughter. It was 8 1/2 centimeters. The reason I’m telling you this is to let you know they do grow and waiting can sometimes be a mistake. Sometimes they burst and go away and sometimes they don’t. Be careful, if you can get them removed.
      Although, exercise is good for you, I have even had to reduce that as the pain gets worse when I do excesses. As you already know they can be there for years. As far as your routine If you can go on with them, don’t succumb to the pain and let it run your life. I will pray for you.

  42. QUESTION:
    Female Health Issues: 26 yy with these problems?…?
    I don’t really understand all of this, but on top of these problems I was recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (diverticulitis flare up caused the concerns for diagnosis). I am 26, have had one child four years ago, smoke cigarettes(I know it’s no good so don’t dwell on this issue for I will not pay attention to your response because it has nothing to do with these problems.. Dr.s words), but for the most part don’t know much about family medical history.
    As for discovery of cyst: Sun. 5:30pm a severe lower middle abdominal pain stopped me in my tracks. Held my lower stomach and couldn’t move without more pain. Coughing, sneezing, or laughter caused the pain to worsen. I reclined myself slightly to calm myself (I felt as though I were to pass out due to the pain) which seemed to help a little. Took two 800mg Motrin when home then took a xanax to go to sleep. Took another xanax after I couldn’t sleep for two hours, due to pain worsening during movement which caused me to stay awake. Finally fell asleep at 2am but woke still to any movement.
    Next morning couldn’t take the pain anymore and resulted in a visit to ER: CT scan and blood work issued.
    Results: Quack said an ovarian cyst burst. Had cysts on ovaries and needed to follow up with OB doc.
    I did. OB said: You have an ovarian cyst on left ovary 4.5 cm, and a fluid blockage in right fallopian tube, but does not indicate a cyst burst. Then proceeded with pelvic exam. I had extreme pain when OB pressed directly upward (towards belly) and said this indicates a uteran infection. What??? How does this happen? Are any of the other issues related to these symptoms? He issued an ultrasound following ten days of antibiotics (IOW: watchful waiting). My white blood cell count was 1500 at the ER, but the doc didn’t prescribe me antibiotics… My GYNO did. The ER doc disregarded me almost entirely and gave me a diagnosis without adding it in the write-up. The discharge papers he gave me was info on smoking, diverticulitis, and ovarian cyst bursts.I do know however that my grandmother had a full hysterectomy around mid-twenties and my mother had a partial at mid-thirties. She couldn’t tell me any disease that they had, only that they had to have it done. My gastroentroligist is concerned because I am too young to have these issues. Is there a disease or something that can be related to these issues? All of my issues are in my lower abdomen and the diverticula and cyst are resided to the left side of lower abdomen. However, my right fallopian tube is fluid blocked?…And I have an infection in my uterus?… Please, anyone with knowledge or experience please give me some kind of info on these rapidly arising problems. Thank you much!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m just going to be honest with you… no one on Y!A can accurately answer your question. If you have any second guesses about a doctors diagnosis, go get a second and third opinion.

  43. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been sick/achy/feeling unwell or just not the same since they had their baby?
    My daughter turned a year old this month. The pregnancy was terrible, but all went well during labor/delivery. Since I had her I have felt like a totally different person and my doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I don’t know if this is right, though. I never have energy – not just from being a mother, it’s worse than that. I feel like I’m drugged sometimes. My body always aches, I feel nauseous half of the time and throw up a lot or feel like throwing up, inside I just feel unwell – similar to having the flu, I’ve had two functioning ovarian cysts burst (my doc told me this is normal but I’m having the symptoms again within the last 2 weeks). Early in the morning this lower abdominal ache wakes me up. It isn’t sharp pain – it’s more similar to menstrual cramps but a little different. When I wake up in the morning I feel HORRIBLE. It takes me about an hour to shake off the incredibly sick feeling all over my body. It really is like having the flu all the time – with more symptoms. I am on Protonix (for a suspected ulcer after the gall bladder test was normal) and my stomach aches are ok while taking it but when I stop it is immediate pain. I was not this person before I had her. I had my thyroid tested and it was normal. I had an ultrasound when the first cyst ruptured and all they saw was a little free fluid in my abdomen from the cyst, nothing abnormal. I get sick a lot as if my immune system is very weak. I am wondering if anyone has had a feeling of illness or achiness or exhaustion that they feel started after they gave birth or during pregnancy. I think that I was severely malnourished during the pregnancy because I threw up every day repeatedly and could barely drink water. I took two different meds to keep me from throwing up but they didn’t work at all. My body felt like I was hit by a truck when I was preggo with her. I just feel like I am totally different and that life is miserable and that I am always ill and depleted of energy. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Thanks for your long story to understand your body condition.
      But I would like to advice in short because it is difficult for you to understand the physiology and pathology of east asian medicine.

      You need to take Boyak. Boyak means the herbal teas prescribed by the herbal doctor for general improvement of bioenergy.

      I think you need 3 boxes of herbal teas for 2 months.
      If you want to know about the treatment cases, please refer to below source.

  44. QUESTION:
    I don’t feel like the doctors are treating me properly?
    I have a history of multiple ovarian cysts and my last cysts burst. Now i have the same symptoms and the same pain as before so i visited my doctor again and explained this to him. He then told me it wasn’t ovarian cysts without giving me an examination and refused to give me an ultrasound to check. Is this ok for him to do this? How can i get the doctors to listen? please help :/

    • ANSWER:
      Socrates one said that you cannot convince a man that does not listen .
      So maybe the time has come to change doctors to one that listens and is more compassionate.
      no one know your body as well as you do

  45. QUESTION:
    Can appendicitis symptoms fade?
    Last night i had the worse pain i had ever felt in my life in my right lower and upper abdomen. I couldnt move from like 6pm to 7am and i felt like i was stuck in the fetal position. I am not on my period and i know what ovarian cyst feel like when they burst … ive had it before, but this was Nothing like that. Today the pain has somewhat subsided in most of the area but more pain developed near my right hip in my abdomen. Could this be a sign ? I have been feeling nausea and holding back from throwing up, when i eat its feels worse and its not gas or constipation. A little help please. Thank you .. Only serious answers
    I just made an appointment for 1 hour from now, thanks everyone, i didnt know they came in attacks yesterday was horrible and it came on so quick is was crazy ! and no alkazeltzer or tums or pain killers or heating pad worked … I will definitely be using everyones advice … O and i dont have a family history that i know of but i am 20 is that matters.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have this checked out with a doctor or hospital ASAP!!!!
      You can die from an appendicitis attack. Don’t
      chance anything on self diagnosis!

  46. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about this recurring pain or not?
    Hello, Y!Answers community.

    For perhaps a year and a half now, I’ve had very rare but recurring pain. I’d say I’ve had it four times total, this morning being the last “attack,” if you will.

    In short, the pain is in the lower left side of my torso, almost centered and just above the juncture of thigh to hip/groin/mons and so on. It’s not a cramp; it’s more like a stabbing, burning sensation which is extremely intense: I can’t stretch out or stand up into a straight position, and it has in the past caused a tingling sensation in my urethra and a sensation that I have to pee {but I don’t}.

    Originally, I thought UTI gone bad, but the pain clears up in four to six hours and leaves me with no other problems. I also considered a STI, but I’ve only had two partners, never with PIV intercourse, and I was the first girl for the both of them to go beyond kissing. Beyond that, I have no issues with rashes or funky discharge.

    A nurse said the pain was most likely just an Ovarian cyst bursting, and I had an ultrasound done to see what was up. However, today the pain occurred on the fifth day of my period, which didn’t match up what the nurse explained to me.

    In short, please help. Should I see a doctor? Does anyone know what these symptoms signal?

    Any information is dearly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You should definitely see a doctor. It could be as simple as fibroids, to as dire as cancer. Please, do not take chances with your life.

  47. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain + brown spotting?
    I am 23 and sexually active. i have ovarian cysts and also precancerous cells in my cervix.

    For the last week i have been experiencing pain in my lower stomach (mainly left) which feels like period pains and also brown discharge. i did feel sick yesterday but not sure if that has anything to do with it. i am at the end of the second week of my pill packet. Me and my boyfriend rely on my pill as a contraception.

    everything on the internet points to burst cyst or pregnancy?!?! anyone have any ideas on what this could be and whether i need to see a doctor or wait to see if symptoms persist?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Should I go to the hospital or just deal with the pain?
    Okay so, last night out of nowhere I started having lower abdominal pain on my right side, pretty bad so I was up the entire night screaming and crying waiting for it to stop, it didnt. So this morning I went to the doctor and with my symptoms he said it could be my appendix or my ovaries so he referred me to the radiology place to get an ultrasound, and when I got that, they said that I had an ovarian cyst that burst and now theres fluid in my abdomen and then that was it, but they also said that my appendix looked slightly inflamed but they werent really sure because they couldnt see that well so they just sent me home but didnt tell me what to do if the pain got increasingly worse, which it has. Its a little worse that it was last night but its bearable. Usually it gets much worse as it gets later and its only 6. So should I just go to the hospital, or call my doctor, or just try to deal with it?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have access to a walk-in emergency clinic, try that first. Otherwise, I’d probably say go to the ER to hopefully get a definitive answer.

  49. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain and bloating for a week and a half – HELP PLEASE?
    I’ve been having abdominal bloating and pain for a week and a half. At first it started out in the pelvic region but then moved to the lower abdomen. I am constantly bloated and achy, but it gets worse the longer I am awake (aka up and moving), and when I eat. Also, when I eat, I experience nausea. I went to the urgent care and they tested me for any type of bacteria found in my urine, and they also took an xray of my chest and abdomen. They found nothing. A couple of days later I went to an OBGYN who, once again, tested my urine, and also did a pelvic exam. She found nothing in the pelvic exam but said there was a TRACE of blood found in my urine that was typical of UTI’s, but she said it could have been caused by a piece of skin falling into the urine sample. She went ahead and gave me antibiotics for a UTI, but it seemed she was doing this out of desperation because she did not know what was wrong with me. I have started taking the medicine but have seen no improvement. I’m hoping that someone will have an idea of what is wrong with me. I find myself in tears at night because it has gotten so bad. I’m not constipated or pregnant, and I have not changed my eating habits.
    Some other facts:
    I’ve had 2 hernia surgeries, one of each side of my pelvic. The right side scar has been hurting recently.
    I’ve had an ovarian cyst but had no symptoms of it up until it burst.
    I’ve experienced some other symptoms throughout this whole debacle such as lower back pain and pain on my lower right side.
    I have not had a fever.
    I have not had any of the typical UTI symptoms such as burning sensation while urinating and a frequent urge to urinate

    PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    is it normal to develop 2-3 or more ovarian cysts every month?
    i am told i more than likely have endometriosis (just would need a laproscopy to prove it) but my symptoms and family history match well but i noticed every month when i am in severe pain they find about 2-3 cysts (about a week or so before that time of the month starts). I’m drained every month horribly from fatigue, pain, and nausea right before I start (as well as many other symptoms). I am guessing it’s not too normal to have so many cysts all the time. I know most if not all women at one point or another get them but it seems as though I always have them (sometimes they burst, sometimes they just decrease in size slowly). to shorten this up though, is it normal or no?

    • ANSWER:
      I’d be going to the doctor and asking for a professional opinion :) someone on this board might give you the wrong advice, so it’s best to seek out a professional for something like this. Good luck!


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You probably already know that medication and surgery can’t keep cysts away forever. These are just temporary solutions that will only get rid of the cysts that are on the ovaries, they will not do anything to prevent future cysts from coming back, rupturing, or growing. Having a cyst can cause depression too.

When you are dealing with ovarian cysts, stress can also be a factor. One thing you can do that will help is to try to better manage your stress levels. I recommend that you try to find things you can do to help with stress. Go get yourself some herbal tea and put a heating pad on your abdomen. This will reduce inflammation and take pressure off the pelvic area. This will also help to reduce the pain too.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    hey i hav missed my period,and i want to knw wheathr am pregnant,plz help me?
    am 24yrs old married since 8 months.my lmp was 25th march.On 29th march i underwent laprascopic surgery for bilateral ovarian cysts. on 17th april i had unprotected sex with my partner.its been 41 days nw i have not got my periods.i did urine test twice it showed negative.but i hav some symptoms of early pregnancy like tender breast and slight nausea.plz let me knw which is the best time to chk the pregnancy and how.

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain/discomfort, nausea, headaches, weight loss, irregular cycles, severe acne, HELP!?
    I suffer from PCOS, fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis,TMJ, leaky gut, Carpal Tunnel, and an array of allergies. I started my period 10 days early last month on the 13th(unusual for me)bled for 7 days, then started again for a few days on the 27th. I have been experiencing this pulling sensation in between where my ribs meet in the middle of my abdomen, sharp pains at the bottom of my ribs on each side, and pain in my lower abdomen and pelvic area. Also dull aches and sharp pains in my lower back. My IC has been flaring up as well making my whole mid section just hurt like hell. Last time I had a sonogram done, it showed that I had bilateral complex ovarian cysts. Since then I have been taking 80 mg of Vitex 3 times daily. (about 3 months) All of my current symptoms felt similar to when I had cyst trouble before but the nausea was new. I had a CT scan and an intervaginal sonogram done assuming they would show some cysts. My doc went out of town before I could get the results from her, so my nurse called her and all she said was that my tests came back “Normal.” It has been over 2 weeks now and my nausea is more intermittent, but I still have a lot of abdominal discomfort and fatigue. What in the world could be causing my symptoms if it’s not my PCOS?! I’ve never had much trouble with indigestion or heartburn, I am taking a lot of vitamins and supplements recommended by my holistic doctor, I eat a very healthy low carb, low sugar diet, and the only prescription drug I take is low-dose Naltrexone. My conventional doctor is stumped, and I can’t afford to see my holistic docs atm, so any help or info is much appreciated!
    Ok, so maybe not ANY info. Please only leave educated responses and no I am not pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      I am goign to shoot for an educational answer, but there are a lot of symptoms soI am kind of stumpted too.
      Has your doctor suggested doign a diagnostic laparascopic surgery? I think this could be really beneficial for you. If he is stumped based on the tests he has already given, this is one step further to help with a diagnosis.

      I don’t belive it is related to your PCOS either…perhaps endometriosis, but that shouldn’t affect the rib pain. Endo would have to be officaly diagnosed with the laproscopic surgery.

      Maybe getting a second opinion and starting over with the tests at a new doctor would be benefical for you? When I am not satisfied with a doctors answer, i move on to another one. Telling you that you are normal when you are in pain and feling sick means you aren’t normal and they need to look harder.

      I am sorry I can’t be much help. Good luck on your diagnosis.

  4. QUESTION:
    always exhausted and sick?
    Im always exhausted. I can sleep for 15 hrs and wake up feeling like i slept 2. I have headaches all the time. I occasionally get vertigo for 2 days straight. what could be wrong with me??

    I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus,pericarditis, ovarian cysts, medullary sponge kidney, bilateral kidney stones, asthma, and reynaud’s phenomenon but my doctors have ruled out all my problems as being the cause of these symptoms. any ideas??

    • ANSWER:
      im guessing your on a lot of medications like prednisolone (steroids) or immunosuppressive medication for your lupus and JRA and they have many side effects and exhaustion and fatigue are common while you are taking these medications. Also, you may have sleep apnea which usually affects over weight ppl but sometimes regular size ppl…what happens is a person would have multiple episodes of no breathing which lasts for for 15 or 20 seconds and this way a persons sleep is disturbed and they actually are wake and then fall asleep so quickly that they dont realize it. And when they wake up for real they calculate when they actually fell asleep and are surprised why they still feel tierd after sleeping that long. To check for that problem you can go to a “sleep lab” where they hook you up with monitors while you sleep the night there and monitor your breathing brain waves.

      good luck

  5. QUESTION:
    What does a retroflexed uterus and fluid in the culdesac and adnexa mean?
    I have been having night sweats and pelvic pain. I had a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis in mid-March. It showed a cyst on my right ovary.

    Six weeks later, I had a pelvic & transvaginal ultrasound. My doctor syas if my symptoms persist, to see a gynecologist which she had already recommended anyway. Should I be concerned about these results?

    Findings: The uterus is retroflexed. It measures 8.3 cm in length. The endometrial stripe measures 6.0 mm in thickness. There is a small amount of free fluid in the cul-de-sac and adnexa. Multiple follicles are present within the ovaries. The right ovary measures 2.7 x 3.0 x 2.7 cm. The left ovary measures 2.9 x 2.9 x 2.8 cm.

    Impression: Small free fluid in the pelvis. Bilateral ovarian follicles.
    I thought I should mention that I found out I had chlamydia maybe 2 years ago. I was treated but I have no idea how long I had had it.

    Not long after that I had severe pelvic pain for 2 or 3 days but was too scared to go to the doctor. Every time I’ve mentioned to a doctor the possiblity of PID they never have taken it seriously. I still wonder if I have or had it.

    I have pelvic pain off and on and sometimes it radiates down my leg or I feel it in my lower back. I have also had night sweats for over 5 years. And twice in that 5 year period, I’ve had unexplained fevers or chills. Also, there are times when I have the urgent need to urinate. Lastly, I sometimes have a brown discharge before my period starts. My periods are regular though.

    • ANSWER:
      A retroflexed uterus means that the uterus is tipped backwards. This is a pretty common occurrence for women. I have a friend whose uterus is tipped backwards. Mine is tipped forward.

      The free fluid in the cul-de-sac means that liquid like what can occur with a period is sitting in a space called the cul-de-sac (a space at the back of the uterus) and around the uterus itself.

      I would recommend asking your doctor for further clarification of the results to see what she says.

      In the mean time here’s the link to a site that may help you find even more information:

      http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health


Back Pain A Symptom Of Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian Cyst Symptom – A natural cure to get rid of pain!

This article is about Ovarian Cyst Symptom.

There is a natural cure for ovarian cysts, and it has been around for centuries.

Women can use a tool, which nature provides, it is an easy and cheap way. One of the first things to do, if you are in a heavy pain, is to relieve some of the pain by reducing the pressure of your bladder. It may sound stupid, but you will be surprised – how much pain can be generated just because of excess weight sitting on your bladder. You must drink a lot of water and go to the bathroom now and then.

Another natural cure for ovarian cysts is good old fashioned fiber. It is never a fun experience to have constipation, and just as excess pressure on your bladder will cause discomfort, so will having a backed up colon. It will also cause you major pain and discomfort.

It might be, that constipation will actually worsen an ovarian cyst and then make the ovarian cyst symptom even worse. Get as much fiber intake as possible.

Some great resources of fiber are found in fruit and vegetables. Try apples, pears, and peas.

Drinking tea is also a great way of getting nutrients and antioxidants into the body, which will flush out toxins and maintain a steady health.

To sum up; A combination of a better diet and drinking plenty of herbal tea and water will do you a lot of good, and it will help you avoid a costly surgery.

Try these above mentioned guidelines, if you do experience ovarian cyst symptom or symptoms.