HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > GYN Diagnosis Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


Ovarian Cysts

From the GYN Diagnosis Articles List

Hysterectomy for CystsWhen should I consider having a hysterectomy for ovarian cyst concerns?

Most ovarian cysts are harmless and resolve on their own. Depending on symptoms, initial treatment may only require a watch and wait approach. In other cases, symptoms and pain may require medical or pharmaceutical intervention. Cysts in menopausal women may be treated more quickly and aggressively because they may have a higher malignant risk.

A functional cyst forms on the surface of the ovary during the normal monthly menstrual cycle. At the time of ovulation, the cyst opens and releases the maturing egg. If the cyst does not open to release the egg, it can fill with fluid forming a follicular cyst. A corpus luteum cyst can occur if the egg has been released but the cyst closes again.

Complex ovarian cysts may require an oophorectomy (removal of the ovary) because the ovary can be damaged either by the cyst or from the surgery to remove the cyst. Complex cysts include dermoid cysts, cystadenoma, and endometriomas. These types of cysts are normally benign.

In some cases, surgery may be required to treat a cyst. In general, the uterus does not play a part in the formation of cysts or the treatment of them. Thus, even if surgery is required, a hysterectomy is usually not necessary to treat ovarian cysts. There can be exceptions, however, including the case of cancer or when both ovaries have been destroyed.

If there is a cancer concern, or you are menopausal, your doctor may be more likely to recommend an oophorectomy. Depending on your risk factors, removal of both ovaries may be also be suggested. Cancer concerns may also dictate the removal of the uterus to minimize cancer spreading to that organ.

If both ovaries will be removed, a hysterectomy may also be recommended. The hormones produced by the ovaries allow the endometrium to thicken and shed each month. Without the ovaries to produce the necessary hormones, the endometrium can thicken without shedding creating an endometrial cancer risk. In lieu of a concurrent hysterectomy, women may be able to use both estrogen and progesterone replacement therapy, cycling the progesterone to force a period. Women who choose this option must be diligent with their hormone therapy and annual or bi-annual medical exams.

Before consenting to a hysterectomy to resolve ovarian cyst concerns, the HysterSisters strongly recommend a second opinion. If there is a cancer concern, consult with a gynecological oncologist. There are a wide variety of options for treating ovarian cysts that do not necessitate a hysterectomy.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-11-2013 - 10:20 AM


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!

HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.

HysterSisters Articles

Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor

Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Siobhan Kehoe, M.D.
Gynecological Oncology Clinic - SW Med
2201 Inwood Road Suite 106
Dallas TX 75390
Ellen Wilson, M.D.
5323 Harry Hines Blvd - Dept of OBGYN
Dallas TX 75390
Eve LaValley Willsey, M.D.
5821 Jameson Court
Carmichael CA 95608
(916) 486-0411
James Kondrup, M.D.
161 Riverside Drive
Suite 109
Binghamton NY 13905
Lauren Streicher, M.D.
Gynecologic Specialists of Northwestern, S.C
680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Suite 117
Chicago IL 60611
Mark Richey, M.D.
1200 Airport Heights
Ste 205
Anchorage AK 99508
Geoffrey Cly, M.D.
Suite 101, 11123 Parkview Plaza Drive
Fort Wayne IN 46845
Jack Ayoub, M.D.
44035 Riverside Parkway
Suite 435
Leesburg VA 20176
Susan D. Hunter, M.D.
626 Ed Carey Dr
Harlingen TX 78550


Hysterectomy News

October 15,2021


HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive


Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays

Request Information

I am a HysterSister


Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours


Your Hysterectomy Date

CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing