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Unread 01-26-2005, 01:33 PM
Ovarian Cysts a year after

I have been having pain for months and finally a scan showed ovarian cysts, both about 3 centimeters. It has been two years since my hysterectomy. I never had ovarian cysts before my hysterectomy, what could be causing me to have them now? Does anyone know what can treat them? My only other option is to have my ovaries removed and I really DON'T want to do that. Thanks sisters for your help & wisdom.
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Unread 01-26-2005, 06:50 PM

I had a TAH/BSO due to ovarian cysts. Unless you actually get them, you don't realize how painful they are!!! I wish I had kept my ovaries, (at least the good one). Surgical menopause is very hard. Harder than I thought it would be for sure!! My SIL also has had some very painful cysts, since she hasn't had children yet, they are being very conservative with her. She has had very good luck with birth control pills. They take a while, but her cysts are gone, and they seem to remain gone when she is on the pill. They can also go in with a lap and drain or remove cysts if they are big and painful. Only you can decide what is right for you, but you may want to try the least invasive treatment first. Good Luck to you.
Unread 01-27-2005, 10:59 AM
Ovarian Cysts a year after

I'm sorry to hear that you have to start getting the cysts now!! Unfortunately for me - they are a part of my life! I am almost three years post hyster b/o - and still get them. They say they are developing from tissue remnants hidden in my pelvic cavity. Blows my mind! They are incredibly uncomfortable - and if/when they rupture - among the most painful things you will ever experience. Just beware - if you are getting the cysts now, and they begin to rupture, you need to keep an eye on your ovaries (lol - easier said then done!) to be sure that they are not distorted or damaged from the cyst. Prior to the final removal of my left ovary (they came out in phases) I had a cyst - but we chose to leave the ovary to prevent me from going into menopause - my right ovary had already been removed and I was only 25! My left ovary very quickly stopped functioning and I started having severe pain. When they did an ultrasound, it showed that there was no blood flowing to the ovary - that the tissue was dying - so they had to do ANOTHER surgery and remove it. This is when we decided to do the hyster.

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be diligent!!!! The effects of menopause, as awful as they are, eventually go away! But a bad infection can cause you severe problems!

Wishing you the best!
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Unread 01-27-2005, 12:48 PM

Thank you both for replying, now I'm REALLY scared! Lol! Just kidding. I will keep an eye on this problem, I don't want to suffer the pain of a ruptured cyst and I don't want to go through instant menopause! Have either of you or has anyone else tried progesterone cream to treat these? I have been taking Flor-Essance tea for the last week and the pain is subsiding, has anyone any experience with this too? Again, I thnk you ladies for your advice.
Unread 01-27-2005, 01:27 PM

Hi Kimmytoo, I have never heard of any cream that dissolve's cyst. The options I was given was birth control pills (didn't like them) lupron shots (thought it might also be endo) was NEVER going to have that shot, or lap to remove them. Had the lap, the big one was cut out, the smaller ones were drained. They just grew back, so I had a TAH/BSO and now they are gone, and haven't found a new place to grow yet!! But a BSO is drastic, I've learned the hard way. Has your Dr suggested birth control pills?? I know it seems dumb with no uterus, but if you have no other problems i.e. high blood pressure, stroke risks or smoking, it may be the best way to start. Good Luck, I know how painful this is, and when you ovulate, boy, you could just lose your mind!!!!!
Unread 01-27-2005, 02:14 PM
Ovarian Cysts a year after

No - I had never heard of a cream to help with the cysts, either. If I had, I would have tried it! There was a point in time that I would have tried ANYTHING to make them stop! They are the least of my problems anymore (welcome to the wonderful world of adhesions!).

Just remember if you do have to have your ovaries removed, they can TREAT the symptoms associated with menopause!!! Of course the removal should be your last resort.......but it is always an option. HRT works great - just educate yourself. Know what is going to work best for you and your body! Talk to your doctor in depth about it! I stayed on the HRT for 2 1/2 years and then went off of them. The hot flashes were bad for about 4 months, but are much better now. Virtually non-existant. (My body had officially started menopause prior to the removal of what was left of my ovary (the remnant ceased functioning) - so I started the HRT before my Hyster).

I know this is a lot to take in! I know it was a lot for me - I was 25, turning 26 during the course of it all. I know there are many younger than that - and many older than that........and it's scary to us all. I hope you find the answers you are looking for! And I hope you can take comfort in those around you!

All the best....
Unread 01-27-2005, 03:49 PM
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Yes, a progesterone cream made from wild yam extract. Back when I was hemorrhaging from uterine fibroids I used it and it helped. Have any of you read Dr Lee's book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause" ? He talks a lot about wild yam progesterone cream. I just looked up online that it helps with cysts too. I'm going to try it and I'll post here if it does or does not work. I cannot take birth control or other hormones because of a tumor in my breast that they suspect is cancer. I haven't had the biopsy yet to make sure, but I doubt I would take birth control or other synthetic hormone treatments because I'm one of those all natural people and I read a lot about how drugs and such can do more harm than good. But thank you for your input. I'll keep you posted.
Unread 01-28-2005, 09:09 AM
Ovarian Cysts a year after


I had an endo specialist tell me on Wednesday that he thinks I have an endometrioma in my left ovary which may be quite large and I am having an ultrasound on Wednesday and then will hear his options. My left ovary is also adhered to my vaginal cuff and possibly my bowel, too. So, that would explain my pain pattern quite well.

So, I'm just waiting now to go and do the ultrasound and go from there. I never had cyst problems before my hyst, either. But, started having ovarian pain shortly after. Go figure.

I don't want my ovaries removed, either. But this specialist did say I would feel MUCH better after the ovaries are removed, that they are majorly malfunctioning and that I had a systemic problem. He said we would figure this out.

I hope you have a great doc on your side to hold your hand thru all of this.

Unread 01-30-2005, 07:31 AM
Ovarian Cysts a year after

I had a ultrasound four days before my TAH in May that showed I had cysts on both ovaries. My dr. said he would remove the cysts , but leave my ovaries. He said he did not want to throw me into menopause since I was only 42. When I had my surgery the left one had pretty much popped already, so nothing needed done there. My right ovary had a 5cm cyst still on it. He cutted it out and sutured it up. That was almost 9 months ago now and I have had no trouble since.
I did have a cat scan back in Aug that showed fluid from a ruptured ovarian cyst, but I didn't feel any pain.
Every month we get cysts on our ovaries. They are called functionable cysts. Sometime during our cycle they are supposed to pop. Occasionally they will hang on longer and this is why they become large. Usually they will pop on their own before long. Birth control pills can be used to make them shrink. There are options out there to try before having the ovary removed. Now if another type of cyst has developed, then it may need to be removed.
I hope this helps a little.Do a search on ovarian cysts. you can find alot of good info there.

I wish you luck in finding your answers and getting rid of that pain.
Unread 01-30-2005, 08:46 AM
Ovarian Cysts a year after

Hi if it helps you any Im one year post hysterectomy today .. I had mmy BSO in sept last year just 7 or 8 mths after the hsyt

I was always throwing up . at the bso my ovaries were enlarged and one was about the size of a mandarin orange and stuck to my gut

Surgical menopause is no bed of roses but it sure beats the cyclical nausea I had

I have a journal . if you would care to go to the journals section .. mine is cow32323



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