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Unread 04-11-2003, 12:28 PM
Cysts keep coming and going!

Hello Sisters!

I am 2 yrs post-op for TAH. I kept both ovaries. I have felt really great since then! It is amazing how good you can feel when you are not bleeding for 8 days every month!

2 mos ago, I went to gyn for rt side pain and bladder urgency (not leakage - just a constant feeling of I gotta go!) He put me on detrol and scheduled an ultrasound. At that time the sono showed a 5.5 cm cyst on the right ovary. He seemed to think it was a functional cyst and would disappear in a month or so.

So... last week I had another sono to see if the thing is growing or not. I finally got my results. The 5.5 cm cyst on my right ovary is gone, however there is not a 2 cm cyst on my left ovary of unknown origin.

Doc seems to think this one will go away also. We are going to wait a month and do another sono.

I give up!!! I am only 33 and I don't want to get rid of my ovaries at my age, but what can I do to keep from getting these cysts. I am extremely frustrated and depressed today. I have convinced myself that one of these days, one of these cysts will turn cancerous.

Have any of you had experience with cysts coming and going? What are the chances of these "functional" cysts not going away and turning cancerous? Any info you can provide would be great!
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Unread 04-11-2003, 01:09 PM
Cysts keep coming and going!

Hi Kelley

I'm 26 and kept one ovary on my right side because of hormones that my body still needs (osteoporosis runs in my family).

Before my surgery, I had problems with recurrent cysts - they always just came and went. The last one I had was after my surgery on my right ovary - within 3 weeks it had diminished with taking BCP's.

Now, I'm not sure what's causing this new development I have - hormonal imbalance possibly, but I'm having pain (as in pre-surgery pain) on my right side again. The ultrasound came back fine...the doctor most likely will put me on Lupron and see if that helps.

I hope that you don't have this problem. Most likely your cysts will just come and go, but I'm not a doctor - you should check with them. I know its frustrating and disappointing. But you sometimes just have to have a sense of humor and keep going. That's what I do. I have to

Unread 04-11-2003, 10:03 PM
Cysts keep coming and going!

Hi gals, so sorry to hear you are having problems. Here is my tale of woe with a happy ending (fingers crossed!)

I too had bad side pain and ovary pains (cyclical) mostly left side, also bowel problems.

I had many tests that ruled out bowel disease. However a CAT scan showed a left side ovarian cyst, gastro doc said he wasn't concerned about that - well he wasn't the one who had it LOL.

Pain got worse and worse and I ended up back at the gyn who decided lap was the best thing to figure it all out. As I lay on the operating table before going to sleep I told doc that right then my pain had changed and was right sided - wierd.

Both ovaries were adhered to the pelvic wall. Left ovary cyst had gone but he found a right side cyst - hence the new right side pain!

So he removed both ovaries plus adhesions. He said the cysts were functional, being adhered made the ovaries "pull" and that caused the pain.

Anyway I am now 4 weeks post and doing pretty well. I am having few pulling pains (hoping that's healing not more adhesions forming!) but I certainly don't have that awful cyclical pain YAY! Strangely (but happily!) my bowels seem to be behaving better now, no idea what the link was but don't care so long as they stay good!

From what I have read functional cysts do not become cancerous -
Typically, ovarian cysts are functional (not disease related) and disappear on their own. During the days preceding ovulation, a follicle grows. At the time of expected ovulation, the follicle fails to rupture and release an egg.

Instead of being reabsorbed, the fluid within the follicle persists and forms a cyst. Functional cysts usually disappear within 60 days without treatment and are relatively common. They occur most often during childbearing years (puberty to menopause), but may occur at any time. No known risk factors have been identified.

Functional ovarian cysts are not to be confused with other disease conditions involving ovarian cysts, specifically benign cysts of different types that must be treated to resolve, true ovarian tumors (including ovarian cancer) or hormonal conditions, such as polycystic ovarian disease.

Of course I now have to be on HRT but thankfully that is going OK for me and is preferable to the PAIN!!! I am older than you guys - 44 but I don't feel it (or act it ) and wasn't planning on menopause for a few years yet LOL.

I guess you have to decide for yourself (and discuss with as many docs as you need to) if being ovary free will lead to a better quality of life.

Good luck and let us know how it goes


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Unread 04-12-2003, 09:40 AM
Cysts keep coming and going!


been there and done that my entire adult life. I was diagnosed with my first ovarian cyst at age 19, the size of an orange. It was functional as ((steph))'s post explained. BCP were the only way I could keep mine at bay when they were symptomatic. Others would come and go and I wouldn't know it. Some were symptomatic and caused lots of pain I had my LAVH/RSO in Sept of 2001 and elected to have the right ovary removed because it was the symptomatic one. I am now 39 so the thought of taking the other ovary isn't as difficult as with you younger ladies. I am not sure what my decision on HRTs will be if I do elect it down the road. The left ovary was totally encased in adhesions on my last surgery not cystic so GYN left it because it was in good shape. Only time will tell if it behaves itself.

Dealing with ladies' medical issues are not fun and can be very frustrating to say the least, we all feel for you and hope you find resolution soon. You don't state whether they are causing pain or not, usually w/o pain I don't think they do anything because they do resolve themselves. If you experience sharp pain or fever etc though you should call your immediately!

Unread 04-12-2003, 03:24 PM
Cysts keep coming and going!

Functional cysts are a normal part of Ovulation, its when they dont go away & continue to grow is when they can cause pain & problems. There are other types such as complex, Endometrioma's from Endo, Corpus Lutem & Hemmorhagic. As ((Steph)) said they are non-canerous I've had these most of my life as well. 12 weeks after my Hyst, an U'S revealed my right Ovary was covered in multiple blood-filled cysts.Here is some good info I have on them & the different types:,00.html

Ovarian Cysts -- What Are They, And What To Do About Them:

Laparoscopy for ovarian cysts:

FAQ'S-Ovarian cysts:

An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac, similar to a blister, that forms in an ovary. Ovarian cysts are the most common ovarian growths in women during their childbearing years. These types of cysts are also called functional ovarian cysts.

All women develop small ovarian cysts during the menstrual cycle, when an egg matures in a small sac (follicle) on the surface of the ovary.
Normally the egg is released from the sac (ovulation), and the sac dissolves.
If the egg isn't released, the sac doesn't dissolve and an ovarian cyst may form.
The cysts usually do not cause symptoms and are sometimes detected during a routine pelvic exam.
Most ovarian cysts go away without treatment within 1 to 3 menstrual cycles. If they don't, your doctor may want to do more tests to be sure that it is a cyst and not another type of ovarian growth that may need treatment.

Cysts that persist through 2 to 3 menstrual cycles or cause symptoms may require treatment with either medications or surgery.

During the normal monthly menstrual cycle, two types of cysts may develop:

A corpus luteum cyst occurs when the remains of the follicle that the egg developed in (the corpus luteum) do not dissolve, but continue to swell with fluid and remain on the surface of the ovary. This is the most common type of ovarian cyst.
A simple cyst occurs when the follicle does not release the egg but continues to swell with fluid within the ovary or on its surface.
The development of an ovarian cyst is also common during ovulation that is started (induced) with clomiphene citrate, such as Clomid or Serophene. Approximately 14% of women who take clomiphene develop ovarian cysts. These cysts go away after treatment is completed.1

The development of cysts is directly related to a woman's menstrual cycle. Ovarian cysts are rare in women who have completed menopause and in girls who have not yet begun to menstruate. A growth on an ovary in women in either of these two age groups should be aggressively investigated to determine the cause.

Most cysts will go away without treatment in 1 to 2 months.2, 3

A few women may have cysts that recur with menstrual periods.
Cysts that are larger than 3 in. (7.62 cm) may cause symptoms.
Ovarian cysts do not cause ovarian cancer. It is important to find the cause of any pelvic mass that is large or painful or that does not get better or go away in 1 to 2 menstrual cycles.

Additional testing should be done if an ovarian growth persists for 2 to 3 months, especially if you have had a menstrual period during those months. An ovarian cyst is more likely than other types of growths to go away after a menstrual period.
Diagnostic testing is recommended sooner than 2 to 3 months when an ovarian growth is found after menopause or before menstruation has begun.

Ovarian cysts cannot be prevented in women who are ovulating. Anything that prevents the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation) each month will prevent ovarian cysts. Birth control pills, pregnancy, breast-feeding in the first 6 months following birth, and menopause all prevent ovulation.

Women who use birth control pills have an overall decreased incidence of ovarian cysts. Use of birth control pills for longer than 4 years has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer.

The following factors increase your risk for developing an ovarian cyst:

You have had a previous ovarian cyst that caused symptoms.
You are being treated for infertility (induction of ovulation) with clomiphene citrate, such as Clomid or Serophene.1
You use levonorgestrel implants (Norplant) for birth control.
You smoke. Smokers are twice as likely to develop ovarian cysts as nonsmokers.4
Ovarian cysts do not cause ovarian cancer. It is important to find the cause of any pelvic mass that is large or painful or that does not get better or go away in 1 to 2 menstrual cycles. Your doctor will review your risk factors for ovarian cancer. The higher your risk for ovarian cancer, the more likely your doctor will be to recommend aggressive testing to determine the cause of an ovarian growth.
Good Luck pls keep us posted on how your doing...(((hugs)))
Unread 04-14-2003, 06:59 AM
How about mood swings???

Thanks for all you help and suggestions and especially your care!!!

I think I was just very emotional and hormonal. I am wondering if these cysts make your pms symptoms worse. I seem to be more moody lately (Crying at the drop of a hat, getting angry over stupid things, etc).

Any ideas on how to deal with the moodiness??
Unread 04-14-2003, 08:07 AM
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Thank you for all replies - they were very supportive and informative

About the moodiness, Kelley, I just take it one step at a time. Sometimes you have to take a couple of steps back, realize that you're moody and just go along with it. Some people will understand, others won't. The most important thing is to just take care of yourself.

I'm lucky, my DH understands and deals with it - its a little hard though when he's tired. I usually just tell him straight out - I'm not feeling good, I'm tired and I may be extremely grumpy - and he's fine with it and we're good.

Hope this helps a little.

Unread 04-14-2003, 08:26 AM
Cysts keep coming and going!

Hi Kelly:

I just happened to read your post today. I am recovering from surgery on Friday. I had my last ovary out. I had a hyst in 1998 and I kept getting recurrent cysts. I finally had it. I am now ovary free. Menapause here I come. Just thought I would let you know you are not alone.

Unread 04-14-2003, 08:48 AM
Cysts keep coming and going!


I think you might be right, in my case, my PMS seemed to be more severe when I was having pain in the ovary area for that month. Leads me to believe the hormones are going a little haywire.

I personally am trying to track mine just like I did my cycle so I can get a hold on my mood swings and realize the source of my emotional state. Hopefully mine will start to become more and more on schedule right now I am jumping around about every 2nd to 3rd week Sore breast in my case has been the giveaway.

What types of things did you do with PMS prior to surgery to relieve it? Things I know I have to do is take some alone time for myself, keep up on small stuff(cause it gets on my nerves) and take lots of deep breaths before I speak. I find that for me personally, the stupidest stuff becomes issues when I am PMSing. I even thought about making a list of stuff that bothers me this time so I can evaluate it when I am feeling a little more in control and not so weepy. I could look at the list and see the facts that if it isn't an issue everyday then maybe it shouldn't be one just because I am having a mood swing.

Again, these are just my thoughts I haven't tried to practice them Lord knows if I can really accomplish this. I really didn't have to worry too much about this prior to my hyst because the calendar was my friend and I knew what was up. Just like when the sun comes out after a rainy day within hours after starting my period I would be my happy self again. Or maybe I should compare it to the full moon syndrome, and the werewolf. This PMS though is definitely different for me.

As in ((Kelley))'s question- anyone else who has thoughts on how they handle these mood swings, I would love to hear how they are handling it too.

Keep us posted and let us know how you are dealing with this new PMS issue. Information is so valuable, that is why I love this site.


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