Post # 1
Two months ago (3 days before my wedding) I had emergency surgery to remove a ruptured ovarian cyst. At the time they warned me that depending on the situation, they may need to remove my entire ovary. Needless to say, I was stressed. Luckily they didn’t remove my ovary, just the cyst. They said to get an ultrasound 6 weeks later to check up on the ovary.
This week I had my ultrasound follow-up and apparently the cyst has grown back 🙁
Every so often I worry, what if it ruptures again? The pain was just awful, and the thought of surgery again stresses me out.
I am on birth control pills. The gynaecologist who operated on me said it was rare for someone on birth control pills to get ovarian cysts. Am I just unlucky?!
Has anybody else been in this situation?
Post # 3
@shazzshazshz: Yes, I suffered with endometriosis in my late teens and early twenties. Fortunately, going on a strong birth control pill for five years helped tremendously. I had a cyst the size of a grapefruit on my right ovary removed back in 2001. My doctor performed surgery to remove the cyst but was able to save my ovary.
Can your doctor put you on a stronger pill? It’s uncommon to have a cyst while on the pill since it typically prevents ovulation.
Post # 4
@greenidlady: Thanks so much for the reply. I’m going to ask about a stronger pill at my next appointment.
I’ve only been on the pill for around 6 months, so we’re thinking maybe the cyst starting forming before I went on the pill?
Also my surgery messed with my ovulation. I ended up ovulating right after the ovarian cyst surgery even while still on the pill. I don’t know if that’s how that particular cyst formed/re-formed.
Did you have any side effects from the stronger pill?
Post # 5
@shazzshazshz: You’re welcome.:-)
I suffer with depression. I think the pill may have intensified the depression for me. I think the pill also decreased my sex drive but the antidepressant could have caused that, as well. I was on Loestrin FE. It was much better than Ortho-Tricyclen because it didn’t cause much, if any, weight gain.
I didn’t have any endometrosis symptoms while on the pill. I did have increased breast pain and increased bust size but my period cramps were minimal. I also didn’t get anymore painful cysts. The pill also cleared up my skin.
I think in my case the benefits outweighed the risk at the time.
Post # 6
I had a few as a teenager. The first one I had was huge – about the size of a tennis ball. It was so painful, but they didn’t want to do surgery unless it was absolutely necessary since it can scar the ovary and cause complications trying to conceive. They just kept a close eye on it to make sure it went away on its own. The rest that I’ve had, although painful, can’t even compare to that first one.
I’m on birth control, which seems to help. It’s been a while since I’ve had one.
Post # 7
I’ve had cysts for the past 12 years. I’ve had several rupture, but only one required surgery. Granted, a couple have taken me to the emergency room..but they just administer a little bit of morphine and send you home.
It’s rare that surgery is necessary and it’s also rare that they burst.
It’s unfortunately just something some of us have to live with 🙁
Post # 8
I had a similar issue, my doctor told me that not all birth control pills actually stop ovulation, many just interfere with implantation. Maybe it’s the type of BC you’re on?
Post # 9
@shazzshazshz: So sorry to hear about your ordeal! I just had one, unlike you though mine went away on it’s own with no ill effects so far. I’m still pretty new to it so we’ll see if it returns again.
Post # 9
I’ve been suffering with this problem since I was 21. I could still feel them when I was on birth control. I hope you have found answers for this.