Post # 1
So, we’re not trying to have a baby until after the wedding. We’re not even sexually active. But I am having a BIG problem.
Until Jan 2010, my periods were totally normal and regular 26 day cycles. That year, soon after New Year’s, I developed an ovarian cyst. It hurt terribly- I couldn’t sleep because of the pain. I had plenty of ultrasounds, and according to my OBGYN, it went away – but the cycle after that, I developed another horrible cyst. At this point he put me on the BCP to stop me ovulating and making cysts.
In Jan of this year, I went off the pill because I knew we were getting married soon and I wanted to prep my body for TTC (or at least, NTNT). It took me 4-5 months to regulate, but then I had 3 regular 25 day cycles – one day shorter than before BC, but whatever.
In July I got the familiar pressure/tenderness in my uterus again. Missed the period. Made an appointment with my dr, but he can’t see me until Sept. The pain went away very quickly this time, much quicker than before, so I thought maybe it had resolved itself. Calendar rolled around for my NEXT period (August) – more tenderness, missed the period again. This time the pain went away after just 2 days.
I am so frustrated at this point. If you don’t get a period, you didn’t ovulate properly, right? I suspect that I have the type of cyst that forms when the egg doesn’t release and just gets stuck (follicular cysts). Since I”m skipping periods and all.
I’m just so worried that when it comes time to TTC we’re going to have problems. If I make a cyst every cycle I don’t see how I could get pregnant. I discussed my worries with the dr the first time around and he reassured me that follicular cysts indicate the machinery is working properly and not to freak out. I’m worried he’ll want to put me back on BCP and then it’ll take me another 5 months to regulate off it, and maybe the cysts will come back right again…
Does anyone have any experience with cysts that keep coming back and back like this? From all my research it seems like the go-to answer for the doctors is BCP but that doesn’t freaking work when you want to have a baby!
Post # 3
@Magdalena: Welcome to the catch-22 of polycystic ovaries! The main side effect is infertility and the cure is pregnancy… go figure!
Thankfully in this day and age, even if natural conception is difficult, theres still a bunch of ways we can conceive with medical intervention so don’t stress too much about it. Either way it really is a highly individual thing, as I have friends in the same boat who conceived without trying from the first time, so i’ts one of those things that you won’t know, until you start trying.
Hubby and I plan to start TTC soon too and i’ve had a history of cysts for 17 years so I’m dreading it, but other than relaxing and having fun trying, there’s nothing else to do about it in the beginning. If after 6 months there’s no BFP i’ll go seek other forms of treatment.
Good luck to you! 🙂
Post # 4
I get cysts pretty regularly as well. I wouldn’t say I have PCOS but starting my senior year of college, pretty irregularly and not always at the same time during my cycle (but usually around ovulation) I would get severe sharp stabbing pains espcially in my right lower abdomen. It took me to the ER twice thinking I had appendicitis and both times the nurses told me I “probably have ovarian cysts.” I’ve never had an US however and every doctor I tell about it seems to just brush it off and say it’s the type of BC I was on. Well changing my birth control didn’t help. I’m not sure how similar my situation is to yours since I always had regular periods, just cysts mixed in. Then I unexpectedly got pregnant 6 months after our wedding. Being pregnant was the best thing ever because like the OBGYN said to me, well you don’t have to worry about cysts while you are pregnant.
Today Kayla is 7 months old and I’m exclusively breastfeeding and I’ve had 4 periods and my lovely cyst-like pain has come back expecially around the times I’m assuming I’ve ovulating. Personally, I can’t wait to get pregnant again. 🙂
Post # 5
@dchokiebride3: If the pain you get is usually around the time you’re ovulating, then what you are experiencing is probably mittelschmerz, not ovarian cysts. 🙂
(Mittelschmerz is one-sided, lower abdominal pain that occurs in women at or around the time of ovulation and 1 in 5 women experience it.)
Post # 6
@Claire_2010: Wow really!? What is that…I’m going to google it now. Ugh everyone just kept telling me it was probably cysts…and by the time I could make an appointment if I got the pain it was gone….