(Closed) Dermoids

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Megan316:  I had one removed August 2011, and I have another one now (plus 2 fluid filled cysts on the other side). I have PCOS and I’ve always been told cysts won’t keep you from gettting pregnant (I’m 5 months now) and they can stay there the whole pregnancy and may never cause a problem.  During pregnancy all your doctor can really do is keep an eye on it, and possibly remove it if needed when you give birth.  My doctor said the last resort during pregnancy is surgery to remove it, and that’s only if it’s causing sever problems.  If it doesn’t require surgery your doctor may just put you on birth control to keep it from growing and keep an eye on it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Megan316:  You’re welcome!  Let me know if you have any other questions!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs.D:  second this. My sister is having a large tumor removed from the area on thursday. BUT- it was totally preventable. ๐Ÿ™ In studying a bit on growths in women, it’s actually fairly normal for some women to have them. Small ones I mean. Sometimes no bigger than a small dot. The prognosis is especially good now though if caught early enough. Many women go on to have completely normal reproductive lives, they just have to be more aware of getting check ups. Hope that’s encouraging, OP! My best girl pal also has lived with them for years and is perfectly capable of having a healthy baby. ๐Ÿ™‚ Modern medicine really is wonderful. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am actually recovering from lap surgery to remove my dermoid also on my left ovary.   Mine had been there for years and wasn’t growing. The onot reason I had it removed new is because I had fibroids that were bothering mr and needed to be removed.  I was told I would have no issues with getting/staying pregnant if it wasn’t removed.

I too made the mistake of googling it when I found out what it was.  I was so mortified.  But they are not all like that.  My biopsy results came in and everything is fine.  No scary or gross things in it.  Because of how dermoid s are different from regular cysts, it is highly unlikely that you will get more.  They are not your typical fluid filled cysts.  Now if you have others that are super small and not visible on imaging studies, they may grow and need to be removed.  But all the doctors (and there are many) I’ve seen had just recommended watchful waiting.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@SimplyChic11:  Very true.  Most women will get cysts from time to time but they should “slough off” when you get your period each month.  I had to have mine removed because it was pretty large, about the size of an large orange… The fluid ones can shink (with birth control) and eventually slough off or stay small, or they can continue to grow if they are left untreated.  I currently have 3 (the larger dermoid on the left and the 2 fluid on the right) and momma and baby are doing just fine ๐Ÿ™‚ 

@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina:  I have PCOS so I will always have to battle the cysts, dermoid and fluid :(.  I had the large one removed and a year later I had a new one on the other side.  Luckily we caught it earlier the 2nd time because I noticed the warning signs (missed period, cramping…) and went back to my doctor.  I’ve heard that pregnancy can “restart” your system and PCOS may go away or lessen, here’s hoping!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Mrs.D:  I too have heard pregnancy can “cure” all sorts of things. So sorry to hear about your PCOS. Being sick is the pits. Happy and healthy pregnancy to you!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina:  Thanks! I keep meaning to ask my doctor if it really is realistic to hope the PCOS will go away.  She did tell me before I got pregnant that since my hormones are so out of whack (causing the cysts to develop) my body will love being pregnant.  Apparently during pregnancy my hormones are at the level they should be normally.  I never got morning sickness which is usually caused by pregnancy hormones, so at least that’s a plus! lol

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Megan316:  Polycystic ovary syndrome.  Pretty much just means you have recurring ovarian cysts.  Usually because of hormonal imbalance that keeps you from cycling every month, which give the cysts a change to build up instad of sloughing off with your periods. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Megan316:  Thanks.  It can be “controlled” pretty well with birth control pills.  They help regulate your hormones and keep your cycles regular so the cysts don’t have time to build up.  And they make medications like Clomid that help you ovulate if you’re trying to get pregnant.  I only missed 2 or 3 periods in 2 years because of the cysts, which is how I knew to go back to the doctor to check and see if they came back.  I’m hoping after I give birth my body will go back to “normal” ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Megan316:  Yikes! It’s so crazy what being pregnant does to our bodies, even that after we deliver!

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