(Closed) "Follicular cysts" on ovaries… problems with TTC?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lealorali:  Just follicular cysts or is it PCOS?

Post # 5
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had (leutem) cysts on my ovaries (not PCOS) and regular cycles. I always have them when I am not on hormonal birthcontrol.

They can be painful (excruciating when they burst!) but did not affect my fertility what so ever. I got pregnant by accident, actually.. lol

I think that like leutem cysts, follicular cysts really shouldn`t effect your fertility, so long as the cysts resolve themselves quickly….if they are not going away, that may interfere with ovulation.




Post # 7
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lealorali:  I have one cyst on my ovary as well and have been told that it won’t affect my fertility. I also used to have really bad cramps, and passed out a few times during on the toilet. Interesting to hear of someone else who had this! I was really afraid this would come back off birth control but so far my first cycle wasn’t so bad with some ibuprofen.

Post # 8
2780 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t know what kind of cysts they were but I was told I had very large cysts on my ovaries (there were several actually larger than my overies themselves) and that it would be “very hard for my to conceive” 


im currently on my third unplanned pregnancy, all of which I was on birth control at the time of conception. Very hard.

Post # 9
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

@lealorali:  Hate to be a downer but it sounds a lot like endometriosis. It can cause extreme pain during periods. Exruciating bowel movements during AF is classic ‘endo’. I’ve also passed out on the toilet from the pain of it. Scary! Many women have endo for decades before being diagnosed, it can have little to no symptoms sometimes, and sadly when women complain about pain during periods they will commonly get blown off. You know when your body is not right- trust your instincts. FYI, endo can cause also issues with fertility, and many women never know they have it at all until they haver issues ttc.

I went on the pill at 19 and I didn’t begin getting pain until about 25, when I began going to the doctor (for lower abdominal pain, especially during my period) off and on for years. I was blown off at first. The first real thing I was diagnosed with was follicular cysts (not PCOS). The doc said they were normal and harmless, and that almost all women have them at some point, and told me not to worry about it. The pain only got worse over time.

It was about 2 years after this that I went to the doctor with pain lower abdominal pain so bad I couldn’t walk. He finally sent me to a specialist who suspected endo right away, and suggested an exploratory laproscpoy to diagnose and remove it if it was present. I had Stage 2, which he removed and I felt better quickly. Continuous birth control is also a way to keep endo at bay, so it would help with the pain. I was put on continuous (no break for AF) birth control as a way to keep my endo at bay.

I’m now ttc so I’m off of the pill and my endo is getting worse again every month. If your pain comes back or gets worse the longer you’re off your birth control I’d ask the doc about seeing a specialist. I really hope it’s not what it is, but feel free to PM me wiif you have questions:)

Post # 12
992 posts
Busy bee

@lealorali:  im not TTC but was diagnosed with follicular cysts as well, I get cramping only when they burst. my ob sat me down and had a long talk with me (love her) and recommended me getting on birthcontrol to regulate my cycle.. before i got on the BC pill my periods were really irregular, she said this was due to the cysts. she also said that it may make it difficult to have children, not impossible, but of course I wont know this until I try. (im only 20, not trying for at least 6 years) she said my best bet would be to go the natural route and just have an active sex life and come off my BC approximately 3 months before i want to TTC to give time for my cycle to somehow regulate. but having an irregular period makes it difficult to estimate ovulation days etc. 


however, every woman is different, some with follicular cysts take longer to conceive others concieve right away. its subjective to your personal cycle. but she told me being that im healthy otherwise, i should be fine. you will be okay!!


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