Post # 1
I am heading to the doctor shortly for what I think is a cyst on my ovary.
Has anyone else had one? How long did it take to go away? Did you have to have it removed?
How did the doctor know it was a cyst?
Post # 3
I can tell you first hand and from my medical background.
I had one a few years back. It was 10cm in size (cantalope)…. because of its size and it was causing pain and discomfort they removed it.
Now if you were my patient… They will most likely order an internal as well as external ultrasound to size it. It is normal to have ovarian cysts, that is part of ovulation. The cyst rises in the ovary to release the egg. If your body didnt do that, you would not have a normal period/be fertile. Now with that being said, there are size limitations with the cyst. Since it is hormonally inflused, it could grow up to 3-4cm. Usually the average is around 2.5 and 3mm. They will have you come back for a follow up a month later to see if it has gone or shrunk as your hormone levels will have gone down and then rose again for the new cycle. Sometimes they have you follow up on it for a few cycles as there is no pertinant danger short term in mildly enlarged sizes. It is when it is very large (usually 8cm+) or when it causing constant pain or discomfort that you need to receive some sort of medical intervention (maybe birth control and in some cases it has to be removed).
Post # 4
I’ve had 2 ruptured ovarian cysts before. Not sure how big they were- but I know they hurt like hell. Wow! Both times I went to the ER because I was in so much pain. Haven’t had one in 9 years! Knock on wood………
Post # 5
@DDG84: Thank you so much for all the information, i have a good idea what to expect at my appointment now. Is it normal to have a cyst if I am on Depo and do not get my period? I have been on it for almost 5 years.
@Lolasmomma: Knock on wood is right! It’s good to know that if you get them it does not mean I will be getting one again for a while.
Post # 6
@Britt .. Usually no, you should not produce cysts. Ov cysts are produced because of your hormones and the depo shot alters that. In some cases people do, the causes vary but follow up with your GYN for further evaluation.
Post # 7
Im pretty sure cysts require estrogen to grow, and the depo is purely progesterone, but someting could have been the result of the off thrown balance, or perhaps its not a cyst in general…may I ask your age range? Are you in your twenties?
Post # 8
@Lily2323: I’ve struggled with ovarian cysts on my right ovary since college. The 3 times I’ve had them previously they have all gone away on their own after a few months of pain. I was diagnosed by pelvic exam and transvaginal ultrasound.
Over the summer I had what I assumed to be another cyst on my right side–all the same signs were there, however the results of my transvaginal exame showed that I had developed a fibroid.
Post # 9
@DDG84: thanks, my doctor said that she thinks its my colon. not at all what thought she would say! your information has been super helpful.
@Eva Peron: i was thinking the same thing about Depo…yup, am in my twenties. I am curious if age makes a difference? i am not going to get my next depo shot, think almost five years is long enough.
@mrsjazz:thanks for the info! The months of pain sound awful! I am supposed to go back in a month to see if there is any change.
Post # 10
@Lily2323: Hi! I got diagnosed with a cyst back in July. I have had 2 ultrasounds so far. At my doctor’s, they do an external ultrasound and then give you the option to do the internal or not. Do it – they will get a much clearer picture of the ovaries that way. It’s not painful or a big deal.I have not have mine removed, but I don’t know what will happen if it continues to grow. By my understanding, they should go away on their own, and surgery to remove them is the last resort. Mine is the size of a ping pong ball, so not big enough to remove, but it is not comfortable.