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ovarian cysts?


I have been having pain in my lower abdomen about a week after i have my period. I feel a fullness and it lasts about 2-3 days. I have a history of ovarian cysts...but not the bad kind. I understand that the pain could be coming from ovulation. my question is, do ovarian cysts make getting pregnant more difficult?
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I also have the same thing. Pain. Have had it for some times now. When my Doctor 1st told me, I was very upset. I just had my 1st son. My husband and I wanted more children. Doctor told me, yes sometimes it can be hard to get pregnant. I cryed. Next month came and went. No period. Not even thinking I might be. Went to the Doctor... yes I was..... She was a blessing.. I have my tubes tied now . So I think no matter what the doctors say. Yes you can still get pregnant.  (+ info)

Ovarian cysts?


I've been getting pain around my ovaries off and on for the past year. It's not ovulation pain, it happens probably once a week or so, and it can last anything from minutes to a full day. It's a sort of aching pain, usually on the right side, occasionally on the left as well. When I insert tampons it often causes an intensely sharp severe pain on the right side - not every time, I'd say about 50% of the time.

I'm not sexually active and never have been. I'm on Dianette (oral contraceptive pill) for irregular periods (I'd have them every few months, sometimes up to 6 months apart). I don't want to go to the doctor because I know they'll want to do an internal examination and I really don't want that.

So anyone who's had ovarian cysts - what kind of pain do you get with them? Or does anyone have any other ideas as to what this pain sounds like?
I'm 24 years old
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whatever it is you definatly need to go to have it checked,

You are describing symptoms that could mean you have PCOS
or Polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Basically meaning "many" cysts.

i have this condition and also too have very sharp pains that last days. sometimes more and wearing tampons are excruciating!

Im speaking from experiance whan i say that its not nice to have any sort of check up involving your most intimate parts but please gather up your courage and go.
you dont say how old you are? maybe your mum or a friend can go with you, to diagnose PCOS they usually do a quick internal examination and a blood test, the amount of hormones in your blood will give a good indicator wheter or not you have it, your Ob/Gyne may also want to do an ultrasound to check how many cysts you have and how large they are.

some fo the following symptoms happen if you have PCOS
high blood sugar resulting in cravings for sugery foods and carbs.
Excess hair, ie.. top lip, chin, chest, back, etc, it depends on the severity of the condition as to how much and where if any.
Weight gain that is extreamly hard to shift.
Water retention
Really bad PMS
Acne
Disturbed periods or lack of them altogether.

these are just some of the signs to show that PCOS may be a possibility, ther are many many others.

There are lots of things that can be done to help the pains and the symptoms so talk to a doctor or nurse, but please dont be embarresed as many woman have problems like yours and the doctors have seen them all.
There is help, you just have to be brave enough to ask for it.

On the other hand, it may be nothing, or indeed it may be somthing more serious, either way its essential to get it checked out before it gets any worse.

Be Brave!  (+ info)

Ovarian Cysts?


I was just wondering i have been looking up common symptoms of ovarian cysts and severe bloating of the belly isnt one? but has anyone else had this? I am having a biopsy done to look at my cyst because they doc says it looks abnormal? Has anyone else experienced bloating as well as other symptoms with ovarian cysts?
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Yes bloating is a symptom of an ovarian cyst. So is severe pain on the side of your body with the ovary that has the cyst on it. The pain usually happens when you would be ovulating. Pain during intercourse is another symptom. Abnormal or absent periods, weight gain particularly around the abdomen, facial hair, thinning hair on your head, and constipation alternating with diarrhea can all be symptoms of an ovarian cyst.

That's not to say that you will have all of the symptoms because it will be different for every woman.

All the best on your biopsy. I pray to God it will be fine.  (+ info)

Ovarian CYSTS?


When I was in 10th grade, I noticed I started getting really bad pains around my butt. It went on for a few weeks. I had to go to the ER one night because I felt like I was going to die! They ran some kind of scan and after 3 hours, they told me I had cysts and that they weren't that big. I had 1 on each ovary=2. I've been to the gynocologist 3 times since then, due to lack of periods. They never really worried about my cysts, but they knew about them. They told me back in 10th grade, they would disappear eventually. Well, I'm now almost done with my SENIOR YEAR in high school and I still have cysts. They usually come here and there and especially in the middle of the night. I have to stretch my legs out to not feel the pressure. Then they go away. Why haven't they disappeared after 2 years? Is this normal? Will they go away? Due to my lack of periods? I can function in everyday life, but I don't want to have to put up with this for the rest of my life! Surgery? I hope not! Thanks!
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I've had ovarian cysts soooo many times. I've had 2 laproscopic surgies because twice I had a 1lb cyst on my ovary. They removed it and have been fine. My gynocologist said that cysts will come and go. The pain you feel is when a cyst is twisting and breaking off. In my sister's case, she had cysts over and over again, to the point she had part of her ovary removed. But that was because of the severity and the years she kept suffering with it. As long as you keep getting your checkups, you will be fine.  (+ info)

What to expect when getting an ultrasound for ovarian cysts?


Every month, I get the worst cramps ever. They hurt so bad that I can't do anything expect for lay down. Nothing has helped either. My mom took me to the doctor and she put me on birth control. But, I have to go back and have an ultrasound down to check for ovarian cysts. What can I expect? Will the make my mom leave the room? Will I have do have something in my vagina? Please help :P
Thanks so much(:
I'm 15 almost 16.
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Don't panic. An ultrasound is all external. I have had them done, for similar reasons. I can walk you through the procedure step by step from my own experience.

With regards to your mother, if you need the support you can ask that your mother stay with you, I'm sure the technician will have absolutely no problem with that. If you'd prefer you can also ask that she leave the room.

When you arrive they will probably ask that you to change into a gown and lay down on the examining table. The technician will put lubricant on your pelvis, above your pubic area. Next they will use the ultrasound to scan your ovaries. Think of the device like a barcode scanner. There might be a bit of pressure so they can get a clear look at your ovaries, but certainly not anything painful.

For me, the most uncomfortable part of the procedure was was the feeling of the lubricating jelly. If you do experience any pain, just inform the technician. Over all, don't be worried, they won't be looking at your vagina at all.

Also make sure you drink plenty of water before your appointment and don't urinate, this helps with a more clear picture as well. That information should be provided to you by the office where you are having the exam done.  (+ info)

How do ovarian cysts go away?


I recently got a larger then most ovarian cyst. How do ovarian cysts go away? All I've read so far is they 'pop' causing terrible pain. I go to school; and I don't want that to happen there, how embarssing would that be! My question is; how do ovarian cysts go away? Do they pop the majority of the time? What can I do to prevent popping them?
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They don't always pop. Sometimes your body just slowly reabsorbs the fluid. Other times, they do pop. Sometimes you notice that and it's very painful, other times you don't. From my work, I know cysts are VERY common, so I would guess that many women have cysts that come and go and don't even know it, so I think the majority of the time they do not pop abruptly. I don't know what you can do to avoid popping it, maybe try to avoid being hit in the pelvis really hard? Good luck!  (+ info)

How effective is birth control at getting rid of ovarian cysts?


Will birth control make them stop? I have ovarian cysts and they hurt bad.
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I get ovarian cysts, so I feel your pain!! Birth control pills can help with getting rid of ovarian cysts and prevent them from coming. In my case I was on BC for 6 years and I don't want to go back on it, so I'm stuck dealing with the pain!! Good Luck  (+ info)

How were you diagnosed with ovarian cysts?


Hi, I have always had normal paps, including one I had a few months ago. However, I have been getting uterine/ovarian twinges a few times a day throughout the month (not just before ovulation) and someone suggested it might be cysts. If you've been diagnosed with cysts, how did they find them at first? Was it through an abnormal pap, or some other way? Thank you!
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I went for a normal checkup to the gyno and she saw them with the sonar.  (+ info)

What are the chances of infertility for women who have monthly ovarian cysts?


I'm going in for my first ultrasound this week to see if there are any existing ovarian cysts that I may have. I've had terribly painful cysts for the last two/three months, with pain lasting a minimum of four hours. I'm only seventeen, and would like to raise a family someday. What are my odds of infertility? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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I was diagnosed at 20 with PCOS and I am now 25 years old. I have had alot of trouble getting pregnant. I HAVE been pregnant 2 times since the diagnosis, unfortunatly the 1st ended in miscarriage and the 2nd baby was still born Christmas Day 2009. NEITHER WHERE DUE TO THE CYSTS. We have been trying for 8 months now with no luck. Probably due to my cysts acting up and I havent had my period in the last 8 months either. If you are worried about it, I found some remedies that help concieve. Friends of mine have used it with real success, I have not tried it yet but am hopeful Its call Fertility Blend, you can find it at most GNC stores. All will be okay, either way. Good Luck!  (+ info)

Can benign ovarian cysts cause infertility and how to treat them?


I have two ovarian cysts and they are not cancerous. They cause allot of pain and often burst, making me feel sick. If I got them removed through surgery would it scar my ovary and make me unable to have kids later in life?
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My wife went through a similar decision. She tried a method she read about online and she was amazed. Here is the link to her blog. You can check out the method she used through a link at the bottom of each post.
http://ovarian-cyst-help.blogspot.com/  (+ info)

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