Ovarian Cyst question, plz help
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Carazayladay - March 30

Hey does anyone know if it's harder to get pregnant with an ovarian cyst? I went and got an ultrasound done yesterday {family history!} and I found out today that I am not pregnant but I do have a cyst... Me and my fiance have been TTC for about 2 months now and it hasn't happened yet. So I found out about the cyst and wondered if anyone knew if maybe I might not have gotten prego yet cuz I have that cyst? Has anyone else had this problem, gotten rid of the cyst and gotten pregnant shortly after?? Thanks to all who respond!!


Ann - March 30

It depends on what type of cyst it is. If it is just a follicular cyst (a cyst that forms when you don't O), it will probably go away on its own and should not affect anything. The same is true for a corpus luteum cyst (cyst that forms when you O). They are just fluid or blood-filled and drain themselves. However, if it is an endometrial cyst, that could affect your fertility. Are you going back in a month to recheck? I am sure 2 months feels like a long time to you, but statistically in the best case scenario, it will take 5 months. Good luck!


Carazayladay - March 30

When I go to get it checked on, do you think they will tell me or be able to tell what kind of cyst it is??


Carazayladay - March 31

Oh yeah one more thing, does any one think that an ovarian cyst can make a period weird? like abnormal and light?


Ann - March 31

I am not sure about it affecting your period, but they can't tell what type of cyst it is from an ultrasound. You will likely have to have a laparoscopy if it does not go away.


Mega - March 31

I actually had a cyst in Sept. that did affect my AF. My RE had thought it might be a dermoid cyst, but then it went away on its own so my dr knew that wasn't the case. I'd taken a prog. shot to induce AF & it wouldn't come and wouldn't come, when finally I had a u/s and we found the cyst. 2 weeks after that, my AF came, I had another u/s and it was gone. I think I had a corpus leutum cyst. As for affecting your AF by making it lighter & more scanty--that I don't know. I suppose it could. HTH! Good luck.


kim - March 31

Actually, what Ann said is half true. They can tell if it is a fluid filled cyst or a solid cyst by ultarsound, but they can't tell you exactly what kind it is unless they do a biopsy of the cyst. If ultrasound shows a fluid filled cyst then these usually do go away with a few normal cycles. A solid cyst is more concerning.


Ann - March 31

From personal experience, my ob/gyn had 2 u/s techs and one other dr look at what they thought was a fluid-filled cyst on my ovary. They all agreed it was fluid-filled and told me it should go away in a month. A couple months passed, and it didn't go away. When that happened, they did a lap and found that it was endo.


kim - March 31

Ann, sorry to have sounded like I was saying you are wrong. Your post is correct, just that my Dr. told me after having my miscarriage about cyst. This was how he described it to me. Also, he only did an ultrasound and said I have 2 anechoic cyst and also found some edometrimias. So I only assumed his information he gave me was correct. I am sorry that, that happened to you when you seen your Dr. Endo can be very hard. When they did the laproscopy did they clear your tubes as well?


Ann - March 31

kim, I wasn't offended or anything! I didn't mean it to sound that way. I was just saying that you may be right but that wasn't the way it happend w/me. Yes, the endo diagnosis was a big shock. My dr said it was "mild" and they think the removed it all (this was last September). I had a hsg right before the surgery and my tubes were clear and they said they looked good in the lap, too. Now, 2 years of ttc, 6 cycles of clomid (5 w/iui), and one iui on injectibles later, where is my BFP?? How long have you been ttc?


kim - March 31

Just for 3 months now. I had an unexpected pregnancy in Dec. but still wanted it badly, but had a miscarriage at 12 weeks on Dec. 1st. I do have one son , it took me 3 years to concieve him , but I did naturally, finally. Now I have been told after the miscarriage that I may have trouble concieving because of endo. But, I am optomistic because I did concieve, right. Means all hope is not lost for me yet!! Good luck and I wish you lots of babies!!


Ann - March 31

Kim, I am sorry to hear about your m/c. That has to be really tough. That is great you know you can get pg, like you said. Maybe the dr will give you progesterone when you get pg again. Did the dr tell you recently that you have endo? I have read the only true way to diagnose endo is via a lap. Also, the fact that you were just pg for 12 weeks should have gotten rid of endo (maybe not all of it). Good luck on getting pg soon!


Carazayladay - April 1

Hey can someone tell me what the differences are between the different kind of cysts?? Sorry to ask so many questions!!


Ann - April 2

This is kind of long, but here are descriptions of different cysts: Ovarian cysts can be categorized as noncancerous or cancerous growths. All of the following are noncancerous ovarian growths or cysts. A woman may develop 1 or more of them.

Follicular cyst: This type of simple cyst can form when ovulation does not occur or when a mature follicle involutes (collapses on itself). It usually forms at the time of ovulation and can grow to about 2.3 inches in diameter. The rupture of this type of cyst can create sharp severe pain on the side of the ovary on which the cyst appears. This sharp pain (sometimes called mittelschmerz) occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle, during ovulation. About a fourth of women with this type of cyst experience pain. Usually, these cysts produce no symptoms and disappear by themselves within a few months. A woman's doctor monitors these to make sure they disappear and looks at treatment options if they do not.

Corpus luteum cyst: This type of functional ovarian cyst occurs after an egg has been released from a follicle. After this happens, the follicle becomes what is known as a corpus luteum. If a pregnancy doesn't occur, the corpus luteum usually breaks down and disappears. It may, however, fill with fluid or blood and stay on the ovary. Usually, this cyst is on only 1 side and produces no symptoms.

Hemorrhagic cyst: This type of functional cyst occurs when bleeding occurs within a cyst. Symptoms such as abdominal pain on 1 side of the body may be present with this type of cyst.

Dermoid cyst: This is an abnormal cyst that usually affects younger women and may grow to 6 inches in diameter. This cyst is similar to those present on skin tissue and can contain fat and occasionally bone, hair, and cartilage.

The ultrasound image of this cyst type can vary because of the spectrum of contents, but a CT scan and MRI can show the presence of fat and dense calcifications. These cysts are also called mature cystic teratomas.

They can become inflamed. They can also twist around (a condition known as ovarian torsion), causing severe abdominal pain.

Endometriomas or endometrioid cysts: This type of cyst is formed when endometrial tissue (the mucous membrane that makes up the inner layer of the uterine wall) grows in the ovaries. It affects women during the reproductive years and may cause chronic pelvic pain associated with menstruation.

Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial glands and tissue outside the uterus.

Women with endometriosis may have problems with fertility because 80% of all pelvic endometriosis is found in the ovary (1 or both).

These cysts, often filled with dark, reddish-brown blood, may range in size from 0.75-8 inches.

Polycystic-appearing ovary: Polycystic-appearing ovary is diagnosed based on its enlarged size—usually twice normal—with small cysts present around the outside of the ovary. This condition can be found in "normal" women and in women with endocrine disorders. An ultrasound is used to view the ovary in diagnosing this condition.

Polycystic-appearing ovary is different from the polycystic ovarian syndrome, which includes other symptoms in addition to the presence ovarian cysts. Polycystic ovarian syndrome involves metabolic and cardiovascular risks linked to insulin resistance. These risks include increased glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is associated with infertility, abnormal bleeding, increased incidences of pregnancy loss, and pregnancy-related complications.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is extremely common and is thought to occur in 4-7% of women of reproductive age and is associated with an increased risk for endometrial cancer.

More tests than an ultrasound alone are required to diagnose polycystic ovarian syndrome.



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