Cysts And Fibroids In Uterus

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the different to fibroid and cyst?
    Normally, I saw people posted - fibroids in the uterus, cysts in the ovaries. Other than the location, are they the same things or different type of growing substances?

    • ANSWER:
      A cyst has fluid (pus) inside it and a fibroid is made up of tissue. Cysts & fibroids can occur anywhere in the body.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to have both ovaries taken out?
    I had a hysterectomy and they took on of my ovary because it has two cysts as well fibroid. They took the uterus out and the cysts. The cysts were NOT cancerous but enlarged. Is it okay to get the other ovary taken out as well? My friend also had an hysterectomy and she had one ovary left but later she got ovary cancer and died. Should I get my last ovary taken out.

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's not OK. Your chance of dying from the loss of that ovary is much higher than your chance of getting ovarian cancer and dying of that. Women who lose their ovaries before age 40 have an average life expectancy that is EIGHT YEARS shorter than average, with that amount lengthening the younger you are when you go into surgical menopause They find that having an ovary improves life expectancy up until age 75, long after menopause, because the ovary continues to provide some protection against heart trouble, osteoporosis, and some other things.

  3. QUESTION:
    What's the earliest week you can give birth to your child without them having any helath issues?
    Im 21 weeks preg and I have 3 fibroid cysts in my uterus with baby. Im hoping everything will be ok. Thank guys!

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, a baby can survive outside the womb after 24 weeks...but it's chances are grim. A full term baby is 37 weeks and that is mostly based on it's ability to breathe on it's own outside the womb. My nephew was born at 32 weeks, and although he had to stay in the NICU for a month, he's a perfectly healthy 3 year old now.

  4. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had fibroid cysts removed from inside their uterus and then went on to have a successful preg?
    I suspect I may have fibroid cysts. I am told that if they are inside the uterus and are removed that they will absolutely come back and then you have to have your uterus removed. A friend of mine just had to get hers taken out because of this exact situation. So have any of you women ever had them removed and then went on to have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby??

    I've read that having fibroids during pregnancy can cause deformities?

    • ANSWER:
      I am speaking from recent experience. I had 6 large fibroids removed from inside and outside my uterus on April 4, 2008. My surgery was done by a fertility doctor who specialized in preserving women's uterus'. 2 weeks after my surgery, my dr told me we could resume intimacy but not to get pregnant. Surprise! I got pregnant that night! I am currently 27wks with a healthy boy. I am experiencing abdominal pain but other than that I am fine. I was pregnant before I had the fibroids removed and I made it to 18wks. My son didn't die because of the fibroids but because of an incompetent cervix. Don't let anyone tell you what is and isn't possible. I thought we would never conceive. I would advise you to seek help from a specialist and don't stop until you get an answer that you are satisfied with. Best wishes!

  5. QUESTION:
    Can an ultrasound pick up an egg in the fertilization process?
    I had an ultrasound, external and internal, on Monday due to a missed period and lack of pregnancy hormone (hcg). Doctor just wanted to make sure there were no cysts or fibroid issues. At that time I would have been 2 weeks late for my period, all negative preg tests. I had EWCM a couple days before and me and my husband got to work. Just wondering if the ultrasound could have picked up if the baby dance worked a couple days before or not lol

    Serious answers only please...thanks.
    Oh, and she also said the endometrial measurement seemed to indicate a mid-cycle range.

    • ANSWER:
      An ultrasound can only pick up on the before festivities and the after... in other words, a doctor can see when you're ovulating (an ultrasound picks up on ovum about to/or that have been released) and when the embryo has implanted itself in the uterus (early pregnancy). The middle part...fertilization can't be seen. Wouldn't that be nice if that were possible?!

      Good luck, I hope you are!!

  6. QUESTION:
    has anybody had a Hysteroscopic Myomectomy to get pregnant?
    im 26 and i got cyst on both sides of my uterus and multiple fibroid. i want to get them removed to greater my chances of having a baby, but im not sure what type of surgery to get. i was thinking of getting a Hysteroscopic Myomectomy but i just want to know if ill be successful with this. has anybody had cysts or fibroid and had a successful stories of having a baby????? please help

    • ANSWER:
      I had a hysterscopic surgery in order to remove the cysts off my ovaries. There was a couple of other ones that they did with it too but I can't remember the names. I got pregnant with my first one and lost it at 6 weeks and 4 days. I got pregnant again 2 months later with the help of femara and IUI's and carried my son to term and he is healthy as a horse. Now were expecting again and the time this pregnancy was a complete surprise. I got pregnant 4 months almost exactly after my son was born. So yeah get the surgery, it is definitely worth it if you can get pregnant. Good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    What kind of problem can occur if you have enlarged spleen?
    I had a abdominal ultrasound test couple of days back. The report said that Igot a bulky uterus with fibroid, a cyst in left ovary and a enlarged spleen. I think I've to have aoperation for my fibroid problem. But I know nothing about the spleen problem. my question is how this problem occurs and what should I do to solve this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of conditions that can cause the spleen to enlarge so not sure just what is causing yours. The biggest worry with an enlarged spleen is that it becomes vulnerable to rupture should you receive any kind of trauma to the abdomen. You should not play any kind of contact sports or engage in any activities that could result in a blow to the stomach. Ruptured spleens are common in car wrecks and a person can bleed to death from a ruptured spleen fairly quickly. Find out just what is causing your problem and follow your doctors orders to the letter.

  8. QUESTION:
    Does any one know of ways to thicken the lining of the Uterus? I have note the baby aspirin, how about others?
    I have been able to concieve but I keep miscarring. The Doctor has removed fibroids, Endomitrioses & cysts. Some Fibrids & cyst remaine. But everything was suppose to be fine. It took me almost a year to concive now that Ive lost again I belive there were probably other times I was PG but passed.

    • ANSWER:
      Never heard of that. Ask your doctor.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is a fibroid? I went to the er cause i was having a lot of pain & they told me i had one in my uterus?
    The paper they gave me said i have a (masslike lesion) along my endomertium and a fibroid inmy uterus. Im going to the doctors right now to see whats going on but does anyone know some who has this too? im so confused.

    • ANSWER:
      My mom has about 4 fibroids in her stomach they don't hurt her they just make her stomach look like she is pregnant, the doctor told her that as long as they are not too big and they are not bothering her she is fine and sometimes the go down by themselves. You shouldn't worry too much unless they are stopping you from doing your everyday activities I have a cyst and they still haven't taken it out so you should be fine I had a healthy baby with the cyst in my uterus so you should be fine.

  10. QUESTION:
    How did having a hysterectomie affect your relationship?
    I was told I needed to have my uterus removed due to a fibroid cyst that has increased in size. I am worried about how this surgery will affect my relationship and my selfworth. Please share your experience. (I'd love to hear a man's point of view on this as well)

    • ANSWER:
      While I haven't had a hysterectomy, I have had fibroids. I had them treated without a hysterectomy through a technique called uterine arterial embolization. There is another technique called myomectomy that is also effective, and probably better if there is only one fibroid.

      I encourage you to seek a second opinion - hysterectomy is one of the most over-recommended and over-done medical techniques around. Unfortunately, some doctors view the uterus as an unnecessary organ, and some view hysterectomies and a profitable enterprise. There aren't many of those, but it only takes one doctor to make a decision that's more in line with his or her needs than yours.

      I also encourage you to understand what the other treatments available are, and ask your doctor for a good reason why those treatments aren't right for you.

  11. QUESTION:
    How dangerous is a cyst on your ovary or fibroids in your uterus?
    can it stop you from having kids?
    have have iiregular periods and i don't usaully get serious cramping or anything but sometimes i feel a little minor sharp pain around my ovaries and stuff.

    and also i was asking before i did a sonogram today but im not pregnant, ihave to come in get my results in five weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a very large cyst that strangulated my ovary and when they went in to remove the cyst, they had to take the ovary too--it couldn't be saved.

      However, my gyno told me that it didn't really impact my fertility or ability to have kids later. We're born with way more eggs than we'll ever need so losing one ovary doesn't mean I can't have kids.

      He explained that what happened to me was essentially bad luck--nothing could have been done to prevent it and just because its happened once doesn't mean it'll happen again.

      Most women have ovarian cysts and never even know it--they just go away by themselves without ever becoming painful or dangerous.

      I hope that helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    This is a cervical cancer related. Do I need to remove the uterus,ovaries, and cervix out? How much money?
    Doctors found I have cancer cells in 2003, 2004, and 2009 in the cervix. Also, I have 1 fibroid about a baseball size and a few calcium stones in the uterus. In the past, I'd a lot of problems with cysts in the ovaries.

    • ANSWER:
      You should contact your hospital billing department and get an estimate. Also check if you qualify for medicaid or medicare which would help with the bills a lot. You may not need a total hysterectomy depending on the extent of the cancer. You should discuss what needs to be done with your gynecologist.

  13. QUESTION:
    Natural ways of shrinking uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts?
    Today I was diagnosed with three uterine fibroids (3 cm each) and a small ovarian cyst. I don't want to get surgery as it could be dangerous for other organs. Are there any natural ways of shrinking them?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Fibroids are benign uterine growths. Many women have no symptoms while others experience bleeding, increased urination, bladder displacement, urine retention, constipation, infertility, miscarriage, pain during intercourse and anemia. Ovarian cysts are enlarged follicles that fail to rupture and release an egg. Women may experience general pain, disrupted periods, pain in the back and abdomen and painful intercourse. Both of these conditions are caused by imbalances in estrogen production. There are many natural treatments to deal with both of these conditions. Talk to your doctor about any natural supplements you are using.

      Herbal Treatments for Fibroids

      Herbal treatments that address bleeding often work quite quickly, but supplements that control hormone levels take about three months of use before bringing about noticeable results.

      Black cohosh controls bleeding and relieves pain; take 500 milligrams daily. Cinnamon oil has a long history of use in traditional American medicine to control bleeding fibroids. Use 10-to-15 drops every 15 minutes until the bleeding stops. Dan shen, which should only be used under professional supervision, treats congealed blood, dark red clots during menstruation, and relieves pelvic congestion. Reishi tincture alleviates pelvic inflammation. Take one tablespoon in ¼ cup of water three times daily.

      There are three traditional Chinese formulas that are commonly used to treat uterine fibroids. Take as directed on the product label.

      Augmented Rambling powder lowers estrogen levels and is most useful for women who are also suffering from painful or difficult urination. Cinnamon Twig and Poria Pill lowers estrogen levels without interfering with the menstrual cycle or causing weight gain. Four Substance Decoction treats fibroids and is especially useful for women who eat a poor diet.
      Herbal Treatments for Ovarian Cysts

      Dioscorea tincture, also known as wild yam, alleviates cramping caused by ovarian cysts. Take as directed on the label. Dong quai relieves pain resulting from this condition. Take 1,000 milligrams daily during the two-week period after menstruation and then discontinue for two weeks.

      There are several Chinese formulas used to treat ovarian cysts. Use as directed on the product label.

      Dong Quai and Peony Powder reduces estrogen levels and the formation of inflammatory substances in the tissues that line the uterus. Two Cured Decoction reduces estrogen levels. Augmented Rambling Powder and Cinnamon Twig and Poria pill, which are listed above, can also be used for ovarian cysts

      Estrogen is produced from body fat. Excess weight increases the amount of estrogen in the body, so make an effort to maintain a normal weight. Do your best to exercise regularly and reduce stress levels. Avoid the following herbs that stimulate estrogen production: Coleus, Cordyceps, fennel seed, licorice, and moutan.
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  14. QUESTION:
    can they tell the differance between a fibroid tumor and cancer with a pelvic ultrasound?
    same with ovarian cysts....can they tell whether it is a cyst or cancer with the ultrasound?

    what tests am I facing next?

    • ANSWER:
      they can't really tell whether you have Cancer or not just from the ultrasound. they have to do a biopsy. when I had uterine fibroids, my OB had a biopsy done to send to the lab to see if they were cancerous. what they do is they take a sample of cells and tissue from the uterus, (they scrape a small sample of that from your uterus) then send it to the lab and get the results. then they take it from there. when I had mine done, I took a couple of ibuprofen to take the edge off of the pain before the procedure. Good luck and I hope things go well with you. you can e-mail me if you have questions.

  15. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else ever had a solid mass found in their ovary?
    I went to my OB/GYN on Thursday because I've been having a feeling of pressure on right side of my lower abdomen. An ultrasound revealed a solid mass inside my right ovary. It's about1/3 the size of the ovary. The doctor took blood to screen for ovarian cancer, but said he didn't think that's what it was. He said he wasn't sure what it was, but wanted to keep an eye on it for 2 months.

    Has anyone else had something similar happen to them? I've had fluid filled cysts before outside the ovary, but never anything IN it.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sure that it is a frightening feeling to know this. I personally would get a second opinion. Simply because I personally don't agree with taking a wait and see attitude when it comes to my health......I don't have a mass but have been diagnosed with having a cyst on the ovary, an enlarged fallopian tube and a 2 cm fibroid in the uterus. if you are feeling pressure that discomfort needs to be addressed..The doctor that diagnosed me wanted to do a complete hysterectomy, I am 40 years old and don't plan on having a hysterectomy any time soon for various reasons but anyway take care

  16. QUESTION:
    My doctor just found out that I have a large ovarian cyst and an enlarged uterus what do I do?
    I had surgery in February to remove a cyst however, when they got in there they found out that it was not actually a cyst it was a tumor so they removed my entire right ovary. He also tied my tubes when he did the surgery. Now I am having pain on the left side. My doctor did an ultrasound and found that there is another cyst now on my left ovary and I have an enlarged uterus. I am only 26 and I really don't want to start thinking about a hysterectomy. Do I really even have any other options?

    • ANSWER:
      I think, if you go to your doc. the same thing might happen.
      It all depends what kind of cyst you have & why your uterus is enlarged ( you might have fibroids). I would seek out a specialist & see, if your remaining ovary can be saved. I would also try to save your eggs, if you want children in the future. I would check in with your female relatives (mom, sister or aunt) & see if this is hereditary. Perhaps, you need to make some life style changes & find out why your body is producing the cysts.

  17. QUESTION:
    What does it means to have a swollen uterus?
    I am having sharp and dull pains on the sides of my stomach. my peroid is off and on lasting for a month and staying off for a month. I am 51 years old is this because of I am going thourgh menopause. what can this be. The doc. told me that my womb was uterus

    • ANSWER:
      your uterus (or womb as it is commonly called) is a muscular organ. If it is swollen there is inflammation of the muscle tissue, which may be caused by infection, causing swelling. There could also be fibroid or benign cyst tissue adding to the size of the uterus. You are at the right age for menopause. A simple blood test to determine hormone levels will diagnose that. Your doctor should be able to tell you if any of this applies to you.

  18. QUESTION:
    On a TRANSABDOMINAL PELVIC SONOGRAM - what organs should be mentioned on the result?
    I did a transabdominal pelvic exam and I received the result showing just the uterus and ovaries.
    What else should be on the examination?
    I would like to have an answer from a person that did had a sonogram of the pelvic area (transabdominal) only.
    I have seen many sites on the internet and still did not find a good one, to show diff. from transabdominal and trans-vag.

    • ANSWER:
      We can see the same things on both transabdominal and transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. The same organs are visualized, just in a different way.

      A pelvic ultrasound will document the uterus and ovaries. We measure the uterus, image the endometrial stripe (the lining of the uterus which sheds with your period) and measure the stripe. We document any fibroids within the uterus or on the uterine wall. We measure both ovaries, and document and measure ovarian cysts if they are present. Uterine tubes (Fallopian tubes) are not seen on ultrasound unless they are abnormal...meaning hydrosalpinx or excessive fluid in the tubes which are causing them to be enlarged. We document any free fluid within the pelvic cavity. The full bladder can be seen on transabdominal pelvic ultrasounds, but we usually don't document it specifically. A bladder is measured and documented when we do a renal or abdominal ultrasound study, but not a pelvic study.

      A transvag. u/s will show the same things, but sometimes in greater detail. Transabdominal imaging may not be sufficient, due to patient size, bowel gas or incomplete filling of the bladder. Best wishes.....

      EDIT: By the way, the intestinal tract cannot be seen with ultrasound. The intestines contain air/gas, which blocks the sound waves. Ultrasound cannot see through air, which is the main reason we use a gel on the skin.....to create an air free contact between you and the transducer (camera).

  19. QUESTION:
    Do they put you to sleep for a Laparoscopy? Do I need someone to drive me home after? Is it true about gas?
    Is it true you have really bad gas afterwards? Do you fart during surgery? lol. Do you stay in the hospital overnight or go home? Does it take long? How many days are you in pain afterwards? I have:
    cysts on my ovaries
    fibroids on my uterus
    pre cancerous cells on my cervix
    and one of these three (uterine cancer, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome).

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you are asleep for the laproscopy. They normally use an intravenous anesthetic because you don't need to be asleep for that long. All laproscopic procedures require them to use gas to inflate your abdomen so the surgeon can see what is going on, and have room to work. You may well pass gas during the procedure, it's kind of understood that you are asleep and medical people don't pay much mind to natural body functions. You will wake up feeling bloated, like your own personal balloon. Yes, it passes the way gas normally passes. The more you move around, the faster it goes away, but there is usually a day or so of surprise outbursts. How long you are kept after you wake up depends on where you have the surgery done and the doctor. It can be done as a day surgery, if done early in the morning you might be able to go home in the early evening. You could also need to stay in longer if the surgery is needed to be more invasive. If they do a hysterectomy, you will be in about a week most often. You should not be in a lot of pain, if all that is done is a laproscopy repair. You will wake up with about 3-4 poke holes, each closed with either staples or sutures, only a couple per poke hole. You may not feel like running marathons, but should not be in a lot of pain. Mostly misery from the gas bloating. You will be offered pain medications to help with that, as needed. Once you return to your room from recovery, the nurses will be encouraging you to get up and walk a little, and to go to the bathroom under your own steam. I suggest you force yourself up out of the bed no matter what. The sooner you are on your feet, the sooner you feel better and the sooner the gas passes. If you lay there like a lump in the bed, only moving when you absolutely must, you can be miserable for days. If you get up quickly enough, you will still have some of the anesthetic and pain killers left over from the surgery, so won't feel nearly so much to begin with. Don't get worked up and worried ahead of time either, dreading what hasn't happened yet. If you go in keyed up, you have a hard time when you wake up and may wake up crying and combative. You won't be in agony, no matter what. And hopefully when you wake up, you will hear good news, that it's all been taken care of and your worries are gone. Good luck, and don't worry so much. It will all work out.

  20. QUESTION:
    Women - have you ever had to have a cyst removed from your ovary?
    I will have to go for an op to get a cyst (fibroid i think) removed from my ovary. Has anyone done this, and how bad was the pain afterwards? I have heard its harder to fall pregnant after, has anyone had a baby after having it removed? thanks, i hate the thought of going under anesthetic and have not ever been to the hospital for anything before, apart from labour. But i have been told to get it removed.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a cyst removed from my ovary before. My doctor drained the cyst.

      I have a friend who has had a fibroid removed from her uterus before. I have talked to other women who have had this done and depending on how the doctor removed it (depending on the location) it didn't affect their ability to get pregnant, but everyone is different.

      I would recommend getting another opinion before having surgery, preferably from someone that does not share the same office of the doctor you currently go to, to see what they say.

      In the mean time here's the link to a site that may help you find even more information. The link is at:

      http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

  21. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had cysts or fibroids when pregnant?
    My doctor said this might be why i am measuring 3 weeks more than my due date. What are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      With Baby #1, I had a c-section and the surgeon said that I had "fibroids the size of golf balls all over my uterus", I had no symptoms and they shrunk down with my uterus after the pregnancy hormones went away.

  22. QUESTION:
    Im on the IUD now but am starting to hear many bad things about it, opinions?
    I definitely plan to have children and possibly soon. Ive heard this can cause problems in that area. I heard that if anything goes wrong, it can cause you to have an early hysterectomy or cysts on your ovaries?? :( this shit scares me so im wondering what have you heard about it?

    • ANSWER:
      actually IUD is one of the risk factors for abnormal uterine bleeding(AUB),ectopic pregnancy(pregnancy on abnormal position),the normal site of implantation is on the fundus of the uterus,but if it be in the tube,ovary,cervix or abdomen ,we call it ectopic pregnancy by blocking normal implantation ,.also as it contains the hormon progestrol,which increase the mitotic activity of tumor cells by inhibiting apoptosis,it plays arole in uterine lieomyoma(fibroid).

      what its main purpose is that it is T shaped contain copper.by inhibiting the sperm reaching the tube and even if fertilization occurs ,by blocking implantation to the site it prevents pregnancy

  23. QUESTION:
    How do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease?
    Last couple months I have been getting horrible breast pain on and off. I do have several lumps in both breast's and they seem to act up before my period.
    My mom seems to think it could me fibroid's in my breasts. I am only sixteen and the thought of my doctor " feeling me up " is SCARY.

    So, I was just wondering how doctors would diagnose me etc etc
    hellp :(

    • ANSWER:
      Michaela - "Fibrocystic breast disease", an old term, is now called "fibrocystic changes in the breast." It is very common in women from the time of puberty on through the years. Fibroids form in the uterus, NOT in the breast where a single similar lump sometimes found in the teens is known as a fibroadenoma (a benign growth). Doctors do examine hundreds of breast each years, commonly while a female attendant (maybe even your mom) is present in the room. Maybe you would feel more at ease if you find a woman MD to examine you? First there is a family history taken since cystic changes often run in families. Then your personal breast history is talked about, like when during your monthly cycle do you get your most swelling. It's best to get examined when you can most easily feel the largest lumps. Sometimes the doctor could easily locate a large lump, stick a tiny needle in the cyst and suck out fluid. If the fluid is clear, then a benign diagnosis is almost 100 percent certain. Now get over your anxiety of an exam and go get some relief from a doctor's visit.

  24. QUESTION:
    I had the IUD removed about two months ago and I have been having problems with my stomach. Am I pregnant?
    After having it removed, my stomach has been hurting and growing and become really hard. I went to the ER after feeling pregnant. After the doctor doing test and an exam he said that I had cysts on my ovaries. The reason that I had the IUD taken out is because I felt pregnant all the time. It's been three months since this feeling has been bad enough for me to worry about it. They still have not done a ultrasound.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds to me like you have fibroids. They are tumors that are not cancerous or anything, but they do grow in your pelvis. I have had them for years, outside my uterus, but mine have grown big enough that I might need to have them removed. If the doctor said you aren't pregnant, then the ultrasound will show if you have fibroids or not. Good Luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    when can the doctor feel your uterus enlarging if you are pregnant?
    At what week? can it be done as early as 3-4 weeks?

    She said mine was SLIGHTLY enlarged tuesday. I missed my period all of june but the urine test was negative.

    could I still be pregnant?

    I looked up fibroids and cysts and with those its usually HEAVY and LONGER periods, not missed periods.

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually around 13 weeks if it is your first pregnancy, but if it is not your first then they would be able to feel it sooner than that. If you missed your period all of June and the tests are coming out negative, then you're probably not pregnant.

  26. QUESTION:
    Has anyone gotten neg hpt and blood tests only to find out they were pregnant on an ultrasound?
    My last period was October 13, so it has been two and a half months since I had a period. I've taken countless HPT's and even two blood tests that have come back negative. My periods are usually rather heavy (I go through a super tampon in an hour's time) and are pretty adamant, they usually last a little over a week with a lot of clots and come every month. Having sex a day or two before my scheduled period will bring it on. The latest I have ever been is two weeks, I have never completely missed a period (or two for that matter) so I'm pretty worried. I was on birth control for three years, I have been off of birth control for a year and a month. I have been experiencing some pregnancy symptoms. I visited a OB/GYN after my period was a week and a half late, she didn't seem to be concerned about my late period and brushed it off as it were no big deal. She gave me a pelvic exam and said it was probably a bacterial infection. During her pelvic exam, she felt my uterus and ovaries and was very rough with me but she was really digging in there to find my uterus. Fast forward to recently, I changed doctors and visited him yesterday. He did a pelvic exam and this time I noticed he didn't have to go as near to my pubic bone as the last doctor did, so I'm not sure if my uterus grew or not, however I'm sure he'd know if he was feeling a 9 1/2 week sized uterus, however, he said doctors won't usually do anything until they've missed 6 periods but he believes that to be too long and recommends testing after 3-4 missed periods. I was welcome to come back after a month and if nothing had happened, we would start testing, or I could take a urine pregnancy test, or a blood pregnancy test. Finally, he offered for me to come in and get an ultrasound as well as a blood pregnancy test. I took that option because I want to know what's going on. If it isn't pregnancy, which at this point, I just want to know what's going on!, then I need to know. Is it fibroids? PCOS? Endometriosis? Cysts? I had a chemical pregnancy in August but my periods have been normal since then (with the exception to the two weeks of being late the period after the miscarriage).

    So my question is this: Did you or someone you know get negative urine and blood tests only to find out they were in fact pregnant?

    My symptoms are this:

    SLIGHT cramping and pulling (more cramps a few weeks ago, more pulls recently)
    Some nausea (really only after I eat)
    MAJOR heartburn (when I wake up to when I go to bed)
    Acne has worsened
    Tired
    Hungry for foods I'm not normally hungry for (I WANT CHEESE and I HATE cheese)
    Constipation (could be from the cheese...Haha)
    My boobs have gained a cup size and then some, my fiance brought this to my attention.
    Watery discharge (more than normal)
    Gas
    Vivid Dreams that I am pregnant (but it could be my conscience) which is funny because even my fiance had I dream I was pregnant the other night and he doesn't really even think I'm pregnant, but it could be possible
    Heaviness in my uterus, almost like it's bigger than normal
    Pulsation in my stomach area (Obviously my pulse, I just felt like this suddenly started happening maybe a week or so ago)

    Is it possible it's eptopic? I'm really nervous about next week's ultrasound but excited to finally figure out what's going on with me!

    I previously asked this question and had only received 3 answers and I want to know! Thanks all fore reading my novel ;) <3
    Also recent developments that I forgot to add (recent since I last posted a similar question)

    I have had a consistently bad taste in my mouth
    I've been having to pee more (because of that pressure feeling on my uterus)
    I've been slightly hungrier

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for implanon to wear off before I can get pregnant?
    I had implanon for eight months. Me and my husband are trying to conceive our first child. My doctor said it could take months to wear off. Does anybody have any experience with implanon? And if so how long did it take for you to conceive?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you need some information on getting pregnant. If you lack knowledge in the pregnancy department or if you are having trouble becoming pregnant or you keep having miss carriages then you should check out http://x.co/cvKh. They have a book you can get on becoming pregnant within 1-2 months and how to keep it healthy. It doesn’t matter if you are in your late 30’s or 40’s or if you have tubal obstruction or high levels of fsh. It also doesn’t matter if you have pcos or endometriosis or uterine fibroids or uterus scarring. Even if you are having problems like ovarian cysts or a history of miscarriages or low sperm count it guarantees to make you pregnant within 2 months. I and my Wife went through years of struggling to bear a child with no success and doctors told her she should adopt. She refused and wanted to leave something in this world that came from her. After we started following the book after about a month and a half she tested positive and now a year later I’m here celebrating my sons first birthday and can’t be more proud of it. I’m glad to hold my son in my arms every day and wouldn’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for him. I swear I waited so long for this moment in my life and regret it so much and wished I had started earlier but there still isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wake up happy. Anyways I hope you succeed in your pregnancy and wish you the very best.

  28. QUESTION:
    I am 41 yrs. old, and I was diagnosed with a fibroid cysts in my uterus and 2 cysts outside of my ovaries.?
    I feel like I am losing my mind sometimes, I get rapid thoughts, and paranoia about stupid things. I am also starting to get panic attacks. Could the imbalances in my brain be caused by the fibroid cyst, and the ovarian cysts?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    What causes a female to have a period several times a month?
    Over the last two months I have been having an issue with my period. I have had several periods in one month. At least three in a month. Before I get people saying go to the doctor, I know this already. Im not working at the moment and I have no insurance. I've had to apply for something called a Gold Card. Waiting to get the approval and then I still have to wait for an appointment with a county clinic. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I am really worried about it. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give.

    • ANSWER:
      Irregular Periods/ Vaginal disorders
      The main reasons irregular periods are
      1 .Blockage of blood circulation to the lower abdomen area due to lack of physical exercise.
      2. Functioning of the pituitary thyroid glands are not fair.
      3. Fibroid in the uterus and/ or cyst in the ovaries
      4. Poor health condition and / or lack of exercise
      5. Hormonal imbalance due to artificial and hormone added food and medicine
      6. Psychological reasons such as anxiety neurosis stress tension etc.

      Periods during adolescent stage will be generally irregular. It is normal. It may become regular by the age of 18 or 19.
      All bleeding from the vagina are not menstrual bleeding or period. Heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding in between periods should be brought to the attention of a doctor and get treatment soon.
      The span of monthly period may differ ie total days of gap for next period may differ. Sometimes it may go up to 36 or 40 days.
      When the gap in between two periods is less than 25 days everyone should consult a gynecologist or a doctor in person soon. and get advice and treatment.

  30. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when you have lower abdominal pain?
    So recently, every time I wake up in the morning, I get a painful lower abdominal pain. It's sometimes real quick. But mostly whenever I go to use the restroom it hurts so bad! Like if i'm starting my period even though I just got off it about 2 weeks ago. It's major cramps when I use the restroom, or whenever I sit down. Should I be worried? What could it might be? Is there a cure? Should I go to the doctor? HELP!
    Oh, and i'm 16 years of age.

    • ANSWER:
      What causes lower abdominal or pelvic pain?

      All women feel discomfort or pain in the lower abdomen below the navel from time to time, for instance, before or during menstruation.
      NetDoctor/Geir Haukursson
      Taking note of certain symptoms will help you and your doctor accurately diagnose the problem, although this can be difficult.

      In many cases it can be difficult to identify the cause of the pain, but noting certain features will help you and your doctor come to a likely diagnosis.

      The most common causes are a urinary disorder such as a bladder or kidney problem, a bowel problem or a condition involving the reproductive system – the uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries.
      Type of pain arising from the urinary system

      Pain from the urinary system can indicate such conditions as cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), inflammation of the collecting system of one or both kidneys (pyelonephritis), kidney stones or uncommonly tumours.

      Typical symptoms of infections are a burning sensation when passing urine and a need to empty the bladder more frequently. In addition, pain travelling from the back and around to the front might suggest a kidney infection or kidney stone.

      The pain associated with kidney stones may be particularly severe. The presence of blood in the urine raises the possibilities of infection, kidney or bladder stones or even a bladder or kidney tumour. Both benign and malignant tumours can first make themselves noticed in this way. The presence of blood in the urine always requires further investigation and should be reported to your doctor.

      The duration of the pain will further help you and your doctor to make the correct diagnosis.
      Type of pain arising from conditions of the intestines

      The bowel can give rise to a wide variety of symptoms including pain.

      Constipation and diarrhoea can be painful in themselves, and the change in bowel habit usually identifies the pain as coming from the bowel. Pain from the bowel is often described as colicky in nature. This means that the pain or discomfort comes in waves with little or no discomfort in between the pain.

      Bloating or swelling of the lower abdomen may be present in many intestinal (bowel) conditions including irritable bowel syndrome.

      The passing of fresh blood or altered blood (black motions) from the back passage should be reported to your doctor as investigation is usually necessary.
      Type of pain arising from conditions of the reproductive organs

      Pain might originate from the uterus (womb), Fallopian tubes or ovaries. It is usually felt in the middle of the lower abdomen, above the line of pubic hair as far up as the navel. Occasionally, the pain is more to one side, which is more typical of a pain coming from an ovary.

      There might be discomfort or even pain during intercourse (called dyspareunia) felt deep within the pelvis.

      Pain originating from the uterus is usually worse at the time of a woman's period (dysmenorrhoea).

      Examples of conditions of the reproductive organs giving rise to pain include endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, fibroids and problems related to the early stages of pregnancy such as miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

      In any case of sudden, severe, unexplained abdominal pain your doctor should be contacted.
      What will the doctor do?

      Acute and sudden pains are always worrying but chronic pain can also have serious implications and a doctor should be consulted.

      The doctor will ask about periods, passing of urine and bowel movements. They might also ask if there have been episodes of nausea, vomiting, or fever. If appropriate, they may ask questions concerning the person's emotional life - family, friends, work - and their sex life.

      The doctor will want to examine you. This will involve feeling your abdomen and, in addition, an internal examination (vaginal,rectal or sometimes both) may be necessary.

      Further investigations or treatment will be based upon the description of the pain and the findings of the doctor's examination.

      Typically, a urine sample will be requested and tested for any signs of infection.

      If a kidney problem is suspected than an ultrasound scan of the kidneys and bladder will be arranged.

      If a problem with the womb or ovaries is suspected, swabs from the vagina looking for any infection might be performed and an ultrasound scan of the womb and ovaries is commonly performed.

      If a bowel problem is suspected, a sample of the motion is often investigated for signs of infection and you may be recommended to have a telescopic examination of the bowel called an endoscopy.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you develop a cyst in uterus from having too much sexual intercourse?
    I have developed pain in my lower abdominal and wanted to know if it was normal

    • ANSWER:
      Pelvic pain is not normal. Do you have a cyst in your uterus? Doubtful.

      See a doctor there are many causes of pelvic pain. STD's, Endometerisis, POCS, Fibroid tumors.

      The only way to know is to be examined.

  32. QUESTION:
    What kind of conditions can a pelvic ultrasound identify?
    Is it a big ordeal then for the doctor to interpret the results when he recieves them from the radiologist? Does it take alot of time?

    • ANSWER:
      Your Doc will receive a written report of the findings from the Radiologist. A pelvic US is to evaluate the uterus, ovaries and to some extent , the bladder. It will show the size, shape and most abnormalities of the uterus ( fibroids, endometrial thickening,position, tumors, masses..) The ovaries ( enlargement, cysts, torsion, tumors..) Also any free fluid , an IUD or ( pregnancy- unless it is very early.)

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between an OB GYN and a Gynecologist?
    I've never been to either, but also don't know the difference.

    • ANSWER:
      A gynaecologist basically is a physician who specialises in the treatment of the female reproductive system such as the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. Gynaecologists can perform surgeries (such as laparoscopy or laparotomy) to diagnose or treat conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer and perform hysterectomies. In simple terms gynaecology plainly means “the science of women”.

      Some or most gynaecologists are also obstetricians (called OB/Gyn's).

      Obstetrics is the surgical speciality dealing with the care of a woman and her baby during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (the period shortly after birth). Midwifery is the equivalent non-surgical specialty. Most obstetricians are also gynaecologists (OB/Gyn's).

      In obstetric practice, an obstetrician sees a pregnant woman on a regular basis to check the progress of the pregnancy, to verify the absence of problems and diseases, to monitor the state of pre-existing disease and its possible effect on the ongoing pregnancy.

      I hope this helps answer your question. Good luck :)

  34. QUESTION:
    Could menstual cramps that are way worse than normal be a sign of an std?
    I had a condom slip off once during sex, and duing my next period I had worse cramps than normal. Is this a possible sign of an std? If so, which ones?

    You don't need to tell me to get tested, I am planning on it. But I was just wondering if you know this to be a symptom or if there could be another cause.

    • ANSWER:
      Painful period cramps that are worse than normal may indicate a problem in a reproductive organ. This includes conditions such as endometriosis (when tissue from the uterus is displaced to somewhere else like the pelvic wall or ovaries), uterine fibroids (thick bands of muscular and fibrous tissue in the uterus), ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer (rare), or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which is an infection of the reproductive organs, usually from a sexually transmitted disease.

      The key is to know when you must seek medical care right away. In many cases you can simply wait to see whether it goes away in a few days or call your doctor at a later time if the symptoms persist. I would recommend however that if it doesn't go away within a couple of days you have to go see a doctor or a nurse at a clinic for further evaluation.

      I experienced the same painful menstrual like cramps before, during and after my period and 3 weeks ago through a laparoscopy found out that I have endometriosis.

      Good luck :)

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I go about being tested for infertility?
    I am 23 and married for a year and a half...We want to have a baby (my husband has a good job and I am in school) I want to know though how I go about getting fertility test done? Do I go to my primary care doctor and let her know my concerns or do I go to a different doctor? Will they want me to do anything on my own first?

    • ANSWER:
      First, you have to have reasons to believe you have fertility problems, or there is no reason to be tested. The doctors generally won't issue tests, and insurance won't cover them without reason. Most doctors won't test someone as young as you until you've been trying to conceive for one year. It can take a healthy couple up to a year to conceive, so unless it has been longer than that, or you're having other problems like irregular cycles or pains, keep on trying.

      Once you've done that, tell your doctor (your OBGYN, not your general doctor) how long you've been trying and that you want to start fertility testing. The first tests they will do are blood tests, testing your hormone levels, thyroid function, and other things. Then, your husband should have his sperm tested by dropping it off at a lab. They can test for motility & count to make sure he isn't the problem. If both of those tests go well, you'll be sent for a transvaginal ultrasound. That is an internal ultrasound using a wand (it doesn't hurt). They will look for any inflammation of the uterus or fallopian tubes, and look at your ovaries & uterine lining. If everything there looks normal, you'll be send for more invasive testing.

      The next test is generally an HSG. This is to test to see if your tubes are blocked, if you have fibroids, endometriosis or cysts. A catheter is inserted into your uterus, and fluid is inserted. If it flows through your tubes, they are clear. If not, they may be blocked. Another option for a test is laproscopy, where a small incision is made in your abdomen and a small camera is inserted. Doctors can see everything going on, and possibly clear out any scar tissue or adhesions.

      Many OBGYN's are fertility experts. If yours is not, they will refer you to a specialist who will talk to you about your history. They will establish which tests you need and in which order you'll need them. Most of the tests don't hurt, but they aren't really fun to get either. Most women will conceive within a year, so do try for that long before you put yourself through the stress of fertility testing. You're really young, and any doctor is going to encourage you to do the same thing prior to any testing.

      Make sure you regularly work out, avoid drinking & smoking, avoid caffeine, eat healthy, and take a daily multi-vitamin when trying to conceive. All of these things enhance your chances each cycle!

      Good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    What's the process for a woman testing how fertile she is?
    I've seen kits at walgreens for men to test their sperm count/mobility, for like 33 dollars. I'm wondering if there are ways for a woman to test how fertile she is, without going to a doctor. I'm also curious what the doctors do TO test a woman for fertility? I'm actually not trying to conceive, but I thought people in this category would know the most about female fertility. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There are tests at the drugstore but they are very limited on what they can test. They carry Ovulation Predictor Kits which can help to identify when you are ovulating and an fertility test that measures FSH only (egg quality and count) and there are some questions to how accurate it actually is.

      If you are concerned - it is best to see your doctor.

      Here are some common tests done to check a woman's fertility:
      1) TSH - this is a blood test to check your thyroid

      2) FSH - this is a blood test done on cycle day 3 to check the ovarian reserve (egg quality and quantity)

      3) HSG - this is when they use a catheter to push dye through your tubes and take an x-ray to check for any blockages in your ovarian tubes.

      4) Progesterone - this is a blood test done on cycle day 21 to confirm that you ovulate and check to see your progesterone level which is necessary to support a pregnancy.

      Depending on your situation - they may also do an ultrasound to check your ovaries and uterus - make sure there are no cysts or fibroids that could cause an issue.

      Hope this helps!

  37. QUESTION:
    What are the signs and symptoms of endometriosis?
    What are the side effects without treatment, and what is the treatment, and how do they diagnose it. Does it always affect fertility.

    • ANSWER:
      From the Endo Research Center (www.endocenter.org):

      "About Endometriosis:

      With Endometriosis, tissue like that which lines the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the womb in other areas of the body. Normally, the endometrium is shed each month through menses; however, with Endometriosis, these implants have no way of leaving the body. The implants still break down and bleed, but result is far different than in women and girls without the disease: internal bleeding, degeneration of blood and tissue shed from the growths, inflammation of the surrounding areas, and formation of scar tissue result. In addition, depending on the location of the growths, interference with the normal function of the bowel, bladder, intestines and other areas of the pelvic cavity can occur. Endometriosis has also been found lodged in the skin - and even the brain.

      Symptoms include chronic or intermittent pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation is not normal!), infertility, miscarriage(s), ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, dyspareunia (pain associated with intercourse), nausea / vomiting / abdominal cramping, diarrhea / constipation (particularly with menses), painful bowel movements, painful or burning urination, urinary frequency, retention, or urgency; fatigue, chronic pain, allergies and immune system-related illnesses are also commonly reported complaints of women who have Endo. It is quite possible to have some, all, or none of these symptoms. Endo symptoms are varied and often nonspecific, so they can easily masquerade as several other conditions, including adenomyosis ("Endometriosis Interna"), appendicitis, ovarian cysts, bowel obstructions, colon cancer, diverticulitis, ectopic pregnancy, fibroid tumors, gonorrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cancer, and PID.

      Despite today's age of medical advances, researchers remain unsure as what causes of Endometriosis. There is NO CURE, despite the continued propagation of such myths by the uninformed who still mistakenly believe that hysterectomy, pregnancy and/or menopause can "cure" the disease. Invasive surgery remains the gold standard of diagnosis, and current therapies continue to remain extremely limited, often carrying side effects.

      Mistakenly minimized as "painful periods," Endometriosis is more than just "killer cramps." It is a leading cause of female infertility, chronic pelvic pain and gynecologic surgery, and accounts for more than half of the 500,000 hysterectomies performed in the US annually. Despite being more prevalent than breast cancer, Endometriosis continues to be treated as an insignificant ailment. Recent studies have even shown an elevated risk of certain cancers and other serious illnesses in those with the disease, as well as malignant changes within the disease itself.

      Research has shown that genetics, immune system dysfunction, and exposure to environmental toxins like Dioxin may all be contributing factors to the development of the disease. Endometriosis knows no racial or socioeconomic barriers, and can affect women ranging from adolescence to post-menopause. The disease can be so painful as to render a woman or teen unable to care for herself or her family, attend work, school, or social functions, or go about her normal routine. It can negatively affect every aspect of a woman's life; from her self-esteem and relationships, to her capacity to bear children, to her ability to be a contributing member of society.

      The disease can currently only be diagnosed through invasive surgery, and the average delay in diagnosis is a staggering 9 years. A patient may seek the counsel of 5 or more physicians before her pain is adequately addressed.

      Once diagnosed, it is not unusual for a patient to undergo several pelvic surgeries and embark on many different hormonal and medical therapies in an attempt to treat her symptoms. None of the current treatments are entirely effective, and virtually all synthetic therapies carry significantly negative side effects; some lasting far beyond cessation of therapy. The exception to this is excision; see www.centerforendo.com to learn more about excision as the leading treatment.

      Though Endometriosis is one of the most prevalent illnesses affecting society today, awareness is sorely lacking and disease research continues to remain significantly under funded. For instance, in fiscal year 2000, the National Institutes of Health planned to spend .5 billion on research. Of that funding, only .7 million was earmarked for Endometriosis - amounting to approximately $.40/patient. This is in stark contrast to other illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Lupus, which received approximately 5.00 and .00 per patient, respectively. American businesses lose millions of dollars each year in lost productivity and work time because of Endometriosis. The cost of surgery required to diagnose the disease in each patient alone adds greatly to the financial burden of both consumers and companies alike.

      Once erroneously believed to be a disease of “Caucasian career women who have delayed childbearing,” we know that in fact, Endometriosis affects women of all ages, races and
      socioeconomic status. Endometriosis also can and does exist in the adolescent female population. Far from the “rare” incidence once believed, studies have found that as many as 70% of teenagers with chronic pelvic pain had Endometriosis proven by laparoscopy. Other reports indicate that as many as 41% of patients experienced Endometriosis pain as an adolescent. The illness can be quite disruptive and cause significant dysfunction, especially at a time in life when self-esteem, school attendance and performance, and social involvement are all critical. Many adolescents with Endometriosis find themselves unable to attend or participate in classes, social functions, extracurricular activities, and sports due to significant pain and other symptoms of Endometriosis. Sometimes, teens and young women lack support and validation from both the home and the school; told the pain is “in their head,” that they are “faking it,” that their debilitating cramps are “normal” and “a part of womanhood,” that they are merely suffering from “the curse,” or that they should just “grin and bear it.” Their symptoms may also be dismissed as a sexually transmitted disease, which Endometriosis absolutely is not. Failure to acknowledge and address symptoms early in the disease process can lead to significant delays in diagnosis and necessary, subsequent treatments. Lack of support from family and loved ones can also add to the patient’s pain and fear - at any age.

      Recent studies have also shown that Endometriosis may in fact have an even bigger impact on younger patients than older women. One such study discovered that in patients under 22 years of age, the rate of disease recurrence was
      double that of older women (35% versus 19%). The study also revealed that the disease behaves differently in
      younger women; leading some researchers to believe it is a
      different form of Endometriosis altogether. Surgery, considered necessary to accurately diagnose and
      effectively treat the disease, is often withheld from younger patients based on the injudicious belief that early surgery somehow negatively influences a young woman’s fertility. Extensive, cumulative research has shown this concern to be unfounded. What can impact fertility, however,
      is neglecting effective treatment of the disease. Some
      researchers also feel that symptomatic, adolescent-onset
      Endometriosis is most often a lifelong problem that will
      progress to severe fibrotic disease.

      While it is possible to become pregnant with Endometriosis, the key is to obtain early, effective treatment such as that offered by specialty treatment centers like the Center for Endo Care (see www.centerforendo.com to learn about the success of excision as treatment). Hysterectomy is not a cure for Endometriosis. Any disease left behind by the surgeon (whether by design because he or she 'couldn't get it all' or accident because they don't recognize the disease in all manifestations) will continue to thrive and cause pain and symptoms. It does not matter if the ovaries are removed or if HRT is withheld; Endo produces its own estrogen-synthesizing enzyme known as aromatase. Thus, it enables it's own vicious life cycle and sustains the disease process. You would be better off getting all disease truly excised from all locations at a specialty center like the CEC (www.centerforendo.com).

      Due in part to the efforts of foundations like the ERC, research is ongoing in some places as to the causes of Endometriosis and potential cures for the disease. Our organization will continue to push for more widespread research into the many facets of the disease, and ultimately, a cure.

      For more information:

      http://www.endocenter.org/

      Endo Self Test:

      Not sure if you have Endometriosis? While pelvic surgery is the only current way to definitively diagnose it, symptoms can lead you and your doctor to suspect the disease. Review the following and consider if any of these common symptoms apply to you. Review your answers with your gynecologist for further discussion.

      Do you experience so much pain during or around your period that you find yourself unable to work, attend school or social functions, or go about your normal routine? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have any relatives diagnosed with Endometriosis? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you find yourself with painful abdominal bloating, swelling or tenderness at any time in your cycle? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of painful ovarian Endometriomas ("chocolate cysts")? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of miscarriage, infertility or ectopic pregnancy? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you experience gastrointestinal symptoms during your cycle, such as nausea or vomiting and/or painful abdominal cramping accompanied by diarrhea and/or constipation? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of fatigue and/or a lowered immunity (i.e., "sick and tired" all the time)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of allergies, which tend to worsen around your periods? _____YES / _____ NO

      If sexually active, do you experience pain during sexual activity? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you suffer from autoimmune diseases or other conditions (i.e., thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic migraines)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Have you ever undergone pelvic surgery like a laparoscopy, in which Endometriosis was suspected but not definitively diagnosed?
      _____YES / _____ NO

      If you have answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have Endometriosis. Talk to your doctor about getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment today. Dull aching and cramping can occur during menstruation in many women and teens, due to uterine contractions and the release of various hormones including those known as prostaglandins. However, period pain that becomes so debilitating it renders you unable to go about your normal routine is not ordinary or typical! Pain is your body's way of signaling that something is WRONG. If you are suffering from pelvic pain at any point in your cycle, an Endometriosis diagnosis should be considered.

      Know the Facts:

      - Endometriosis can affect women and teens of all ages, even those as young as 10 or as old as 85!
      - Hysterectomy, menopause and pregnancy are NOT cures for Endometriosis; in fact, there is no definitive cure!
      - Delayed childbearing is NOT what causes Endometriosis; in fact, no one really knows for sure what causes the disease, but research points to multi-factorial origins like heredity, immunology and exposure to environmental toxicants!
      - Endometriosis can only be accurately diagnosed via surgery; diagnostic tests like MRIs and ultrasounds are not definitive!
      - GnRH therapies like Lupron should never be administered in those patients younger than 18 yrs. of age or before a surgical diagnosis!
      - You CAN live well in spite of Endometriosis. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!" ~ www.endocenter.org

  38. QUESTION:
    What could a growth in the vagina be?
    I know someone who had been experiencing problems with heavy bleeding during her menstrual cycle
    So she had an x-ray and two growths inside her vagina were found, one of them is a cyst, but the other one is apparently "more complex"
    I'm not expecting any perfect medical answers, but does anyone know if it could be anything besides a cancerous growth? Because I know cysts aren't necessarily harmful, but is there anything else it might be that is harmless?
    I'd be interested in anyone's knowledge, from experience or having heard things...
    I'm just anxious
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I had a hysterectomy last yr because of fibroids whiich are benign growths of the uterus. They caused me to have very long and heavy periods.
      If she has vaginal growths, they could be polyps (no big deal). Other than that, i don't know.

  39. QUESTION:
    What time of the menstrual cycle would someone have to be stressed to miss a period?
    I'm 3 days late for my period, there is no chance I'm pregnant, and I've had my period for many years (So, it's not that I'm going through puberty when it'd be normal to be irregular) It's usually right on time. I was under a lot of stress last month shortly before and during my period, could that cause me to miss a period this month? Of course, it's only been 3 days, and I'm feeling some cramps so it could be on it's way.

    • ANSWER:
      Irregular Periods/ Vaginal disorders
      The main reasons irregular periods are
      1 .Blockage of blood circulation to the lower abdomen area due to lack of physical exercise.
      2. Functioning of the thyroid glands is not fair.
      3. Fibroid in the uterus and/ or cyst in the ovaries
      4. Poor health condition and / or lack of exercise
      5. Psychological reasons such as anxiety neurosis stress tension etc.

      Periods during adolescent stage will be generally irregular. It is normal. It may become regular by the age of 18 or 19.
      . Monthly period may differ the span of time ie total days of gap for next period may differ. Sometimes it may go up to 36 or 40 days.
      But when the gap in between two periods is less than 25 days everyone should consult a gynaecologist and get advice and treatment.

  40. QUESTION:
    I have been experiencing vaginal bleeding for 2 weeks what could it be?
    I have an appointment tomorrow to see the gynecologist and I have been having ongoing problems could it be cancer? I just want to have an idea in case the doctor tells me bad news. I am 29 by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      I actually just came from the ER because I have been bleeding for 2 weeks also, and today I started bleeding very heavy, soaking a pad every hour, and passing large blood clots, with one about the size of an orange. I have to follow up with my OB/GYN tomorrow.

      It could be a lot of things, including cysts, fibroids, hormonal dysfunctions, etc. Your doctor will probably do blood tests and a pelvic exam, which they did at the ER to me. They also might do an ultrasound to check your uterus and ovaries for cysts.

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    can a large hematoma in my stomach be removed and what are the risks involve?
    Us pelvis-large cystic mass lesion measuring 30 times 20 times20cm found in midline abdomen extending into pelvis, complex nature, mixed internal echogenicity and vascularity. Difficult to distinguish mass from uterus-differential diagnoses: broad ligament haematoma, tumor, dermoid cyst arising from ovary or pedunculated degenaritive fibroid.

    • ANSWER:
      This must be from an ultrasound of the pelvis which showed a cystic mass lesion 30cm by 20 cm by 20 cm they're not sure what it is. Differential diagnosis means these are possible diagnoses. They don't know what it is, but very likely feel that it should come out, since it's not normal tissue.

      hematoma is hema=blood, oma = tumor (on the broad ligament). dermoid = resembles skin. pedunculated means on a stalk. and fibroid cyst resembles fiber.

      You shouldn't be concerned about having it removed as it 's not a major surgery.

  42. QUESTION:
    What can be the cause of virginal bleeding after intercourse?
    Details please thank you ^_^
    Can being on the birth control pill cause this? cuz i have been on the pill for about a week now.

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding during or after sex is not considered normal and therefore should be evaluated at all times. The only time bleeding during or after sex is considered normal in some cases is if you are having sexual intercourse for the first time.

      Some causes of vaginal bleeding after sex, such as vaginal dryness after menopause or in some cases by the use of certain types of birth control pills are not serious and may be easily treated.

      However, in some cases, vaginal bleeding after sex can be a sign of a serious underlying problem, including:

      * Inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis).
      * Sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.
      * Cervical polyps.
      * Cervical ectropion, a condition in which the cervical tissue is more susceptible to abrasion.
      * Endometriosis or ovarian cysts.
      * Pelvic inflammatory disease.
      * Uterine fibroids.
      * Cancer of the cervix, uterus or vagina.

      If you continue to experience bleeding during or after sex, I would recommend that you consult with your doctor/gynaecologist to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if I have hyperovulation?
    I've been on birth control for about five years now. Before I was on I used to have heavy periods lasting for about two weeks straight. My mother has the same problem, however, she was able to get pregnant with twins. Sadly they did not make it. I have had numerous cysts on both my uterus and ovaries. Is it possible to tell if I will get that gene from my mother? Could I have hyperovulation?
    i.e twins do not run in my family... Im thinking my mom just got lucky.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive and long lasting periods aren't always correlated with dropping more than one egg each cycle. It's good to know you have a history of cysts, you need to keep an eye on that because the scar tissue could actually render an ovary useless by damaging the fallopian tubes. Excessive bleeding can be a sign of fibroids in the uterus, so just keep an eye out for that. If your mom only conceived twins once in her life, chances are she isn't a hyperovulator, it was probably just by chance. Do you know if the twins were identical? If so, it means only one egg dropped. If they were fraternal twins, that indicates two fertilized eggs.

      Do you have excessive pain during your period? Chances are, since your mom is the same way, you just inherited this from her and that it's natural. For instance, my periods only last 1.5 days (and I'm not on the pill), but my mom's were light too and she had 4 kids so it doesn't mean she under-ovulates. May just be your body's reaction to hormone levels. And, since you're on the pill and it seems to have calmed things down, I would assume that is the case -- you genetically just have a higher hormone release than the average woman.

  44. QUESTION:
    What would cause cramping for 2 weeks leading up to expected period?
    Right after ovulation, it was cervical cramping. After a few days, it became uterine cramping. Like my period is about to begin, only I'm not due for 3 more days. So it's been almost 2 weeks of cramping. I'd think it was pregnancy, except my husband had a vasectomy almost 3 years ago. What else, besides pregnancy, could cause extended uterine cramping? I usually only get it the day AFTER my period starts.

    • ANSWER:
      Before you run to buy any medication, check with your doctor and do an internal and external examination to make sure you do not have fibroid, cysts or any other medical complication. If your doctor does not find any issues, I would suggest this 100% Natural Menstrual Cramp Solution: http://menstrualcrampsolutions.com/product-promo.html << off link

      Many will tell you to try ginger Tea, this bark, that oil, hot towel, exercise, Motrin, ibuprofen and a variety of other solutions. The fact is that these can only minimize the pain a little, then the pains come back even stronger. This 100% Natural Menstrual Cramp Relief Solutions is an old Peruvian remedy that works to relax the uterus muscles from abnormal contractions, allowing you to have a smooth and healthy menstrual cycle.

  45. QUESTION:
    If I have normal FSH levels can I get pregnant for sure?
    I took an at home First Response fertility test and It read that I have normal FSH levels. I am 21 good shape, and healthy. I had a scare that I might have a cyst and was concerned that I may not be able to have children. I just wanted to make sure that the test means I can FOR SURE have kids since it came back "normal" not elevated.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not familiar with that test, but if the only thing it tests for is FSH level, then that's all it tells you - and concludes nothing. Not even sure what the point of doing such a test is....

      It doesn't tell you anything about your LH levels, estradiol levels, thyroid hormone levels, prolactin levels, or progesterone levels after ovulation. It doesn't tell you if your tubes are patent (open), if your uterus is normal shaped and devoid of fibroids and polyps, if you have a healthy endometrium, or if you have ovarian cysts.

      There are myriad reasons that one may be infertile. Certainly cysts are very normal and won't necessarily render you infertile. ALL women will have a cyst at one time or another, usually many times throughout their lifetime. Most cysts are benign and resolve on their own. A certain few kinds of cysts need to be monitored and/or removed, but even most of those won't leave you infertile.

      I'm not sure what this test tells you, but it certainly can't diagnose infertility - only a doctor can do that after several kinds of testing (bloodwork for various hormones at various times throughout your cycle, ultrasound of the ovaries and uterus, hysterosalpingogram to check for patency of the tubes, perhaps endometrial biopsy or laparoscopy too).

      Most normal couples with no fertility issues only have a 20-25% chance of conceiving each cycle and it takes most couples several months to conceive. It is recommended to seek medical advice if you have been trying to conceive for a year without success.

      Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    What is causing lower left abdominal cramping?
    This is the second day I've had it. This is gross, but there is a lot of gas associated with the pain as well. My lower left back hurts as well.

    I recently went off the pill 2 weeks ago. Could this be premenstrual symptoms? I forgot what they were like. It's been 7 years since I've had a real period.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Abdominal/pelvic pain that is similar to that of period cramping may indicate a problem in a reproductive organ (like the pain around your ovaries or uterus).

      This includes conditions such as endometriosis (when tissue from the uterus is displaced to somewhere else like the pelvic wall or ovaries), uterine fibroids (thick bands of muscular and fibrous tissue in the uterus), ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer (rare), or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) infection of the reproductive organs, usually from a sexually transmitted disease.

      If you have pain in your ovary area, you might have an ovarian cyst. I have experienced that same type of pain whenever I have had an ovarian cyst. I was also diagnosed with endometriosis last year which caused me severe pelvic pain and intense and painful period cramping.

      If a gynaecological reason cannot be found for the pain you are experiencing, then it could be a gastroenterology problem which could be caused by excessive gas, chronic constipation, viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu), IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), heartburn or indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux, ulcers, cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones, appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix), diverticular disease, including inflammation of small pouches that form in the large intestines (diverticulitis), bowel obstruction (in addition to pain, this causes nausea, bloating, vomiting, and inability to pass gas or stool), food allergies, food poisoning (salmonella, shigella), hernia, kidney stones, UTI’s (urinary tract infections), pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm (bleeding into the wall of the aorta).

      Based on your symptoms and what you wrote, I would recommend that you should see your doctor/gynaecologist, and if nothing is found that you see a gastroenterologist just to rule out any serious GI causes.

      Good luck :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Transvaginal Ultrasound : Can I Please have a detailed description of the Procedure?
    I have to get a pelvic ultrasound, but I also have the option of a transvaginal ultrasound. I know the basics, they insert something in the vagina and take pictures, but I'd like to know details from start to finish. Does it hurt? Do they go past the cervix? How far do they go? Is it really better than a pelvic ultrasound?
    Also is it more or less painful than a catheter?

    • ANSWER:
      You will lie down on a table with your knees bent and feet in holders called stirrups. The health care provider will place a probe, called a transducer, into the vagina. The probe is covered with a condom and a gel. The probe sends out sound waves, which reflect off body structures. A computer receives these waves and uses them to create a picture. The doctor can immediately see the picture on a nearby TV monitor.

      The health care provider will move the probe within the area to see the pelvic organs. This test can be used during pregnancy.

      In some cases, a special transvaginal ultrasound method called saline infusion sonography (SIS), also called sonohysterography or hysterosonography, may be needed to more clearly view the uterus.

      This test requires saline (sterile salt water) to be placed into the uterus before the ultrasound. The saline helps outline any abnormal masses, so the doctor can get a better idea of their size.

      SIS is not done on pregnant women.

      How to Prepare for the Test Return to top

      You will be asked to undress, usually from the waist down. A transvaginal ultrasound is done with your bladder empty.

      How the Test Will Feel Return to top

      The test is usually painless, although some women may have mild discomfort from the pressure of the probe. Only a small part of the probe is placed into the vagina.

      Why the Test is Performed Return to top

      Transvaginal ultrasound can help diagnose the cause of certain types of infertility, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, and menstrual problems. It can show the lining of the uterus (endometrium). The test may reveal:

      Ovarian cysts
      Ovarian tumors
      Pelvic infection
      Uterine fibroids
      Transvaginal ultrasound is also used during pregnancy to monitor the growth of the fetus, listen to the unborn baby's heart beat, and to check for ectopic pregnancy and other potential problems.

      Normal Results Return to top

      The pelvic structures or fetus are normal.

      What Abnormal Results Mean Return to top

      An abnormal result may be due to many conditions. Some problems that may be seen include:

      Cancers of the uterus, ovaries, vagina, and other pelvic structures
      Non-cancerous growths of the uterus and ovaries (such as cysts or fibroids)
      Twisting of the ovaries
      Infection, including pelvic inflammatory disease
      Birth defects
      Some problems that may be found specifically in pregnant women include:

      Ectopic pregnancy
      More than one fetus (twins, triplets, etc.)
      Miscarriage
      Placenta previa
      Placental abruption
      Tumors of pregnancy including gestational trophoblastic disease
      Risks Return to top

      There are no known harmful effects of transvaginal ultrasound on humans.

      Unlike traditional x-rays, there is no radiation exposure with this test.

  48. QUESTION:
    Really bad menstrual cramps and endometriosis?
    I am a 25 yr old female with a history of fibroids on my uterus, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. This has always causes me severe cramps, not only during my period but all throughout the month. I do not have health insurance so I usually just deal with the pain, which usually includes hours of cramps that are so bad that I vomit for hours and can't stand up. I was admitted to the ER yesterday, but even the morphine and lortab don't work. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 23 and slowed signs of endometriosis at a young age and struggled with it for a long time. I don't know what your situation is but I reccomend you talk to your doctor about going on the Seasonal Birth Control pill. It was the only thing that gave me any relief since it treated some of the inflamaation I was dealing with along with not having as many periods. Also when they got really bad I tried to go for little walks, even though I felt like just curling up in a ball, but sometime when I got the little back pain before I'd take a like 15-20 min walk and it like helped loosen the muscles I dunno the science behind it but it seemed to make me feel better. I also drank two Tetley teas I dunno if you have them where you live but I added the link and you can check in the grocery store they're usually pretty cheap and they come with around 20 tea bags in each thing. I drank the soothe and the cleanse kind & I find it helped with my nausea and pain. My only other reccomendation is get a hot hot bath and sit in it as long as you can that helped me. There also this stuff I used called Mentisal or something like that it's a topical thing you put right above where you feel cramps and that helps me too. I find though with my BC pills it has made the biggest change where now I only have pain maybe 4 or 5 times a year I'm sick with instead of every month. Phew I guess I rambled a bit but I know how awful it could be and I wanted to give as much as I could. Hope this helps

  49. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me an idea of what they will do to test fertility?
    Can someone at least give me an idea of what tests they do to test fertility, like um ovulation etc. DO they perform any procedures vaginally or anything? I am going to call and get an appointment tomorrow! Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The initial fertility workup involves many things. First, you should be prepared for a full internal exam. The doctor will feel your ovaries and uterus for any abnormalities, cysts, fibroids, etc.

      They will also ask you a ton of questions about your pregnancy and menstrual history. So, if you've been keeping track of your periods you should bring that information with you, as well as if you've been keeping track of your cervical mucus or basal body temperature. They will also ask questions about your relatives pregnancy and menstrual history, so talk to your mom and/or your sisters and see if they had any problems.

      They will order a few blood tests as well. You may need to go to the lab to have the blood drawn, or some doctors do it themselves.

      Depending on the outcome of both the physical exam, history and blood tests, they might order some ultrasounds of your uterus and ovaries.

      When you call to schedule the appointment, ask them what their office does specifically, since all doctors are a little different. Also, a lot depends on how long you've been trying to get pregnant and how old you are.

      Best of luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for a female to have mild to medium sharp pains in her womb?
    I'm a 22 year old female no std or whatever, not pregnant. For the past year or two, I would experience mild sharp pains on the inside of my... I want to say womb because it feels deeper than the inner walls of my vagina, when doing nothing but sitting or standing that would last up to 2 seconds twice every month at the most. I. Recently this pain has increased in frequency, up to twice a week and lasts for 4-5 seconds. I've already been tested for std's and all of that so i'm just wondering if this is normal in females? I had originally attributed it to my fallopian tubes releasing an egg but as stated it has gotten more frequent.

    • ANSWER:
      Pain might originate from the uterus (womb), Fallopian tubes or ovaries. It is usually felt in the middle of the lower abdomen, above the line of pubic hair as far up as the navel. Occasionally, the pain is more to one side, which is more typical of a pain coming from an ovary.

      There might be discomfort or even pain during intercourse (called dyspareunia) felt deep within the pelvis.

      Pain originating from the uterus is usually worse at the time of a woman's period (dysmenorrhoea).

      Examples of conditions of the reproductive organs giving rise to pain include endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, fibroids and problems related to the early stages of pregnancy such as miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

      In any case of sudden, severe, unexplained abdominal pain your doctor should be contacted.

      In any case you should get checked for any of the above from your doctor... because a good doctor will not dismiss your pain but look further into it. Also go to more than one doctor for verification, you cannot afford to make mistakes when it comes to serious matters of health.

      Gluck!

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