Endometriosis And Ovary Cyst

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there any chanse of getting pregnant with endometriosis?
    An year ago I had a surgery (chocolate cyst on my left ovary). The cyst was removed and also half of the ovary. Is there a similar case like mine, someone who had the same as I did and got pregnant? Tips?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a pretty bad case of endomitriosis and I got pregnant straight away.

  2. QUESTION:
    Could Endometriosis be causing the constant pain in my lower left abdomen and lower back since January?
    Kidney stones, Gall stones, UTI, Ovarian Cysts have all been ruled out by diagnostic testing.
    Last February, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and had surgery to remove cysts from each ovary. I had a 9cm cyst on my left ovary and a 5 cm cyst on my right ovary.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally tissue of endometrium is present in the inner lining of uterus. In endometriosis this tissue appear in other parts of the body like ovaries, gut, U bladder, peritoneum etc. Pain comes mostly before and during menstruation.
      One thing more that this condition comes after puberty and regresses in menopause.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting reoccurring ovarian cysts?
    I have two on my left ovary and I think I might be getting on on my right. What is the likelihood of that?

    • ANSWER:
      Every situation is different. It could also depend on what's causing the ones on your left one. I never had any problems ever with cysts then after loosing a baby they found a softball sized one on my right ovary. I had it removed and no problems since (2 years) however I have an ultrasound scheduled for Wed because we think it's back again on my right side. We have talked about endometriosis. My advice to you is research online as much as you can and when you go to see a doctor you can step up and be like what about "this", or "this" That's what I do.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long after a laparoscopy for endometriosis did you wait to have sex?
    Friday was three weeks since my lap. I had severe endometriosis that was removed and a chocolate cyst on my ovary. My doctor is closed today and I am super anxious to wait until monday. How long did you wait to have sex. Think I would be okay?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey,

      I have severe endometriosis, ive had 13 operations in the past 12 months including my bladder being reconstructed because of endo. It is such a horrid illness my heart goes out to you. Ive not worked now for over a year as I have scale 10 endo which is the highest end of the scale. I have had many many Laps and had sex I think it was about 2 weeks after but you have to be so so careful (dont go at it like a nutter) I think making love instead of sex as with a lap they go inside which im sure your well aware of. Its a good job really that they do it that way otherwise you would not be asking that question believe me lol. Ive have the doctors open me up that way to drain a abscess from surgery.

      If you want to ask any more questions about endo please email me if you want to or even if your having a bad day drop me a mail I know what your going through. Im trying at the moment to start a support group from home through the charity shetrust great site for Enod problems. The chairman Mr C H Mann is my consultant (amazing man) my wizard.

      Hugs

      Claire xx

  5. QUESTION:
    About how difficult would it be for a woman to concieve, with a condition presumed to be endometriosis?
    One of my fallopian tubes were destroyed by this endometriosis, and all visible growths were removed by laparoscopy; my other ovary with a fuctioning fallopian tube is normal, but that ovary has small cysts, and might possibly be poly-cystic ovaries. Therefore makes predicting my menstrual cycle pretty much impossible. If I am put on pills to make my body ovulate regularly, what are the odds that I will actually concieve, I am only 21 yrs of age, so will being young help me as well?

    • ANSWER:
      While Endo is the leading cause of primary and secondary female infertility, there is no reason to assume that with proper treatment, you cannot conceive. Yes, being younger helps too.

      Studies show that surgical removal (such as through excision - www.centerforendo.com – patients travel there from around the world) can and does increase fertility, even in stage III and IV patients. Careful and meticulous excision surgery can not only help resolve symptoms for the long-term, but can also drastically improve infertility. The aforementioned Center has a better than 50% success rate in their stage 4 Endo-related infertility patients, and 75% in their stage III patients, after Endo has been treated and removed (phenomenal, considering that rates for ablation, vaporization, etc. are far lower).

      Careful excision and removal of Endo can treat the infertility instead of just going through all the expensive protocols without even trying to remove the disease. As far as vaporization, ablation, and other superficial surgical removals, the rates are far from 50-75% success and the disease will still be present to go on and cause symptoms.

      Drug therapy like Lupron has never been shown to reduce infertility, and while alternative/homeopathic therapies can be helpful for some women in alleviating some of the painful symptoms associated with the disease, there have not been any evidence-based studies detailing any positive impact of herbal therapies, etc. on fertility rates either. Your best bet is to seek the assistance of a true specialist who can meticulously remove the disease, thereby conferring the best possible benefits for pregnancy. A specialist will also be better suited to help you should IVF protocols become necessary down the road as well. Good luck and best wishes.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the chance that endometriosis will show up somewhere else in my body?
    An endometrial cyst developed in my left ovary when I was 17 or so. Now I have a second one. I'm 21 now. What's the chance that endometriosis will show up in another ovary or somewhere else in my pelvic region?

    • ANSWER:
      I can't give you exactly answer because i did not take your case report and did not know your examination findings, but there is study suggest that there is 10% chance per year (for every year) after conservative treatment of Endometriosis.
      However there is great individual varieties here.

      Best wishes.

  7. QUESTION:
    What causes ovaries cramps put no period and you are not pergnant?
    What causes ovaries cramp and no period and you are not pregnant. I thought maybe I am cramping and I might get my period soon, but I still have not. It has been 2 weeks. I get sharp cramps not contiously, sometimes here and there. My breast trender and I am bloating for weeks. PLEASE HELP

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a cyst, a hormone imbalance, or endometriosis. If it doesn't go away, go see a doctor. If it is cramps on one side you could have appendicitis, but I'm doubting that's the problem since you have been bloated as well. It could be an easy fix and solved with something as simple as birth control, good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    How old were you when you were diagnosed with endometriosis?
    I have many symptoms of endometriosis but I am only 20. Just wondering if it's normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Endometriosis is a syndrome whereby the menstruation material is not completely expelled. Instead part of it is settling down on the ovaries and the lining of the uterus. (Do not confuse with endometritis which is an infection of same) So endo can start as soon as your first period. At each period more and more material is accumulating and at the end ovarian cysts are formed. According to the size these cysts remain silent without symptoms (you say you have many symptoms of endo : could you tell me which???) Alas: once the cysts reach a certain size they can twist around on their peduncle (root) and cause an excruciating pain which has the patient in Emergencies in no time. If you do not want this to happen I suggest you consult an OBGYN and have an ultrasound done. According to the results they will remove the cysts. A follow up treatment is necessary: an artificial pregnancy (absence of menstruation during 6 months---what did you think?) by means of hormone antagonists. All the best.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can anyone explain to me what a cyst is?
    I've been missing my periods monthly.My gynecologist sent me for tests to figure out why.My ultrasound results came back and i have a "ovarian cyst".Is this why i've been missing my periods? How will they treat this? I've been missing my periods for 7 months now.This didnt just start i have irreguler periods.

    • ANSWER:
      A cyst is a fluid-filled sac. They can form anywhere in the body. Ovarian cysts (sists) form in or on the ovaries. The most common type of ovarian cyst is a functional cyst.

      Functional cysts often form during the menstrual cycle. The two types are:

      Follicle cysts. These cysts form when the sac doesn't break open to release the egg. Then the sac keeps growing. This type of cyst most often goes away in 1 to 3 months.
      Corpus luteum cysts. These cysts form if the sac doesn't dissolve. Instead, the sac seals off after the egg is released. Then fluid builds up inside. Most of these cysts go away after a few weeks. They can grow to almost 4 inches. They may bleed or twist the ovary and cause pain. They are rarely cancerous. Some drugs used to cause ovulation, such as Clomid® or Serophene®, can raise the risk of getting these cysts.
      Other types of ovarian cysts are:

      Endometriomas (EN-doh-MEE-tree-OH-muhs). These cysts form in women who have endometriosis (EN-doh-MEE-tree-OH-suhss). This problem occurs when tissue that looks and acts like the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. The tissue may attach to the ovary and form a growth. These cysts can be painful during sex and during your period.
      Cystadenomas (siss-tahd-uh-NOH-muhs). These cysts form from cells on the outer surface of the ovary. They are often filled with a watery fluid or thick, sticky gel. They can become large and cause pain.
      Dermoid (DUR-moid) cysts. These cysts contain many types of cells. They may be filled with hair, teeth, and other tissues that become part of the cyst. They can become large and cause pain.
      Polycystic (pol-ee-SISS-tik) ovaries. These cysts are caused when eggs mature within the sacs but are not released. The cycle then repeats. The sacs continue to grow and many cysts form.

  10. QUESTION:
    What does scarred tissue on ovaries mean?
    I heard that it means a miscarriage. I recently went through the D&C surgery in February. The doctor said I had scarred tissue on my ovaries. Looking for the best answer 10 points. Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to really diagnose scar tissue or adhesion's is with laparoscopy surgery. I do not believe any imaging studies can actually see them... ( I am not positive about MRI and cat scan but I doubt it ) I do know the answer to the rest of your question positively however, a few things can cause them and yes ruptures ovarian cysts are certainly one of them. PCOS Polycsytic Ovarian Syndrome, PID ( pelvic Inflammatory disease ) which is really a secondary condition to infection ( usually if the STD variety ) , Chlamydia itself is also a leading cause, and trauma like past surgeries...and believe it or not having the laporoscopic surgery to look for adhesion's can even cause adhesion's later in life. Endometriosis can also cause adhesion's and the symptoms are often mistaken for adhesion's anyway. Both scar tissue/adhesion's and endometreosis can be treated by laser during a laporscopic surgery.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can a cyst on ovary affect the chances of getting pregnant ?
    I was told about a year ago that I have a cyst. I feel so wierd I been spoting everyday but only when I wipe. I wanna plan to get pregnant next month will the cyst affect me ?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible, but if they have told you there is just 1 cyst on 1 ovary that's a good sign, you might need to have a little bit harder ( have a bit more sex ;) ) I have been told. Have cysts on both my ovaries, along wi 2 hanging cysts which I had removed in September, plus i had endometriosis ... All that and. Still managed to conceive almost straight away after trying ... Good luck ttc...

  12. QUESTION:
    How common is it for irritable bowel syndrome to disrupt regular menstrual cycles?
    I've missed my period for the 2nd time this year when I have usually been regular. I'm 30, never had children and am not pregnant now. I have bloating, some cramping, and nausea..just like the last x this happened. I did finally get my period again (on my wedding day) now it's missing again. I'm worried. My gyno can't find anything wrong even after ultrasounds other than the common ovary cysts. I'm really afraid I have something wrong with me where I can never have children. Has anybody got any info for me? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been check out for Endometriosis? You say you have ovarian cysts, do you have polycystic ovaries? If so, this can cause irregular periods and you need to get this check out. IBS does not change your menstrual cycle.

  13. QUESTION:
    What can cause a teenage girl to be infertile and have no periods?
    I've thought of severe endometriosis leading to a hysterectomy, although its kind of implausible for a doctor to do a hysterectomy on someone so young, but I'd like to know if there are any other ways a girl can lose her ability to have kids and menstruate. I need this for a story I'm writing.

    • ANSWER:
      These are the only causes I can think of off the top of my head (there's more but these are the only ones I know)
      -Ovarian cysts
      It's a cyst that grows on your ovaries and can cause you to be infertile if not treated

      -Losing too much weight
      If you have an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia ect.) you will lose a lot of weight which (if it goes on too long) can cause you to stop menstruating and can also lead to infertility and miscarriages.

      -Violet eyes
      Now this isn't proven but I have heard that women with violet eyes don't get periods but are fertile.
      (Weird I know!) but it's not an actual fact just something I heard so I wouldn't suggest putting that in your paper!

      -Odd shaped uteruses
      Sometimes so,e women's uteruses will be shaped weird which they may or may not have a period but they are infertile and cannot have children

      Hope I helped these are only a few reasons

  14. QUESTION:
    When should I start to worry about large blood clots during my period?
    During my period, I seem to have more back pain than usual, and I am passing clots that are atleast the size of a golf ball. I am worried. My sister has had cysts on both of her ovaries, and endometriosis so this really has me worried. Please share your info!
    I was also on depo-provera for about a year from Oct.04-Oct.05. From the time I got my first injection I bled for 6 mths straight, then it stopped maybe 3mths, then bled another 3or 4mths.I took my last injection in Oct. 05. After this I started to pass fleshy pieces regularly, but everyone I told said this was normal with the shot. This finally stopped and September of 06 I finally started to have a period again, but that is when this pain and huge clots started. Could this be associated with the shot or just a coincidence?

    • ANSWER:
      Some clotting is normal, but that seems rather large. Have you ever had clots that big before? If not, you should probably contact your doc. Any noticeable change merits a call, if for no other reason than to ease your mind.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between an endometrioma and a hemorragic ovarian cyst?
    I got my ultrasound results back and they're saying they found a complex ovarian cyst that can either be an endometrioma or a hemorrhagic ovarian cyst. I'm a little concerned by this, because I know that endometriomas occur with endometriosis and I have all of the signs and symptoms. If anyone could please explain the difference between the two I would greatly appreciate it! Oh yeah, if it helps, I'm 18 years old. I'm also going back to the gynocologist this week.

    • ANSWER:
      Endometriomas usually present as a pelvic mass arising from growth of ectopic endometrial tissue within the ovary.
      (ectopic means not in a normal place.
      endometrial tissue - cells that normally grow only inside the uterus)

      Endometrial lesions (implants of endometrial tissue outside of the endometrium) can be cut away (excised) or burned away using a high-energy heat source, such as a laser (ablated).

      Hemorrhagic cysts occur when a blood vessel in the wall of a cyst breaks, causing blood to flood into the cyst.

      "Normally hemorrhagic ovarian cysts might not need any sort of treatment. But if a physician thinks or suspects of the existence of endometriosis then he would recommend the patient to undergo surgery."

  16. QUESTION:
    I have Endometriosis cyst in my left overy. can i concieve normally without IVF?
    I have cyst in my left overy. Once I have operate it by again reformed. My doctor suggested to remove it again and then go for IVF. I want to ask is there any other way in which I can concieve normally without any surgery or IVF.

    • ANSWER:
      I had awful endometriosis, and after I had my son, who I concieved on my own, it all but went away. Same thing with my mother, she had it, conceived on her own, and then it lessened in severity.
      Try normal first. It may take a little longer, but it is possible. After all, you do have two ovaries.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can I get pregnant with only one ovary which has a dermoid cyst in it and endometriosis?
    I found out that I had a dermoid cyst back in June. My doctor tried to get it out through a laparoscopy surgery. But instead she found out that I only have my left ovary which is 5cm because of that cyst. She also saw that I have endometriosis. She told me my case is very complicated and she sent me to see another specialist. Can I can get pregnant with one ovary that has a dermoid cyst in it and endometriosis?
    I want to have kids. Please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      If you ovulate and the egg makes it to the fallopian tube, then you can become pregnant. The endometriosis reduces the chance, but does not eliminate it. Do not read too much into this. Continue to seek medical advice from professionals. Don't get your hopes up or let down without more information. Possibility and likelihood are not the same. Do not confuse the two with each other.

  18. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if your ovaries are hurting but you are not on your period?
    I just had my period last week. I am on the birth control patch. It seems like it is in my ovaries but it also feels like the pain travels down to the top part of my thigh. It is not excruciating but it is a uncomfortable! Any ideas?
    It only seems to be on one side though, my left side. It just seems kind of painful down my whole leg. So I doubt it is ovarion cancer. It kind of feels like growning pains to be if that makes any sense??!! :/

    • 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.

      Based on your symptoms and what you wrote, I would recommend that you should see your doctor/gynaecologist, just to rule out any serious causes.

      Good luck :)

  19. QUESTION:
    Should I go to the hospital for my possible ovarian cyst?
    Ovarian cysts are common in our family, and so is endometriosis, which I have. I've been having pain right over my right ovary for about a month and 2 weeks and the pain just keeps getting worse and worse.
    I'd rate my pain at an 8 and its keeping me up at night. Should I go to the ER or wait 2 more weeks for my ultrasound appointment?

    • ANSWER:
      you should go to the ER
      an ovarian cyst can get really big and cause serious problems
      to where they have to go in and cut it out
      i had a horrible pain in the left side of my lower stomach
      where my ovary is
      i went to the ER after i couldnt take the pain anymore
      they did an ultrasound and found a cyst

  20. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions to get my horrible cramps to go away?
    I have endometriosis and cysts on my ovaries so my periods are extremely painful. I took 2 -8 hour tylenol and 2 hours later they wore off! My doctor has prescribed heavy duty pain pills, but it makes me sleep for 8 hours, but I can't take them during the day because of work. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Try a heating pad and lay it on your stomach,that helped me..also doing sit ups help,drink alot of water thats the only thing i know to do,i feel sorry for you,period cramps can be Horrible sometimes!

  21. QUESTION:
    Is Ladogal helpful if you have Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome?
    I had a check up about 5months ago because of extreme menstrual pain every first day of my period. I had an ultra sound and it showed that I have polycystic ovaries. My doctor said Endometriosis should be the reason why Im experiencing the menstrual pains. And so she prescribed Ladogal (Danazol) to take for 3 months. But when I looked up Ladogal online, it doesn't say anything about it's connection to Polycystic Ovaries.

    • ANSWER:
      Danazol is used to treat endometriosis. Your doctor is treating your endometriosis, not your cysts in your ovaries. Possibly, the doctor thinks that if he can get the endometriosis under control, you wont be having as much pain, therefor possibly the pain isnt coming from the cysts in the first place!

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have your ovaries inflamed?
    Ok, I've had trouble with my ovaries before. I had to even go to the hospital. But at the moment, I'm having pain there! Too the point of if I'm standing I have to bend over! It's like contractions! It hurts! I am a virgin, so I'm not pregnant. What's going on???? And what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      I would have your gynecologist rule out ovarian cysts. Sudden, intense pain is one symptom of ovarian cysts. Although ovarian cysts can resolve on their own, if your pain is affecting your quality of life, get it checked out.

      The fact that it is worse when you stand and better when you bend over suggests you might also want to be checked out for Endometriosis. Symptoms of endometriosis may include stabbing pain when standing.

      Endometriosis happens when cells that are supposed to grown inside the uterus start growing abnormally outside the uterus.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between endometriosis cyst and haemorhagic cyst?

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard of an endometriosis cyst. Endometriosis is basically when your body thinks cells outside your uterus are part of the uterine lining and they build up during the first part of your period...causes lots of discomfort.

      I had a hemorrhaging cyst on one of my ovaries. Hemmorhagic just means that its leaking fluid. It was very, very painful.

  24. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there do IVF and have a diagnosis of endometriosis?
    Here is my story: I am 32 years old (I'll be 33 in June) and I am considering doing IVF. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for almost 2 years. The doctor removed a cyst on my ovary and said I have endometriosis (stage 2). Last year I took clomid for 3 months and I'm thinking about taking it for 3 more months now. Or I could do IVF which will cost me about 10-12 thousand dollars. The doctor says there isn't much chance I'll get pregnant with IUI due to the endometriosis. He said that statistics say my chances without medical intervention of getting pregnant is anywhere from 2 to 10 percent. Is there anyone out there with endometriosis who got pregnant with IVF? How long did it take and how much did it cost you?

    • ANSWER:
      My history is similiar to yours. My husband and I tried to get pregnant for about 5 years. We started when I was 30. Our infertility was completely unexplained. I did the clomid for 3 months, then went to giving myself shots. I had some endometriosis that was somewhat removed, and also had a cyst on my ovary that was removed at a later time. We did invitro just to see. I had 8 good eggs removed, 6 fertilized, but 4 were of good quality and we put those 4 back in. I waited anxiously, did my shots, everything they said to do, and didn't get pregnant. Went back to the shots one month on and one month rest cycle. I got pregnant on a rest cycle without any drugs or shots, and had my first son at 35. Had a miscarriage when my son was 6 months old, got pregnant again three months later and had my second son at 37. I am now turning 40. We had our IVF done in Raleigh, NC and at that time it cost ,000. My advice to you is go further along with the fertility drugs first and give them a good try for several cycles before forking out the money for the IVF. I had a friend who had done IVF about 5 years ago, but she didn't have endometriosis. They only were able to extract 2 eggs, and only one of hers fertilized and was put back in. She got pregnant from the one. It's so hard to tell what will happen. One other thing for whatever it's worth, there is a nutritional product out there called Reliv, and I have heard people who have taken it and said they got some relief from problems with endometriosis. You can go to Reliv.com to learn more about it. We take it daily, but didn't know about it at the time. You can email me if you want more information about it golferwife5@yahoo.com Hang in there! It's tough!

  25. QUESTION:
    I have been told that I am high risk to have a hysterectomy?
    I have been on synarel spray and now have Mirena and its not working for me.I am tired of all the hormone type treatments.I started out with Endometriosis and a cyst on my ovary.I also have very heavy and painful periods.I really want the hysterectomy but I dont want to die.I also have Crohn's disease.Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Very few women die these days from a hysterectomy. I have no knowledge about the dangers of the Crohn's disease concerning a hysterectomy and I doubt it if anyone on Yahoo has this knowledge. I do suggest you consult 2-3 doctors gynecologists and a Crohn's disease specialist to get the best advice possible.

  26. QUESTION:
    I have a pain on both of my ovaries I want to know what it is?
    I have a sharp pain on both of my ovaries, the pain keeps on getting worst as the days pass. Can anyone help me?
    So if its a cyst why do both of my ovaries hurt?

    • 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.

      Based on your symptoms and what you wrote, I would recommend that you should see your doctor/gynaecologist, just to rule out any serious causes.

      Good luck :)

  27. QUESTION:
    My doctor called me today and I have endometriosis. How serious is this because I want to have kids someday?
    I have had masses in one of my ovaries for 3 years now. I feel it sometimes when it gets really painful. At first they thought that it was a cyst but when it didn't show up in the ultrasounds they found out it was endometriosis. Now I can feel it in my other ovary. Will I ever be able to have kids?

    • ANSWER:
      Some people have problems.
      Some people don't
      I would discuss going on the pill with your dr (and skipping some periods).

      My old flatmate had really bad endometriosis. She had some trouble having her first child (took a little longer than average).
      Her doctor put her on the pill to help reduce scarring and make it easier to have a second child when she wanted (to take continuosly only taking the inactive pills every three months) so she only got a period every three months due to this. She got preg with her second child by accident (after forgetting a couple of pills).

  28. QUESTION:
    I am having laparascopic surgery in 2 weeks to determine why I have been having pelvic pain?
    I have been suffering pelvic pain for over 5 years with no diagnosis. I finally found a doctor who thinks it is endometriosis and is going to do laparascopic surgery to see. I am nervous and need some information from someone who has had it done on what to expect. I am getting it done the day before thanksgiving, will this make dinner at grandma's unbearable?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think you'll be up for dinner at grandma's one day later.

      I had laparascopic surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. One of my incisions was a little larger than standard because they ended up needing to remove the ovary, but make no mistake, it is still major surgery.

      The day of you'll be pretty drowsy from the anesthetic. As that wears off, you're going to have severe aching in your shoulders (they pump gas into your abdominal cavity so they have room to look around), that gas settles in your shoulders for some reason. It's going to hurt to sit up for probably 3-5 days, be very painful to laugh or cough. I believe I had my surgery on a Wednesday and didn't make it back to work until Monday. I slept a lot that week and just took it easy. I don't think I could have gone anywhere on Thursday...I probably could have toughed something out on Friday.

      Good luck! Also make sure you understand what they'll do once they're in there. I was warned that I might lose an ovary so that made it a little better when I woke up and got the bad news. You want to be emotionally prepared for what they find and if they do anything while they're in there.

  29. QUESTION:
    How many days after I have a laparoscopy can I start trying to conceive?
    I have an ovarian cyst in my left ovary. Doctors have suggested laparoscopy to have it removed.

    I am very anxious and eager to get pregnant. I am just waiting to have this cyst removed, because looks like this stupid cyst is coming in the way of my conception, have been trying in vain for the last year.

    I asked the doctor a 1000 questions about this procedure, but forgot to ask her this major question and am not able to wait until the next meeting with the doctor to ask, so friends, please if you can answer this question for me.

    How many days (or months) after I have this procedure can I start trying to conceive?

    I would appreciate any and every information about this.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a lap done on the 28th of a month and had conceieved on the 17th of the following month. I have had several of these so I would wait a week or so to let the swelling go down in your abdomen. I have endometriosis and cysts and after they went in and did the lap, I was able to get pregnant

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some signs that you have scar tissue from surgery?
    I had surgery about 7 weeks ago for endometriosis and PCOS (surgery #2 actually). I'm not going into details about the surgery because if you know anything about PCOS or endometriosis, you should already know the details - it'll just keep this question from getting too wordy.
    Anyway, since the surgery I've had severe pain, along with diarrhea and really bad gas every single day. Does scar tissue cause these kinds of symptoms?
    The pain is just as bad as it was before the surgery & I had cysts that were nearly an inch in size on my ovary - you know those little buggers hurt like crazy.
    Anyway, I know I need to see a doctor - so please don't reply with an answer that thoughtless. My doctor has a 5 month waiting list - I can't wait that long. I don't have a family doctor but there's one of those urgent care places down the street from my house. Will a doctor there know enough about my problems to actually help me? Or will I be stuck waiting for 5 months to get an appointment?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe it is a bowl obstruction? It is not something that should wait so I would go to the doc asap because it can be potentially seriously.

      I have had a number of surgeries for endo and scar tissue (4 going on 5). Each time at about 2-4 weeks post surgery I tend to get a partial obstruction. What happens I think is the scarring begins a few weeks after surgery. As it forms it pulls on your internal organs. It is painful and you have gas, diarrhea and sometimes vomiting.

      I hope you get into the doc soon so you can start feeling better!!

  31. QUESTION:
    What results should I expect from a laparoscopy for endo?
    I had two cysts removed from around my ovary area and they managed to zap some of my endo, should I have less painful periods or should they be still equal? What about my flo? Should it be lighter or heavier?

    What are your experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      It is difficult to say, we are all different, each person heals differently.
      As with hormone therapy, surgery relieves endometriosis pain for most women, but it does not guarantee long-lasting results.

      Between 70% and 100% of women report pain relief in the first months after surgery.
      About 45% of women have symptoms return within the first year after surgery. This number increases over time.

      Some studies suggest that using hormone therapy after surgery can make the pain-free period longer by preventing the growth of new or returning endometriosis78

  32. QUESTION:
    How young is too young for a hysterectomy and oophorectomy?
    I'm 27 with 2 kids I was told I'd never have. I have endometriosis and recurring ovarian cysts and adhesions. I've had 7 surgeries (6 laparoscopies and 1 laparotomy) in the last 10 years and I'm going to have another one in less than 2 weeks. DH and I were hoping to try for a 3rd baby later this year but with the pain I'm in I'm almost ready to throw in the towel. Is it too soon to give up? BTW - my mom was only 23 when she HAD to have a hysterectomy.

    • ANSWER:
      There's never a 'right age' for a hysterectomy. There are extensive potential long-term risks involved in early surgical menopause. However, often, the reason or basis for the hysterectomy outweighs the potential risks. However, Endometriosis is not one of those reasons.

      Endometriosis is absolutely not cured by hysterectomy and it needs no HRT to continue thriving following removal of the uterus/ovaries. Endo implants themselves produce their own estrogen-synthesizing enzyme, known as aromatase, and therefore, any disease left behind during the hysterectomy will continue to cause symptoms.

      The key to living well with Endo is to remove disease, not healthy organs. Before going into this next surgery, take time to learn about excision surgery. See the following websites:

      http://www.centerforendo.com
      http://www.endometriosistreatment.org
      http://www.endoexcision.com

      Hysterectomy has a role in Endometriosis treatment, particularly in advanced stages in those who also have adenomyosis. However, it is not a valid treatment to simply remove the uterus and ovaries without removing all the disease left behind.

      Good luck to you.

  33. QUESTION:
    What could cause an increase in body temperature?
    I've just finished a course of anti biotics prescribed to try and solve a rise in body temperature to between 37.3 and 38.3 that occurs regularly along with occasional shivers, heavy sweating and chills particularly in the mornings. This is in addition to an ongoing widespread pelvic pain problem which may be endometriosis. I was told that infection with endo is not uncommon but the anti biotics have not made any difference to body temperature or to pain. An ultrasound showed a 'probable haemorrhagic cyst' size 21mm and the right ovary measures 36 x 19 x 38mm and the pain in that area is severe. It had been more widespread but the pain killers that I have been taking for two weeks have eliminated thge subsiduary pains and only the right ovary is causing concern. The doctor and the gynaechologist have both said it is uinlikely to be cancer and are sending me for a laporoscopy and I have another hospital appointment next week. Rise in body temperature is main concern.

    • ANSWER:
      I would think it is all connected, the cyst and the possibility of endo. If you don't mind, I would suggest talking to your dr. about the laporoscopy. More than likely they will be looking to see if anything is going on, including looking for endo and I would think that they would remove the cyst. But I would ask what will be done if any endo is found, how will it be removed, and ask if they will be taking biopsies and sending them to the lab for confirmation. If endo is found you would want them to remove all of it by means of excision-which means to cut it out. They should take samples and send them to the lab so you have it confirmed. Some dr.'s will not remove the endo-they will do a diagnostic lap, some will remove what they can by burning it off, some won't be skilled enough to remove endo that is surrounding vital organs so they will leave it there. All of those options would most likely result in your pain not going away or your pain coming back. I think it's pretty common for women to get cysts, especially those with endo. I wouldn't worry too much about it being cancerous but it could be a chocolate cyst or endometrioma. They are the same thing, just different names. It's basically a cyst that, unlike normal cysts that are filled with fluid, they are filled with old blood, this type of cyst is associated with endo and should be removed because if it ruptures all of the blood that pools out will inflame and irritate the surrounding area causing you quite a bit of pain. Sorry I didn't have an anwser for your question directly but I hope I was able to give you some good info concerning your situation in general. Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    What would cause stabbing pains in my lower left abdomen?
    I had a hysterectomy a year and a half ago and they removed everything but my cervix. I had a lot of cysts. I am experiencing stabbing pains in my lower left abdomen and was wondering if this should be any to worry about?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear you're in so much pain,
      You specifically contacted me to ask if I could help with this question, but I work mostly with gastroenterology...although I used to work with GYN oncology.

      On the GI front:
      -You're on the wrong side for appendicitis.
      -obstructed gas or constipation--ask yourself if you've been having normal bowel movements. If you haven't, do whatever you are comfortable with to deal with that (add fiber to your diet, or take a mild laxative). If that increases the pain and/or is not productive, go to a doctor right away--it might mean that although you weren't particularly "at risk" your intestine became obstructed (highly unlikely).
      -Reconsider them recent alterations to your diet. Increased consumption of sugar substitues like maltitol, often used in sugar free candy, can cause stabbing pain from cramping, gas, bloating.
      -A GI infection--perhaps Diverticulitis (where things get stuck in little pockets in your intestine) especially if you have a fever; C-Diff, Parasites, Salmonella, especially if you have diarrhea.

      Ultimately I think your solution is at your GYN:
      I think it's more likely you have adhesions, a complication of abdominal surgery. Abdominal adhesions are fibrous little strings of scar tissue that bind one region of the abdomen to another. When you move they pull and tear or tear tissue and can cause significant pain. They can be laproscopically cut. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the ones causing the most pain. GYN and GI surgery commonly cause adhesions, and it is difficult to predict who will get them. The pain described is usually sharp. If the pain becomes progressive, the adhesion could be wrapping around a blood supply to something (most commonly an ovary, which you don't have), which is an emergency.

      Since you didn't have symptomatic endometriosis before your hysterectomy, I doubt you have it now. But if you are on hormone replacement therapy, it could cause it to become symptomatic--and different women experience different effects on their endometriosis from HRT. Normally endometriosis would be cyclic pain, but on HRT, I don't know. This is something else you could discuss with your GYN.

      If a visit with a GYN doesn't pay off, try a general physician and see if he/she thinks it merits a trip to a GI or suggests something else...maybe a pinched nerve of some sort?

      Of course, if you are in any situation where you think you might be having an emergency, be safe, not sorry--go to the ER, and only use the internet for information, not as your doctor!
      Good luck and feel better.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is Ovarian cyst removal surgery an inpatient or outpatient procedure?
    I have a 7.5 cm cyst on my right ovary.

    • ANSWER:
      It is usually done as an outpatient procedure. I had a laparoscopy done in 2005 to remove/drain an 8.1cm x 7.7cm ovarian cyst on my left ovary and another laparoscopy done in 2007 to diagnose and treat endometriosis and remove another cyst (4.6cm) on my left ovary.

      I went in early in the morning (7:00am), had my surgery just after 9:00am and was discharged from the hospital around 2:00pm that afternoon.

      I would recommend that you discuss your surgery with your doctor/gynaecologist and ask them to answer any questions that you may have.

      Good luck :)

  36. QUESTION:
    What would cause an enlarged uterus with a ultrasound that came back normal?
    I was diagnosed with PCOS a few years ago and went on Provera to try to regulate my periods. I have had cramp like pain in the pelvic region for just over a month now and my GP had me go for an ultrasound. Ultrasound showed nothing abnormal except for the cysts on my ovaries and an enlarged uterus. What would cause this? Could it still be endometriosis even thought the ultrasound came back stating the endo lining was normal?

    • ANSWER:
      no, the Povera is what enlarged your uterus.

  37. QUESTION:
    What kind of exam is done for ovarian cysts?
    On Friday morning I'm going to the hospital because I have appointment.

    They called today saying I have one at 7 and another at 9. I can't have any food and I have to drink 32 oz of water. They said they're doing a pelvic and abdominal one.

    What the heck are they going to do? What do they normally do for cysts? (My doctor says mine is probably rather large)

    I'm 17.. I'm scared :(

    • ANSWER:
      To diagnose ovarian cysts, they do a vaginal ultrasound. This is done by inserting an ultrasound probe up your vagina. Your bladder usually needs to be empty when doing a vaginal ultrasound. This may be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but usually not too painful...only when they are pressing on the ovary.

      I haven't heard of them doing abdominal ultrasounds for ovarian cysts. They are probably looking for something else as well. Abdominal ultrasounds do require you to drink the 32oz of water (this is so your bladder is full and eases the view of the scan).

      As far as the treatment, well, it depends on what they find. If they are just fluid filled cysts on your ovaries, those should pop and dissolve on their own in a few cycles. If they are "complex" cysts, this could be either a "chocolate cyst" (old blood filled cyst), that is usually indicative of endometriosis, or a "dermoid cyst", which is truly gross (it is made up of hair and teeth), both of the complex cysts usually need to be removed because the ovary is at risk of twisting (torsion) due to the size of them and that they usually don't go away on their own.

      Best of luck to you!

  38. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?
    My monthly cycle ended two days ago and all seemed fine yesterday. Then today I am noticing a dull pain on my right side. I called my doctor's office and they think I might have ovarian cysts. How do I know? Also, the nurse asked if my last child was delivered by c-section. Why is that important? How do I know if I should get this checked or wait?
    One day later, and pain is worse, but still comes and goes. Feeling pressure in pelvic area, kinda bloated.

    • ANSWER:
      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 in 2007 which caused me severe pelvic pain and intense and painful period cramping.

      Some functional ovarian cysts have no symptoms and are discovered, if at all, during routine pelvic exams. Others can cause symptoms, including changes in the menstrual cycle, including shorter or longer periods, skipped periods, and/or spotting between periods, pelvic pain or ache, especially during sexual intercourse or at the start or finish of menstruation, feelings of nausea or queasiness or breast tenderness.

      I think that the reason the nurse may have asked whether your last child was delivered by c-section could be because of possible scar tissue as scar tissue could also cause a dull pain in your pelvis.

      I would however recommend that if you have any concerns regarding this pain you are experiencing, that you consult with your doctor/gyno for further evaluation. Sometimes ovarian cysts can become large and can twist or rupture causing intense pain and sometimes turning into an emergency.

      Good luck :)

  39. QUESTION:
    What herbs and homeopathic/naturopathic remedies have been successful with improving fertility?
    I have cysts on my ovaries (not diagnosed with PCOS) and possible endometriosis per my OB/GYN. Anyone tried something and it made their cysts and/or endometriosis go away? I do not want to have surgery or take prescription meds. We wish to conceive naturally.......We have tried for 5 years on and off!!!

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of Homeopathic Medicine for infertility in females, what you should know is Homeopathic Medicine are prescribed according to to the patients individual symptoms not the name of the disease. Hence to prescribe for you accurately any Homeopathic Practitioner will require your complete individual symptoms in complete detail, Physical as well as Psychological symptoms. Please either post your symptoms in detail or better still consult a good Classical Homeopathic Practitioner for a detailed treatment of your disorder. The prognosis are good, I myself have treated and cured hundreds of patients suffering with infertility and all of them are now Mothers of Healthy children. Homeopathy treats and cures without any side effects and complications of any kind. I assure you you will be able to conceive naturally after being cured and no sign of your disorder will be left behind. feel free to email me if you need any help finding a Homeopath or looking for remedies for yourself.
      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless you and your loved ones.

  40. QUESTION:
    What can they find in a trans vaginal ultrasound?
    I've been having abdominal pain for the last 3 weeks and trying to get pregnant for the last 18 with no results. My OBGYN ordered an ultrasound. (it ended up being a transvaginal ) Will that help to find out ovarian cysts, tubes problems, endometriosis or any other causes of infertylity? Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Transvaginal ultrasound is used to evaluate a variety of abnormalities of the female genital tract. Some of these include the endometrium of women with infertility problems or abnormal bleeding; sources of unexplained pain; congenital malformations of the uterus and ovaries; ovarian tumors and cysts; possible pelvic infection; and causes of infertility.

      Transvaginal ultrasound is also used during pregnancy to identify normal intra-uterine pregnancy; ectopic pregnancy; fetal heartbeat; and many abnormalities of the uterus, placenta, and associated pelvic structures that are incompletely seen with conventional transabdominal ultrasound

  41. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to get pregnant while having a simple ovarian cyst?
    through months of being infertile, and many medications., I finally have a follicle measuring 19mm ( 14 day cycle today), now my doctor says that since i have an ovarian cyst i shouldn't get pregnant and drink birth control for a month to get rid of the cyst.

    is it safe to just get pregnant while having a cyst.

    my cyst is a simple ovarian cyst, measuring 4.5cm

    • ANSWER:
      In general cysts have a medically diagnoised name.. you don't give one...

      Have a look at the following.

      Ovarian cysts that can affect your fertility include:
      Endometriomas. Endometriomas are cysts caused by endometriosis, a condition in which the tissue normally lining your uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus. These ovarian cysts do have a detrimental effect on fertility.
      Ovarian cysts resulting from polycystic ovaries. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition marked by many small cysts in your ovaries, irregular periods and high levels of certain hormones. PCOS does contribute to problems with fertility in some women.

      These types of ovarian cysts don't affect fertility:
      Functional cysts. Functional cysts are the most common type of ovarian cyst. Functional cysts form during a normal menstrual cycle and do not cause or contribute to infertility. In fact, functional cysts actually indicate that the necessary functions leading to fertility are taking place.
      Cystadenomas. These cysts are growths in the ovary that arise from the surface of the ovaries. Although they need treatment, they don't affect fertility.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cysts-and-infertility/AN01848
      for more info.

      Personally.. go for it. Very best of luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    I have been on a high dose birth control pill for 4 years is it normal to have a cyst on both ovaries?
    I went to the doctos with symptoms of pain on my sides, frequent urination and bowel changes I was sent for an ultrasound and there is a cyst on both my ovaries.I have been on a high dose birth control pill for 4 years.The doctors just want to watch it, should I get a second opinion or not be worried I am only 28 years old?

    • ANSWER:
      I had those SAME symptoms! Please get a second opinion b/c the first gyn. I went 2 told me they were just cysts on my ovaries but come to find out, I have endometriosis . I just had laparascopic surgery last month to haev it removed. Please get a second opinion and let them know that you have been on birth control for 4yrs and ur still gwtting cysts.If you don't the longer the cysts stay there the worst it gets. I'm only 24 but I've had this problem so long that went unnoticed to the point I can't have kids now. .. Good Luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    What are the biggest signs of endometriosis?
    A nurse I know says that by my symptoms that's what it seems like. I have sharp pelvic pain during sex, urination and bowel movements and my periods are very irregular. But I don't have much money to go see a OB/GYN, is this a serious disease? It's getting worse, should I try to find a way to see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition in which deposits of endometrial cells (lining of the uterus) develop in places outside of the uterus. It is a common condition, affecting up to 20-25% of women of reproductive age. Endometriosis is most commonly found on or in the ovaries and on the peritoneum (internal lining of the abdomen), particularly on the uterosacral ligaments and behind the uterus. It can also occur on the bladder or intestines, particularly the rectum. Endometriosis can cause inflammation and scarring which may lead to adhesions between organs and result in pain or infertility.

      Endometriosis can cause a wide range of symptoms including pain and infertility. Some women with endometriosis experience no symptoms at all. The most common symptom of endometriosis is lower abdominal/pelvic pain. This may be experienced with periods or at other times of the menstrual cycle. Pain may also be experienced during intercourse, when passing urine or when opening the bowels. Infertility, heavy or irregular periods and bleeding from the bowel may also be associated with endometriosis.

      Unfortunately many women suffer the symptoms of endometriosis for many years before it is diagnosed. Endometriosis can only be diagnosed by viewing it on the pelvic organs and peritoneum where it appears as red, black or white spots with or without scarring or as "chocolate" cysts within the ovaries. Most commonly endometriosis is diagnosed by laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). Sometimes it is found incidentally when a woman has surgery for another reason e.g. at appendicectomy.

      Endometriosis can be treated with medications or with surgery (or a combination). The medications used are mainly hormones that act by suppressing the menstrual cycle and inhibiting the growth of the deposits of endometriosis. These hormones include the combined oral contraceptive pill, progesterones, GNRH analogues and danazol. They have all been shown to provide affective pain relief during therapy but there is a high rate of recurrence of symptoms when the medication is ceased. Medical treatment will not improve fertility.

      Surgery for endometriosis is usually done via the laparoscope (keyhole surgery). The options for minor cases of endometriosis include laser or diathermy (burning) to destroy the lesions or complete excision of the lesions. When the endometriosis is more extensive, complete excision of the lesions is usually recommended as the lesions are too large or deep to be treated by burning alone. When all the endometriosis lesions are completely excised this has shown to result in a 70-90% success rate for complete or partial relief from pelvic pain symptoms.

      I would recommend that you do try to see an OB/Gyn to see what they think could be causing your pain. Like mentioned above, the only way to find out for sure though is to have the laparoscopy done to definitely diagnose whether or not you do have endo.

      Good luck :)

  44. QUESTION:
    What are the top causes of infertility?
    Just wondering if anyone knows what factors weigh the most heavily on causing infertility?

    We are planning on trying to start a family this year, but I feel like the cards are stacked against me. I have hypothyroidism, a cyst on my ovary and precancerous cells on my cervix. All of these issues "may cause infertility", so I have a meeting with my OB/GYN to talk through it. I'm just trying to gauge how serious these things may be to mentally prepare myseld ahead of time. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of possible causes for female infertility. The most common include any one or combination of the following:

      • Ovulatory failure
      • Fallopian tube blockage
      • Endometriosis
      • Ovarian or uterine fibroids

      Ovulation issues comprise the most often cited reason for female infertility. Some less common factors include:

      • STDs including Chlamydia and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
      • Previous miscarriages
      • Surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, abortion or ovarian or uterine fibroid cysts

      Many things can affect a woman's ability to have a baby. These include: Age, stress, poor diet, athletic training, being overweight or underweight, tobacco smoking, alcohol, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), health problems that cause hormonal changes.

      According to the World Health Organization, infertility is a common issue worldwide: more than 80 million people around the world are unable to produce children or carry a pregnancy to term.

      Good luck and I hope your meeting with your OB/GYN goes well.

  45. QUESTION:
    How many women have had surgery from a Burst ovarian cyst?
    I had surgery in march, and im still in pain when i have intercourse, and when im ovulating. Is it normal to be in pain 6 months later and loose interest in sex and men overall?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had re-current ovarian cysts burst, it isn't much fun. After surgery for one it was determined i had endometriosis as well. did they check for this during your surgery? It may be that you have yet another irregular cyst, an ultrasound is a very easy, quick test that can quickly confirm the status of your ovaries. If this looks to be a problem that is going to keep happening to you, your Dr. should talk to you about hormonal treatment to help suppress the cyst growth. You should NOT still be in pain after your surgery, and if the pain while ovulating is more severe than "normal" crampy pain than you need treatment. it sounds as if this problem is really causing you to lose enjoyment in your life and that is a sure sign that it is time to step up treatment. Talk to your Dr. about the ultrasound and what medications and or treatments are available to you. Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    What information about OVARIAN CYSTS have any of you found useful?
    Do any of you people have preety much constant annoyance from one or the other?? do you have to modify sexual positions? I do. I was wondering if anyone else does, and what they did about it, and if the doctors can do anything about it? Mine hurts when there is a lack of pressure on it, or during sex, it hurts when penetrations are too hard/wrong position. Thank you for your time!
    I was really wanting to know about other people's experiences with them, and what they did! thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have had heaps of cysts on my ovaries (mostly on the left side) but have had a couple on the right side too. My doctor sends me for an ultrasound usually every 3 months to check because I get them so often.

      Most of the time my doctor has just made me wait a few cycles to see whether the cysts go away on their own and they usually did, however I had a really big simple cyst (fluid only) on my left ovary in 2005 that was 7.7cm. It ruptured and spilled it's fluid all over my insides and I had to have an emergency laparoscopy to clean it all out. Most recently in April this year I had a complex cyst (hemorrhagic - meaning a blood cyst that bleeds into itself) that was 4.6cm and it was causing me a lot of pain. This one also ruptured and although I had pretty bad pain, I was lucky not to have to have emergency surgery again.

      Usually what doctors do when you have a cyst, they will decide either to wait and see whether the cyst resolves on it's own over a few cycles and if it continues to grow to a certain size then they may decide to remove the cyst by doing a laparoscopy. They will usually remove the cyst if it's causing you a lot of pain too, no matter the size. The may also prescribe the birth control pill, which is what my doctor did for me this year.

      My doctor has put me on a low dose birth control pill as he thinks the pill prevents cysts from forming as women don't ovulate while on the pill and because most cysts form due to ovulation and releasing of the egg. I must add though that my doctor has said that you can still get cysts even if you are on the pill. So far so good as I haven't yet had another cyst (that I know of anyways) but I'm having other problems that are giving me similar symptoms like those I felt every single time I've had a cyst. I have pain with intercourse, really intense and painful periods, acute pelvic pain and I'm waiting to find out when I will have my laparoscopy to find out whether or not I might have endometriosis.

      If you think you have a cyst, please go see your doctor and discuss treatment options with them. Don't delay getting something done about it or at least discussing it with a health professional. Everyone is different and there could be other problems that one can have too, like endometriosis causing cysts on your ovaries too.

      I hope this helped you out a bit. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me anytime. The link to my email should be in my profile.

      Good luck :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Can taking birth control pills cause infertility?
    I have Endometriosis. However, I had a vaginal ultrasound done and the doctor found no cysts or masses on my ovaries. He said at that time, I should have no fertility problems.

    In order to stop the pain from menstruation, I take birth control pills continuously. I never have periods.

    Could this case infertility? I am so worried! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      GO FLAMES is 100% completely incorrect. There have been many, many studies and NO evidence that the birth-control pill causes infertility. This is true whether you take it on the traditional schedule (21 days on, 7 days off) or on an extended schedule (3 or 4 months on, 7 days off). It is very common to not have periods when on birth control, especially on the extended schedule - not having a period while on birth control has NOTHING to do with making yourself infertile! The lining of the uterus is thinner, and it will probably take about 3 months for your regular cycle to return and the lining to build up to a normal level once you stop taking the pill - and that's all.

      Actually, taking the pill can LOWER the chances of certain types of infertility. It reduces the chances of developing endometriosis (I'm sorry you are suffering from this), benign cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) not associated with an STD.

      Best of luck with your medical condition.

  48. QUESTION:
    Pain for three weeks before my period then agony when bleeding actually begins ?
    I have always had painful periods, but over the past few months they have become gradually worse. I started getting a dull pain in my stomach a week before each period began, but now its progressed to agonising pain in my right ovary & cervix for around two/three weeks before bleeding begins. When my period comes I'm then doubled up in agony, being sick & passing out. Does anybody know what could be wrong ?

    • ANSWER:
      May be due a medical condition such as endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease. Check it out with your doctor.

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I tell my doctor that I don't want children without sounding selfish?
    I'm trying to think of the nicest way possible to tell this doctor that I don't ever want to have children. How can I say this without sounding selfish...I have to say it to him, he's going to try and get me to get injections to treat my endometriosis because my birth control isn't working. I even hate birth control because of it's effects (melasma, etc.)

    • ANSWER:
      Darling, I have suffered Endometriosis for 35 plus yrs, & had all the laparascopies, treatments, etc. I had a similar issue you are facing now, my OBgyn didn't want to do a Hysterectomy on me because I was young, despite yrs of heavy painful periods (in case I changed my mind & wanted children), ovarian cysts, chocolate cysts etc. So first off I had trouble with birth control so the Obgyn & my husband "agreed" that having my tubes tied would solve the problem for a while (good of them wasn't it - my body?).

      A few years passed & yes still heavy bleeding etc. I finally had a Hysterectomy. Although I have only removed 1 site for Endo (yes it can still occur after a Hyster - something to do with yr body's cells metastasing), at least I don't have heavy painful periods. More laparascopies after the Hyster, went in for 1 procedure & the Endo was so bad I had 5 @ once including removal of my appendix. I was & still have pain (as in ovaries) & when it gets bad I go back for another laparoscopy to have the Endo diathermed away.

      So you are not being selfish. It is your body, if you don't want kids & all the crap that comes with Endo & trying to keep it at bay with hormone treatment etc., then just tell him/her firmly what your decision is & ask it be respected.

      Don't go through years of suffering like I did because you're concerned you might sound selfish, you are the one who is suffering. It is your body & your right to make your own decision. Good luck

  50. QUESTION:
    How did your doctor control your endometriosis pain?
    I was just diganosed possibly with endometriosis and i have had to go to the ER 3 times within the last month or so due to cysts bursting and extreme pain. The doc today did a pelvic exam and and a pelvic ultrasound. He showed me the egg sized cyst on my right ovary and siad my left ovary looked like it was wrapped in bubble wrap because of all the small cysts all over that one. On my way hom, while driving, i sneezed and one of the smaller ones burst on my left, i almost wrecked it hurt so bad. The doc would not give me any Vicodin as the ER did. And it put the pain at bay almost completely. I want to know if anyone is on a regular pain control regimen for their endometriosis pain, and or how they have been treated for it. All i'm willing to do is take birth control and get the Laproscopic surgery done. I don't want those hormone drugs that make your voice deeper and make you grow hair on your face!! I am so angry with this doctor for not giving me anything for the severe pain!!

    • ANSWER:
      DONT GO ON DEPO, read the side effects of this shot. I went on it too and it ruined everything, my face, my weight, my hair, my nails, everything..Depo wasnt even approved at first so they put it under a different name! Never again. I have endo to but not as severe as yours. My issues are mainly with the trigger points it caused. I have endo on my left uretur below my kidney but i get pain on my right hand side and its bad when im stressed. I am literally immune to western medicine and theygave me morphine, demorol i think thats what its called, vicodin, none of them worked. I tried the botox injections and the freezing injections but they lasted at most 10 minutes. I started looking into herbal treatments and what a huge payoff. Ive never felt so good. What I would recommend is joining the endonatural yahoo group. Its a great group that helps with lots of questions, you dont have to be going herbal to join, its great support, helped me out a lot. here is the link:

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/EndoNatural/

      good luck! :}

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