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Can Ovarian Cysts Cause Pain During Sexual Intercourse?

Dyspareunia is the medical term used to describe this condition. And there is no better dampener of arousal like pain – be it mild pain, sharp pain, continuous pain or intermittent pain. Sadly, it is a common condition. 3 out of 4 women have it, so says the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Question is: can ovarian cysts cause painful sex?

Even though it is not the most common symptom of ovarian cysts, pain during sex can be caused by cystic growths. You ask how? Let’s dig into it.

Your pelvic/ abdominal region is crowded

Your pelvic and lower abdominal region is crowded as hell. You have the digestive system, the reproductive system and a couple of other organs fighting for space in this area. Adding a solid mass, unwanted mark you, into this already-crowded space is bound to cause a lot of problems.

Ovarian cysts simply intrude. They are not a couple of planned-for tissues or organs. They develop and grow because something didn’t go as planned. And to make it worse, they try to compete for space with other organs and tissues in your body.

Pressure, ovarian cysts and pain during sexual intercourse

The fact that ovarian cysts develop in an already-crowded area is bad enough. This, on its own, can cause pelvic pain because the cysts try to push tissues and organs out of their place and sometimes even end up twisting them. But adding pressure to an area that is already under strain? That is bound to make a bad situation worse.

But that is exactly what sex does. Sexual intercourse is a strenuous activity. Add to this the fact that some sexual positions, like the missionary position, allow your partner to put weight on your abdominal/ pelvic region and you have the perfect recipe for pelvic/abdominal pain. This is one of the main reasons why having ovarian cysts can cause pain during sexual intercourse.

Sometimes though, it has nothing to do with pressure. The cyst, when it transforms into a large cyst, can take up so much space that even the slightest penetration can lead to the penis touching it. This can cause irritation. It can even trigger an ovarian cyst rupture, something that may lead to sharp pelvic/ abdominal pains.

Hormonal imbalance, ovarian cysts and painful sex

Ovarian cysts can sometimes mess with your hormonal  balance. It may be that their presence messes up with the functioning of your ovaries, or that you have ovarian cysts that have hormone-producing capabilities. Whichever the case, this can interfere with your body’s sex chemistry. It can reduce your vagina’s lubrication system, among other things, and this can cause pain during sex. (Hormonal changes are one of the leading causes of pain during sex).

Some ovarian cyst symptoms make sex unbearable

Symptoms such as breast tenderness can mess up your arousal process. Especially if you are big on breast/areola stimulation. The biting and touching won’t be as good of a turn-on as you would like. This can be an inconvenient roadblock on the way to mount orgasm. So can the feeling-like-nodules-under-the-skin ovarian cyst symptom.

 

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Can Ovarian Cysts Cause Pelvic Pain? Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

When they grow into large cysts, ovarian cysts usually become unfriendly. This has to do with the fact that their size makes it almost impossible for peaceful coexistence with various parts of the female reproductive system. Most ovarian cyst symptoms usually manifest because of this.

Pelvic pain is a symptom of ovarian cysts that most women with cysts in their ovaries complain about. However, not all women experience it. And even those that experience this symptom usually experience it in different ways. This can make it confusing when trying to determine whether or not what you are experiencing is a symptom of ovarian cysts or a sign of a totally unrelated medical condition.

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The US National Library of Medicine is clear on why ovarian cysts cause pain. It lists 6 scenarios under which cysts in an ovary may cause pelvic pain. A cyst can cause pain if it:

  • Becomes large
  • Bleeds
  • Breaks open
  • Interferes with the blood supply to the ovary
  • Is bumped during sexual intercourse
  • Is twisted or causes twisting (torsion) of the Fallopian tube

Pelvic pain may occur before or during your menstrual periods

Ovarian cysts grow in or on ovaries, which are one of the most important hormonal production centers in the body. They specialize in producing menstrual-cycle related hormones. The mere presence of the cysts is bound to interfere with this process, leading to discomfort.

There is also the fact that the growth/development of some ovarian cysts, functional cysts, usually depends on the menstrual cycle. The hormonal fluctuations immediately before or during your menstrual periods may therefore be to blame for irritation of the cysts. This may be what is triggering the pelvic pain.

Pelvic pain may occur during or after sex

Sex is a strenuous activity.

During sex, it is possible to exert pressure on the area around the cyst. This may be as a result of the weight of your partner, especially if you are having sexual intercourse using the missionary position. It may also be because of the movement that happens during sex. Any pressure applied to the area can cause the cyst to press against tissues or organs, something that may cause pelvic pain.

Types of pelvic pains caused by ovarian cysts

The way one woman experiences the symptoms of ovarian cysts is usually different from the way another woman experiences them. It all depends on genetics, the type of cyst, its size and the lifestyle that a person leads.

Pelvic pain is no exception. In some women, the pain is intermittent while in others, it is continuous. Some women experience it as a dull heavy sensation while others experience it as a sharp and sudden pain that starts and then stops.

Pelvic pain caused by ovarian cyst complications

By the time ovarian cysts start causing pain, things are usually out of the norm. This is because cysts on ovaries don’t usually cause any symptoms. They appear and disappear, in most cases, without the affected woman knowing of their presence. Any pain they cause is therefore a clear message that you need to pay a visit to a doctor.

However, when the pelvic pain is sharp and sudden, you have no choice. You need immediate medical attention. This is because this type of pain is a common indication of ovarian cyst complications such as ovarian cyst rupture, ovarian torsion and infections that occur when a cyst bursts.

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Can Ovarian Cysts Cause Difficult Or Painful Bowel Movements?

Is painful bowel movements an ovarian cyst symptom? If so, how can a cyst growing in the ovaries affect your bowels?

Ovarian cysts come with many symptoms. The only problem is that there isn’t a clear cut list of symptoms that one has to have in order to tell whether or not she has cysts in her ovaries. This is mainly because ovarian cyst symptoms manifest in different ways. It all depends on the person, the type of ovarian cyst that the person has and the size of the ovarian cyst.

What makes it more confusing is that some of the symptoms caused by ovarian cysts are also symptoms of some reproductive system and digestive system complications. There are even similarities between symptoms of ovarian cysts and signs of pregnancy.

For example, experiencing bowel movement problems is a likely indication of a problematic digestive system. Question is: can it also be a symptom of ovarian cysts?

Is painful bowel movement an ovarian cyst symptom?

The simple answer is: Yes.

Ovarian cysts can cause bowel movement complications. Because of how close the ovaries are to your bowels, any growth that develops in the ovaries can press against the bowels. This can then affect not only how much your bowels can hold, but also the ease with which its contents can move.

You will experience this symptom if your cysts have transformed into large cysts. You may feel pain when trying to empty your bowels. You may also find it difficult to completely empty your bowels – the large cyst pressing against your bowels may affect the muscle  contraction and relaxation process that is necessary for bowel movement- and thus increasing the need for you to visit the loo more frequently.

Treating difficult/painful bowel movements

Treating this symptom is a little bit tricky because a physical barrier is what is causing the symptom. Painkillers might help to make the pain tolerable, but still, it’s a physical barrier that is pressing against your bowels. There are therefore only two solutions that can really help to solve this problem:

a)shrink the ovarian cyst

b)remove the ovarian cyst

There are natural methods of treating ovarian cysts. These methods usually work by restoring balance in your body. They therefore work with your body to help get rid of the conditions that created the environment that enable the cyst to form and grow. By so doing, these natural methods of managing ovarian cysts can help to shrink the ovarian cysts. This can then reduce the pressure on your bowels.

As for removal of the cyst, this is something that can only be done through surgery. It may call for undertaking more-than-you-are-comfortable-with risks but it is sometimes necessary especially when the cyst is so large that it leads to other medical complications.

 

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Can An Ovarian Cyst Cause A Swollen Abdomen or Distended Stomach?

Is a distended stomach or swollen tummy one of the symptoms of ovarian cysts? If it is, how does a cystic growth in the ovaries cause a tummy to swell? And are there any known cases where a woman has had her stomach affected because of having a cyst in her ovaries?

The simple answers is: Yes, a distended/swollen abdomen is a symptom of ovarian cysts.

How common is it as an ovarian cyst symptom

It is a pretty common symptom. Almost all of the leading medical websites lists it as a symptom of ovarian cysts and in most cases it is usually listed in the same line as bloating of the abdomen – swelling is usually a sign of bloating on overdrive.

Women’s Health.gov lists it among the common signs of cysts in ovaries, so does John Hopkins Medicine, and so does the US National Library of Medicine.

Why ovarian cysts cause a swollen abdomen

There are two possible causes of an ovarian-cyst-induced abdominal swelling.

A large cyst takes up space

The first has to do with the physical space that a cyst occupies, especially when it becomes a large cyst. Remember that it is an unwanted growth in the body that your body never planned for. Its mere existence in your reproductive system is therefore likely to cause things to look out of shape/place. Your abdomen is not immune to this.

A large ovarian cyst pushes against the stomach

The second reason has to do with the effect that the presence of a cyst has on the stomach itself.

According to WebMd, one of the main causes of bloating, read swelling of the abdomen, is physical obstructions that make it hard for food to move along the digestive tract. While most ovarian cysts rarely become large cysts, some of them do. This can sometimes cause them to push against organs of the digestive system. Bloating may be one of the effects of this.

Take the case of the woman with the 90 pound ovarian cyst. Her cyst was so large that it literally squished the contents of her stomach – that is a direct quote from one of her doctors if you were wondering. This is something that is bound to have an effect on the effectiveness of anyone’s digestive system.

Of course, the 90 pound large cyst case is an extreme example. But it gives you a sense of how having an ovarian cyst can sometimes mess with your digestion. How it can end up causing a distended abdomen.

Other causes of bloating / swollen/distended abdomen

Bloating of the abdomen is a common symptom of ovarian cysts. But this does not mean that ovarian cysts are the only causes of a distended abdomen. It is a symptom of many conditions/diseases, ovarian cysts just happens to be one of them.

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Large Ovarian Cyst Symptoms – The Case Of A Woman With A 90 Pound Cyst In Her Ovaries

What are the symptoms of large ovarian cysts? And how bad can the symptoms really get?

A case that was documented in the Journal of Medical Case Reports, and which LiveScience reported, could clue us in on what reality holds for women with cysts in their ovaries.

However, you should note that not every ovarian cyst grows into a 90-pound monster. And in most cases, ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms. This case is therefore not the norm. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t true or that ovarian cysts can’t grow to as large a size as this woman’s did.

The woman, who was 58 years old, lived with the cyst for an extended period of time without knowing of its presence. All the symptoms that she experienced she filed them under growing-old problems. That was until she started gaining weight for unexplained reasons.

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When she went to the doctor, she was surprised to learn that not only did she have ovarian cysts, but also that the cysts were to blame for some of the discomfort and pain that she was experiencing.

Here are the symptoms/signs/effects of the large ovarian cyst that was in her ovaries.

Increased waistline

The woman noticed that her waistline was increasing. And for no apparent reason.

She hadn’t changed her eating habits. And her general lifestyle was still the same.

The increase in her waistline is what prompted her to visit a doctor. It is what led to the discovery of the huge cyst.

Heaviness in the stomach

The heaviness that this woman was feeling was literal. She was carrying 90 pound of excess foreign weight in her body.

According to the doctors who operated on her, the discomfort that she had was largely due to the effect that the large cyst had on her stomach. They noted that the cyst had “squished the contents of her stomach.”

Difficulty breathing

The space that her reproductive system had occupied wasn’t enough for the ovarian cyst. It had grown so large that it had pushed against her diaphragm. And since the diaphragm plays an important process in the breathe-in / breathe-out process of the respiratory system, this caused her to have breathing problems – her breathing was shallow.

Displaced uterus effect

As her cyst grew, it needed more and more space. And so it took more and more space, not caring whom it took it from.

As after-surgery medical results showed, her uterus also fell victim to the rapid expansion ambitions of the large cyst. It got displaced. And as you would imagine, this definitely would have had an effect on her fertility had she been young enough to get pregnant.

Ovarian cancer

To be clear, ovarian cancer is not a symptom of ovarian cysts. It’s just that cysts sometimes develop cancerous cells. As did this woman’s.

Lucky for her, the signs of cancerous ovarian cysts were detected early enough. She therefore received treatment on time and was later declared to have fully recovered from the cancer attack.

Results/Effects of the large ovarian cysts and related treatment

By the time the woman had gotten rid of her ovarian cysts and by the time she had undergone the treatments necessary to make her whole again, the woman had gathered a couple of battle scars.

She had lost her uterus, her fallopian tubes and her lymph nodes. The good thing was that she made it through alive.

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27 Ovarian Cyst Symptoms Every Woman Needs to Know

What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts? Can they affect your weight? Can they mess with your menstrual periods? Do they cause pain during sex? How about after sex? If I experience pain after sex, does it still fall under ovarian cyst symptoms? And is it true that ovarian cysts can sometimes affect the rate at which a person’s hair grows?

Questions about ovarian cyst symptoms abound. And it’s not that people are clueless when it comes to the signs of ovarian cysts. It’s just that the information is all over the place.

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Yes, almost every leading online medical website has information on the symptoms. The only problem is that the lists of the symptoms are never exhaustive. And so you ask yourself: if WebMD, in an article reviewed by a doctor, lists only  8 symptoms of cysts on ovaries, what does it say about the other symptoms you have read about?

Instead of having to wonder. And instead of having to spend time digging through internet pages trying to find an exhaustive list or a place that can just answer one simple question: is what I am experiencing a symptom of ovarian cysts? And instead of trying to remember a place where you last saw a certain cyst on ovary symptom, read this list. It’s exhaustive.

The list has been compiled from the top online medical websites. We are talking about Mayo Clinic, WebMD, WomensHealth.Gov, Hopkins Medicine, Health Line, Medical News Today, MedicineNet, NIH.Gov, eMedicine Health and NHS.UK.

Here is the exhaustive list of ovarian cyst symptoms (all 27):

  1. Abdominal swelling ( a swollen tummy)
  2. Difficulty emptying your bowels / painful bowel movements
  3. Pelvic pain before or during menstrual cycle – may be persistent or intermittent- may range from a dull, heavy sensation to a sudden, severe and sharp pain; may start and stop; may occur after any strenuous activity
  4. Painful intercourse /sex – dyspareunia – for some women
  5. Pain and discomfort in the abdomen after sex
  6. Pain in the lower back – dull ache
  7. Breast tenderness
  8. Nausea
  9. Vomiting
  10. Fever
  11. Faintness or dizziness
  12. Rapid breathing
  13. Frequent need to urinate
  14. Feeling very full after only eating a little
  15. Difficulty getting pregnant
  16. Irregular menstrual periods
  17. Feeling of lower abdominal or pelvic pressure or fullness
  18. Vaginal pain
  19. Spotty vaginal bleeding
  20. Infertility
  21. Painful menstruation
  22. Unexplained weight gain
  23. Loss of appetite
  24. Absence of menstrual bleeding – emenorrhea
  25. Heavy bleeding (menorrhagia)
  26. Hallucinations (this one is extra rare. It happened in this case.)
  27. Change in hair growth – on the face, body – caused by increased production of masculinizing hormone (hirsutism).

 


That is a long list.

How about we break the symptoms into groups.

5 groups makes sense. How about:

1. Discomfort as an ovarian cyst symptom

Ovarian cyst symptoms that manifest as discomfort usually occur because of two main reasons:

a) Large ovarian cysts that press against adjacent organs like the bladder

b) Hormonal changes that may result from the presence of cysts in the ovaries – ovaries are one of the most important hormonal production centers in the body especially when it comes to pregnancy related hormones. It is no wonder that some of the symptoms of ovarian cysts usually mimic pregnancy symptoms. There are even cases of ovarian-cyst-induced symptoms making women think that they are pregnant.

  1. Nausea
  2. Vomiting
  3. A feeling of fullness in the abdominal area
  4. Breast tenderness

2. Pain as a symptom of ovarian cysts

Ovarian cysts usually cause pain when they become too large – something that causes them to squeeze tissues and organs out of their original space – or when complications of ovarian cysts develop.

MedicineNet lists four possible instances when ovarian cysts cause pain:

  1. rapid growth and stretching
  2. rupture of the cyst
  3. twisting of the cyst around its blood supply (known as torsion), or
  4. bleeding into the cyst

As for ovarian cyst pain symptoms, here they are:

  1. Pelvic pain
  2. Painful periods
  3. Vaginal pain
  4. Pain during intercourse/sex
  5. Back pain – lower back
  6. Pain after sex – in the abdominal area
  7. Pain during bowel movements

3. Changes caused by ovarian cysts

Most of these changes are caused because of the hormonal imbalance that cysts in ovaries may cause. Some, like the need to urinate more often, result when a large cyst presses against an organ. While others, like infertility, more often than not, result either in the course of ovarian cyst treatment or when complications of ovarian cysts, like ovarian torsion, occur.

  1. An increase in the need to urinate
  2. Excessive bleeding during menstruation
  3. Irregular periods
  4. Unexplained weight gain
  5. Increase in the rate of hair growth
  6. Absence of menstrual bleeding
  7. Light vaginal spotting
  8. Difficulty getting pregnant
  9. Infertility
  10. Swollen tummy – distended stomach

4. You-Need-To-See-A-Doctor-Immediately ovarian cyst symptoms

These are serious symptoms that tend to occur when ovarian cyst complications develop. They can occur with one or more of the above symptoms and when they do, you should definitely seek immediate medical attention. Failure to do so could have devastating consequences. Even death.

  1. Severe or sharp pelvic pain
  2. Fever
  3. Dizziness
  4. Rapid breathing

5. Super-rare symptoms of ovarian cysts

Hallucinations

A woman experienced hallucinations when the cysts in her ovaries developed brain cells. This then triggered an immune system reaction that led to her immune system attacking her brain. You can read the story here.

Difficulty breathing

In a case reported in LiveScience, a 57 year old woman had a cyst that was so large that it had pushed against her diaphragm. This messed with her breathing. Here’s the story.

 

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What Are The Symptoms Of Dermoid Ovarian Cysts?

What are the symptoms of dermoid ovarian cysts? How do you know if you have these cystic growths in your ovaries? And when is surgical removal of the cysts necessary? These are the questions that this article will be dealing with.

What are the normal symptoms of dermoid ovarian cysts?

Dermoid cysts, also known as ovarian teratomas, don’t usually have symptoms. They have a habit of existing in the ovaries without causing any trouble. As a result, in most cases, they are usually discovered accidentally – when a woman is undergoing a routine pelvic exam or any other routine medical checkup.

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Why do dermoid cysts rarely cause ovarian cyst symptoms?

Well, they are usually small. And they tend to be very slow-growing.

What this means is that they can exist within the ovaries without adversely affecting their functioning. That they can exist within the female reproductive system without pressing hard against its organs. And that they can exist within the human body without pressing against adjacent organs like the bladder.

Is it a bad thing that these cysts rarely show symptoms?

Absolutely not.

Why? Because it means that you can stay with them without having to suffer through the discomfort that they sometimes cause.

It also means that you won’t need surgery.

If your dermoid ovarian cysts aren’t showing any symptoms, there is no need for fertility-threatening medical intervention. All your doctor may have to do is perform routine medical examinations in order to make sure that the cysts aren’t growing faster than usual and that they are not showing any abnormal signs.

That’s all.

All this means is that in most cases, all you will need is the wait-and-see approach to treating ovarian cysts. You may of course need to use natural tips of managing ovarian cysts in order to prevent them from getting larger. But all things considered, you are safe.

In the rare occasion that dermoid ovarian cyst symptoms appear

But there are times when dermoid cysts grow at a more-than-normal pace. They therefore sometimes become large cysts. When this happens, they will start interfering with the functioning of the ovaries. They may start competing for space within your reproductive system. And they may start applying pressure on organs that are adjacent to the female reproductive system – like kidneys.

Dermoid cyst symptoms may also start to appear when any of the complications of ovarian teratomas, another name for dermoid ovarian cysts, develop. These complications include ovarian torsion, ovarian cyst rupture, infections and malignancy.

These complications are serious and usually require immediate medical attention. Surgical removal of the ovarian cysts may also be necessary in order to prevent any further complications.

The most common dermoid ovarian cyst symptoms

When dermoid cysts decide to act up, they can cause any of the symptoms associated with most ovarian cysts.

However, abdominal pain seems to be the most common symptom.

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Recurrence After Dermoid Ovarian Cyst Removal: This Woman’s Cysts Returned 3 Times After Surgery

After having an encounter with ovarian cysts and then getting rid of them, especially through as drastic a measure as surgery, the last thing you want to hear is your doctor telling you that the cysts in your ovaries are back.

It’s traumatizing because of the hell that ovarian cyst symptoms can put you through. It is frightening because of the numerous risks that come with cyst removal through surgery. And it’s a nightmare because you have to go through all of it again without knowing whether or not it would be the last time.

But sometimes, it happens.

When you least expect it, you learn that you have ovarian cysts. You then suffer through the symptoms of the ovarian cysts, brave the doctor appointments, shoulder the costs of the treatments, deal with the inconveniences of having interrupted schedules, and spend endless nights and days trying to get rid of the cysts in your ovaries.

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And then you finally do manage to cure them. Thinking that you are clear, you go on with your day-to-day life. Only to find out later that there are other cysts growing in your ovaries. And that you will have to go through the entire process again.

It is frustrating. It is tiring. It is annoying. It is frightening. And it is all the bad things you couldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

But that is life. And it is something that happened to a girl who hadn’t yet clocked 20 years. Her case was documented in BioMed Central.

The story of the 16 year old girl with dermoid cysts in her ovaries

At 16 years of age, the girl went to see a doctor. For two weeks straight, she had been experiencing pain in the lower part of her abdomen – a common symptom of ovarian cysts.

The doctors examined her and found out that that she had a dermoid ovarian cyst in her right ovary. Surgery was recommended. They performed it and the cyst was successfully removed.

A month or so after surgery, she was feeling better. The abdominal pains were gone and recovery from surgery was great. Further pelvic exams didn’t show any signs of growing dermoid cysts. And so she resumed her life. Happy that the nasty cysts were finally out of her ovary.

A year after ovarian cyst removal through surgery

But a year later, they were back. This time round it wasn’t abdominal pains that took her to the hospital. It was abnormal menstrual periods. For two months, she had been experiencing excessive bleeding. And there were no signs of the bleeding stopping.

Upon examination, doctors discovered that a cystic growth in her ovaries was to blame for her problems. They again recommended surgery. It was performed. And it was successful.

3 years later, ovarian cyst symptoms of abdominal pain and excessive bleeding start

3 years went by and everything was perfect. But by the time she turned 20, the well-known symptoms of ovarian cysts had started again. This time it was both the abdominal pain and the excessive bleeding. She had been suffering from them for about 7 months before finally deciding to visit a doctor.

This time round, doctors had worse news. They had found ovarian cysts in both her ovaries. And not just that. They had were also suspecting that one of those cysts was cancerous (malignant). Now double ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer!?

Two dermoid ovarian cysts in her ovaries

During surgery, the doctors confirmed their suspicions. She had two cysts ovarian cysts, one in each of her ovaries. Both of the cystic growths were dermoid cysts (mature cystic teratomas).

The only good news was that the doctors’ suspicions of ovarian cancer were wrong. Both the cysts in her ovaries were benign –noncancerous. Which wasn’t really good news, but more of a relief for the 20 year old girl.

15 months later, no cysts had yet formed in her ovaries. There were also none of the symptoms of dermoid ovarian cysts. She seemed fine. Everything seemed right. Fingers crossed.

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What is the Likelihood of Dermoid Ovarian Cysts Returning? Answers

Dermoid cysts, also known as ovarian teratomas, can grow back after removal. It doesn’t really matter what type of surgery you opt for. These cystic growths can return to haunt you later on. But the question is: what are the chances of the cysts growing in your ovaries?

The risks of dermoid cyst recurrence

While there is a possibility of suffering a second or third round of dermoid cyst attack, studies show that the chances of this happening are very slim. This files this ovarian cyst complication under yes-it-is-possible-but-unlikely.

This case report in BioMed Central states that the risk of recurrence of ovarian teratomas, another name for dermoid ovarian cysts, is 4.2%. This is quite low. And possibly a good reason for women who have successfully gotten rid of their cysts not to worry.

Can birth control pills help to lower the chances of dermoid cysts coming back?

No they can’t.

Birth control pills usually come in handy in the management of ovarian cysts because they can stop ovulation. Since some cysts usually form in the course of a woman’s menstrual cycle, it is believed that stopping ovulation can be a good way of preventing ovarian cysts from developing in the female reproductive system.

However, various studies show that while most doctors advocate for birth control pills as a way to manage the growth and symptoms of ovarian cysts, these pills rarely have an effect on the rate of growth of cysts on ovaries. They are also not effective in shrinking ovarian cysts.

Birth control pills have no chance of success against dermoid ovarian cysts

Leading medical publications point out that birth control pills can be effective in preventing the growth of new ovarian cysts. Well, not really prevent, but more of reduce the risks of new ovarian cysts developing.

And while this may be true, it doesn’t really help when it comes to preventing new dermoid ovarian cysts from developing in a woman’s ovaries.

Why? Because birth control pills may only work on ovarian cysts that develop in the course of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Those that come about when something goes wrong during ovulation or immediately after. These cysts are called functional cysts – they are so called because their development is dependent on the functioning of the female reproductive system.

Dermoid cysts don’t grow because of menstruation, ovulation or any of the activities that go on in the female reproductive system. They develop when a germ cell gets trapped in the ovaries. This is something that has nothing to do with the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle.

What this means is that birth control pills don’t really have a chance when it comes to preventing the formation of dermoid ovarian cysts.

Preventing dermoid ovarian cyst return – what may work

We are what we eat. And we are how we live.

Lifestyle choices and eating habits play a large role in determining how well our bodies function. Better lifestyle choices and healthy diets can therefore help to reduce the risks of dermoid ovarian cyst formation.

Doctors don’t really know what causes dermoid ovarian cysts to form – what causes that germ cell to develop in the ovaries in the first place. They therefore cannot prescribe a pill or any medication that works with certainty.

Surgery is effective when it comes to removing dermoid ovarian cysts – don’t let me get started on why surgical removal of ovarian cysts is a bad idea. Surgical removal of dermoid ovarian cysts doesn’t however reduce the risks of another cyst forming. Why? Because it doesn’t deal with the root cause of the problem.

When it comes to reducing the risks of demoid cysts returning, your best chance seems to lie with working with your body. It lies with giving your body the best tools to fight against the development of abnormal growths in the ovaries. Relying on natural methods of preventing ovarian cysts seems to be the only winning bet. And it is the only one worth making.

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