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.
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.