Worried about whether or not your dermoid cysts will return? You are not alone. Most women who have had a brush with ovarian cysts do. And for a good reason.
Why? Because dermoid ovarian cysts can sometimes decide to be downright nasty. They can cause ovarian cyst complications such as cyst rupture and ovarian torsion. They can cause reproductive system infections. And they can sometimes turn out to contain traces of cancerous cells.
If you have lived through any of the nightmares that dermoid cysts and their symptoms cause, going through the same thing is not something to look forward to. Especially if you had to undergo surgery or any other drastic ovarian cyst treatment.
The risks, the worrying, the hoping, the doctor visits and all the costs associated with dealing with symptomatic dermoid cysts can make your life a living hell. Question is: after successfully getting rid of the dermoid ovarian cysts, is there a likelihood that they can grow back? Can they return to haunt you down the line?
1. What causes dermoid ovarian cysts?
Mayo Clinic makes it clear. The real cause of dermoid ovarian cysts is not known. What medical practitioners know are the factors that increase the likelihood of falling victim to ovarian cysts.
Some of the factors, like genetics, are out of your control. But most are within the realm of your control because they are mostly lifestyle choices. And for as long as they exist, your reproductive system is still at risk of developing dermoid ovarian cysts.
2. Removal of a dermoid cyst solves nothing
Surgical methods of treating ovarian cysts can get rid of existing cysts on ovaries. But they don’t deal with the underlying causes of ovarian cysts. They are therefore “surface level” cures of dermoid cysts.
It therefore doesn’t matter how comprehensive a treatment you undergo. If the underlying cause of dermoid cysts is still existent, and if you are still exposed to the factors that increase your likelihood of developing cysts in your ovaries, dermoid ovarian cysts can always find their way back into your ovaries. Dermoid ovarian cyst removal through surgery does not prevent the cyst recurrence.
3. Birth control pills and dermoid ovarian cyst recurrence
Doctors sometimes recommend birth control pills as a way to prevent the development or growth of cysts on ovaries. This is usually based on the theory that the growth of ovarian cysts are tied to the menstrual cycle and its hormones. And since birth control pills can interfere with the cycles of the female reproductive system, it can also come in handy in helping to keep ovarian cysts from coming back or growing.
This is a flawed method of preventing or treating ovarian cysts. Here is why:
a)the ineffectiveness of birth control pills
They sometimes work. They work because functional cysts develop in women who are ovulating. Without ovulation, functional cysts have no opportunity to form in a woman’s ovaries. As Mayo Clinic puts it: ” Anything that makes ovulation less frequent reduces your chance of developing an ovarian cyst. Birth control pills, pregnancy, and breast-feeding in the first 6 months following birth prevent ovulation. Ovulation ceases when menopause is complete.”
The theory is sound. There are even cases where women have found some success both in preventing ovarian cysts from coming back and managing the symptoms of ovarian cysts. But exactly how effective are birth control pills? What do research studies show?
” combined oral contraceptives appear to be of no benefit.”
This was a study of studies. a group of researchers studied the research work and studies done by other scientists. The data gathered was from 686 women who had agreed to participate in studies aimed at determining the effectiveness of birth control pills in helping to get rid of ovarian cysts. What they found out was that contraceptives didn’t help.
” Although widely used for treating functional ovarian cysts, combined oral contraceptives appear to be of no benefit. Watchful waiting for two or three cycles is appropriate.” That was their conclusion.
b)birth control pill side effects
If the goal is to get rid of ovarian cyst symptoms and to get better, then birth control pills aren’t the best alternative. Why? Because they have a host of their own side effects which can sometimes turn out to be worse than those of ovarian cysts.
Using them as a way of preventing ovarian cysts is not sustainable. Why? Because it may mean that you will always have to be on birth control pills.
Remember that list, above, of the things that can help to prevent ovulation? Being told to use birth control pills as a way of preventing cyst formation is more or less like being told to get pregnant or breast feed or go into menopause if you want to prevent ovarian cysts from forming in your ovaries. It just doesn’t make sense!
c)these are dermoid cysts, not functional ovarian cysts
Functional ovarian cysts develop when something in the egg-releasing process doesn’t go as planned. It is the reason for their name “functional” – they develop in the course of the normal functioning of the female reproductive system.
It is one of the reasons why some women have had positive results using birth control pills to either prevent ovarian cysts from coming back or manage symptoms of ovarian cysts.
The development of dermoid cysts in the ovaries has nothing to do with the menstrual cycle. They develop because for some reason, a germ cell gets trapped in the ovaries. It has absolutely nothing to do with the hormonal changes of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
This means only one thing. It means that you can pump you body full of a combination of as many birth control pills as you want, but it won’t do you any good so far as preventing dermoid cysts from growing back goes.
4. A reason not to worry about dermoid cyst growing back
Can dermoid ovarian cysts grow back? Yes they can.
But they rarely do. Studies put the risks of having a dermoid ovarian cyst recurrence at 4.2%. This is good news since 4% is a very small number.
Look at it this way: if you have gotten rid of the dermoid cysts in your ovaries, there is a 96% chance that they won’t show up again.
5. Reducing the risks of dermoid ovarian cyst returning
There is a 4.2% chance of recurrence after a cyst removal. But to reduce the risks even further, it is important that you reduce your exposure to factors that encourage the development of cysts in ovaries. You should try natural methods of preventing ovarian cysts. They are effective in preventing recurrence of cystic growths mainly because they deal with the root cause of the problem – the things that make your body prone to ovarian cysts.