Ovarian Cysts


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Comment from: bae, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I had a very painful regular period and the pain was getting worse and worse until I could not ignore it anymore, because I kept missing work for days a time. It all culminated when I was in so much pain that I was screaming for hours, having trouble staying conscious, nauseated, and had a fever of 101. I had an ultrasound and they saw I had fluid from a burst cyst and other ovarian cysts. They do not need to be removed, they just burst and cause so much pain I can’t have sex or walk; every cycle.

Comment from: Tee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

A month ago, a day before my period started, I had sharp pain in my lower abdomen so bad I couldn’t move. I ended up being taken in via ambulance and offered morphine. I had 4 ultrasounds and a CT scan and it was deemed a ruptured hemorrhagic ovarian cyst. They could still see two more on my right ovary as well. It took about 8 days for the pain to fully go away. I had a really hard time eating and going to the washroom for about a week afterwards. Then the same thing happened the following month.

Comment from: cara, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst a year ago and every month during ovulation I am faced with unbearable pain which comes with bloating in my lower abdomen. This lasts 20-30 minutes and I have three or four episodes through the day. If I have chocolate, diary milk or processed sugar on days to ovulation and during ovulation, the pain will be 10 times as much, and more episodes through the day. Eliminating processed fat, sugars, and all forms of diary will help a lot though it's easier said than done.

Comment from: Barkha, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I am 36. About 9 days ago, I woke up normal and was getting ready when I felt pain in my lower abdomen. At first it felt like period cramps but within no time it got intense and unbearable. Before I knew it, I was nauseous, shaking and restless, sweating and unable to stand up. I woke up my husband who helped me get to the bed. I wanted to pass stool, but was unable to and fell on the bathroom floor. It turned out to be a hemorrhagic complex cyst on my right ovary.

Comment from: Ovarian cyst symptom, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

At first, after urinating, when I got up I had to urinate several more times. I got ultrasound and it showed 2 ovarian duct cysts and also my right ovary was twice the size of the left. I went to a specialist and he said it’s nothing. I spoke to the general physician (GP) as symptoms were persisting. Then it showed a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary. I’m going back almost one year later as it’s complex and could be serious. I had a very sharp pain there and today and it hurts to lie down on both sides. I am waiting to get my ultrasound.

Comment from: Melisa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I had to urinate more than usual the first time, a few days before I had an ovarian cyst. I assumed it was just a urinary tract infection (UTI). I have been getting groin pain on and off, but didn't think much of it. I had a wave of nausea when the cyst did burst, and lots of pain after the next day. The second time it happened, I had sudden groin pain. The burst itself seems to have caused that. It wasn't bad, but after, it hurt a lot worse and that was two weeks ago now. The pain has gotten less, but is still worrying.

Comment from: Lisa , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have super bad periods where I can’t even get out of bed, they are super heavy. My emotions basically get out of control, on top of constant pain from the ovarian cysts, that can be dull to way intense. Now I am having pain on the right side, feeling it up under my rib cage. I feel like my doctor is a joke, but maybe because I don’t have health insurance, they are just doing the bare minimum. I seriously need something that is not over the counter for pain. This is awful!

Comment from: Emily , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I recently experienced an ovarian cyst rupture. I was at work, felt totally fine, went to pass urine, returned to my desk, and suddenly experienced severe abdominal pain on my left side like I never had before. It was agony, I couldn’t walk, and this severe pain lasted two hours. I was given pain relief, and fully examined, and discharged from hospital later that day. Fourteen hours on, I have no appetite, feel very tender around my abdomen and very drained.

Comment from: ColetteK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

When I get an attack from my ovarian cyst, the pain gets so severe I can’t even walk on my own. My breathing becomes labored, which makes me become lightheaded and weak and I feel like vomiting. I feel clammy to the touch as well. The cramping is so severe I feel like I want to die. When I feel an attack coming on I know I’m taking too many OTC pain relievers. I feel like these attacks are coming more frequently and I’m at the end of my rope. I just want this pain to stop and never return!


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Comment from: Portia, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I am 21 years old. About 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with a cyst in my right ovary. A few months before that, I was suffering from acute abdominal and pelvic pains from both sides. The pain radiated to my lower back, rectum and shoulders. The gynecologist prescribed antibiotics and contraceptives, as my periods were irregular (taking only 2 days and sometimes coming after 21 days). I am still experiencing the pains and they are getting worse by the day. I am planning to revisit the gynecologist soon.

Comment from: Whymyhip, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I don’t have any of the symptoms of ovarian cysts I'm reading here, but I have question. I just had an MRI of my right hip because it’s been hurting for years and it has been getting worse over time. No doctor can figure it out. The MRI didn't show anything wrong with my hip but it does show a 1.4 centimeter cyst on my right ovary. I wonder if this small cyst could be the cause of my hip pain. I'm baffled. I was a runner and haven't been able to run in years! Even walking hurts!

Comment from: me, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am 50. My mother was a woman of the 1950s. I mistakenly have thought that my pain was insignificant. Women always have pain - deal with it. I have been married for 30 years. As a woman dealing with the woman pain - gas, extreme bloating, cramps, stabbing pain, prolonged dull pain, weight gain even though I exercise the same amount and eat less than my husband, etc. 'This is what being a woman is.' No. I just found out I have an ovarian cyst bigger than a tennis ball. Surgery is next month.

Comment from: Joyunspeakable , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I was cramping on my right side for two days after weeks of struggling with body aches and pains. Then I woke up in excruciating pain. I went downstairs where I almost passed out. I turned completely white. The ambulance took me to the emergency room (ER) where I sat in the waiting room in terrible pain for 4 hours. Then I got a CT scan, thinking it was appendicitis but it was a large cyst leaking blood, on my ovary. I had severe rib pain for 1 week or two and aches in my muscles, bones, and back. It still hurts.

Comment from: Naturemama, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I suffered for years being fobbed off by general physicians. I have extreme periods, hormonal imbalance (hot flushes, migraines, nausea), weight gain, and cramping nonstop for a full month. To have a bowel movement I need a hot water bottle on my stomach for the pain. I have had 3 miscarriages and back pain. The scan showed 6 x 8 cm cyst on my right ovary. I am awaiting surgery date for removal and hysteroscope with biopsy, and querying endoscopy. It can't come quick enough, as I am mama bear to three cubs under 6 and they need me back to normal.

Comment from: Allie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I started having mid-abdominal pain about a week and a half ago. It radiated towards the back and then started radiating down towards my lower right pelvis, hips and legs. I went to the emergency room and had ultrasound. They found multiple ovarian cysts, the largest 5.0 cm that had ruptured, 2 smaller cysts 3.8 and 2.5 cm. My left ovary has a few follicular cysts. The pain seems never ending. They sent me home with instructions to take pain medicines and monitor, and of course, come back if pain worsens, vomit or fever. I am miserable.

Comment from: Amy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

A year ago I got severe stomach pain, more like a burning like acid, and then it moved my right side. I went to the emergency room, and they thought I had appendicitis, but it was a ruptured cyst on my right ovary. I still have a complex problem on my right ovary. The doctor told me that it was actually stuck to my uterus so I'm about to have surgery this week. My problem is not pain but extreme fatigue and dizziness, wonder if anyone else has this. It’s so bad I can't work.

Comment from: Anonymous , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I had a ruptured, hemorrhagic ovarian cyst that filled my abdomen with blood. It was beyond excruciating… the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. I fainted twice trying to stand up, experienced hot flashes, and was in so much pain I couldn’t lie down in on the exam room table in the emergency room, so they had to give me morphine first. I had to spend almost a week in the hospital and nearly had to have an ovary removed, luckily I ended up not needing surgery.

Comment from: Lorena, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I have had ovarian cysts since the age of 18. Lately my symptoms have gotten worse (now I’m 36). I pretty much have had intermittent low back pain that radiates down my thighs. I have indigestion and nausea, pelvic cramping and pressure. I have had ultrasounds, CT scan, lab work, primary care physician appointments, obstetrician-gynecologist appointment, emergency room visit, and all simply point to 2 simple ovarian cysts on the left ovary, 2 on right ovary and 2 uterine fibroids. Now awaiting a 3 month follow up ultrasound. Boy, can these make you feel miserable!


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Comment from: BriNB, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I went out for lunch, went to the restroom, and then back to sit. All of a sudden, I had excruciating pain through my pelvic and buttock area. I was leaning and rocking hoping it would go away. Nope. So I thought, let me try to go to the restroom again. I couldn't even push, the pain got worse. I went to get up and felt lightheaded like I was about to faint. I was sweating like crazy. With test results they found some fluid around an ovarian cyst with some blood, and another random lesion. I hope for a cure one day for us strong women.

Comment from: Deedee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

I got my 1st ovarian cyst at 19 and ended up in the hospital. Then nothing until I started high intensity sprints. Anyway the pain is so extreme in my abdomen, fever so high, and I have a clammy skin. Pain lasts for about 30 minutes. I used to bring Tylenol 3 (half) with me to take before my sprint. Then I went on birth control (BC) and I didn’t have any more ruptures. Then I went off BC due to weight gain and I just had one today that was so awful that I sweated through my bra and shirt. Why does this exist!

Comment from: Olly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

It hurts so bad I can’t even move. I will never forget rupturing an ovarian cyst on my birthday. I woke up to that pain, and it was so strong I couldn’t stand up and reach my painkillers 2 meters away from the bed. I’m pregnant now and I can’t help but wonder if the pain from labor is similar. Plus, my ruptured cyst pain seems to have gotten worse ever since developing ovarian endometriosis. I’m so happy my baby is a boy and doesn’t have to go through this!

Comment from: Nikki, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

Over the last 10 years, since I gave birth to my daughter, I have experienced these ovarian cyst ruptures very frequently. Last night around 8 pm a cyst ruptured. I can barely walk, sit straight down, and on most occasions I throw up. My husband asked if I wanted to go to the hospital and I told him no. The reason I said no is because every time I go they just send me away with pain medicines. So I took pain medicines last night and treated myself with a hot bath and heating pads. Eight hours later, I'm still in too much pain.

Comment from: JJones, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I had a sudden bleed during ovulation which shocked me at the time due to the intensity. I thought perhaps it was a urinary tract infection. I ended up in the emergency room 4 days later as I could not sleep on my stomach, the pain on the right hand side was unbearable. They did pelvic exam, ultrasound, CT scan, and found nothing. I was referred to a gynecologist who diagnosed the ovarian cyst by accident.

Comment from: Tkmarie3 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

At 11 pm I had extreme pain in my pelvis so I tried lying on the floor. I was crying all night thinking it was my back (I have a cage around my lower lumbar). At 7 am I went to the hospital. They did an ultrasound to check my kidneys and appendix. They then tried to ultrasound my abdomen but I couldn't sit still, it hurt and I couldn't breathe. I got a CT scan that showed I had 2 ovarian cysts. One had burst and I looked like I was 5 months pregnant from the blood they left in my stomach. I got sent home.

Comment from: Bernie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

At 2 o’ clock this morning I started getting severe burning pain in my pelvis and down my right thigh. It lasted for 3 hours. In the meantime I went to the emergency room and they told me my blood pressure was very low. They gave me a drip and took blood waited for results and blood tests came back clear. Due to COVID 9 scanning machines were cancelled, so they sent me home. I am in severe pain again today, in my back and pelvis, and don’t know what to do. I do have a chocolate cyst on my right ovary.

Comment from: Sailor, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

Ovarian cyst is the worst ever pain imaginable, to a woman. This is my 5th ovarian cyst and I’m only 19. I only get the sudden pain while I’m in the middle of my sleep around 3 or 4 am. I wake up holding my lower stomach and rocking back and forth, as I’m trying to walk towards a warm bath. In the bath I will throw up and continue to do so. After 30 minutes the pain slowly goes away. I am sorry for any woman that has to experience this pain.

Comment from: Bee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I had ovarian cysts rupture about once a year for about 10 years. Always the same, sudden onset of intense pain radiating into my rectum, back and legs. Intense bloating and felt like my whole pelvic region was inflamed. I had a very intense episode where two 3 cm cysts ruptured at once and I ended up in emergency. I had a hysterectomy a week later, left the least problematic ovary. Unfortunately that one is now giving me grief.

Comment from: glossygal, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I experienced a very sharp pain in my lower right side and went to the emergency room (ER). The pain severely intensified and I was given morphine in between tests. A CT scan showed a ruptured ovarian cyst and free blood and fluid. When the technician performed a transvaginal ultrasound I passed out. While fluid was absorbed over the next week, I felt unbearable pain. I ended up going to the ER three times. At times, the pain was sharp, and in my neck and chest, making breathing difficult. Entirely traumatic.

Comment from: eleye , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

About 4 weeks ago I started having severe lower abdomen bloating and pressure. No real pain. Within the last week I’ve started having more of this pressure sensation and actual pain. Meanwhile I have gained 5 pounds and it looks like I’m 4 months pregnant. I went to the gynecologist 2 days ago, had an ultrasound, and was told I have a 4 cm complex ovarian cyst and a 2 cm fluid filled cyst on the same ovary. Apparently one is in the process of bursting and I have fluid in my uterus. I feel fat and miserable.

Comment from: Anna B, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I currently have a 5 cm ovarian cyst on my left ovary. I’m in terrible pain and I’ve been to the emergency rooms 3 times already. Yesterday I got stuck in a car park with my kids and it felt like labor pain. It took the ambulance 2 hours to arrive, I waited 12 hours in the hospital to be told to go home and wait 6 weeks to see the gynecological surgeon. What’s wrong with these doctors! Last year I had a ruptured cyst burst into my abdomen and had an emergency laparoscopic surgery. Unbelievable the health system, they think it’s a joke!

Comment from: Mfer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and I have had many ovarian cysts rupture over the years. It hurts but is somewhat bearable, depending on the size. I had a hemorrhagic cyst that one put me out, I vomited and passed out. I always have bowel discomfort with them, and it feels uncomfortable to sit straight down. I had an emergency appendectomy and the pain was similar but I had a lot more vomiting with that. Just beware if you are vomiting a lot with severe pain it is best to go to the emergency room just in case it is your appendix.

Comment from: Sophie , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I am in my 70s and have a very large ovarian cyst on my left side. I am due to have it removed, along with my ovaries, in 6 weeks. I am experiencing severe low back pain with pain spreading down my left legs. I’m wondering if the cyst is periodically pressing on the sciatic nerve as the pain is excruciating when I get it. It’s worse when I sit. I only hope I can deal with this for the next 6 weeks!

Comment from: AGriffin2427, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I had lower back pain that I figured was from work. The pain was so bad it would keep me awake at night. Two days later I had terrible stomach and back pain, I was crying and screaming. I went to Urgent Care, they found blood in my urine and sent me to the emergency room (ER). I went to the ER and they did a CT scan and found fluid near my ovaries and said I had a ruptured ovarian cyst. I've never had one before. The pain is so bad I can’t sleep, and no pain medicines help. It feels like strong labor contractions.

Comment from: Jane, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had no idea why I was randomly in so much pain. From morning till night the pain kept getting worse. I then started getting severe stabbing stomach pain and I got up to walk and I fainted, got up and fainted again. After that my husband took me to the emergency room and they found nothing. Just when I was about to leave they found out I had an ovarian cyst that had popped and I had severe internal bleeding, so they needed to take me into surgery because the blood was going past my ribs. The pain was unbearable.

Comment from: Flowergirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

This usually happens to me once a month. After going to the hospital multiple times for horrible pain they told me it could be a ruptured ovarian cyst. I've been getting ovarian cysts since I was 17 (now27) so it didn't really worry me. The pain is so bad somedays that it really scares me. It always starts with a full pressure in my pelvic area then moves to the bum with a horrible pain. Sometimes it goes up to my bellybutton but I usually just lay on my side until it passes. Normally it takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Comment from: Darin G, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

Hope this helps. I've had over 6 ovarian cysts burst since I was 19 (now 30) leading me to be incapacitated in child birth like pain (I've had a kid). Many doctors downplayed it and the only 'fix' was birth control or having a baby (baby doesn't fix it). I felt like a ticking time bomb. Finally met a doctor who recommended low dairy/meat since he realized my lining was thick meaning I'm estrogen dominant. Been over a year and no burst cysts! I cried finally being heard!

Comment from: Rose, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have been having sharp pains in my right ovary, lower right back and hip, and right rib numbness and pain. I wonder if anyone else has these pains from ovarian cysts.

Comment from: 27 yr old female, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had an ovarian cyst rupture when I was on a road trip. I felt uncomfortable and bloated at first, then when it ruptured I had excruciating pain and was glad my husband was driving. We pulled over and I thought I was going to vomit or something. My vision went to colors for about a minute and I almost passed out. I couldn’t walk. We got to a hotel for the night but my doctor said later I should have gone to the hospital. Not going in made me sick for the next two months as a side effect.

Comment from: Sgrn , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I am 16 weeks postpartum and have been experiencing lower right abdominal pain for about 10 weeks. Three weeks ago I had an ultrasound that showed a small 1.4 cm hemorrhagic cyst on my right ovary. I have had sharp intermittent pain that gets so bad it wakes me up, and lower back pain. My doctor said since the cyst is small, that it should not be causing any pain so I am very confused now. I am having the cyst reexamined for growth in 6 days.

Comment from: Saima, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had lower left back pain during a very stressful time in my life 2 months ago. I noticed I was having to go urinate more often. There were aggravated periods that felt like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and severe acid reflux. I was waking up every night in pain all around my left back, stomach down to the bladder and womb area. I thought it was gas. Abdominal pain got worse on each period. Doctor found blood in my urine and gave me antibiotics for urinary tract infection. Later CT scan revealed a 4.5 cm cyst on my left ovary. Awaiting ultrasound 2 weeks away, still in pain.

Comment from: Anthea, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I went to the hospital over a week ago as I had pains in my left side tummy. I went for a CT scan and got a 4 cm cyst in my ovary. I have been in a lot of pain every day. I am just waiting for an appointment to get it removed. I am getting sore tummy, sore lower back and headache.

Comment from: Lauren, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I have been in and out of Accident and Emergency with pain in my abdomen, thighs, pelvic areas and back. I’ve been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst that is now 23 cm x 22 cm! I’m constantly in excruciating pain and now it’s cutting off my bowels so I’m having to take laxatives to pass a stool! Although surgery is in the pipeline I am nowhere near thought of as a priority even though this is affecting my everyday life - even looking after my almost 3 year old.

Comment from: Mommy 3, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had an ovarian cyst burst. I went to the emergency room (ER) and they gave me some anti-inflammatory medicine. The next day every time I move or lift my leg on that side I get severe intense pain around the site where the cyst burst. I called the ER but they explained to me that they cannot give me medical information over the phone and that if the pain was worse I should come in, and they cannot tell me if this was a normal thing. I do not have insurance, I don’t want to go back to the ER if I don't have to.

Comment from: Gypsy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

My hysterectomy was 11 months ago. Since then I have had 3 ovarian cysts (1 cm, 4 cm and currently 2 cm). The pain is so frustrating. It also bothers me when I tell the doctors about the extreme pain and they say small cysts should not be hurting so badly. Wrong! I am so bloated and want to cry at times, because the pain is so intense. At least reading other posts made me feel less crazy, as many of you had similar size cysts and agree that the pain can be scary enough to warrant an emergency room visit.

Comment from: Mag, 45-54 (Patient) Published: August 27

I have had 3 cysts on the left ovary but I got a scan and the doctor found 2. I lost 2 stone that time, but I have pain on and off in my left ovary. The doctor said to me that it is not cyst pain, it would be lower, but I am sure it is cyst pain. The last time the cyst was 4 cm and I don’t know what size it is now, I am waiting to have a scan done shortly. Two years ago I got my gallstones out and 6 weeks after, I got a clot in my leg. I am ok now but the surgeon said he wouldn’t advise me to have another operation so I don’t know what if I have to get my cyst removed.

Comment from: Cyster34, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I had back pain for three weeks accompanied by other symptoms of ovarian cyst. I couldn’t sit for longer than 4 minutes at a time without pain. On week 2 my period didn’t arrive on time and I started burping a lot and having some bad stomach pain when I urinated, almost like gas pain but there wasn’t gas. On week 3 I ended up with really bad constipation, bloating, and indigestion. Then I had debilitating stomach pain that sent me to the emergency room. I had an 8 cm cyst removed as well as an ovary and tube yesterday.

Comment from: Ptnt5790, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have been experiencing a multitude of problems from ovarian cysts for the past year. I have dull achy pain in my lower left abdomen that is almost daily. It's just steady and sometimes I feel like there is a tightness; I constantly try to stretch out. I'll lie in bed and stretch my leg backwards over and over. I have lower back pain that sits on my hips. I had a couple of instances when after standing/walking for a long period of time, there was intense pain and pressure in my groin area. It was hard to walk at times.

Comment from: Keumheea, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I had an emergency cystectomy for a 12 cm endometrioma on my right ovary. I came to find out, it had ruptured the week before I went to the emergency room, causing the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life, and meaning that it was even bigger before. Symptoms before rupture were dull, throbbing pain in my right side, as well as occasional numbness and pain on my buttock/hip area and right leg. My periods have always been heavy and I’ve always had horrible cramps, which makes me wonder how long that cyst was there.

Comment from: Shilpa s, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I thought I was putting on weight. I used to feel bloated all the time even after having small meals. I have a huge cyst in my left ovary measuring 23 x 23 x 10. I have less hunger pangs, protruding tummy with a weird shape, and my clothes are getting tight. I have no pain, fever, vomiting, etc. I used to feel slight cramping a month back.

Comment from: Brandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I am 46 years old. Two weeks ago I started having abdominal pain, bloating and gas on the right side one morning. Suddenly, in the afternoon the pain became severe. I was nauseous, vomiting, had abdominal cramping and pain radiating to my lower back. I was practically screaming. It was scary. I went to the emergency room and they found a 3 cm burst ovarian cyst. I am still recovering. No surgery needed so far.

Comment from: Anna, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 16

Well, my daughter had two surgeries in 2.5 years for removal of left ovarian cyst at the same place, but it pains even after almost two months since the surgery. The ultrasound is almost clear, so I don’t know what be the reason for it could be, the biopsy says it’s benign.

Comment from: Stephie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

One morning I got in the car and had the most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt! After this, I was in pain and very uncomfortable - felt like something was stuck in my ribs and pressing on my internal organs. I wasn’t able to eat much but kept working as everyone does. Ten days later I had a doctor’s appointment (finally gave in). I had an ultra sound and they said it was unclear. A few days later I informed the doctors that the pain had increased, was sent direct to hospital, and diagnosed with ovarian cyst.

Comment from: Shaz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I always have pain in my back pelvic area and in my thighs, and my urine is really slow and I am always constipated. They diagnosed a cyst in my uterus two years ago, my endometrial cyst was 1.9 mm, and I have a 1.5 cm right ovarian cyst and cervical nabothian cysts.

Comment from: Judith, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I went to the emergency room a few days ago for extreme pelvic pain and nausea. They found a 5 cm ovarian cyst that had ruptured. They told me it will get reabsorbed on its own, but now I feel so awful I can’t stop feeling so sad. Wonder if that is normal.

Comment from: Shelby.t, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

Last Thursday I went to the emergency room due to abdominal pain and light pink spotting. I had just ended my period a week prior. I was also having painful sex the night before. I was diagnosed with two ovarian cysts the size of a baseball and was told to allow them to pop on their own or come back for a surgical removal. Six days later I had excruciating pain. I could barely stand or walk and my thighs hurts along with my pelvic and abdominal area. I went back to the hospital and they told me one had ruptured and was bleeding into the other. Now I have to wait for the second one to either pop on its own or have it removed.

Comment from: ExpectingMama, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

In the last 2 months I have had 5 ovarian cysts rupture. My doctors says it may be partially rupturing and then filling back up each time since it seems to be the same cyst. Leading up to a rupture I get sharp pains in my pelvic floor area and rectum. The more frequent they occur the sooner it will rupture. It is very painful and I am very bloated after. I already had a laparoscopic surgery 2 weeks ago because they thought my cyst was an ectopic pregnancy. Hopefully it goes away.

Comment from: Kay, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I woke up with excruciating pain, and went to Accident and Emergency, sat there for 8 hours to be sent home and told the hospital would call to schedule an ultrasound. I got the scan done 2 days later and they found a 3 cm cyst on my right ovary, been told it will go away, but I’ve been in constant pain, thigh and pelvic pain with a bad back. I am supposed to be finishing off my third year of university but struggling to even get through the day.

Comment from: Pane, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I had pain that came and went throughout the month on my right pelvic area. The pain protruded to my lower back and sometimes my rectum. I also urinated far more than usual, urinating every hour. The pain kept increasing as the months went by. That’s when I decided to go see a gynecologist. My ovarian cyst was 3.17 cm. Doctor said he was not sure if it was filled with water or blood. He put me on antibiotics for 2 weeks, said if it was water it should disappear but if it was blood I would need surgery.

Comment from: Gill , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I am 56 and post-menopausal. I first noticed an enlarged mons pubis and weight gain, putting both down to the menopause. Six months later I had pelvic/back pain, pressure in my pelvis and felt a mass in my groin (felt like an engaged baby’s head). I went to the doctors as I thought I had had a small prolapse as the symptoms are similar. Internal ruled out prolapse. Ultra scan a week later showed 11 cm complex cyst. Removed cyst, both tubes and ovaries last week. Now I am awaiting biopsy results.

Comment from: Jj, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

My symptoms of ovarian cyst has been constant upset stomach and nausea, lost 20 lb. in 2 months, shoulder and hip pain, and worst of all has been the weird sweating. My buttock sweats, through my clothes. No matter hot or cold or comfortable, my buttock cheeks sweat. I will be so glad to get this cyst removed. We have waited 9 months but it is now getting larger again. Good luck! I had the hardest time finding anything about the sweating!

Comment from: Marisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I had been suffering for years with pain, told it was kidney stone, so stayed in hospital for a night, and told I had passed it. I had pain for another 2 years and twice I was told I had a bad infection, was on antibiotics 3 times over months. Eventually the doctor sent me to have a vaginal ultra sound and found I had a large ovarian cyst. He did a biopsy and 2 months later removed it, just last week. It was a 10 cm cyst and both fallopian tubes and one ovary were removed, hope this might possibly help someone.

Comment from: ApplePie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I’d always had pretty bad ovarian cysts but the pain I had when one ruptured was unthinkable. I’ve always had a high pain tolerance and I was screaming and crying in pain. I couldn’t move and my stomach was extremely bloated. They called 911 and I had to be picked up and put on the stretcher. My blood pressure dropped, I was vomiting everywhere and I’m pretty sure I passed out from the pain in the ambulance. It happened a year and a half ago and I still shiver when I think of it.

Comment from: NK, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

My ovarian cysts (1 suspected endometrioma in the left ovary and 1 hemorrhagic cyst in the right ovary) were detected on a routine ultrasound as part of a gynecological checkup. About 1.5 months after detection, I started having pain in the lower left side of the abdomen, a sort of constant and irritating pain that made it difficult for me to function normally.

Comment from: claudiapalmerx, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I am 21. I have been getting a lot of swelling in my right calf with a dull ache like a period pain. Now I am getting really bad restless legs. It is always swells when I am due. I went to the doctors to find I have a cyst on my ovaries. I am going back next week to speak about the next move.

Comment from: sepherina , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had a lot of pain in my lower and mid back, and swelling and bloating in my stomach. It was very uncomfortable. Never did I imagen pain from ovarian cysts would be so bad. I felt like I was going into labor, no woman should have to feel this type of pain.

Comment from: Disgusted, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

Since March 2017 had back pain radiating to groin and leg associated with vomiting. I had several episodes every few weeks. I went to the doctors who thought it could be irritable bowel syndrome! Two months ago I got rushed into hospital with abdominal pain and vomiting. I had CT and ultrasound scan and was told I had a 10 cm mass on my left ovary. I’m 58 and five years post-menopause. I was told it was a tubo-ovarian abscess. I was pumped full of antibiotics for a week and sent home with oral antibiotics having been told they wanted things to settle down and they would see me back in 6 weeks. I read tubo-ovarian abscess is very rare in post-menopausal women. I went for second opinion privately who did MRI scan and was told I had a borderline ovarian tumor. I funded operation privately. I had total hysterectomy and was told post operation the cyst had twisted and I had a black necrotic ovary! If I had been left to mid-November for follow up at NHS hospital I would have been extremely unwell with peritonitis. I was told I should have had emergency surgery when originally I went to the NHS hospital. How bad is that!

Comment from: HeidiJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I am almost 2 years out from total hysterectomy leaving in both ovaries. Back several months I started having painful intercourse (similar to endometriosis pain before surgery). I ignored it. Until the pain got so intense I couldn't stand it and it never stopped. Pain radiated in my back, down my thighs, I felt bloated, gassy and constipated, had frequent urination, and was exhausted all the time. After my pelvic exam I had an ultrasound which shows 2 small cysts and only right ovary is visible. I'm waiting for my doctor to consult with a specialist now and tell me what's next. I have family history of uterine, ovarian and kidney cancers, all in young maternal aunts.

Comment from: cachuda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I am in my mid 40s and for months I knew something was off down there but couldn't pinpoint it. Perhaps it is just peri-menopause. Something started to feel out of place with pelvic/vaginal pressure. As time went by, I developed some weird off and on all over leg pains and heat sensations in legs, and had unexplained back ache for a while. Then later felt like a water balloon was in my pelvis and had cramping especially after repeatedly bending over. I thought it was prolapse but pelvic exam did not confirm this. I was a runner for years and now have too many pains all over hips, legs, and low back to run at all anymore; and muscles pulling all over in weird ways in lower body. I suppose this could have something to do with hormonal imbalances or arthritis as coincident to ovarian cyst(s).

Comment from: jacqueline, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I have been having extreme pelvic pain since I was 17. I could always tell when I ovulated. I was sent to specialists and gynecologists all my life. I would curl up in a ball for days from pain. I would have ultrasounds. They would say it was just an ovarian cyst. Today at 52 I still feel like I am giving birth. It hurts awfully. I feel like my cervix is being ripped in half. It hurts to urinate, hurts to have bowel movement, sex is out of the question. I have severe pain in my back, down my thighs, fevers and bone chilling tremors. I can't wait for the wonderful experience of menopause, which hopefully doesn't last 35 years.

Comment from: DawnB, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I'm 31 and about 7 or 8 weeks ago I started having back pain. Then it moved into my front lower pelvic area and then once again moved this time into my right hip so bad I couldn't lift my leg without horrible pain and had trouble sleeping. Then the pain started to spread into my leg. Very tight and crampy! In addition to the pain I had major bloating, the appearance of 6 or 7 months pregnancy, fatigue, hot flashes, and random headaches. After putting up with this for 5 weeks I finally caved in and went to urgent care. She did a full pelvic exam, Pap and urine test (negative). She could feel that something was going on with my right ovary. So she sent me for an ultra sound. The ultra sound showed something on my right ovary, two different technicians thought it was a 6 week old fetus! But I had a negative pregnancy test last week. Thirty minutes after my appointment my obstetrician/gynecologist called me and told me to rush to the emergency room right away for emergency surgery! After 7 hours in the waiting room they call me back and tell me the blood pregnancy test was also negative. So it must just me a hemorrhagic corpus luteum cyst. No surgery go home and call your obstetrician/gynecologist first thing in the morning for a follow up. She doesn't want to see me for 2 weeks! Eight weeks later I'm still exhausted and my leg (buttocks and hip) cramps are debilitating at times. And my hormones are out of control (I cried for 10 hours after the nurse made me feel crazy for trying to get an earlier appointment)! I have a hard time buying their diagnosis. But I haven't even got to talk to anyone about why or what this is and when or how I will feel better. Everyone said to talk to my obstetrician/gynecologist and she is seriously making me wait two weeks! So I had to self-diagnose by googling!

Comment from: molly101, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I have been diagnosed with endometriosis since 23 years old, which I believe I suffered with while I was a teenager. After 3 surgeries (last one being a hysterectomy), I am left with one ovary on the left side and was told that I had a 1 inch cyst on it. That was 7 weeks ago. I am in constant pain and my doctor tells me one time that it is a hemorrhagic cyst and then says it is a functional cyst. She cannot get her story straight. This is the same doctor that gave me my hysterectomy 9 weeks ago. I am going for a second opinion. I have been in pain since the surgery. I am now having other pains in places that I would not wish anyone to have pain. I am tired of cysts and tired of pain altogether. I am still young (late 30s). I seem to have swapped out one pain for another.

Comment from: jasper, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I am 21 years old and I was diagnosed with bilateral ovarian cysts. The one on the right was about 9 cm big and the one on the left was basically like two tennis balls growing onto each other with a diameter of 7.7 cm. This caused me so much pain over the years and my medical practitioners were telling that it was kidneys that was inflamed due to infection but I wasn’t even sexually active at the time. It was only when I was 21 and joined my medical aid scheme I got so sick at work, and I had terrible pains on the right side of my abdomen. I went and saw a doctor, she couldn’t understand what was wrong so she sent me to a have a scan done and there I discover my cysts. I was hysterical but knew I had to get rid of them as they had caused me pain for so many years. I then took up the courage to see a gynecologist and showed her results from my sonar. She was so shocked that a young lady my age could have cysts that big and recommended that I have to have my cysts surgically removed. I was frightened but I had to. I went through with the surgery and it was a success. I had a C section to remove my massive cysts but all went well. I was in hospital for three days and the pain I experienced was worth it because I now live my life pain free. All I now wonder is how long it will take me to conceive. My gynecologist told me that I will be able to have 6 kids but I haven’t even had luck so far with 1. I wonder if I am stressing for nothing.

Comment from: worrier, Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I am 20 years old, always had regular periods but just last year I began spotting during ovulation and having bowel issues. Convinced I was dying, I kept researching and just kept finding more scary stuff. I had pain on my left side around ovulation every month. I went to the doctor and a small cyst was found on my left ovary. Relief! The doctor said it will most likely resolve on its own, which is good, but why would a small cyst cause symptoms like pain, bloating, and spotting during ovulation!

Comment from: Dee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I had been experiencing frequent urination due to the size of the cyst in addition to night sweats and nonstop pelvic pain that felt like having to go to the bathroom really badly. I had a 5 cm hemorrhagic cyst when diagnosed. I had been experiencing the pelvic pain for months before I finally sought a diagnosis because it kept getting worse.

Comment from: Scared Woman, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I found out about my ovarian cyst the hard way. One night after soaking in a hot bath I began to feel light headed. I thought it was from the steam. I lay down and a couple hours later I experienced the most excruciating pain ever. I couldn't stand up. The pressure on my stomach was horrible. My husband and I both thought I had gas. He gave me orange juice (both of us didn't know what was going on). I later vomited three times before we made it to the emergency room (ER). The pain was like contractions and in my mind I thought I was pregnant but I knew I couldn't be. After blood work, pregnancy test, CT scan, and ultrasound I was told I had ruptured an ovarian cyst which caused the pain I was experiencing. It has now been about a week since it first happened and I am slowly getting better each day by taking pain medications and relaxing. My appetite decreased; there were times when I would be hot one minute and then cold the next. I still have pain in my lower stomach area and my thighs. My doctor stated no surgery was needed at this point; however, the healing is like a bruised wound. I will still be sore and tender as the healing progress. I do drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. I am due for a follow-up ultrasound in another week and I am hoping all goes well. I want a speedy recovery, and I definitely don't want this to happen to me again, it is painful and scary!

Comment from: MM, Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I'm 55 years old and just last week I was diagnosed that I have dermoid cyst on my left ovary. It is about 7cm in size. I don't have much discomfort. Sometimes I feel very light pain on my left side of abdomen. The only treatment my Dr. says is removal of left ovary. I cannot go for surgery right now as I have planned overseas trip. I'm wondering if there is any alternate treatment for this condition.

Published: September 11

Two months ago I went to the doctor complaining of pelvic pain. He found I had "normal" cyst on both ovaries. A few weeks later I started feeling sick with stomach pain, lower back pain and pelvic pain. A day and half later I was in severe pain and vomiting. I went to the ER where I did mention the cyst but also that I had experienced this similar problem about a year before and the ER doctor at the time diagnosed me with pancreatitis. They ran blood work an everything looked normal so they sent me home with pain pills. I followed up with my gyno doc a couple of weeks later so he could check on the cyst and although they were gone or almost completely gone he now noticed something else, something about "calcium" and he thought it could be a dermoid cyst or maybe cancer. He sent me for the CA-125 blood work and MRI, both looked normal. It’s now been a couple more weeks and I am seeing him tomorrow for yet another ultrasound. I am still experiencing constant pelvic pain (not severe), random nausea and occasional lower back and leg aches. I take the pill regularly, daily on at the same time each day. My period 3 months ago was abnormally heavy and lasted one day then 2 mos ago it was very, very light and last about a day. I had some light spotting last month and another very light "period" about a week or so ago that only lasted about a day and a half. This is not normal for me. Since the blood work and MRI came back normal I now have no idea what else the problem could be, or if I should even be concerned.

Comment from: justme, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst last week. I have really strong pains in my lower side and lower stomach. I am very nauseated and have a slight fever. It feels a little like a kidney stone pain.

Comment from: Tamibrat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I'm 56 years old, and I have no uterus due to hysterectomy, I have my ovaries only. For the past two weeks I've had lower back pain that radiates to the front so bad I can barely walk. My left femoral artery in my left thigh (I think that's what it's called), hurts like a pulled muscle. My stomach is so big and feels like it's having contractions. I'm only comfortable when lying down. I think it is ovarian cysts and don’t know what to do. I hate hospitals and I only have one kidney.

Comment from: Cat , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I don’t know what’s going on. About 3 months ago I was in extreme pain and ended up in emergency with an emergency operation to remove my right tube due to an ectopic pregnancy. Last week I had a similar pain so I went straight to my general physician who sent me for an ultrasound then to emergency where I found out I had a huge cyst on my right ovary. After a few hours I was sent home with a prescription for pain killers. Since then I am so fatigued and just don’t feel 100 percent.

Comment from: Kc, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had an ovarian cyst go away and didn’t even notice that it had ruptured. It went away after I got on a strong birth control pill. Now I’ve had light bleeding this week between periods that led to a lot of blood. I think my cyst came back and ruptured again. I need to see the doctor to be sure.

Comment from: Josie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

Sweating, lots of pain in my abdominal area, diarrhea, and throwing up were my symptoms of ovarian cysts.

Comment from: Charmaine chozark, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I had a dermoid ovarian cyst. I had discomfort one night. I went to the emergency room and the doctor said there was nothing to worry about, and to just keep an eye on it. It was only in one ovary. I went to another doctor, a butcher! Said he would remove cyst. I woke up with abdominal hysterectomy in a surgical clinic! I was full of hematomas, and morbid looking after 7 weeks. He destroyed me. No permission for this. I was once healthy and strong. Now I am in constant pain.

Comment from: Danny, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I was at work one night in January of this year 2018 and my pain got worse. I got off and went to the emergency room. I found out I had a ruptured ovarian cyst. I went to my obstetrician and they confirmed it with ultrasound so he put me on medroxyprogesterone 10 mg for 12 days to start every month 2 weeks after each cycle. I went back for a follow up ultrasound and the cyst was gone. I have been fine since then but now I have another one. I truly feel the Depo-Provera shot has me now with hormonal imbalances.

Comment from: RachelRose, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I was on birth control to avoid a period due to my fear of my severe endometriosis returning as bad as before, so I ordered a NuvaRing from another country which is no matter since my body become immune to every birth control. So I was having bad side effects and had to take it out. When I did a weak later I know something ruptured and the pain while the thing popped was so severe, and blood just poured out of me. I didn't bleed for long. I was so tired and due to the severe pain I couldn't stand up straight, I passed out from blood loss and pain. I woke up to use the bathroom but was in such a fog I woke up thinking it was Tuesday and 3 days past! I was out for days. I have had this before after using birth control. I also got pregnant on 2 forms of birth control, I lost that child but after the D and C and miscarriage the doctors told my fiance and I couldn't get pregnant for another 3 months. Seven days later I got pregnant. I have severe endometriosis. Yet the second child I carried 4 months but hemorrhaged from the last miscarriage and it was not good that right after anesthesia I got pregnant. Either way I don't know what's going on with my body. I know the endometriosis has affected my lungs and my heart. I also know they found a brain lesion while I bleed so think it has affected the brain also. I'm reading about ovarian cysts but wonder why it has not just blacked anyone else out for days. The bleeding is only 2 days first day just a pop then pouring out then that's it. The pain level is not acute it is severe. I have metal parts and that hurts worse. So I'm confused a bit.

Comment from: DONNA SANDRA, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I’m 32 years old and about 7 months ago I started feeling a sharp pain on my right side and my doctor confirmed that I had a 2.7 inch ovarian cyst. I was on birth control pills for several weeks only to find out that my cyst grew to 3.4 inch. My doctor then suggested surgery.

Comment from: kara1120, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I have always had irregular periods, at one point I went 1 1/2 years without a period, but my family doctor didn't seem concerned (I was 21). At the age of 24 I was at work and couldn't stand for more than a minute without passing out, but I didn't have any pain. I went to the ER and found I had a ruptured cyst. Since then I have had several more, and each has had different symptoms. I was an egg donor for an infertile couple at the age of 28. The doctor had noticed cysts on my ovaries prior to the egg retrieval, but thought they were regular fluid filled cysts until the day of the egg harvest. He discovered I had "Chocolate Cysts", or endometriomas, which are a type of endometriosis that attach to the ovaries and cause cysts that are filled with uterine tissue and thick blood. Now at 30, I haven't had a period in 3 months, definitely not pregnant and just started having excruciating pain in my abdomen. I think I might head into the ER.

Comment from: CJMO, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I have been battling cysts now for 6 weeks. I knew I had them again when, 2 years ago, I had two of them burst. The pelvic pain was nothing compared to the leg cramps I felt, but only on my right side which is where the cysts were. Now I have the same pain. My husband fixes me a wet towel wrapped in a plastic bag, heats it in the microwave, and then adds a towel around it for a heating pad, it really helps. My bowels quit working and I am very gassy with no relief. I went to the doctor, but of course they look at you like you’re nuts.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

One morning I was getting dresses when I had a sudden onset of extreme pain across my entire lower abdomen. I went to the ER where they did an ultrasound and found a 10x5 cm mass and blood from a ruptured cyst. I was admitted overnight and released the next morning with pain killers and another ultrasound appointment in a month. The day after the second ultrasound (which showed 2 more cysts on my left ovary) I had the same pain. I went back to the ER with both ultrasound pictures and was told by the GYN on duty that I would possibly need surgery to remove the ovary. The next morning though the pain had lessened and a different GYN told me to go home and get another ultrasound in a month. I went to a specialist the next week and he performed laparoscopic surgery to remove the cysts and I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I was on the pill for 6 months to try and stop ovulation but I kept getting break through bleeding so a couple of months ago I was put on Primolut-N and haven't had any bleeding or pain since.

Comment from: 35-44 Female Published: October 01

A few years ago I had an ovarian cyst removed through keyhole surgery. It was very painful and took a while to recover. Recently I had lower abdominal pain but refused to go to the doctor because I knew what was in store for me. The pain of the previous operation put me off. My husband made me go to the doctor who felt a mass in my lower right pelvic area. He booked me in for an ultrasound for a few days time, but that night the cyst burst. This cyst was not like my other one. My husband rang an ambulance. I was grey and very hot. On the way to hospital the ambulance pulled over on the side of the road, getting ready to start my heart. My blood pressure was 26 over 15. This cyst was different to my first one. It was blood and pus, my first one was a solid mass. It pays to go to the doctor at the first sign of pain and get it checked out. I am fine now. The ultra sound showed a mass of blood and pus in my pelvic area and it poisoned me for a good week. It could have been fatal.

Published: September 30

Be fore I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts, I had very bad cramping. I was infertile and I had excess hair growth and I had an irregular period.

Comment from: RJ18092009, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I was diagnosed at a young age with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) because of irregular periods. It was confirmed with hormone blood tests. I had been on the pill for a few years and have been off the pill for a while now and taking medications for fertility. I have been directly trying to conceive for 12 months have been tired and feeling like I’m hung over but have not drunk any alcohol. Thought I had a bladder infection and did urine and swab test and all clear then thought it may be kidneys so had a scan and found 2 cysts, 4cm and 6cm. Have follow up scan in six weeks to see if they growing or shrinking they are haemaphoric cyst, which was a huge shock for me. Side pain can be excruciating at times and very mild at other times it is very odd.

Comment from: TLyon, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I felt fine, was about to get in the shower. Suddenly I felt a pain unlike any other. It was comparable to a contraction during child birth. I have had two children both via c-section, and my recovery from the c-sections was also comparable to the pain I felt. At the hospital the doctor pushed down on my uterus and it was like someone was trying to rip it out of my body. I was told that the cyst was 3cm large and had not burst like they normally do, but was leaking into my lower abdomin which was why the pain was not stoping. I was also informed that the original pain, that lasted for around 2hrs prior to receiving any medical attention, was due to the streatching of the cyst in my ovary. I am having my follow up ultrasound soon to ensure that the cyst was gone and everything else on my ovary and in my lower abdomen looked clear. This is not something I would like to go through again that's for certain.

Published: September 11

I'm 34 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed at 25 weeks with a 20cm ovarian cyst - right side. Being an herbalist, I refused surgery and changed my diet that day to a totally alkaline diet (vegan - all raw veggies, fruits, nuts and berries with a protein shake/organic vitamins - no processed/prepared animal/vegan foods). And now at 34 weeks, the once complex cyst is now a simple cyst and is currently measured at 9cm and the 'tail' is part of an inflamed intestinal tract, not related to the cyst, that seems to be reducing itself as the cyst becomes smaller. The cyst has been expressing itself over time and I feel the burn from time to time, but am feeling fine overall. I'd had one in 2005 which was 10cm that burst and I survived it with NO surgeries either. But my doctor has NEVER seen a cyst of this size reduce itself and he's still pushing a c-section and ovariectomy. He's even called it different types of cysts, not really knowing what he's looking at - such a letdown. With this sort of progress, I told him there is no way I'll do any surgery till the baby is born, especially since he can't properly diagnose it, and even then I wouldn't do the surgery. I can use herbals that are non-pregnancy friendly once baby is out and safe and stick to a vegan diet (no animal proteins of any kind, no beans or wheats - they are all acid foods). My cell biologist brother in law has done research in cancers and leukemia. It has been his observations in lab settings that cancers, tumors and cysts cannot live in an alkaline environment. So ladies, change your diet and drink your electrolytes and don't forget to exercise/walk. Oh, and this sort of diet surely will keep you all from becoming big fat cows during pregnancy and be healthy for baby. I've only gained 28lbs and am mobile, active and feel good now and all baby vitals are excellent! Hope this helps anyone in some small way.

Comment from: Nicole, 35-44 (Patient) Published: July 26

Back in May 2019 I found out that I have a hemorrhagic cyst on my left ovary. Two weeks ago I went to do an ultrasound, and the result shows this cyst has disappeared. I had my period back on June 21. Pregnancy tests are negative and my obstetrician/gynecologist ordered blood work but she said to me the cyst can cause delay in my period. But now I am wondering if the cyst has disappeared how this can affect my period.

Comment from: Charmaine Chozark, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

It was one ovarian cyst, one night if discomfort and felt a tiny to small lump on one side. No symptoms afterwards. I saw the doctor only to keep an eye on it. He wanted money. Found out he owns the clinic.

Comment from: Pebblesdn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I went to the hospital with mild fever and pain in pelvic region. Tests came back as a bladder infection. After 10 days of antibiotics, the bladder infection had not gone away. I went back to the hospital again and this time they found a 7 cm cyst on left ovary. I had the Da Vinci surgery and had my ovaries removed.

Comment from: lnorris, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I am 19 years old. A couple months ago, I had really heavy bleeding with clots for two weeks straight with bad cramps. I went to the doctor and got an ultrasound. They told me that it was a cyst on my left ovary. They gave me medication that is supposed to reduce the pain. Last time I had my period was the end of August. I haven’t gotten my period in two months and sometimes I get sharp pains in my left pelvic area that would sometimes travel to my left and right sides. When I did get the sharp pains, I would have to stand still for 10 seconds until it went away. I sometimes get nauseated, but I’m not sexually active so I know I’m not pregnant. I have a doctor’s appointment next week to figure out what could be wrong with me.

Comment from: caliegrl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I have a small cyst on my left ovary. I have not had a periods in four years. I have a past history of endometriosis. I thought once the period stops you don't get any more pain. I am 56 years old.

Comment from: alex, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I was told about two years ago that I have ovarian cysts. I was taken to the hospital one night and was told. I was also told that because of how serious it is, I have a very real possibility of not being able to have children. Last year the pains were getting so bad I missed more than half the school year.

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