February 10, 2011,
M.F. asks from Ellsworth, ME on December 10, 2008
Birth Control to Shrink an Ovarian Cyst?
Hi Moms, I came back from my annual exam yesterday sort of dumbfounded. I went in and told them again about my weird side effects from (or so I thought) the Mirena IUD. I have only had two normal cycles after a year of Mirena, before I was having light spotting for 3-4 days every 2 weeks. She checked the IUD, and everything seemed fine, but wanted to do an ultrasound just to be sure. Well, the IUD was fine, but she found a 4cm ovarian cyst on my right ovary. She put me on a birth control pill to hopefully shrink the cyst, if it isn't significantly smaller/gone in three months, she wants to do surgery to remove it. They also think the abnormal bleeding may have been caused by the cyst not necessarily the IUD. So...I have a couple of questions.
1) Has anyone had experience with birth control pills to shrink a cyst?
2) Has anyone had an IUD and taken the pill at the same time...any side effects?
3) Any experiences with surgery to remove a cyst? Was it outpatient? Were you in a lot of pain/able to care for your children? What was the recovery like?
Thanks moms! M.
J.M. answers from Bangor on December 11, 2008
I had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. The cyst was so big that the whole ovary had to be removed. It was done as an outpatient procedure. They do the surgery laproscopic, so there are 2 small incisions. There is pain involved. You do have to lay flat for the first 2 days because they fill the abdoman with gas and until the gas goes away it is very painful to sit. It caused sever pain in my upper chest and shoulders if i tried to sit up for the first few days. I did need help taking care of my daughter (she was 1 at the time) for the first week or so. You can't do any lifting or anything too strenuous. I won't lie, it was painful at first, but no worse than the pain involved with a c-section. Good luck with whatever happens.
G.I. answers from Hartford on December 11, 2008
I had a cyst on my left ovary earlier this year. Because I was just coming off a bacterial infection and had bad reactions to some of the meds they tried me on at the hospital, my dr prescribed antibiotics and some pain pills to help with the pain. Unfortunately I had a bad reaction with the pain pills and missed a lot of time from work, but it did help and the dr and I discused problems with the pain pills and she put me on something else which I have had no adverse reactions to. I haven't had a cyst since but know I am more likely to wind up with more of them. I do recall my mother going in for cyst removal a lot over the course of my early teens up until about 11 years ago when she had her hysterectomy. She would usually go in for surgery that morning and be out later that day. With her sensitivity to meds, it was dr ordered that she not be left alone for 24 hours after. I think there may have been one surgery prior to my early teens and we were living with my grandparents at the time so it was a big help, I am sure, to my mom even though I was about 8 or 9. I hope this helps somehow.
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A.C. answers from Miami on February 10, 2011
I just got back from my gyn today. I was diagnosed with a cyst 4cm. in my left ovary in Nov. 2010. He put me on Natazia and it worked, today 2/9/11 no more cyst! And my horrible heavy periods are also gone. I get my period now for three days and it's so light I only use a pantyliner! Good luck to you, I hope the pill works as great for you too!
A.W. answers from Boston on December 11, 2008
I have a young daughter with a cyst and we've been monitoring it for a few months now with a well respected MD at Children's/Brigham. Depending on the type of cyst, most likely it will shrink on its own, though not likely because of the birth control pill. Studies show that birth control may prevent cyst formation becuase it keeps hormones regulated, but the research we've seen doesnt suggest it will shrink (though we haven't tried since our daughter is only 7). If you havne't already scoured the internet for information, here is a good medical site that will give you some good information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cysts/DS00129 And although we haven't had a surgery yet for our daughter (and hopefully wont since she apears to have a follicular cyst that is very slowly shrinking), the information we have suggests that surgery often can be done to preserve future fertility. Good luck.
S.M. answers from Boston on December 11, 2008
Yes, I have been placed on birth control pills to remove cysts and it worked.
R.K. answers from Springfield on December 11, 2008
I had a cyst removed when I was 17 it was supposed to be done laproscopic but because of the size (a large grapefruit) they ended up making an incision I was in pain for a few days and had to spend one night in the hospital. For that one I was put on bc pills to hopefully shrink it but it didn't in some woman they do. I had another cyst removed in 2006 it was a much smaller one about the size you have and it was done laproscopic and I was more groggy than anything this one was done as an outpatient procedure and I was up walking around without a problem before leaving the hospital. They only make 2-3 very tiny incisions some people have pain for a few days after but I was more tired than pain. I didn't need help caring for my oldest but he was 5 so he didn't need much done for him when I had surgery to remove a lump in dec. 07 I needed help for a few days but mostly because my little guy was in a cuddly stage and liked to nestle his head where the incision was made for that. I have quite a few procedures done so if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Good luck.
S.M. answers from Burlington on December 11, 2008
I had 2 ovarian cysts removed 3 weeks ago. They were both about 5 cm. They were found during an ultrasound while I was pregnant and they decided to wait to have them removed until after the birth. It was an outpatient procedure - laparoscopy. I was very tender, sore, and tired for about 2 days; after that, each day that followed I felt significantly better. I have a 3 year old and a 10 week old at home, so I definitely needed some help with the 3 year old for a couple of days. Plus if you are on pain meds your doctor will probably recommend no driving for as long as you're on the meds (I was on oxycodone for 2 days - didn't need it after that). Overall it wasn't too bad. Now three weeks later I can still see the tiny incisions but I don't feel them and overall I feel really good. I hope this helps you some...good luck!
J.C. answers from Hartford on December 10, 2008
I had a cyst the size of a grape fruit when i went to my 12 week prenatal check-up!! They said they would have rushed me in for surgery if i wasn't pregnant, but because i was, it was pretty much helping feed the baby, and could cause me to lose him if they did remove it. It DID go away on its own by my next ultra sound however... I have a looong history of cysts, that can be EXTREMELY painful if they burst on their own. I ended up in the ER thinking my appendix was about to rupture!! Worse than labor, by far. I know hormones in the pill will help with it, but shouldn't the Mirena be doing that already??? MY mirena FELL OUT after having it for 5 months, so be sure to keep checking those strings. I started having a lot of bleeding after it FINALLY settled down, checked for the string, and it was gone. Had 2 ultrasounds and an x-ray. JUST GONE. Not too happy about that. Anyway, i wouldn't worry too much. I'm sure your doc was just telling you all of the possibilities. It will probably just go away on its own like mine always do.