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Repeated Ovarian Cysts

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February 4th, 2012, 08:59 AM
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I have not been here to Just Mommies in a few years. I thought of it while undergoing my latest problem. To make a long story short, I had surgery to remove a 10 cm. cyst on my left ovary last April. It came right back in July. I had surgery again and they removed my left ovary and the tube. I then went on birth control to hopefully save the right ovary. The hormones made me so sick I had to stop them 2 months ago. Now I have another cyst on my Right ovary. I want this ovary. I'm only 40. I'm scared and don't know what to do. I had a tubal ligation after my last child. I never had problems before that. Any thoughts????
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February 6th, 2012, 12:31 PM
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The reason ovaries develop cysts is because something is off with your hormones. It's not unusual for tubal ligation to cause such hormonal disturbances, because the blood supply to the ovaries can be affected. Without adequate blood supply, the ovaries start to atropy and just can't function the way they are supposed to. Symptoms related to this are part of Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome: Symptoms of Post Tubal Syndrome

The synthetic hormones in the Pill do not correct this hormone imbalance, they only cover it up for a time. Once you go off, the underlying issue is still there and may have worsened. It can make the transition through menopause less gradual and more difficult to manage, the need for Hormone Replacement, higher chance of requiring a hysterectomy for heavy bleeding since the ovaries can't regulate that as well as they normally would have, etc.

Many women find that a tubal reversal actually restores blood flow and reverses the symptoms of Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome. There is a doctor in Carolina who does this. Symptoms of Post Tubal Syndrome

Other women need Hormone Replacement to manage. This helps to manage the the symptoms and does come with it's own risks, but doesn't cure the problem.
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