Ovarian Cysts and Uterine Fibroids

I'm usually more of a person who reads other peoples' posts about their complications with ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids but no one seems to experience the exact same thing im experiencing and I really wanna get to the bottom of it. I'm 19 and discovered i had fibroids when i was 16. it didnt really effect me and didnt give me any complications until december of 2015 (when i was 18). i started the birth control: nexplanon (the one they insert in ur arm), in september of 2014, and i didnt bleed/have my period up until dec. 2015. i started having very very very irregular periods. i would bleed for a whole week, stop for 2 weeks, bleed for 2 days, stop for 4 days, bleed again for a month straight, etc. i went to get an mri in february of 2016 and discovered i have ovarian cysts. a couple of weeks later i found out i have polycystic ovarian syndrome. my obgyn suggested i switch birth controls for the sake of my bleeding to stop so i switched to the depo shot along with oral contraceptive pills. the bleeding stopped for a few weeks but then spotting began to happen. i decided to stop the pills because it made me nauseous and gave me really bad cramps. at the beginning of october of this year, i got my renewed depo shot but told my obgyn that i didnt want to do the pills and so now we're testing it out. i didnt bleed for a whole month but my bleeding began again. this time, the bleeding was very heavy for about an hour then would stop, i would bleed for a couple days then stop. the difference this time is that the bleeding wasnt as heavy for a long period of time.

regardless of having a boyfriend for a little over a year now, i havent contracted any stds. fibroids run in my family. about 2 cysts/fibroids have bursted since i was first diagnosed. my doctor said my cysts are pretty small and she doesnt think surgery to remove them would be necessary. since the beginning of this month, i would have brown discharge every single day.

i honestly dont know what to do anymore and these cysts are effecting my life way too much. i guess what im asking for is advice and/or your input on this all. anything helps, thank you so much

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  • Hi Jinju ..

    First of all, welcome to this site. I'm very sorry you're going through so much and at such a young age.

    The fibroids and Ovarian cysts are two separate things. Fibroids are pretty rare in a young woman and develop from the structure of the womb. They don't come from the Ovaries. They're benign (non-cancerous). If you have these and they're relatively small, they'll probably be left alone. They respond to hormones and usually shrink after the menopause. If they continue to grow, there are techniques which stop their blood supply and so they shrink. This may be possible in the future if they cause any problems. Your erratic bleeding may not be due to them.

    Your other difficulty is your polycystic problem. Healthunlocked has an area for PCOS as it's called run by the charity Verity.

    Here's the link:

    healthunlocked.com/verity-pcos

    I wish you well. Xx

  • thank you so much! i do have both cysts and fibroids. whats the technique called to stop the bleeding?

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