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Removal of ovarian cysts

Pumpkins
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Is there such a journey

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sweetchild1989

I wish there was I would have mine done x

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Pumpkins

No way to sick them out

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Pumpkins
Pumpkins
in reply to Pumpkins

Ways to suck them out

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sweetchild1989

no

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Hols969
Hols969Administrator

Depends which cysts you are talking about- normal cysts can be removed if they get too large, pcos cysts which are follicles can be lasered to remove them but they come back, the pcos cysts come and go away as a symptom and not the cause of pcos

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Singinglouder

Not to remove the cysts, but I did have ovarian drilling - literally, little holes drilled into both ovaries. Had it done at 37, and had regular periods for the first time in my life. All my symptoms were sorted except my weight - they said that was a 50/50 chance, and of course I was in the wrong 50. Don’t know about fertility, I wasn’t trying. Worked until my mid-50s when I became peri menopausal and made the delightful discovery that PCOS doesn’t end with the menopause as it’s an endocrinological condition, not a gynaecological one.

Don’t know if that’s the sort of thing you were thinking of - hope it’s of interest.

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MedStudentP

What are you hoping it will do?

Old trial treatment of PCOS has involved removal of sections of the ovaries but as mentioned the improvements were only temporary.

PCOS Cysts aren’t real cysts so cant be removed the same way and are just another symptom of the disease rather than causing the disease

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Singinglouder

Ovarian drilling replaced the section, but I think it’s a bit unfair to say temporary - it worked for about 18 years!

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MedStudentP

I hadn’t actually heard about drilling so I find that quite interesting! I’m guessing it’s supposed to be an improvement on section removal which came with its own complications. I guess by temporary I mean it’s not permanent as it’s not a cure but drilling seems to have done you well if yours lasted 18 years.

Where did you have that done?

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Singinglouder

Yes, the consultant did explain at the time that it was a development of the ovarian section - and that no-one really knew why either of them worked. My circumstances were a little unusual - my op was at St Luke's Hospital for the Clergy, and done by a Harley Street consultant for free as a donation to the church! It was the gynae consultant at the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital (as it then was) who recommended surgery; I was offered the same op there, but chose St Luke's because they let you select your date and plan around ministry commitments...

For me, it regulated my periods and stopped the beard, for which I was truly grateful (and Cov & Warwick also provided electrolysis via the dermatology clinic, for the heavy hair growth I already had). It didn't do anything for my insulin resistance - in fact, somewhat ironically, it was the pre-op tests that picked up my diabetes, when I was still asymptomatic. So, basically, a success gynaecologically, but didn't do much endocrinologically - hence it lasted 18 years, i.e. until I hit the menopause.

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Hols969
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Generally the drilling lasts about 6 months and then they can come back, but not all ladies have the cysts on the ovaries as it is only a symptom and not the cause.

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Singinglouder

The drilling wasn't to remove the cysts - didn't even have a scan to see whether that had changed after the op - it was to deal with other symptoms, as my PCOS was severe. I'd always had irregular periods, but at the time I was sent for the op I hadn't had one for 18 months or so; I was also having a real problem with hirsutism - and, as I've said above, it dealt with both of those for a long time.

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Pumpkins

Ok.

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