I am 31. I have ALWAYS had a very regular period. 2 months ago it was 2 days late and I attributed it to stress. 1 month ago it was 10 days late and I got nervous but I again said stress since I had started a new job and was having car problems. July, it was nowhere to be found and my stomach started pooching at the bottom. I am 5'4 and slim with no stomach so when I couldn't suck my stomach in I got nervous. I took 8 pregnancy test. Talk about paranoid. They all came back negative so I went to the doctor who told me I had an ovarian cysts. I freaked. To add injury my insurance on my new job does not kick in for a month so the doctor I saw was not a gyno so they did the ultrasound but he couldn't really give me advice. I have no pain but I look like I'm pregnant and my period is now 11 days late. I just want to know if the stomach thing is normal. By the way he said the cyst was about 10 cms. What exactly is it that causes the stomach to pooch so much. Also, I'm a big eater, though I'm small but I eat very little and I stop because it seems to fill me up so much. The doctor said the bloating may increase due to constipation which I also have. Not hard to go just not going at all unless I take something to make me go. If you've experienced this please let me know so I can stop being so paranoid.
A 10 cm cyst is about the size of a peach I believe so you can believe it will cause some symptoms. Cysts often resolve on their own and most docs won't go in and cut without a watch and see for 2 months. Usually they try birth control, not to shrink the existing cyst but to give the ovary a rest. The cyst is probably putting pressure on your colon and bladder. The pooching is probably caused by the constipation as he said, could also if you're thin be the cyst slightly distending your lower abdomen on top of that. Did he say what the cyst looks like? Get a copy of the ultrasound report from them and post the results here so we can help interpret for you.
Oh, the fact that the cyst is messing up your menstrual cycle points to a benign corpus luteal cyst, a egg 'misfiring' and the corpus luteum fluid and growing instead of shrinking. If it fills with blood and has thin septae it is called a hemmoraghic cyst. Both are considered complex but should resolve in a few months. My tubal cyst did not mess with my menstrual cycle.
Oh, puleeze :) I have a doc friend who was so helpful but very overtly would guide me back out of my paranoid misgivings by saying things like "It's coming out - no options and we're not going in that direction!" I had myself so worked up I made every man around me crazy. They can't fix it - makes 'em nuts! We women understand. Come here -- we get it and will work it through with you. We're all going through it or have been through it!
I have read your post three or four times now...can't help it..I think you would be wise to have your ultrasound pics reviewed by a gyn/oncologist....cysts/tumors in the reproductive system of women is his specialty...a 10 cm tumor is no longer small and needs to be dealt with....."YOU HAVE ONLY ONE CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME"...please go to a University or other teaching hospital...they often charge according to ability to pay.....I agree whole heartedly with Anne....you have no reason to worry as of yet...you do need to find out what is going on....the sooner the better. Please do stay in touch.
Given that the doc wasn't a gyn OR a gyn/onc, please consider having your ultrasound pictures and results released to a gyn/onc for review. None of us on this site are equipped with the knowledge that you need at this time. That is, of course, unless one of us is a gyn/onc or radiologist. I'm not sure where you live, but I urge you to contact the nearest teaching hospital and do your best to get an appointment with a gyn/onc. My intent is not to frighten you, please understand that. 99% of all cysts/tumors involving the ovaries will be benign. If, God forbid, yours falls into the 1%, you really want to be in the care of someone whose job it is to deal with gynecological cancers. As Dian says, "you only have one chance to do this right". If you need help in locating a gyn/onc, please let us know. I'm sure there are women on this site who would be able and willing to be of assistance. Please keep us posted!
Why do you keep trying to tell other people to go to other websites? They are here because they are looking for answers and some of us have been on here for a couple of years now and we have vowed to help people, not send them on their way.
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