My 14 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with a cyst on her right ovary. She is very active in sports at school and now she can hardly walk from the pain. We were sent for an ultrasound and the resuls only had it measured at 2.6. The doctor we went to said that it will just go away on its own. Everything I have been reading on this states that it can reoccur again and again. I have contacted many ob-gyn's but they will not even see her because of the age unless I have a referral. I do not know enough about this to consider any other options I may have. Birth control was suggested to regulate the cyst. I have a hard time putting my daughter on birth control when she is only 14. I know she is not sexually active and isn't even thinking about it. She is concerned about running cross country and track at school. Is there anything I can do to help my daughter through this?
I'm sorry about your daughter. She is too young for all this. I don't know how much you know, but basicaly your ovaries make a "cyst" every month which is very tiny and ruptures and then delivers a ripe egg to your fallopian tubes. Sometimes, as in a functional cyst, it doesn't rupture, but continues instead to fill with fluid and grow. Usually a small cyst will burst and the body will absorb the fluid. No big deal, but still can be painful, like a giant ovulation. But sometimes the cyst will keep filling with fluid and grow larger, pressing surrounding organs. If large enough or depending on what type of cyst it is it could develop it's own blood supply (instead of borrowing from the ovary) and if ruptured could bleed. SO, your degree of concern depends on what kind of cyst it is. If it is the type mentioned above or even polycystic ovary disease, BCP should help. Make sure to follow up and keep it monitored. Ask her doc about pain management. Narcotics are helpful if necessary but can cause constipation which will exacerbate the pain. You are both in my prayers.
Thank you Dian! :) You made me feel great! May I also add that I think the 14 year old should go ahead and do track or whatever she feels up to, probably make her feel better overall (as long as her doc says it is OK). Oh and one other thing occurred to me. At the time, I was very shy (what youngster that age isn't) about "stuff like that" and felt quite mortified. Just to let her and her mom know that the whole experience can be excrutiatingly embarassing at times at that tender age and I sympathize whole heartedly. Don't feel bad, it is more common that you realize. My mom talked a bit too much about what happened to me to her friends and others and I felt humiliated...just a gentle "warning". Also I had trouble finding a pill formulation that worked for me, the first ones made me quite ill, I would hope they have improved over the last 30 years though! Gosh I feel old all of sudden :) Eventually I found one that I was fine on but I had to try quite a few types first. Sure hope everything turns out OK for you.
I think posting on this forum is an awesome way to chat and gather information. Didn't have this in the seventies!
When I was 15, my periods became irregular. My doctor, during an internal exam, found a large ovarian cyst. (I don't really remember if I had pain or not. I may have but ignored it.) The affected ovary was removed because there was no viable ovarian tissue left. He also told me he "popped" (his words) several small cysts in the remaining ovary. I immediately went on the pill until I got married at 23. I was not sexually active. Every time I went off it I would develop more cysts. I tried to get pregnant right after marrying because my doctor cautioned me not to wait too long. Well long story short I managed to get pregnant after about eight months of trying, had a baby, and went on to have two more. Things settled down after that until.... now! I am now 48 and I am having my uterus removed due to very large fibroid and ... two complex ovarian cysts. Not sure what they will do regarding that remaining ovary. So I hope the first part of my story helps you a bit... I do quite strongly believe the pill was a true fertility saver for me. This is my first post but I sincerely love reading about all you wonderful brave women and the people who love you. Lots of love and prayers from Katie.
Women like you are what makes this site such a valuable place; you didn't have to post, but you did; and in doing so, you helped a young woman and her mother survive a really scary life altering experience.
Whether they choose to go the same direction you and your parents did; you offered a new paradigm.
Women are so cool!
Peace be with you! dian
I have been misrable with pain in the lower right side of my abdomen. I had an ultrasound done and it came out normal but I'm still in pain and lke you I'm 14 also. Any suggestions? By the way, hope everything will be okay. May God be with you.
please check out my daughters site as well she lso was 14 yrs old and diagnosed after surgeury to remove the tumor right away in 4-07 with ovarian cancer with a tumor larger then a football.she had same symtoms.
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