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Dermoid cyst - pain during ovulation

Hi!  I am 49 years old and have a cyst on my left ovary (about 7 cm), which my doctor believes is a dermoid cyst.  We found out about it because of EXTREME pain during ovulation, and an ultrasound. I haven't read of anybody else with a dermoid cyst having ovulation pain.  It seems most that do have pain have it throughout the month or during their period.  (I typically have some pain during ovulation, but nothing like what I've experienced the last two months).

I will be having a hysterectomy and oophorectomy  in two weeks.  

Has anyone else experienced extreme pain during ovulation with a dermoid cyst?

Thank you!
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I had a 9.5 cm ovarian cyst, not a dermoid though. Dermoid cysts are benign (non-cancerous). But most other types of ovarian cysts are benign too. The average woman's lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is less than 2%.

Like you, I was 49 years old. My gynecologist should have just removed the cyst or the one ovary but he removed everything (hysterectomy and oophorectomy). I have been suffering the many after-effects ever since (8 years). I aged 15 years by 4 months post-op. I am still horrified when I look in the mirror.

I am curious why your doctor isn't removing JUST the dermoid cyst and leaving your sex organs intact. Our organs have life-long functions and work as a system so even the removal of an ovary can cause serious, permanent problems (such as ovarian failure). Intact women's ovaries produce hormones into their 80's for optimal health and well-being.

Hysterectomy and oophorectomy are the most overused surgeries (along with c-section). Only 2% are done for confirmed cancer. Even ACOG says that 76% of hysterectomies do not meet their criteria.  
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Opps sorry about the post above for some reason it got posted before I could submit it.

aliceseeksmedical I  totally agree with old_before_my_time.
Ask your Doctor to protect all your organs.  Tell you Doctor that you would LOVE to save your organs as much as you can.  

Take care and God Bless.
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I am having serious pain, so yes, the ovary must go.  My doctor told me he could just remove the one ovary and call it day, provided it is a dermoid cyst.  I opted for the whole shabang since I have a fibroid on my uterus, along with painful "relations".  And honestly, I'm so done with periods.

I have never met anybody (in real life) who regrets the decision.  That said, I appreciate your concern.  But I'm happy with my decision.  
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Also, my grandmother had ovarian cancer, and so while they were taking out one, I wanted the other gone as well.  And since a lone uterus unsupported by any ovaries is a health risk, out she goes, too.

I do want to say I'm sorry to hear about the problems you are having.  I hope you'll have good health again soon!

-alice
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