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Trouble with birth control pill as treatment for ovarian cyst? Thoughts?

I'm 28 years old, 3 years ago I had an ovarian torsion (twisted ovary) due to a monster 4in ovarian cyst. I lost my left ovary, but now the Gyn says I have a 2.5" cyst on my right ovary. She put me on Junel Fe 1/20 eight months ago and I really don't know that I want to stay on it but I don't know if I have a choice. I feel emotionally devoid ... a lack of interest; I don't have an opinion about anything. In the morning, almost every morning, I have a swift mood change where I feel incredibly sad and cry for a few minutes for no reason but then the feeling is gone. My boyfriend and I have not had intercourse in 8-9 months primarily because I just feel nothing down there (despite trying). "Down there" I'm incredibly dry and its starting to get where its uncomfortable to wipe when I pee due to it being so dry. I haven't had a period in 8 months...and I don't know if that is a good thing. These side effects are not .... the end of the world but I would like to have sex in my future. How are you coping with ovarian cysts? Is hormonal birth control my only option to keep it from exploding my ovary? If I stop taking it, do I risk blowing my only ovary? My gyn...(the only one my health care covers) told me I could try a sex therapist...but I feel like that just...isn't the cause of the problems. Thoughts?
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I am sorry you are going through this. I have heard of women taking birth control to prevent ovarian cysts but it seems I read that there is no evidence that it helps. If you have not researched it, you may want to do that.

Is the current cyst 2.5" or 2.5 cm (much smaller)? They usually measure them in centimeters. If it is 2.5 cm that is very small and chances are it will resolve on its own.
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The doctor said they lost my medical records when I 'requested' to have a copy...now I'm not sure how large the cyst is.  At the last appointment she said that it is too large to go away on its own at this point. She put me on birth control to see if that slows it down but she also said I will need surgery in the future to remove it. I read that there's not much I can do to stop it from growing (if the birth control doesn't work).  I guess I just need to accept that....
In my opinion, you being told that your medical records were lost sounds suspicious. I would definitely want another ultrasound to see the size of the cyst before having surgery. And a copy of the image as well as the report would be good. Also, I have heard that it is best to go to an imaging center not affiliated with the gyn's office.
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