Friday, 15 February 2013

Introducing my new ovarian cyst!

Yes, that’s right folks. It’s not like having a miscarriage, severe cramping and continuous blood tests was bad enough. Now, I have a corpus luteum ovarian cyst to keep my troubles company. Welcome to the family cysty – make yourself at home!

I had my scan 2 days ago at which the sonographer said everything looked good and I was definitely in the middle of my cycle. Excellent news – although she failed to mention the little note of the cyst. Because of her jovial attitude at the time, I assumed everything was fine, so I was a little shocked to hear the news today.

I have a 2.5 centimetre cyst on my right ovary. For those not up with their cyst types, it’s basically a cyst that forms after you ovulate if the follicle closes too quickly. It can then fill up with fluid or blood. It’s not really a big deal – million of women have them. In fact, a friend just fell pregnant with a total of 34 of them on both her ovaries!

While they seem relatively harmless, they can cause a multitude of problems. The biggest is their ability to rupture – my aunt nearly died from one rupturing so these cysts are not all fun and games! It can also cause pain if it twists so it’s highly likely this has been the cause of my cramps. These little bad boys can also cause miscarriage – given my cramps started 3 weeks before my miscarriage, it’s possible that this unassuming cyst was the cause. I’ll have to talk to the fertility specialist next week to confirm that.

In terms of moving forward, it shouldn’t impact me being able to fall pregnant because my left ovary is fine, however, we need to monitor the cyst's size. I have to have another scan in 2 weeks to see if it’s grown, and if it has, it’s highly likely I’ll have to have it removed. I don’t know how I feel about another baby-related operation. It’s done through a laparoscopy which I’ve had before so the operation itself is not a big deal. It’s just another operation on top of the operation I just had to remove the baby. It all just seems a little too much right now.

I know this is really not a big deal. I know it shouldn’t have any impact on falling pregnant or having a safe delivery. I know all of that. However, when you throw it onto the pile of crap I’ve had to deal with in the past 5 months it’s not so insignificant. It’s another thing to have to deal with. It’s another thing that could impact my baby dream. It’s another thing that tests my resolve and makes me question why this all has to be so hard. It’s not enough to make me give up – it’s just another hurdle to jump over.  


  1. That sucks big time :(

  2. Thanks Kristin - you have succinctly summarised my post! :)

  3. I am sorry you have more to deal with on top of everything else. I will be thinking of you and wish you the best.



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