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The Ovarian Cyst Gamble

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The ongoing debate of the effect of birth control pills on ovarian cysts has yet to be resolved.

Some physicians recommend birth control for the prevention and treatment of cysts because they claim that cysts cannot form when a woman is taking birth control because it stops ovulation.

Most cysts form from a small amount of fluid used in the development of an egg, called an ovarian follicle. When this follicle becomes larger than about 2 cm it can be classified as a cyst.

Others think that stopping ovulation my lead to PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and the formation of multiple cysts.

Some symptoms of PCOS are repeat miscarriages, too much insulin or insulin resistance, sleep apnea, chronic pelvic pain, obesity, and male-like facial/ body hair.

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This is so interesting! I found out that I had polycystic ovarian syndrome when I first went to the gynecologist at age 16. Since getting on birth control shortly after, I have had no issues related to it and have had a huge decrease in cramping during my periods (and during ovulation) and in severity of bleeding. It's been great for me, but obviously what works for one may not work for another. Very interesting post!

April 22, 2009 - 3:38pm
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I'm 20 and have strong signs of PCOS. Having less than 4 periods yearly, facial hair, obesity, insulin resistance, and pelvic pains. I have always been told that Birth control was the only treatment for pcos, I never knew it was seen by some as trigger too. Thanks for the info!

April 22, 2009 - 2:48pm
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