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Name: sasha
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I just went to the doctor today for my first checkup. I've been experiencing what I thought to be cramps and uterus stretching pains. It's my first prenancy and I wasn't sure if I was 5 or 9 weeks prego.I thought the pain meant I was farther along than I thought. Anyway, so the doctor does a sonogram and says that it looks like I'm only 4 weeks pregnant and did I know that I have a 5cm Cyst in my uterus! (not sure if its on my ovary because I spaced out when I saw it in the sonogram) and it truely scared the shit out of me. So I exclaimed-- "so is THAT the cause of all my pain?" He said yes-- but he hopes that it will get smaller and not rupture... First step is to see if the 4 week fetus is growing steadily... I took a blood test today and will take another in 2 days to compare and see if my hormone levels go up (this will mean that the fetus is growing)... but the cyst is very painful and I'm scared of the unknown. Any experiences to share?
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Name: sasha (again) | Date: Nov 9th, 2005 6:02 AM
also--worried about miscarriage... I'm worried about the cyst rupturing and either hurting the pregnancy or my own body... The doctor doesn't want to remove the cyst unless he has to-- I feel like I'm expecting the worse case scenerio... the pain has been going on for atleast the past 6 weeks. I am 30 yrs. old and i'm mad at myself that I didn't initially feel alarmed by the pain...how could I even think that this is what the 1st trimester would feel like!? Any words of wisdom? 

Name: to sasha | Date: Nov 11th, 2005 3:38 AM
Ask your doctor about what is worring you.
Have you searched for information on the web? 

Name: so sasha | Date: Nov 23rd, 2005 4:42 AM
What did your dr. say?
Are you and your baby going to be alright? 

Name: katine76 | Date: Nov 28th, 2005 11:37 AM
Hi there.

I am 22 weeks pregnant with my second baby and had an ultrasound when I was 10 weeks. I never had any cramping or anything etc...but when I went to my OB/GYN appt she told me they had found a cyst on one of my ovaries. Like you I of course panicked but she told me if I wasn't experiencing pain and it showed it wasn't too big that I had nothing to worry about. We are having a planned c-section for the baby so they said most likely they will remove at the same time.

Hope yours goes down and it dosn't cause you too much more pain.

Tracy :) 

Name: dawndawn | Date: Nov 30th, 2005 5:37 PM
My mom actually had a cyst on her ovary when she was pregnant with me. It got as big as a grapefruit, so they performed surgery to remove it when she was 5 months pregnant with me. She does have a pretty scar of her reminder but, she said she would do it all over again. I am now 32 years old and my mom went on to have a normal pregnancy, but I had to be difficult and came out breach. Medical technology is so advanced since then, so I wouldn't worry too much and just trust your doctor.
Good Luck

Name: Allyson | Date: Dec 7th, 2005 7:39 AM
i am going threw the same thing but i have two cysts and one is on my ovary and one on my falopian tube the are 35mm im not sure if that is the size of them togther or the size of each! i got pains so bad i thought i was going to misscarry but so far i haven't. first the docs thought i was 9 weeks then they did a scan and didn't see the baby so he thought i might be as far as they thought so they had me go get blood work. my HCG levels did go up and he said i was 5 weeks and 6 days. but he did give me some bad news he said that if they get any bigger i might not even be able to go into actual labor he might have to give me a c section because if he lets be push the cysts might bust. VERY scary i know but i am now 9 almost 10 weeks and the pains seem to have slowed down ALOT! i hope everything goes weel with your pregnancy! 

Name: Ashley | Date: Dec 22nd, 2005 5:16 PM
I just wanted to let you know that I am almost 11 weeks pregnant and this is also my first. When I went to the dr at 6 weeks they said they could see a cyst on my right ovary. Which I was like you that scared the hell out of me. I went back about 2 weeks ago at 8 weeks and they said that it was still there. However I had a dr appt yesterday and had to have my mother drive me because I was in so much pain. They actually admitted me into the hospital because they thought that it was my appendix but they said that my cyst had ruptured. My dr did say that however with most cysts they go away with no problems so if I were you I would just keep a close eye on whats going on with your body. The baby will be fine, dont worry to much. if you ever need someone to talk to my personal email address is [email protected]. I'm always looking for someone to talk to thats in the same position as I am in. 

Name: Kristen | Date: Dec 22nd, 2005 10:59 PM
Sasha, I've had four babies and on all four pregnancies I had a cyst! My doctor told me that it's perfectly normal to develop a cyst on the ovary that dropped the egg. In all four cases my cyst went away on it's own. However my doctor told me that I could deliver vaginally and if the cyst was still there at my post partum check up they could remove it then. I never had to do that and I'm sure yours will be just fine!
Keep us informed and let us know how we can help!


Name: Shannon | Date: Jan 2nd, 2006 3:09 AM
I have a history of cysts due to endometriosis, several have ruptured. While pregnant with my 2nd, I had a cyst from the begining. Then I went through the same hormone testing every 4 days for 1 month. Good new!! My hormones got normal, unfortunately my cyst eventyally ruptured during my 4rd month. It did hurt, but felt better than the pain of the cyst itself. Baby was fine. When a cyst ruptures, I wont lie it does hurt, but within 5 days you feel much better. You may experience discharge from the cyst when it ruptures or like me even vomitt. Everyone is different, but dont worry your baby will be ok. 

Name: Samantha | Date: Jan 4th, 2006 7:04 PM
After my first ultrasound at 8 weeks ( I am now 14 weeks ) my doctor called me in to tell me I have a cyst that was like 6.6cm. He says that is large. They will noramally go away on there own. They keep checking mine. Fortunately I have not had any pain (mine is on my ovary). They are normal on the ovary. They appear on the ovary that releases the egg and actually help to sustain the pregnancy. They are usually small though. I was freaked out at first. My doctor said if I felt severe pain or nausea to call in ambulance so that was pretty scary. I have been ok so far though. Hope it all works out ok for you. Good luck! 

Name: heather | Date: Jan 6th, 2006 6:17 AM
not all cyst are bad...they will usually go away within 3 days. i had one and the cramps and all but it eventually went away. You usually wont have to worry about cyst after the 16th weeks of pregnancy..hopw all goes well. 

Name: bk | Date: Jan 14th, 2006 12:19 AM
i've had two pregnancies and with both i new early on because when me and my hubby had sex it hurt. i've always had cysts while pregos, mine did dissapear as the pregnancies progressed. 

Name: Pamela | Date: Feb 14th, 2006 7:00 AM
I am finding myself in the same situation. I am 7 weeks pregnant and while in my 5th week I woke up one day with servere adominal pain and even fainted. Went to emergency as i thought it was a miscarriage. Discovered that it was a cyst and have been worried since for myself and the baby. God it been a relief reading all your experiences and feeling much better. I am in a wait and see period but yesterday just find out that it is getting bigger. Doctor have advised that there is nothing to worry but I am getting a second opinion anyway. 

Name: Irene | Date: Feb 14th, 2006 8:09 AM
Hi all, i had Cyst during pregnacy and was really worried, but all was okay, just have faith girls, have faith in God and everything will be ok.
God bless xx 

Name: eewing25 | Date: Aug 15th, 2006 11:45 PM
I am a nervous wreck and just found this forum. While in for my 8 week ultrasound they found a cyst on my right ovary. I felt that I did not get much information from the nurse practioner about it. She said just not to worry. I have since changed doctors. My new doctor said the same thing. Mine is also a 5 cm cyst... tomorrow I go back for my next ultrasound.. I am now 17 weeks pregnant. I am a nervous wreck about what it might show. I have had no pain at all.. I would never even know it was there if I had not had my first ultrasound... I am even walking every night on my treadmill for a couple of miles with no problems.. this has to be a good sign right? Can anyone give me some reassuring words to hold on to for tonight? Thanks in advance for your help! 

Name: E | Date: Aug 15th, 2006 11:50 PM
Corpus Luteum Cyst of Pregnancy

by Marjorie Greenfield, M.D.
reviewed and revised by Marjorie Greenfield, M.D.

Many women go for a routine ultrasound or pelvic examination early in their pregnancy and come away with the surprise finding of an ovarian cyst. Usually, this cyst comes from the corpus luteum. After an egg is released from the ovary, the corpus luteum is responsible for making the hormone progesterone. It is this hormone that prepares the uterus for pregnancy.

A typical corpus luteum is round and fluid-filled and can range in size from less than two centimeters (about an inch) to six centimeters or more. On ultrasound, a fluid-filled (cystic) structure greater than three centimeters is technically classified as an ovarian cyst, even though it may well represent a normal finding.

Ovarian cysts usually don't cause any symptoms. In fact, corpus luteum cysts appear toward the end of the menstrual cycle, last into early pregnancy, and then usually resolve over a period of time without any special treatment.

Complications of ovarian cysts

Occasionally a cyst will rupture, causing several hours of pain, followed by an aching feeling for a few more days. The pain often will be severe enough for a woman to go to the doctor or the emergency room, but the cause of the pain is usually obvious on ultrasound and the symptoms usually have begun to resolve by the time an evaluation is done.

A cyst will in rare instances cause the ovary to twist (ovarian torsion), cutting off its blood supply and resulting in pain and nausea. Ovarian torsion requires surgery to untwist the ovary and remove the cyst. The symptoms of a ruptured cyst or ovarian torsion are not subtle. A woman usually knows there is something terribly wrong and seeks medical care.

How to deal with a cyst

If you have an ovarian cyst with only mild symptoms, rest assured that a significant complication is not likely to occur and you can go about your regular activities. Sometimes a cyst ruptures during sex, so your practitioner might recommend avoiding intercourse until the cyst resolves. Discuss with your practitioner any other activity concerns you might have. And remember: Corpus luteum cysts usually resolve painlessly by the beginning of the second trimester. 

Name: soraya | Date: Jun 3rd, 2007 8:31 PM
I got s positive pregnancy test on the 23rd may, by my dates i worked out i was about 4 weeks. I started to get a little pain in my left side so decided to go to emergency. they gave me a blood test an then an internal examination which they then decided to keep an eye on my hormone levels in case of ectopic preganancy. As you can imagine I was worried sick and obviously devastated. I went home then returned 2 days later to discover that my levels had only gone from 1,284 to 1,869 in 48 hours. The very next day I developed an ache around my left side and back, so went back to emergency were after a 4 hour wait I was told I would have to stay in and was placed on a drip.
I was booked in for an emergency scan which showed the fluid in the womb but no baby. and 2 big dark circles which the doc said was blood. I was rushed into emergency surgery for ectopic pregnancy, but was woken up to be told I had a cyst and they had removed it. Since then my hoe levels have gone from 2,811 to 4,559 in 48 hours shich is not doubled but i am pleased. I am still recovering now but am also worried about my scan nxt week which will be week 7. I am terrified incase there is still no sign of my baby. The only advice I can give is to try an stay positive which is easy to say (i know) but please try. I am 18 and to go through all this is just like a massive emotional rollercoaster. Have your hormones been increasing?

Name: shine1980 | Date: Oct 25th, 2007 2:28 AM
hi i had a ultrasound and they seen the sac and also something else they think it might be a cyst in my uterus near the sac my hcg levels are high and the sac is only measureing im 5and half weeks i go back in a week to see if there seeing the baby yet im worried it could be a bad pregnancy. has anyone ever had this happen 

Name: ag | Date: Jan 5th, 2009 6:56 PM
Hi Sasha,
I am 17wks pregnant and just had surgery removing a cyst formed on my right fallopian tube. My advice to you is to remove it. You're right, pain is a way of telling the body that something is wrong. If there is an emergency, surgery over 4 mos is not too safe for the baby. Five inches is large and what will happen if it grows when you are further along? The cyst in my body flipped and pinched my fallopian tube causing a pain worse then childbirth. The sonogram did not pick this up either. Nothing the doctors gave me alleviated the pain. Of course my cyst was VERY large (8in) and I imagine my case is very, very rare too. But lets say the cyst in your body doesn't burst or doesn't grow and just remains the same size....can you handle the pain for another 8 mos? Will the pain worsen even if the cyst remains stable as your baby grows? The doctors (in the ER) wanted to send me home on morphine for the remainder of my pregnancy and just watch the cyst. I knew having my unborn on morphine was not a safe option-Hello??. But as I was twisted up in pain, I had an assurance from God the baby would be safe if I had surgery. So, prayer is important too. It took me many hours (7 hrs of acute pain in ER) to convince the hospital to admit me and at least consider surgery. Four times they tried to send me home. I was in obvious pain?? Finally they admitted me and scheduled surgery. It was not till they opened me up that they discovered the true nature of my problem; as I mentioned earlier the cyst had flipped and was beginning to cut my fallopian tube on two sides. :) I may have lost an ovary and fallopian tube, but thankfully the baby is safe and recovery is going well. Thank God! I pray this doesnít scare you but encourages you to pray and what every your decision, go in Godís peace. 

Name: ag | Date: Jan 5th, 2009 6:58 PM
Another thing. Two sonograms showed the cyst at 4in in diameter. In reality (i have pix) it was over 8 inches! 

Name: GoldiLocks | Date: Jan 6th, 2009 4:26 PM
thats pretty big in size, but try not to worry about it, it may rapture and baby will be fine, it sounds like a hormonal cyst & it wont harm your baby! 

Name: CaraMia | Date: Dec 17th, 2009 4:02 PM
I am on my third pregnancy and been told that i have a large cyst in my uterus... I was told that it would drain it self as the baby grows...i am at 12 weeks now... What is the difference between uterus cyst and ovarian cyst..and are they dangers with either . 

Name: hollandais | Date: Feb 16th, 2010 6:01 AM
hello, my name is Jessica and i am pregnant for about 6 weeks. the Doc discovered a cyst of 5cm on my ovary. He told me that usually it goes on its own. I have an appointment the next month to see if it is decreasing or the opposite. If it don't decrease is it possible to remove it without hurting my baby?
Can someone answer me? 

Name: idaho | Date: Mar 10th, 2010 9:51 PM
im 27 weeks and i have a cyst about the size of a golf ball on my uterus.It developed in just the last month. Ive had already three ultrasound for other reasons untill they found the cyst now they want me to have another ultrasound. I had cyst with my first pregnancy on my overies but they went away. Has anyone had a cyst on there uterus? I dont want anymore ultrasounds no one including the FDA said there %100 safe. But im worried. 

Name: karly24 | Date: Jun 11th, 2011 6:47 PM
Yes the exact thing is happening to me right now I'm so scared 

Name: katurah | Date: Aug 25th, 2011 2:13 PM
I am 5w as of yesterday and yesterday I went in to the hospital for some extreme abdominal pain that made me pass out in the bathroom. Found out it was a corpus luteum cyst that had ruptured. I am no longer in any pain, but I am taking it easy. (As easy as you can take things with a 20 month old little boy!) I'm curious if anyone else had to have progesterone suppositories. My understanding was that the CL provides progesterone until your fetus can do that for itself, which I assume it is not old enough to manage at 5w... I am paranoid b/c I had a miscarriage in April and would like to avoid it again at all costs. If progesterone is something that can help me, I want it. I'm currently waiting to hear back from my midwives, but was wondering how everyone else handled theirs if their rupture was so early on. Did you have healthy babies? Did you need progesterone? 

Name: shalini | Date: Aug 1st, 2012 4:17 AM
my 4 pregnancy test are positive, but not even a sac on ultrasound at 7 week, doctor says i have cyst of 24 mm, iam pregnant or not? 

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