Update on the innards (aka lady parts)

I finally had my GYN appointment yesterday and had a vaginal ultrasound this morning to check things out.  Man was I excited for the later of that last sentence.  haha  I have been having the typical symptoms of a cyst some of which are nausea, bloating, painful “other actions,” (if you catch my drift) and obviously abdominal pain/cramping.

The verdict is that I have a cyst on my right ovary that is about 2.9 mm in diameter.  There are 2 main types of cysts:

Follicle Cyst

During a woman’s menstrual cycle, an egg grows in a sac called a follicle. This sac is located inside the ovaries. In most cases, this follicle or sac breaks open and releases an egg. But if the follicle doesn’t break open, the fluid inside the follicle can form a cyst on the ovary.

Corpus Luteum Cysts

Follicle sacs typically dissolve after releasing an egg. But if the sac doesn’t dissolve and the opening of the follicle seals, additional fluid can develop inside the sac and this accumulation of fluid causes a corpus luteum cyst.

The treatment for such cysts are birth control pills/hormone therapy to shrink the cyst.  If that doesn’t work then the next step is surgery to remove the cyst.

The treatment plan is to use the NuvaRing which will stop my cycle (no ovulation and no menstruation).  I go back to the GYN in 6 weeks to check the cyst via vaginal ultrasound again.  If it is still there (in any dimension) we will discuss the next step.  I am always leery of trying new birth control/hormones because I have had not so fun side effects from some.  When you are messing with hormones it is pretty much a given that it will mess with your moods.  When you throw hormones on top of my depression you never know what you are going to get.  There have been some that even my husband has said, “babe I want the old Shannon back aka stop that birth control please!”

I am glad to have an answer as to what is causing the pain.  It may not be all of the cause but at least it is a starting point.  Now I get to wait around for this lovely cyst to burst.  The pain is already unbearable at times so I am not looking forward to “the burst” that’s for sure.  Hopefully the 6 weeks go by fast and the cyst is gone when they recheck.  Although part of me wants them to just take it all anyway so why wait.

Stopping my cycle and the up and down of hormones every month will theoretically have a positive effect on my lungs and all other organs when it comes to the change of mucus thickness.  I have stated many times that my cycle defiantly affects my lungs.  The GYN said that he hopes it will help all aspects of things to include my lungs and even GI tract.  I hope so too because my CF gut has not been friendly lately.

Until next time…

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