3.5 cm Septated Ovarian Cyst For Nearly 3 Months. What To Do?

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Hi everyone,

I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst in September after having bleeding, no period, and a strange clear discharge. The cyst was 4.9 cm. I had two more ultrasounds and it shrunk a bit (can't remember the size). I had another ultrasound two weeks ago, and although it's not as big as it was originally, it's bigger than the last two ultrasounds, at 3.5 cm. And it's either four small cysts, or one multi-septated one. My obgyn sent me to an oncologist. He did a ca-125 (my obgyn doesn't believe in that test), and it was 16. He said the chances are small that it's cancer, but he can do surgery and remove the ovary. He said it's up to me, and won't know if it's definitely not cancer until he does the surgery.

My obgyn I had gone to since I was 18 (I'm 51) retired due to health reasons, and I'm dealing with all new doctors I don't know. I'm supposed to start a new job in January. I have no idea what to do. If I wait to see if the cyst changes, I'll regret it if something sinister is going on,but I don't want to make a hasty decision and remove it. In addition, my obgyn suggests removing both ovaries, something I've heard can cause a host of problems. Any advice? I've had bowel problems since the cyst which is a bit concerning, but noticed others mentioned this too. Sorry for the long post, thanks in advance.

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    hi! i understand your concerns. I just got surgery for endometrosis although they thought it was an ovarian cyst. since the cyst got smaller, i would wait a couple more months. i waited 6 months until i got my surgery.

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    Hi there Zenlemon

    I had sn ovarian 3lb cyst an aggressive one! The worst type!I was 19 ! The doctor said i was lucky that it hadnt turned cancerous i would have died! Anyway i had the oopherectomy, My Right ovary removed I am glad i did because I still had 3 children. Iam 55 now, and i am okay still. Menopause started 49-50 years old. I am 55 years now.

    Not had any problems with cysts since then

    Elizabeth .

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    I'm 52 and opted to have both ovaries removed (2 cycsts on one side) and it was a good decision! I didn't want to deal with surergy twice! I was already perimenapausal and after it was full blown menopause - wicked hot flashes about 25 times a day- was crazy! But the DR. put me on hormone therapy and its been great, no problems at all.

    If they can do it laproscopically then your recovery will be quick. Unfortunately mine had to be done with open surgery and it was a long recovery and thats the worst part. i personally would not wait. It took me 4 monthes to get surgery and in that time i went from minimal discomfort to horrible pains, bowel issues and i felt lime it was going to rupture!

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    Thanks for the responses. Sorry you've all had to deal with this too. It's not easy, to say the least.

    I'm going to meet with the oncologist again tomorrow with my husband this time, and discuss it some more. Its almost been three months since they found the cyst, but the last u/s was at the two month mark. I feel like I need to take a step back and maybe get an opinion from a female obgyn. It seems as if most cysts, even septated ones, can be watched for awhile longer. Everyone is different, but I honestly don't want to have anything removed unless I have to. I'll meet again with the oncologist tomorrow and go from there. There's no easy answer, that's for sure.

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