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Do Ovarian Cysts Prevent Pregnancies?

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that are found inside ovaries. Most women get ovarian cysts throughout their lives, but they are typically non-cancerous and not painful either. This is why they go through life having undetected ovarian cysts that disappear on their own.

However, if you have ovarian cysts and have been trying to get pregnant, keep reading this detailed article about the link between the two. Although ovarian cysts are not a hindrance in getting pregnant, there can be some exceptions in certain cases.

Can Ovarian Cysts Prevent Pregnancies?

Ovarian cysts do not necessarily prevent pregnancies in most cases. However, if a couple has been trying to get pregnant for over a year and the woman has an ovarian cyst, it should be further investigated.

Women who have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), in which case they have small cysts all over their ovaries, may have problems with getting pregnant. Similarly, if a woman has endometriosis, then that may also make pregnancy difficult in certain cases.

PCOS and Pregnancy

PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women. In this condition, women have pearl-sized clusters of ovarian cysts. They experience irregular menstrual cycles due to the lack of the hormone progesterone. This change in cycle and hormone imbalance contributes to a lack of fertility.

However, with medical treatments and hormone adjusting medicine, women can fix their ovulation and perhaps conceive. In certain cases, when even medicine does not work, they will require surgery designed to destroy the tissue producing the male hormone and causing the imbalance. This can allow them to eventually return to a normal ovulation cycle and increase their chances of falling pregnant.

Endometriosis and Pregnancy 

Endometriosis is a common condition that affects one in ten women and causes ovarian cysts. This might lead to difficulty in falling pregnant. In this condition, tissues that are similar to the uterus lining grow on the outside of the uterus, such as on the fallopian tubes. This considerably decreases fertility chances.

You can talk to a health professional that will diagnose the problem and suggest the right medical treatment that might help increase the chances of falling pregnant.

Other Ovarian Cysts and Pregnancy

In rare cases, ovarian cysts can be problematic, wherein they may rupture and cause heavy bleeding and abdominal pain. There are also pathological cysts with unwanted tissue such as hair, teeth, or skin and can grow large.

Any of these cysts will need to be surgically removed. However, these procedures do not necessarily reduce fertility unless the ovaries are also removed. Ovaries are only removed when they are too big or cancerous.

Final Words

If you believe you have an ovarian cyst and are facing difficulty getting pregnant, it would be helpful to get it checked by a healthcare professional. They can determine the best route in helping you get pregnant and treat the cyst. Feel free to get in touch with a provider from Health Once Family Medicine today by calling at (469)262-5762 or visiting to book an appointment.

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