Hey Doc!: Cysts, Fibroids and Conception

Q: What is the difference between ovarian cysts and fibroids?

A: Difference between Ovarian Cysts and Fibroids.

The cysts occur in the ovaries. They are small bags of fluids created usually by normal processes in the ovary and they often are harmless. Fibroids, on the other hand are solid masses that grow within or on the uterus.

Depending on their location, fibroids can cause pain, heavy menstrual flow, difficulties associated with sustaining a pregnancy, difficult deliveries or might impact on nearby structures in the abdomen if it is “hanging” outside the uterus.

If you feel a firm bulge in your tummy that is not due to pregnancy, please see your doctor. Let him at least examine you to rule out fibroids.

Q: Can one conceive, like be pregnant in spite of ovarian cysts in the womb?

A: It’s called ovarian cyst because it occurs in the ovaries. It cannot be in the womb. Ovarian cysts do not grow in the womb.

The common ovarian cysts are harmless, most of them resolve on their own and only require monitoring but there are no advantages to having a cyst. In some cases, there is significant pain and some grow large enough to require simple drainage.

Cysts do not prevent conception in any way. They are on in ovaries, conception takes place in the part of the uterus called the fallopian tubes and the fetus grows on the inside of the uterus.

The only form of cysts that prevent pregnancy that quickly comes to mind is not the common type that I have just described and is a definite clinical entity associated with multiple cysts in the ovary.

A combination of complaints like excessive weight and poor blood sugar control in this case in addition to difficulty in conception would make a gynaecologist suspect Polycystic Ovary Disease and he would request a scan and other tests to confirm. Remember, infertility is not directly caused by excess weight, excess sugar, or many of the things commonly circulated in gists we tend to love listening to.

If you suspect something is going on in your body that you don’t like, you can see your doctor or gynaecologist. You can also take charge of it by the faith you have in Christ Jesus.


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