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[QUOTE=lulu2008;4661662]I had surgery in late Oct. 2010 to remove a paraovarian cyst that had a mural nodule and blood flow. It turned out to be a benign serous cystoadenofibroma and all was well. Starting right after surgery (3 days later to be exact) my periods became so heavy and long. I used to have regular/light periods for about 4-6 days and now they are so heavy and last up to 9 days. Also, I ovulate very late in my cycle (usually around day 20) and its excruciating. I used to have the same pain before the cyst was out and assumed it would go away once the cyst was gone but when it didn't I thought maybe the pain had nothing to do w/ the cyst in the first place. I didn't really think much of it until I realized that I started my period about one week after ovulating (instead of 14 or so days after) and I started getting acne. I have never had acne in my life and I didn't know why I'd start getting it at almost 30. I also get random black, course hairs on my chin and upper lip. I also never used to have that. So my ob/gyn ran some hormone tests and when they came back he said he wanted to have an ultrasound done to make sure I don't have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Well the ultrasound showed a new paraovarian cyst, on the same side and in the same area. This time its only 2.5 cm but my surgery was only 2.5 months ago and it was not there then. Also, it showed I had a 3.5 cm complex cyst on my right ovary. This was also not there at the time of the surgery, the doctor did a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy and said everything looked normal. What would make these cysts re appear so suddenly after surgery? I hope they do not continue to grow and end up causing pain like my last one :( I also have a cyst on my brain, I wonder if my body just makes a lot of cysts for some reason?[/QUOTE]

I guess you have PCOS, right?
I mean, your symptoms- acne, excess hair growth, ovarian cysts- sound like classic PCOS symptoms.
I would do a lot of research about polycystic ovarian syndrome, if I were you.
Unfortunately, I don't know all that much about it, so can't offer much advice. I do know that it's common- at least one out of ten women have it.
And I believe it's caused by hormone imbalances... primarily, an excess of testosterone, I believe. Women who have it often ovulate irregularly, or not at all, and have very irregular periods, or no periods, or near-constant abnormal bleeding.
It sounds like you do ovulate and have periods, so you're fortunate there. Maybe you only have a mild case.

The fact that you are ovulating only days before your period indicates (at least in my opinion, but I'm not a medical professional) that your luteal phase is too short. It should be 10-14 days long. You should not start your period until about two weeks after you ovulate.
This could be caused by a progesterone deficiency.
You might need progesterone supplementation.
I'm taking progesterone right now: 10 mgs per day, for the last ten days of each cycle.
I'm doing this for three months, and it's supposed to regulate my periods, which had gotten sort of wonky.
Maybe that's what you need to do also.

I think you should talk to your doctor again. There's no reason to put up with this level of discomfort. I suspect progesterone pills or oral contraceptives are in your near future.
The good news is, they seem to work pretty well when it comes to straightening out messed-up periods.

Good luck to you.

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