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Hi Honeys,

I think that you will have to clarify some information with your doctor before making any decision regarding surgery.

First of all, is the cyst on your ovary or in your uterus ? If it is on your ovary, why is your uterus enlarged ? An ovarian cyst cannot enlarge your uterus so perhaps your uterus is enlarged due to some other additional issue such as uterine fibroids or a thick endometrial lining. You need to find out why your uterus is enlarged.

Secondly, what kind of (presumably) ovarian cyst do you have and how large is it ? Is the cyst only filled with fluid or does it have some solid components ? If it is a simple fluid filled cyst on one ovary that is 5 cms or less, then it is highly unlikely to be anything dangerous. If the cyst contains solid components, they can sometimes identify it to be say a dermoid cyst (filled with hair and teeth) or a "chocolate" cyst (filled with blood). "Chocolate" cysts can sometimes go away on their own but dermoids usually need to be removed through surgery. Other types of complex cysts (cysts with some sort of solid component) will need to come out in order to rule out any serious pathology (most of these are benign as well but with these types of cysts, one needs to be more certain). Therefore, you need to find out what type of cyst you have and how large it is.

When you are armed with this information, then you can make a decision whether or not to proceed with the surgery. If your 1.25 cm cyst was a simple cyst then this was probably a normal functional cyst that all women get with ovulation. Therefore it should have gone away on its own. It is very possible that they may be seeing another functional cyst as these come and go every month in normal women of child bearing age. Functional cysts are not dangerous and do not need to be removed through surgery. It is highly unlikely that you would loose your or your baby's life due to an ovarian cyst so ask your gynecologist to explain this. Perhaps you have some sort of medical history that might aggravate a pregnancy or surgery. You will need to go over everything with your doctor to be sure.

Women with cysts do get pregnant. You have two ovaries which contain eggs so if one does not work, the other will.

Speak to your doctor about all of these issues so that you can make an informed decision that you are satisfied with.



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