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Dr. Norm S.
Dr. Norm S., Board Certified OB/GYN
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Experience:  Over 30 years of experience in OB/GYN practice, including teaching students. Fellow of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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My daughter has suffered to debilitating state each or every

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My daughter has suffered to debilitating state each or every other month with cyst that rupture on her ovaries causing excruciating pain...She developed this problem after having a tubal ligation. She has had 3 successful pregnancies, is now 38 years old but this problem seems to get worse with age. Taking birth control mildly helped but she can't take these forever. Would a complete hysterectomy help resolve her problem....this issue is also causing her hormones to go out of control!!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 years ago.
Since the problem is from ruptured ovarian cysts, removing her uterus and ovaries would resolve the problem, as she would no longer have ovaries to develop cysts. We would consider that to be a good solution once all other options have been tried.Usually birth control pills will prevent ovarian cysts from developing. I would consider trying a different pill, since the ones she has taken have only helped mildly. She can't take the pill forever, but she could take them for a number of years if they resolved the problem. The pill would also cause her hormones to even out.It might be possible that after a few years on the pill, perhaps her ovaries would not have the same tendency to develop cysts that rupture and cause severe pain. If not, then a complete hysterectomy could always be done. It is major surgery, with possible complications, so it's usually better to do it as a last resort.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Would it be possible to solve this problem if she only had her uterus removed?
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 years ago.
Removing her uterus would not prevent ovarian cysts from forming and rupturing. I don't think it would be helpful to remove the uterus and leave the ovaries.