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Corpus luteum cyst

At my last Dr. Appt the midwife vaguely mentioned that on my 8 week dating ultrasound I had a corpus luteum ovarian cyst and that it should go away on its own. Has anyone ever had one? I have been occasionally achy on one side, even still. I'm 13 weeks tomorrow. My sister said she had one during one pregnancy and that it burst and was really painful. I'm not super worried, mostly curious.
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No personal experience, but it is really really common from what I know and the VAST majority resolve on their own. They are typically harmless. Not all cyst burst with pain, but some do.

I still have pain on my ovulation side sometimes (I am 15 weeks)...But haven't had any u/s, so I don't know for sure what it is. Maybe a cyst? Maybe normal stretching and pulling from growth?

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I did have one painful cyst burst. It hurt so bad, but not if I laid down, just if I would get up and try to walk or do anything. I told myself that if it hurt the next day, I would go to the doctor (wasn't pregnant at the time). The next morning, it was magically better, no pain, nothing. So I made an appointment for a routine pap smear, and at that appointment I learned from the practitioner that it had been a burst cyst. I had no idea, because I'd never had one. So, yes it was painful, but not so bad if I laid down, and it resolved itself rather quickly.

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Oh, and like jodieanneanton, I also get pain in the ovary that is ovulating. Usually just a twinge for a minute or so and then it goes away. Just in the last 5 or so years.

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I have had various cysts, including what the doctor suspects are corpus luteum cysts. For me, they have not been a problem and always go away on their own. My bigger issue is that I have now developed two borderline (pre-cancerous) ovarian cysts. One grew so large that I lost an ovary to it, and the 2nd one (last year) never grew large but continued looking suspicious on imaging, so I had to have surgery to remove it. We monitored it via ultrasounds, then MRI and CT scan over the course of 7 months before surgery, and I had at least one other "simple" cyst show up and subsequently go away in that time. The doctors were never concerned about that one, as they can usually tell from imaging what type of cyst it is (simple or complex). Due to my history, I require ultrasounds of my ovary every 6 months, most likely for the rest of my life.

I had my first ultrasound around 6.5 weeks this pregnancy, as a follow up to my last surgery, and I had another corpus luteum cyst. They are very common during pregnancy and regular ovulation, from everything I have read. My doctor (a gyn oncologist) noted it but is not concerned about it. Prior to that ultrasound, I had kind of suspected there was a cyst, since I had been having some dull aching and pulling on that side. I don't notice it anymore, so I'm assuming it has gone away by now. I have never had one burst with pain, thankfully, but sometimes I notice a bit of spotting when I think they are going away (or it's complete coincidence).

If your cyst does not go away by your next ultrasound, or grows or starts looking differently, there might be some concern about it. But for now it sounds like no big deal and should dissolve on its own, if it hasn't already.
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We found a 5cm complex cyst n my ovary at 9 weeks. It freaked me out! However, I had an ultrasound done around 13 weeks and it had already gone away. My OB said most go away on their own by 20 weeks.

I also get achiness in the ovary-area.

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