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Is laparoscopy needed for retention cyst in the ovary?


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Answered by

Dr. Neha Rathod

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At March 2, 2017
Reviewed AtJuly 10, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 33 year old woman weighing 123 lbs and 5 feet tall. We are trying for a baby for more than a year. Recently I underwent treatment and have completed two cycles of Clomid with no positive outcome. I had another unsuccessful try at IUI along with Clomid. From the last couple of months, I am taking L-Thyroxine and Cabergoline tablets for high prolactin treatment. I had a regular menstrual cycle except from the past year where I gained 11 lbs. This week I went for a scan on the second day of my menstrual cycle, and the doctor noticed a retention cyst of 2.5 x 1.5 inch in my left ovary, for which the doctor suggested laparoscopic surgery. Do I need laparoscopy? Can medicines cure it or can the cyst disappear on its own? I have attached my reports, kindly suggest what should be done.

Answered by Dr. Neha Rathod


Welcome to iclinq.com.

After going through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) carefully, I feel it is better to undergo a laparoscopy because of the cyst size. Any ovarian cyst of more than 1 inch needs a surgical intervention. Laparoscopy will also increase the chance of pregnancy as the cyst must be causing some hormonal changes due to which there must be a delay in conceiving and once it gets cleared, the chance of pregnancy will increase. Get started with Folic acid supplements and continue taking Thyroxine tablets, after consulting your specialist doctor.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Neha Rathod
Dr. Neha Rathod

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