Ovarian Cysts are a Symptom of Hypothyroidism

by Leisa on December 2, 2010

Thyroid problems are an area that I have studied in depth, having suffered myself with hypothyroidism, and been subjected to the incompetence of several medical practitioners before I found the answers myself.  Since then, I’ve found thyroid issues are one of the most mis-understood and mis-diagnosed conditions today.

Dr John Lowe is one of the foremost experts in the world on fibromyalgia and hypothyroid issues, (I interviewed him for my membership club – and he is a wealth of information!), and he has put together an enormous body of research to validate the direction he takes with his patients, and he has great success with his treatment protocols.  Below he talks about the incidence of hypothyroidism in relation to ovarian cysts.

This area is also related to iodine levels.  As I learnt from researching iodine, we need iodine not just for our thyroid gland to function properly, but iodine is needed for healthy breast, ovary, uterus, prostate, skin and brain function.  In a low iodine state, the thyroid may enlarge, and grow nodules and cysts and is called hypothyroidism. In a low iodine state, the breast may enlarge and grow nodules and cysts and it is called fibrocystic breast disease. In a low iodine state, the ovaries may enlarge, and grow nodules and cysts and is called polycystic ovarian syndrome.  See the pattern?

In any case of ovarian cysts, the first test I will do, is a urinary iodine loading test, to find out whether iodine is deficient.  Then I look at thyroid function.  Dr. John Lowe, gives us this case below to show the importance of looking into this area, rather than just having ovarian cysts removed.

Multiple Ovarian Cysts as a Major Symptom of Hypothyroidism by Dr John Lowe

The case I describe below is of importance to women with polycystic ovaries. If they have evidence, such as a high TSH, that conventional clinicians accept as evidence of hypothyroidism, they may fair well. But the TSH is not a valid gauge of a woman’s tissue thyroid status. Because of this, she may fair best by adopting self-directed care. At any rate, for women with ovarian cysts, this case is one of extreme importance.

In 2008, doctors at the gynecology department in Gunma, Japan reported the case of a 21-year-old women with primary hypothyroidism. Her doctor referred her to the gynecology department because she had abdominal pain and her abdomen was distended up to the level of her navel.

At the gynecology clinic she underwent an abdominal ultrasound and CT scan. These imaging procedures showed multiple cysts on both her right and her left ovary.

The woman’s cholesterol level and liver function were increased. She also had a high level of the muscle enzyme (creatine phosphokinase) that’s often high in hypothyroidism. Blood testing also showed that the woman had primary hypothyroidism from autoimmune thyroiditis.

It is noteworthy that the young woman’s ovarian cysts completely disappeared soon after she began thyroid hormone therapy. Other researchers have reported girls with primary hypothyroidism whose main health problems were ovarian cysts or precocious puberty. But this appears to be the first case in which a young adult female had ovarian cysts that resulted from autoimmune-induced hypothyroidism.

The researchers cautioned clinicians: “To avoid inadvertent surgery to remove an ovarian tumor, it is essential that a patient with multiple ovarian cysts and hypothyroidism be properly managed, as the simple replacement of a thyroid hormone could resolve the ovarian cysts.”[1]

Reference:1. Kubota, K., Itho, M., Kishi, H., et al.: Primary hypothyroidism presenting as multiple ovarian cysts in an adult woman: a case report. Gynecol. Endocrinol., 24(10):586-589, 2008.



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Winnie March 6, 2012 at 12:07 am

Thanks so much. This was very helpful!

Karen April 19, 2012 at 12:44 am

I am currently undergoing some tests. I had both a pelvic ultrasound and a thyroid ultrasound and both showed I had cysts in both areas. I have multiple cysts in both my right and left ovaries, and multiple cysts in my thyroid. My next step is to go to a specialist. I’m only 28 years of age. This article makes me feel better. Thank you

Leisa May 29, 2012 at 5:34 am

Thanks Karen, I’m glad you find the information helpful – definitely it would be worth testing your iodine levels and see where they are at – it is a very important mineral, especially if you are showing cysts in these areas. Good luck with it and if we can be of any further help for you, please contact us.

Diana June 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

Glad I found this. I have always had a goiter with nods and cysts. Dr.’s say Hashimoto and then NO. I tried synthroid and it did not agree. I left it alone for years. I have had ovarian cysts all my life. Some rupture and land me in ER. Now I am 51, in menopause 18 months. I have been taking herbs for hot flashes and started a supplement for thyroid containing Iodine and some herbs. BINGO, my thyroid or goiter, is half the size, my skin soft, focus better but, I Ovulated badly, so much so I went to Dr in pain. Ultrasound came back I have cysts on ovaries, still have eggs, (UGG) and scar tissue. She also said I am producing overload of estrogen. Also, my uterus is enlarged and now biopsy in 6 weeks. I feel all of this is in response to by body reaction to these herbs I have been on for 2 months. As if it all went crazy. As if it all woke up! I am a little concerned to say the least. I am going off the supplements to see if it all calms down. I do see that taking the herbs has given life to what I thought was gone.

Leisa July 12, 2012 at 5:09 am

Dear Diana,
I’m sorry that you’ve been going through such a difficult time with your hormones – it is interesting that you had some positive results with the iodine, but then also some negative ones with the herbs. You would definitely be a candidate for Saliva Hormone Testing, to see your levels of the three different types of oestrogen and to see where your adrenal function is at etc – http://www.salivahormonereport.com Obviously you will need guidance from your medical practitioner as well, as it does seem like you have a lot going on there at the moment. Herbal medicine can be wonderful in regulating hormone function, but you definitely need to know exactly what you’re working with to get the best results. If we can be of any assistance at all, please let us know.
Warm regards,

Natasha December 14, 2012 at 3:02 am


I had a complete thyroidectomy 9 years ago. I had a dermoid cyst removed from my ovary six years ago and I just found out I have a 6.5 cm cyst growing on my left ovary. I am on synthyroid and my levels have been good. Could there still be a connection?

Leisa December 14, 2012 at 3:11 am

Dear Natasha,
Absolutely there could be a connection – even if you are on synthyroid medication, that doesn’t mean you are getting enough iodine to prevent these issues happening. Iodine has many more applications than just for thyroid hormone production, so it is worth looking into this area further and do some tests to see if there is a link. We can help you with that if you don’t have a doctor or naturopath familiar with iodine testing.
Warm regards,

Trisha January 30, 2013 at 6:08 am

Hi Leisa,

I am 30 year old and I had been detected with cysts in both my right and left ovaries around 5 years back. Doctors asked me to lose weight and I lost around 22 Kgs from then and my periods got regular after that. Recently I got married and put on around 5 kgs agains and started having irregular periods and so I went back to the doctor. Doctor asked me to do a blood test and THS level is now showing as 5.56. I think I have thyroid problem. I have an appointment with my doctor on Saturday, 2 February. Would the medication for thyroid remove the cysts from my ovaries completely. Will I have to be on medication for ever to control thyroid? Will I be able to conceive easily if I take thyroid medicines?

Leisa February 2, 2013 at 2:47 am

Hi Trisha,
I’m sorry to hear about your health concerns and yes, that level of TSH would definitely trigger us to be looking into your thyroid issues. Medication for thyroid doesn’t remove cysts, they are not necessarily related, so if you are wanting to look into these type of health issues, we can work with you and your doctor to look deeper into the underlying causes and see what we might be able to do uncover the reasons for your problems, and what we can do to start you on the healing path. There are usually multiple issues affecting both the growth of cysts and thyroid disorders and many avenues to investigate. They could very well be related, and that is what we specialise in looking into. If you would like us to assist you, then please go to http://www.embracinghealth.com.au/health-products/healthmentoring and we will be able to offer you a consultation next week.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Warm regards,

leanne March 1, 2013 at 1:03 am

Hi, im a bit confused im 26 and was told 4 years ago i had blocked tubes and cysts and scar tissue, recently my pain has become worse during periods but the dull pain in my side back and groin has been getting to me thought id get it checked again, i had a ultra sound at christmas and i got my results back yesterday the dr said that they found i had a cyst on both ovaries 6- 8cm big each one and they found mass on both ovaries?! i have to go for a ct scan within the next 3 months not sure what the mass could be however im very worried as she mentioned cancer. also about 5 months ago i had thyroid checked and i was sitting on the border line half way mark, could you help please

christine March 3, 2013 at 12:05 am

A year ago I had a uti which wouldn’t clear. Eventually after 6 courses of antibiotics it cleared. I also had really bad constipation and bloating. I now measure 5 inches more around my waist. At the same time I was experiencing leftside lower pain. Ultrasound and ct scan showed a small ovarian cyst. I’m still bloated and constipated and have frequent urination. Have had breast abscesses in the past and this problem has returned. I’m not feeling well at all, extreme fatigue, I’m 54, had an only child in my 40’s, never taken the contraceptive pill. What could be wrong with me. Doc says he can only give me co codamol for the pain

Paula March 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

I am 22 and was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid 2 summers ago with a TSH level of 76. I have since managed to lower it to 11 or so, but have constantly suffered a dull ache in my left and right hip, approx. where my ovaries are.

My Doctor dismissed my theories that it is anything serious, saying its probably “swollen glands” and that there is very little medical evidence of any link between thyroid problems and ovarian pain, thus I have endured it silently. However, this article has spurred me into action – I fully intend on getting to the bottom of the pain having read it! Thanks for the wake up call I needed. Fingers crossed now.

Leisa March 5, 2013 at 2:27 am

Hi Leanne, we will contact you privately via your email to see if there is anything we can assist you with.

Leisa March 5, 2013 at 2:30 am

Hi Christine, we will contact you privately via your email to see if there is anything we can assist you with.

Leisa March 5, 2013 at 2:31 am

Hi Paula, we will contact you privately via your email to see if there is anything we can assist you with.

Elizabeth Leanne March 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Thank you very much for this info. I am a diabetic. My TSH levels are 1.08 which I understand are normal. I have follicular fibroids on my ovaries. After an ultrasound one turned into a 3cm cyst(I think that was the size) It hasn’t been bothering me too much lately. But I also have a 3.7 x4.0x 2.5cm nodule in the left lobe of my thyroid and the right measures 1.2x 1.2x 0.9. The left one grew from 3.7x 3.2x 2.7cm. The last biopsy done was benign. This time the biopsy was nonconclusive. So, the recommendation was for me to wait 6-8wks before getting another biopsy or have to surgery to remove the thyroid. I’m reluctant to have it removed because I’m thinking I might have hypothyroidism since I have problems with ovarian cysts. And the problem could be solved with thyroid replacement hormones.

Elizabeth Leanne March 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I forgot to mention I am 44 years old. The TSH level test was done last May. I also forgot to mention I’m concerned about a late period for this month. And I’ve had cramps on my left and right side of my pelvic area. My period was supposed to start on March 4th. I think all of my hormones are out of whack because of worry.

Sylvia Yong April 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

owh my goodness… no wonder i have ovarian cyst. I’m 30, mother of 3 y/o daughter, been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism few years back. During my antenatal checkup, 7th months pregnant ultrasound , doctor found a huge 8cm x 9cm diameter cyst on my left ovary and its obstructing the birth canal. I’ve been monitored closely by the specialist doctors throughout the pregnancy and end up with C-sec, plus removal of cyst. I never aware that thyroid problem can cause ovarian cyst or vice versa, which come first?. Thank you for your information Leisa.

asmin May 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

hi leisa,
thnk you very much for your kind information..
i’m 22 year old .i have tsh level 3.5 as i’m undertaking medicine of 50mcg.also have PCOD,now periods are irregular..i ‘m trying to get pregnant..i’m very much of loving to be carried.what i should do for best?

Jeanette June 24, 2013 at 5:53 am

I’m glad I came across this article. When I was 31 (I’m 43 now) I had a 15 cm dermoid cyst on my ovary. Huge! I’ve also have had fibrocystic breasts since I was 21. Just a few days ago I noticed a huge lump on my throat on the right side of my thyroid. I I will be going to the doc soon to have it checked out. I’m really scared!

Do you think some type of Iodine supplements would help?

Serenity Penson July 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I have had somach pains on my right side for about three days now.
Everyday it seems to feel a little worse. I thought maybe it was a sist on my
ovary (cause i get those from time to time) but this time the pain is a little higher than usual.
What are symptoms of appendicitis?.

Janet Captain August 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Hi Leisa

Have just read your page which is very encouraging and re-iterates the points I have been making to doctors for close on 10years. I today found out I have another ovarian cyst on the right this time and have nodules and cysts on my thyroid for a few years now. My current consultant(3rd time lucky) is quite thorough and believes without question that I have an endocrine disorder. This in itself is encouraging after being totally dismissed by 2 previous endocrinologists. At times all my hormone levels go a bit do lally and then seem to settle. I have had very low cortisol readings at times, show as menopausal overnight and thyroid levels go borderline overactive. When this happens my body and mind goes into meltdown and i am bed ridden for 2 weeks with some sort of infection present.(Normally urinary). I still have no firm diagnosis and am not on medication. My list of symptons are endless and ever changing with fatigue and weight fluctuations being the only constant. This all began after my last child 9years ago and have got progressively worse. I have just turned 40 and hope that I will somehow get my life back as I lost my 30s to whatever is going on.

Annamarie oconnor August 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Hi i too have had not stop thyroid problems i have hyperthyroidism with thyroid noduals i also have cysts in both breats and ovarian cysts and a rash once a month when im meant to come on my period its a hive type rash now my endrocrine doc hasnt a clue what is causing my fluctuating thyroid levels but says im confused for thinking there all related how can i make him see they are? He says there is no such thing what can i do hes the prof please if anyone can help please do x

Leisa August 26, 2013 at 2:53 am

Dear Annamarie,
It sounds like your doctor should be concerned – it sounds like you have an autoimmune condition that could be causing your thyoid function to fluctuate. Doctors do not know how to treat autoimmune conditions well – all they do is wait for the antibodies to completely destroy the thyroid gland, and then they can give supplemental thyroid hormone for the rest of your life… Naturopath’s treat this differently, we are very concerned about autoimmune conditions and work to treat the immune system and the thyroid gland, and we do get very good results in reversing this disease. If you want more information on consulations with us – please go to http://www.embracinghealth.com.au/health-products/healthmentoring
Warm regards,

Margaret September 8, 2013 at 8:21 am

My daughter, 20, has always been in good health but within the last 3 months has had ovarian cysts, extreme migraines and now has found a lump in her breast . She goes in on the 18th to have a mammogram. Assuming it turns out to be a cyst, what type of diet plan would you suggest?

Linda September 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm


I just came across your site and think I fit right in with my current condition. I am 34 years old and have had hypothyroidism since my second pregnancy in 2011. This went back to normal for a year after my daughter was born, and then returned after a high stress period at work. I have a recent 1.2 cm cyst on my thyroid and reccuring cysts on my left ovary since about 2009. I suspect I might have something autoimmune related becase all of my symptoms (majorily swollen and sensitive throat, foggy brain, lower abdominal cramping, frequent headaches, extreme exhaustion) all seem to happen when I am not extremely careful about what I eat. I think gluten may be the culprit which I have not eaten for months now – but it is very hard to avoid cross-contamination when eating out and I’m wondering if this is what is preventing me from getting better. I briefly took syntheroid a couple of months ago but felt worse (and very wired) after being on it for a couple of weeks. My TSH levels also fell back into the normal range when my stress levels went down and my family Dr. told me to stop taking the syntheroid. I am seeing a lot of talk about iodine levels and have a naturopath who will most likely want to test me for this/start me on it. My concern is that my thyroid symptoms seem to fluctuate (from hypothyroid-related symptoms to being very wired, excited all of a sudden – not sure if this is indicative of hyperthyroidisms). I am wondering if I may have Hashimoto’s, how this can be diagnosed, and I have read that taking iodine with Hashimoto’s is not adviseable or might be dangerous. I would be very grateful for anything you could advise, as I have been struggling with this for almost a year now and it makes it very hard to take care of a 2 and 3 year old and to keep a full-time job. 🙁 Thank you.

Reba September 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

Thanks for your nice article. I’m 31 years old, got married for 6 years and trying to be pregnant for last 4 years. But still not be conceived. I have hypothyroidism & cyst in both ovarian and my right ovarian tube is off. We, husband-wife have the same blood group O+. Is there any positive chance of mine? Need your suggestions.

Sara April 8, 2014 at 12:52 am

Thank you for this information. It is so helpful to read these statements. I have breast and have had ovarian cysts. Large one on ovary burst and led to major complications. At 52 I am still getting large breast cysts that just seem to come in. US confirms they are just cyst but still worrisome. Oddly, I also have, I will call they cysts, for lack of a better understanding, on my outer ankles. Bilaterally. They feel balloon like and have not gone away for years. As a Nurse, I am noticing these are prevalent in my thyroid patients. Can anyone explain this? They are painless but look unattractive and don’t seem to go, as is the situation with breast and ovary cysts. This is regardless of medication. I am on a low dose compounded T3 which does not seem to be helping.
My question is why do we collect these cysts in the first place? Is this just the result of an accumulation second to a sluggishness?
Does anyone else have this situation?
Thank you so much.

Nicole May 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

Hello I have been having multiple issues with my health over the past 10 years and nobody seems to know whats going on. I honestly feel that every doctor I go to thinks I am loosing my mind. I have gained over 50 lbs in the last 10 years despite exercise and healthy eating. I never feel well. I am always exhausted, I have terrible cramps and ovarian cysts and I have been recently diagnosed with PCOS. I also just recently found out that I have multiple cysts on my thyroid but my thyroid labs have all been “normal” so I am told I do not have thyroid issues.I also have constant joint/leg/feet/arm pain, it is a very deep bone ache that no one seems to understand. I do have a history of JRA but I am in remission and all of my inflammatory markers are normal. I have edema mostly on my shins and calves daily. I can feel my fluid levels fluctuate daily and my weight can change by 5 lbs or more every day. All Cardiac tests are all normal. I am tired of feeling sick. I am a 30 year old who has lost the last 10 years of my life feeling awful and I feel like it is never going to end. I feel like I am 90! I just don’t know what to do or who to listen to. I just do not understand how doctors are not able to figure out what is going on. HELP!

Minerva Gonzalez August 3, 2014 at 3:51 am

Hi, I’m Minerva. I been taking medicine for thyroids 2 yrs now and had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and recently I had an ultrasound done and my the doctor found cysts in my right ovary. I’m just wondering if all this is all this is related to thyroids? Also, would I be taking that medicine for the rest of my life? I feel worst averyday. I’m more tired, haven’t had my period, I’m losing my hair and recently I’ve been scratching my self. Can you please help me?? Thank you..

Leisa August 5, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Dear Minerva,
Yes these issues certainly can be related and are likely connected due to an iodine insufficiency amongst other issues. We would be more than happy to help you with your health issues, to get to the bottom of what is going wrong. You can book in to see us at http://www.embracinghealth.com.au/naturopath
Warmest regards,

Rebecca June 12, 2015 at 8:47 pm

I was so happy to find this article and I’m really hoping that because I am being treated with nature throid that my cysts will not reoccur. I am 36 and have been on and off Depo Provera for 15 years. I would really love to get off this birth control, but I’m scared since this has been the only BC I’ve tried that works to control my cysts. I don’t just get small cysts that burst on their own, but very large cysts that grow and grow until they hurt to the point I can’t take it and have to have them removed. In 2009, while off of Depo and trying a low dose BC pill, I ended up on the hospital with torsion of my right ovary so both the ovary and tube had to be removed. this was due to very large cysts that developed within the ovary. I then had surgery to remove 2 very cysts from my left ovary in 2013 when I tried the Mirena IUD. I’m sure some of my weight gain is due to the Depo in addition to having no sex drive . I am also concerned about staying on the BC due to increased risk of stroke and decreased bone density with age. My thyroid levels are excellent now that I have been taking Nature throid for 6 weeks. I was planning to start using natural progesterone cream, taking enzymes, maca root, and DIM to help prevent the cysts, but now I’m wondering if I should just see if everything is ok because the thyroid levels are now normal. Maybe I should schedule an apt with my OB/GYN for about 3 months for them to check my hormones and write a script for an ultrasound to check for cysts. I would love your imput regarding this matter.


Delaney June 29, 2015 at 4:47 am

I am 15 years of age. I have had abdominal pains for a little while and my pediatrician referred me to a gastroenterologist who then gave me a referral for an abdominal and pelvic CT. No digestive tract issues were present, but the report stated that I due in fact have bilateral adnexal cysts, the largest of which resides on my right ovary and approaches 4.6 cm. I have now made an appointment with a gynecologist to better understand the problem. Ever since I started my period it has been extremely irregular. I am just now getting off my period and the last one I experienced was approaching 3 months back in April. My paternal grandmother had ovarian cysts removed prior to having my father. My mother has quite a few problems, one being that she had hyperthyroidism and grave’s disease and they ended up removing her thyroid. Is there a chance that those conditions might be present in me and could be causing these cysts?

Samantha July 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm

I recently came across your article. I am 33 years old and was Diagnosed with Hashimoto in 1998. I have been on Levothyroxin 25mcg for almost 10 years. My TSH levels have been in range. Just recently I had a thyroid ultrasound done and there is 5 nods on my thyroid the biggest one is 1 cm all the others are under 1 cm. I have been on birth control since 1998 also. I have always dealt with irregular periods, bad cramps and feeling fatigue. Back last August I had the Mirena installed to try and help with my irregular periods. After 6 months of being on it. I started developing follicular cysts. When they form and rupture I’m in extreme pain. This has affected my daily lifestyle for the last 4 months. 2 weeks ago I had laparoscopy done and everything looked good. I had another cyst rupture which left abnormal amount of fluid so the doctor drained it. I’m at a lost right now as to what my options are.

sarah August 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

My sister has had the signs of hypothyroidism for a while, however her levels always came back normal. Two weeks ago she had a dermoid cyst removed and yesterday was diagnosed with hypothyroidism ( now having ultrasound etc). As some dermoids have thyroid tissue is it possible that it was producing TSH and masking her hypothyroidism and now removed we can actually see what is going on? And would hypothyroidism have caused the cyst to grow…Therefore each was affecting the other?

Rebekah Roberts August 12, 2015 at 6:22 pm

I could’ve written Christine’s post. I have been struggling for the past year with bladder pain, constipation, uncomfortable stomach bloat, ovarian cysts, brain fog and terrible memory. I have had 3 “UTI’s” that have shown no infection in the culture. They said I do not IC. I have ovarian cysts that keep coming and going, sometimes quite painful. I’ve given up caffeine and red wine because I’m trying to figure out why my bladder area is constantly sore, uncomfortable and I’m unable to wear very fitted clothes. I have just now discovered a possible link between all my symptoms. Any advice would be wonderful.

Rachael November 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm

I have had an underactive thyroid for 20 years now . I am 48 and had an ovarian cyst removed last year and tested . All ok . But now had a scan on hip but they picked up another cyst again. Is it possible that I am going to keep getting cysts do you think ? I have had the mirena coil for years no problem’s. Think I am now perimenopausal. I was having spotting recently a few times a month but no periods at all now for last 6 months. I want to get rid of cysts as I get symptoms . Worst for me is bloating . I look pregnant and I always had a flat stomach. Need loo all time . Indigestion and heartburn and I am completely exhausted. Dr dismisses it and just says cysts don’t cause symptoms. Comments or advice would be appreciated . I have asked for a referral to gynaecologist .

Danza December 16, 2015 at 5:07 am

Hello. I am reaching out to you because I feel you might be able to help me with something.I recently took a trip to the ER with pain in my lower back and abdominal cramping. The pain I describe was worse for me than that of being in labor. The doctor ran several tests on me including: blood work, a urine sample, x-rays and a CAT scan. In the x-ray he found my colon was backed up with a lot of stool. He also found a little blood in my urine so that’s why he wanted me to perform a CAT scan. In the CAT scan he found a cystic mass on my left ovary that measured 7 cm. 

They offered me pain medication at the beginning of the visit but I turned it down. Once I learned they wanted me to follow up with a gynecologist I knew I wasn’t going to make it until then so they prescribed me Tylenol 3. I was told to follow up with a gynecologist within two days. I called to schedule an appointment with the gynecologist the doctor referred me to and they couldn’t get me in until over two weeks. I finally kept calling around with hopes of a sooner appointment and found a a place that could see me in five days. About a 40 minute drive but I really needed to see someone.

The medicine I was prescribed did excellent the first day but after that it started to wear off before the next dose was up. I got extremely bloated and the pain was just too unbearable to take anymore. I could hardly walk or stand up straight.  I finally decided I needed to get myself to the hospital, so my husband took me to the ER once again.

They did another x-ray and found there was stool backing up my system again. Prescribed me another type of pain medication and was ordered to get a bottle of magnesium citrate. They sent me home with constipation. 

The pain medication did great getting me by and I was finally pain free. A few days past and I went to my appointment to see a gynecologist and just by her asking me the size of the cyst, she said I needed surgery and there wasn’t any other option but for it to come out.She also told me I needed a transvaginal ultrasound so I got that at another place in my town the next day.

My son just turned two and I have had several mysterious episodes on and off since he was born. Have you you ever heard of a cyst bigger than 7 cm go away on its own or have used a natural remedy or something else for it to shrink or go away? Everyone I’ve talked to says it’s impossible for a cyst that big to shrink or go away. And there’s no other way but to have the surgery.

I’m really scared to have the surgery and am trying to stay positive about the whole thing. I appreciate any information of your experiences as I need all the help I can get at this point.



Jessica February 20, 2016 at 8:45 pm

This has helped me I’m 26yrs old and have been having pelvis pains on and off for few months I have had a pelvis ultrasound done but don’t see my consultant until March but I’ve also been sent for thyroid tests and my thyroid function has come bk at 7.8 so have been booked in to see my gp. This has helped because I was curious about the pains and my thyroids being linked at all, which I think they may be after reading this.
Thank you

Snehal Mane June 18, 2016 at 6:34 am

I am 26 years old and I am glad to read dis article Lisa. I was a patient of Bells Palsy. Then I am suffering from Hypothyroidism since last 3 years (TSH was beyond 200) and yesterday itself doctor found that I am havin Complex Ovarian Cyst. My periods are normal but stomach and breasts pains a lot. For ovarian cyst he gave me medicines for normalising my periods but nothing is given for ovarian cyst and he said it will decrease gradually. Cyst is of 3.5 cm. Please guide me in controlling the ovarian cyst. And also please confirm will Hypothyroidism and Ovarian Cyst affect my pregnancy? I am little worried.

anna garcia July 25, 2016 at 10:53 am

Im anne im suffering from left ovarian cyst with a size of 17 cm already and i look like a pregnant woman and also hyperthyroid and under thyroid treatment. I want to get rid ovarian cyst by an operation but the doctor told me i have to take first medicine for my hyperthyroid because it may be dangerous if i got into ovarian cyst operation.im really bothered about my condition.pls help me. Im 29 year old with two children.thank you

Rose October 13, 2016 at 10:57 am

I have cystic ovaries only without the syndrom. TSH level is 15.6 l observed the ovulation but it didnt happen is the anovulation issue may be related to the thyroid problem?

Viv November 20, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Hi, am 23yrs just went through an operation 6days ago to remove an ovarian mass in my right ovary together with my right ovary. The doc said they have to remove my right ovary durin the operation cos there was no way they could seperate them before then i hav been xperiencing some terrible symptoms for close to 6months bfore the operation it started with spotting a week afta my period that lasted for close to 4day d discharge was brownish red, watery with some particles wit serious abdominal pains wit reoccurrence low grade fever,constant belching, bloating stomach. Went to the hos initially d doc gave me some ulcer drugs which d symptoms continued was jus managing myself till bout two months, i went to the doc again with anoda complain of urinating for long and frequently wit sensational feeling toward d end that is slightly painful. The doc did some test on me urinanalysis and urine mcs, d urinanalysis came bck wit some blood found in d urine d doc said mayb d presence of blood is bcos my period jus end two days bck while d urine mcs came wit no yeast growth jus small growth of e coli wit d doc said it can neva b d actual cause of all my symptoms. Some days after i had same pains accompanied wit fever took paracetamol after taking some pepper soup i laid down to rest, i started gasping for air my breathing became so rapid i ran out to a pharmacy store to check my BP which was normal but my heart beat was too fast dat night was terrible i prayed all night went bck to d hos this time was refer to a gynae clinic. There they ran all sorts of test on me for PID, pyelonephritis. I did pelvic/abdominal ultrasound, pap test, pelvic exam, HVS, FBC, urine mcs and analysis. All came normal xpect for d scan which came wit periportal marking of d liver which d doc said it was not bad and urine which came wit significant growth of E coli bfore then d doc already gave me power antibiotics still to no avail. I was move to gastro clinic bcos of d breathin issue suspectin PUD did all sorts of test and chest xray on me all were normal. After about some weeks of terrible sufferin, i did anoda pelvic scan which was suggestive i had PID meanwhile my body was already resistance to so many antibiotics bcos of constant drugs intake. I was later given anoda antibiotic dis time doxycline and metrodinazole for one wk during d period of d medication i start to hav yet anoda symptom dis time muscle spasm and weaknes like my immunes system are weak and my heart is pumping fast wit constant headaches accompanied wit fever which continued till i noticed dat my lower abdomen down my pelvic was swollen alittle. This time i went bck to d hospital diff one i did anoda scan making it d 3rd scan done. D doc told me i had an ovarian mass right ovarian mass to be precise. All these happened btw 5 to 6 months now. I was to b operated, I was operated a wk afta d diagnosis. D doc told me afta d operation that he had to remove my right ovary wit d cyst bcos there was no way he could separate d cyst and i asked him if my left ovary was ok he said yes that they checked during d operation and it was fine and not affected. I tnk God for d succesful operation. My questions now is how did i get d cyst that took some months to detect afta about 3 scan wit all those terrible symptoms, why am i still having rapid breathing and slight muscles spasm dat reduce afta d operation and headache though it is jus a week afta d operation, can that be a benign tumor ‘we already took d mass to d lab for testing though d doc say he don’t think it is a bad one. Waiting for result in 3wks. Still feelin like some water re inside my stomach disturbing my chest like indigestion. Neva had thyroid problem, but can hyperthyroidism b responsible for all dis symptoms due to d cyst in d ovary or do i hav another case? Plssss help me out just tired of drugs for headaches or is d operation attributing to these?

Cheryl Sanders December 28, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Thank you for this information. It is said when women have to seek their own findings. I unfortunately was not caught in time and when my problems were found it was ovarian cancer. At the age of 24 I had malignant cancer removed. The doctor did not keep up with my health and withheld important medical information from me until the problem came back and even then the doctors did not inform me but just said “100% death” and I have faltlined twice. I am hoping that since Florida has taken the time to study this problem for women as the death rate increases and ovarian cancer is called “silent killer”. Once the cysts grow to be a certain size it turns into cancer. All the women in my family worked hard to find out why our monthly cramps were so paralyzing resulting in the lack of ability to live/work/care for their children when our monthly came around and now I believe the severity of the monthly cramps has to be connected to this problem. I hope maybe by sharing the problems we have endured will help other young women.

Evelyn February 22, 2017 at 4:52 am

Hey, I’m 23 years of age and have been dealing with ovarian cysts for about a year now. Previously I went to the er, they ran blood work and mentioned my thyroid levels were high. I took the same blood work to my Dr and she said it was fine. A little under a year ago I had two ovarian cysts removed. One was on my left ovary which was 7cm large and the other on my right Fallopian tube. Today I went back to my ob and found out I have another on my left ovary. My Dr told me the only prevention is birth control. My pcp advised me my cholesterol was low as well. Could any of this be connected? I’m just trying to find helpful measures for myself to prevent the many issues that come with ovarian cysts.

Pamela Bourque April 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

My last blood test of My TSH at 4.35. Started levothyroxine 25mcg.

Have been iodine sensitive for decades. Though I can tolerate eating shrimp once in a while now.

Have always had a problem with ovarian and breast cysts. Best treatment to date – a glass of water with 2tbsp of bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar and 2tbsp raw honey. No pain or tenderness.

Since I started taking levothyroxine one week ago, the cysts are back, and painful, and the racv isn’t working. I am not certain I can continue the therapy. My ovarian cysts hurt bad enough to make me feel as though I’ve been stabbed in a kidney.

Are there any other options?

raman September 14, 2017 at 12:29 pm

M 24 years old and have high tsh About 9. My period is irregular.may it is pcos also. I have follicular cyst 1.5cm ×7.7mm in right ovary. Now m start thyroxine 50mg . Bt this month not period come. From Last 12 days m taking thyroid medicine. If period is late is this follicular cyst disapear or not

Elaine November 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Very interesting information. After a lot of pain and irregular periods I had two ovarian cysts removed in February (one was 10cm in size). At the 6 month check up scan it showed what appeared to be polycystic ovaries. I got several blood tests done and today I got the results which indicated an under active thyroid. I feel a bit relieved to be close to I what feel is a answer and hopefully a solution in the near future.

Ruby Arora March 28, 2018 at 8:24 am

I m 37 years old, at the age of 26 doctor asked for TSH test ,this result that I m suffering from hypothyroidism..I m taking 75mgs thyronorm… From last 8-9 years I m having problem in mensuration cycle.. Its irregular.. Repeat after 15-18 days.. Last months after doing internal ultrasound I came to know I m having multiple cyst in my right ovary and one cyst in left ovary… My uterus is matured..having continuous pain in lower abdomen, back and legs.. Doctor asked for leproscopic surgery.. What I do..??

Shannon April 12, 2018 at 7:27 pm


I am 28 years old and I am have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism and it has been going on for a few years now. When I turned 24 I gained a ton of weight out of nowhere (I was always really tiny) and I started having a lot of stomach problems and blood in my stool. I got a colonoscopy and the doctors said everything was fine. Other symptoms I have are extremely dry skin, I’m freezing cold all the time, exhausted always, brain fog to the point it scares me because of how much I forget things; even where I’m going sometimes. I have been tested recently and a few years before that and my TSH level are normal but they did find 4 thyroid nodules in my neck. Also I was getting periods every two weeks for about 6 months so I got another ultrasound on my ovaries and found out I have 3 3cm cysts in a cluster on my right side. I am convinced that I have thyroid problems that are not being diagnosed considering it runs in my family both my mom and grandma and a few of my aunts all have hypothyroidism. Has anyone else had a problem being diagnosed? I’m not sure what I should do. My OB-GYN sent my results to a cancer specialist because one looked a little strange to her so I am waiting for results and another ultrasound next month to keep an eye on things. Anyone else have the same issue?

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