today i went to planned parenthood to have a follow up on an IUD insertion.
the doctor wasn’t able to find the strings, so she tried an ultrasound. the IUD is fine, but she found what she called a “rather large” ovarian cyst. it’s approximately 5cm by 2 and a half cm.
she suggested i take 600mg ibuprofen 3 times a day for a few days. i’m not exactly sure why she suggested i do this because it doesn’t hurt and didn’t really give a very good explanation. is it supposed to shrink the cyst?
she also told me that it would have nothing to do with the irregular bleeding i’ve been having since last october, but after doing some internetting about it, all sources say that yes, ovarian cysts CAN cause irregular and post-sex bleeding and a few other, comparably minor things i’ve been experiencing.
she basically took pictures for my records, then told me to be on my way and go to the ER if i experience sharp pains on that side of my abdomen because that means it’s burst. now i’m afraid i’m going to do something to make it explode.
does anyone have anything to say about any of this? i’ve known something was going wrong with my body for a long time and i haven’t been able to get anyone to even talk about it apart from getting an IUD for contraceptive reasons because i’m broke and have no insurance. the doctor today was mostly unwilling to address any of my questions because they’re not related to contraception (i’m in a state program that totally covers the cost of contraception).