Treatment with medicine may be useful if
you have recurrent, painful
functional ovarian cysts.
Birth control pills (oral contraceptives) are
used to prevent
ovulation. Without ovulation, the chance that ovarian
cysts will form is reduced and your symptoms may be
relieved. Although birth control pills do not make ovarian cysts go
away any faster, their use may prevent new cysts from forming.
Birth control pills have not
been shown to get rid of or shrink ovarian cysts that have already formed. Some
studies show that the cysts shrink at the same rate with or without birth
control pill use.1
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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