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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Corpus Luteum Cyst

Get the scoop on corpus luteum cysts and other ovarian cysts during pregnancy -- and how to keep yourself and baby healthy if you have one.

What is a corpus luteum cyst?

I have a corpus luteum cyst. What the heck is that?

What is a corpus luteum cyst during pregnancy?

If you planned this pregnancy, think back to those days when your nookie time revolved around your ovulation cycle. You may recall that every time you ovulate, your follicle begins producing large amounts of estrogen and progesterone to get ready for baby. The follicle is now called a corpus luteum (Latin for “yellow body”). If you don’t get pregnant, the corpus luteum will usually break down and become reabsorbed by the body. But if you are pregnant, the corpus luteum may fill with blood or fluid and turn into a cyst.

What are the signs of a corpus luteum cyst during pregnancy?

Your pelvis can sometimes be painful or tender to the touch. Rarely, but occasionally, the cyst can rupture and cause extreme pain.

Are there any tests for a corpus luteum cyst during pregnancy?

Your doctor might do an ultrasound or blood tests to diagnose your cyst.

How common is a corpus luteum cyst?

Ovarian cysts, such as a corpus luteum cyst, are pretty common. Most cysts are benign (noncancerous).

How did I get a corpus luteum cyst?

By chance.

How will my corpus luteum cyst affect my baby?

It’s typically harmless and will disappear on its own without any complications. However, it is possible that the cyst will cause the ovary to twist, which may require surgery (see next page for treatments and prevention).

-- Robert Wool, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University

 

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