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The Dangers of Corpus Luteum Cysts

Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can form in the follicles of the ovaries. There are two main types of cysts, follicular and corpus luteum. While follicular cysts normally disappear on their own, corpus luteum cysts can form painful growths that can result in internal bleeding and ovarian damage.

To help women who are prone to developing cysts, doctors may prescribe oral contraceptives to stop the functioning of the follicles, which can in turn help prevent the growth of cysts. However, some oral contraceptives have been linked to even more dangerous problems such as strokes and heart attacks. If you have taken YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella and experienced severe health problems, you should contact a YAZ lawsuit attorney from Williams Hart today at 800-761-3187.

How Corpus Luteum Cysts Form

During the normal menstrual cycle, hormonal signals will prompt a follicle to allow its egg to mature and get released. After the release of the egg, the follicle secretes other hormones to promote fertilization and implantation of the egg. However, sometimes the follicle can close after the exit of the egg, trapping the hormones inside. This is called a corpus luteum cyst.

Complications from Corpus Luteum Cysts

As the amount of hormones trapped inside the follicle increase, the corpus luteum cyst can grow to be several inches in diameter. This pressure inside the ovary—which is normally about the size and shape of an almond—can cause the ovary to twist, cutting off its blood supply. In other cases, the cyst can rupture, resulting in internal bleeding. Both of these scenarios can cause severe pain.

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Sometimes, oral contraceptives that stop ovulation can also prevent the formation of corpus luteum cysts. However, it is important to choose a safe birth control pill; some can cause pulmonary embolism and liver tumors. If you are a victim of YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, you should fight back. Contact a knowledgeable YAZ lawyer from Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 today.

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