My sister had a hysterectomy in her late 30s for bleeding issues. As is common in young women having hysterectomies, the surgeons left her ovaries behind. Then, in her 40s, she began to have problems with ovarian cysts that were painful but not harmful.
She called me to ask what she could do. Because cysts tend to form from where ovulation occurs, I suggested that she do something to stop her ovaries from ovulating. Let's look at how this problem can be addressed through various types of birth control.
The easiest way to stop ovulation is to use certain types of birth control. Some types of birth control work by stopping ovulation, while others work by different methods. It is important to know how each type works in order to choose the right type for each individual.
Birth control obviously works for preventing pregnancy and there are many options to choose from. Some methods of birth control are also used to treat and prevent other problems that women encounter, such as ovarian cysts or the overgrowth of the uterine lining that leads to uterine cancer. Whether you need birth control to prevent pregnancy or for another reason, you will need to work with your health care provider to choose the method that's right for you.