Huckleberrie, I don't know if ovarian cysts are related or not. I had huge problems with them in my early 20's. I saw pcps every month for over a year. I was only about 20 when I started going in for the pain that I had been receiving since I was 12 or 13. Dad could not afford insurance. I remember leaving school with such bad cramping, going home and sleeping for the rest of the day. I missed so much school that my dad started thinking I was just using it as an excuse to skip school. After I would wake up, I would feel good enought to function, so it did look like I was faking, but I wasn't. Finally he stoped coming to get me because our office was on the 3rd floor and he couldn't get up the steps. Lucky for us, my dad's sister-in-law worked there and talked to someone so I was allowed to go home with a note that Dad had to sign once I got there. When I started working a full time job, I had insurance so I went in. For over a year, they told me the pain was in my head. I even had had a few ultrasounds. Later, I found out that tiny cysts had been showing up, but they assumed they were not big enough to be causing the pain I was telling them about. I talked to my aunt about it because I had started doubling over from the pain at work and she had been noticing it. (We worked right across the table from each other.) She told me that my great grandmother had died from ovarian cancer and asked if I had told them this. I didn't know it before she had told me, so I went in that week again with the pain. The Dr. told me again that it was all in my head and to come back in a few days or next week and let him know if the pain went away. He had his hand on the door knob, just begining to turn it when I said, "Does it matter that my great grandmother died from ovarian cancer?" He spun around, pulled out the bottom drawer to the examining table to get me a gown and said, I'll have a nurse come in and talk to you to set up another ultrasound while I go down the hall to make an appointment with a surgen if something shows up. I think that was on either a Tuesday or a Wednesday. I had an ultrasound done on Thursday, and Friday morning I went in for surgery, they removed a benign tumor the size of a fist from my left ovary. BUT IT WAS ALL IN MY HEAD! My Dad later apologized to me for doubting me. The doctors never did. In fact the surgen left me with a scar that goes from my bellybutton to my...Genitals. Years later when I had my son, my OB/GYN was visibly irate that they had "butchered" me. That is what my OB/GYN told me. He apologized many times that anyone in his profession would do something so horrible to such a young person. After my son was born, and he was again apologizing for the scar even though he had NOTHING to do with it, he said that he pulled an 8 pound baby out of a 3 or 4 inch hole, they should have been able to pull that tumor out in an inch or less. My son is 6. It still bothers my OB/GYN. Sorry this is so long. I get carried away. I still get the cramps before my period, but after the surgery, I had no problems until I was diagnosed with Crohn's.