I'm a 39 year old, wife and mother of three. It was about four years ago that I lifted something heavy and it sent me to the hospital in pain that I thought I was dying. While there, and after many tests they found that I had an ovarian cyst that bust. They estimated the size to be 9 cm. Afterwards I was prescribed birth control pills by my OB/GYN. Which mostly helped, but finding one that won't make me depressed or give me other symptoms was a challenge. Over this past summer I forgot to pack the pills while heading off on our family vacation. So for the last three months I've been off the pill and have really heavy periods, PMS like no others, and I can tell I have another cyst. Always on my left side. This past weekend, I felt it burst. I was having nausea and light headedness, pain -more than what the cyst itself causes, and this god-awful bloating feeling like I have a ball in my stomach. I'm wondering what I can do other than take birth control pills. I don't really want to have to take drugs for the rest of my child-bearing years. I really just want my life back. I want to be able to be active with my family.