Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian Cysts

An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac in the ovary. The most common type of ovarian cyst - a functional cyst - often disappears without treatment. It is believed that most women of reproductive age have functional cysts from time to time. These cysts usually disappear within one or two menstrual cycles and the woman is rarely aware of them. Occasionally this sort of cyst will persist or grow very large, causing symptoms.

The most common symptom of an ovarian cyst is pain in the abdomen. Ovarian cysts are almost never cancerous when they occur in women of reproductive age. It is important, however, to investigate any pelvic pain.

In addition to functional cysts, there are several less common types of ovarian cysts. Endometriosis can cause cysts on the ovary. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition where many cysts appear in the ovaries, is discussed elsewhere.

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