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What is the difference between polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
21 years experience Pediatric Endocrinology
The same: Poly means many or several.
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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
20 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
PCOS: Ovary normal structure is polycistic. In pcos the cysts are enlarged compared with regular ovarian cysts. It s like regular cysts on steroids. Thats w ... Read More
Dr. Frank Yelian
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Good question: Pcos is a condition which patient may have multiple cysts in the ovary, irregular period, increased male hormone production, et al. Ovarian cyst is a ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley
35 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Different cysts: Polycystic ovaries contain many very small follicles - "cysts." these are less than 1cm, and related to anovulation and hormone alterations. Ovarian c ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Totally different: It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Most resolve in 6-8 weeks on their own and the discomfort can be controlle ... Read More
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Dr. Gerard Honore
29 years experience Fertility Medicine
PCO vs. ovarian cyst: 'cyst' just means fluid-filled-sac anywhere in the body. Ovaries normally make cysts in reproductive years: follicle cysts and luteal cysts, so ovaria ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Ovarian cysts and pcos are not the same thing- a cyst is a fluid filled mass growing from the ovary. If large enough, may need observation or even sur ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Fever: Fever is not normal, particularly for a 2 year period, but single temperature recordings are not necessarily helpful. Keep a careful record of temps a ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
33 years experience Endocrinology
No: That would be like saying that pimples cause acne. Complex ovarian cysts may be one of several manifestations of polycystic ovarian syndrome (pco). ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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Future symptoms : If you experienced ovarian torsion due to a large cyst it may occur in the remaining ovary. The best you can do is be aware of the symptoms and presen ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
With treatment : They are only slightly decreased if you get proper treatment. All in all it is just somewhat harder but very possible. Hope this helps.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
What will be will be: The best way to determine if there is a recurrence of the multiple ovarian cysts is to be examined by a GYN MD and have an ultrasound exam done. I can ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Bryan Treacy
35 years experience Gynecology
Not really: The ovaries are polycystic and the syndrome refers to the medical issues related to polycystic ovaries such as menstrual cycle changes, hair growth pa ... Read More
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