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are ovarian cysts normal?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Depends on factors: A simple cyst is very common and often detected on routine pelvic or ultrasound exam and might disappear by the next exam. The more complex ones need further evaluation so doctors can determine the significance of cysts based their size, structure, timing with regard to period and to menopause, etc. Because not all cysts are normal, i'll share this with specialists in onc for their perspective..
Dr. Danielle Salhany
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Very common in women who still have periods. The ovaries' job is to make cysts...that is where the "egg" lives. Small simple cysts are of no concerns. Larger (>5CM), complex, or if you are post menopausal, may be of greater concern. Birth control pills can help suppress ovarian cysts.
Feb 1, 2012
Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Maybe: Every month the ovaries produce a batch of ripening eggs or follicles. The largest of these "follicular cysts" gets about 2cm before ovulation. The one that releases the egg becomes a corpus luteum which is also a "cyst". We don't think a cyst in the ovary is abnormal unless it is bigger than 2.5cm or if there are too many maturing follicles which is poly cystic ovary syndrome.

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A 21-year-old female asked:

I have an ovarian cyst that hurts me excruciatingly about once a week, is that normal? And what do I do about it?

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Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 27 years experience
Ovarian cyst: The cyst should be followed. If it does not go away or gets larger, it could be removed depending on its size.
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9mm ovarian cysts, its normal?

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Yes it is likely to: Cysts that are so small(less than 1 -2 cm) are likely to be benign.
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A 46-year-old female asked:

Is 0 to 6 cm in 2 weeks considered a normal growth for an ovarian cyst?

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
6 cm ovarian cyst: Cysts can develop because of the follicle from which the egg develops has"cystic". potential. Pre-ovulation- follicular cyst, can develop if no ovulation/rupture ,post ovulation -if occurs- follicle can become a corpus luteum cyst. Usually up to 3cm , so 6 is larger but that does occur, Check thyroid, poly cystic ovaries f/u w/ doc http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0024727/
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Is it normal for a doctor to wait and see if my complex ovarian cyst bursts?

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Dr. Richard Byrnes
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Not exactly: we wouldn't really sit and wait for the cyst to burst. However most ocarina cysts will shrink over a period of days or weeks. Follow up with an examination in the office, and possible pelvic ultrasounds will track the course of the cyst. Although rare, If the cyst does burst it may cause severe abdominal pain, or possible internal bleeding which would require surgery.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

I have an ovarian cyst and was place on BC. I still have typically cyst symptoms even while on the pill. Is this normal?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Usually resolve: It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their reproductive years and may be a single cyst or many cysts. Most cysts are benign and only require monitoring. Most are cysts which develops from tissue that changes in the normal process of ovulation. They usually disappear within 6-8 weeks.

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