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A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes recurring ovarian cysts?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brandye Wilson-manigat
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Hormones: During each menstrual cycle, the ovary produces a few small cysts known as follicles (normal) . Most times, one of these follicles will enlarge and ovulate an egg (it ruptures), while the others go away. Sometimes this rupture may not occur due to a lack of signaling by the body's hormones, and the cyst continues to develop through subsequent menstrual cycles.
Dr. David Dang
Radiology 15 years experience
See below.: Ovarian cysts usually develop from normal ovarian follicles. After a follicle expell the egg, it turns into a corpus luteum which appears like a cyst on ultrasound. If the follicle fail to expell the egg, it may continue to grow and becomes a larger cyst (more than 2 cm). This can happen every menstrual cycle so that's why they recur.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What should I do about recurring ovarian cysts?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Walter Kobasa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Depends: If you are not trying to get pregant, a hormonal contraceptive if medically ok would be the best choice.
A 24-year-old female asked:

Can ovarian cysts cause headaches?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Headache from cysts: It is not likely that ovarian cysts would cause headaches. See your doctor about what is causing your headaches.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Why do ovarian cysts cause bloating?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Villa
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Inflammation: Ovarian cysts may cause the feeling of bloating. This may be due to fluid leaking from the cysts and pelvic inflammation as a result of the cysts. Inflammation will cause swelling and fluid accumulation. Should have a pelvic ultrasound to evaluate the size/quality of the cysts.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can masturbatiom cause ovarian cysts?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: Life is difficult enough without people trying to worry you over something like this. Ovarian cysts are extremely common and only the large ones come to a physician's attention; most are harmless. I trust you're having the cysts followed.

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