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can ovarian cysts that appear and leave on their own cause infertility?

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
26 years experience Fertility Medicine
No. Can be a sign.: The most common ovarian cysts that "come and go" are follicular or corpus luteum cysts and these don't cause infertility, but frequent follicular cysts can be a sign of reduced ovarian reserve (lower egg numbers and quality). Some cysts that don't go away on their own, like endometriosis cysts, may indicate reduced fertility. If a cyst needs surgical removal the surgery may reduce ovarian reserve.
Answered on Sep 29, 2019
Dr. Seth Derman
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
Generally not: Most ovarian cysts are follicular or luteal cysts that develop from a follicle, which is the cyst that contains your egg cell. These come and go and do not cause infertility though they may delay pregnancy a few months. Some cysts such as endometriomas may be associated with infertility.
Answered on Nov 21, 2012
Dr. Devin Namaky
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No. : These would likely be normal corpus luteums and it is good to have them because it means you are ovulating.
Answered on Apr 19, 2013

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