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Can a 5 CM ovarian cyst resolve itself?

Can a 5 CM ovarian cyst resolve itself?

Probably: If the cyst is simple and 5cm in size, then yes — good chance it may go away on its own. Larger than 7cm, and it is much less likely that it can resolve on its own. A follow-up sonogram in 6 weeks can tell if it is going away. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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I had been diagnosed 3 weeks ago with a 3.5 CM ovarian cyst. What do I do?

I had been diagnosed 3 weeks ago with a 3.5 CM ovarian cyst. What do I do?

It can be normal: Each month an egg develops inside a watery cyst, sometimes there are other less mature eggs in their own cysts as well. You should discuss your concerns and us findings with your ob/gyn to make sure you understand your options and what was seen. ...Read more

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Yesterday I was diagnosed with 5 CM ovarian cyst. I'm 19 and physically very active. Should I stop dancing and exercising due to the cyst?

Yesterday I was diagnosed with 5 CM ovarian cyst. I'm 19 and physically very active. Should I stop dancing and exercising due to the cyst?

No: Usually cysts are benign. For the pain nsaids or birth control pills can help. Sometimes if there are severe symptoms they me need to be removed with surgery. Follow the direction of your physician. ...Read more

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Can a heating pad help shrink a 7.5 cm ovarian cyst? Any other remedies to naturally shrink an ovarian cyst? Also, can it shrink much within one week?

Can a heating pad help shrink a 7.5 cm ovarian cyst? Any other remedies to naturally shrink an ovarian cyst? Also, can it shrink much within one week?

No: A heating pad can help with the discomfort from an ovarian cyst but will not help shrink it. They can shrink some or rupture and go away completely in 1 week, can remain unchanged or can even grow in that time. That is the reason that follow-up is recommended. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I had an oopherectomy 20 years ago and now have a 5 CM ovarian cyst causing pain. What is the usual treatment?

I had an oopherectomy 20 years ago and now have a 5 CM ovarian cyst causing pain. What is the usual treatment?

Ovarian cyst: Is this on the same side or other side?
This is usually treated by an obgyn and treatment is either ovarian cystectomy or oophorectomy depending on the type of lesion start with seeing your obgyn to discuss the options. ...Read more

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I have a 7 and 5 CM ovarian cyst on either side. They are causing constant pressure and high pain and cause me to not get my period. Do I remove them?

I have a 7 and 5 CM ovarian cyst on either side. They are causing constant pressure and high pain and cause me to not get my period. Do I remove them?

Ovarian cyst: Ovarian cysts are usually benign cyst which are maturing ovum. Has to be monitored by serial ultrasounds to make sure it's disappearing. Oral contraceptive pills is a treatment for this. But you have to see a gynecologist and discuss on this treatment options because ovarian cysts could be rarely cancerous too. ...Read more

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My left ovary was removed 4 month ago and now I have 5.5 cm ovarian cyst in right ovary.is pregnancy possible for me? I'm 24yrs and have no children

My left ovary was removed 4 month ago and now I have 5.5 cm ovarian cyst in right ovary.is pregnancy possible for me? I'm 24yrs and have no children

Not enough info: Why was your ovary removed? Have you been evaluated for polycystic ovarian disease? One ovary is enough to have children but you may need to see an infertility specialist if you had been trying to have a pregnancy for 12 mo. with no success. ...Read more

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As a doctor, do you think I'm pregnant if I got a positive test but I have a 5 CM ovarian cyst, & no gestational sac on ultrasound??

As a doctor, do you think I'm pregnant if I got a positive test but I have a 5 CM ovarian cyst, & no gestational sac on ultrasound??

Yes: The pregnancy test detects human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which is produced by the trophoblast, which later becomes the placenta. An ovarian cyst will not produce HCG. If you are 3 to 5 weeks, the gestational sac is easily missed. Your OB will address the possiblility of a tubal pregnancy, and can confirm that you are not having a miscarriage by documenting a rising HCG level or repeat US. ...Read more

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I have 4-5 cm ovarian cyst causing nausea and low back pain. Dr wants to follow up in 6 weeks with ultrasound. Should I be concerned it is cancerous?

I have 4-5 cm ovarian cyst causing nausea and low back pain. Dr wants to follow up in 6 weeks with ultrasound. Should I be concerned it is cancerous?

Unlikely: Lifetime risk of cancer is 1 in 60-90. Small odds. It usually strikes women after the age of 45. There are other findings on an ultrasound that can suggest if it's a benign or malignant looking cyst. If your gyn feels its safe to follow in 6 weeks, that's a normal approach.
Best wishes
Dr M ...Read more

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Can ovarian cysts cause lactation? I was diagnosed with a 5 CM benign ovarian cyst and was prescribed lutenyl. Now I am lactating.

Can ovarian cysts cause lactation?  I was diagnosed with a 5 CM benign ovarian cyst and was prescribed lutenyl.  Now I am lactating.

No: No ovarian cyst causes lactation directly. There are many kinds of nipples dischareg and many reasons that are not lactation, you should consider this. Lactation is associated with elevated prolactin levels. You need to be discussing this with your doctor this week! ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with 5.2 CM ovarian cyst. It doesn't cause me problems, I didn't even know that before the ultrasound. Is surgery necessary?

I was diagnosed with 5.2 CM ovarian cyst. It doesn't cause me problems, I didn't even know that before the ultrasound. Is surgery necessary?

Cysts will resolve: Small cysts on the ovary are very common. The overwhelming majority will resolve on their own without surgery. Although they may hurt the best treatment is to take Ibuprofen for the pain and to wait to see if it goes away. Usually obgyns will repeat the sonogram 6-8 weeks later to confirm the cyst has resolved. ...Read more

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I have 5.6 CM ovarian cyst and scheduled surgery by march.im puzzled if I am.to have left ovary removed or just scrape.worries are they'd regrow?

I have 5.6 CM ovarian cyst and scheduled surgery by march.im puzzled if I am.to have left ovary removed or just scrape.worries are they'd regrow?

Ovarian cyst: You don't mention which side the cyst is on but I'm thinking the left from the way you word it. We do try to remove just the cyst and safe the ovary in most situations. But that isn't always possible, so there is a small chance you may lose your ovary. Talk to this concern with the surgeon ahead of time so you know what to expect. ...Read more

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I have a 5.9 cm simple ovarian cyst. I have no pain or symptoms. I was told if it grows it might need surgery? What is the danger if it grows?

I have a 5.9 cm simple ovarian cyst.  I have no pain or symptoms.  I was told if it grows it might need surgery? What is the danger if it grows?

Important: First, are you 47 years old? I mean no offense but 50% of ages given on HealthTap are untrue. If 47 is correct the risks are torsion (twisting) and rupture. Any cyst larger than 6 cm. is a significant risk for these, both of which require emergency surgery. AT age 47 the chance of cancer, while not terribly high, is still plausible. Hence, needs removal. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a 2.5 CM left adnexal ovarian cyst?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a 2.5 CM left adnexal ovarian cyst?

1 inch ovarian cyst: Adnexa are the structures closely related to the uterus and include the ovaries and the fallopian tubes. Left adnexal cyst means a cyst on the left side involving the ovary.
Most of these are benign. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to leave a 5-6 CM complex ovarian cyst? Wedding is in 2 months but having severe pain & discomfort. Have another smaller cyst.

Is it dangerous to leave a 5-6 CM complex ovarian cyst? Wedding is in 2 months but having severe pain & discomfort. Have another smaller cyst.

It can be dangerous: A 5-6 cm complex cyst in your age group (21 years, correct?) is unlikely to be cancerous, but not 100% impossible. At this size there is no "stock" answer, but prompt surgical removal should be considered. "Severe" pain, what does that make you think? Only a doctor who has examined you in person can make this decision, but you might want to call yours again. Sincere good wishes. ...Read more

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more