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Doctor insights on: Functional Versus Non Functional Ovarian Cysts

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Functional ovarian cyst?

Functional ovarian cyst?

Common: A functional ovarian cyst is a simple cyst that is normal development from ovulation. In most cases it resolves on it's on and doesn't create any problems.

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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What are functional ovarian cysts?

What are functional ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts: Ovarian cysts are thin - walled, clear fluid - filled sacs that develope in the ovary as part of normal egg development. These are normal findings.

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What medications help functional ovarian cysts?

What medications help functional ovarian cysts?

Hormone pills: The most common treatment is birth control pills. The pills use hormones to override your body's self made hormones. This stops the development of the "functional" cysts.

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What can I do to manage to avoid functional ovarian cysts?

What can I do to manage to avoid functional ovarian cysts?

Functional ovarian c: Functional ovarian cysts can be avoided by the use of birth control that prevents normal egg development.

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How does functional ovarian cysts affect my body if they pop?

How does functional ovarian cysts affect my body if they pop?

Cyst rupture: 'functional cysts' is a term that nearly always refers to follicular cysts or copora lutea. Follicles naturally 'pop' when ovulation occurs. Small follicles can rupture for many reasons, which women usually describe as painful, but rarely damage occurs. Internal bleeding happens with rupture, and though its not common ruptured large cysts may require surgery if bleeding is heavy.

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What can help prevent functional ovarian cysts?

What can help prevent functional ovarian cysts?

Healthy diet: A healthy diet is likely to prevent ovarian systs, though there is little research to support it. Common advice is to avoid sugar and simple carbs, emphasize fruits & vegies, esp. Dark leafy greens, & minimize meats, dairy, &eggs, esp. If not organic (to avoid hormones & antibiotics in meats). Some advise an alkaline diet & foods rich in phytoestrogens. See my comments for more information & links:.

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What is the treatment of functional ovarian cyst in non-married female?

What is the treatment of functional ovarian cyst in non-married female?

Time/watching: Often no treatment is needed and cysts usually resolve on their own. If cysts do not resolve or if they become painful then your gynecologist may need to remove the cyst. This can often be done laparoscopically

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Will a 4cm functional ovarian cyst on my left go away on its own and why is all my pain on my right side abdomen and back?

Will a 4cm functional ovarian cyst on my left go away on its own and why is all my pain on my right side abdomen and back?

Yes: A 4cm. Functional cyst should resolve on its own. The pain you are experiencing on the opposite side may be unrelated or could be what is called referred pain where a problem in one location causes pain some where else.

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I've had a functional ovarian cyst on left ovary that fluctuates in size between 2.5 and 3.5 cm with symptoms for 18 months that won't go away.

I've had a functional ovarian cyst on left ovary that fluctuates in size between 2.5 and 3.5 cm with symptoms for 18 months that won't go away.

Tiny ovarian cyst: This ovarian cyst is only 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, and I question that its' size is the source of your symptoms for 18 months. Have your GYN MD re-evaluate your symptoms and if necessary obtain a 2nd opinion.

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Period is 31 days late, negative hpts. What could be wrong? I have a history of one functional ovarian cyst

Period is 31 days late, negative hpts. What could be wrong? I have a history of one functional ovarian cyst

Likely hormonal: Your period is 31 days late, meaning your last menstrual period was about 2 months ago. I see you have done a home pregnancy test which was negative. If you are not pregnant, the cause may be hormonal. Irregular periods are a very common problem and can be treated. I recommend seeing an ob/gyn doctor for evaluation, especially if you don't have a period in the next two months.

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When should lupron (leuprolide) be used to treat ovarian cysts? I have a functional & complex - keep growing and bc not stopping new cysts

When should lupron (leuprolide) be used to treat ovarian cysts? I have a functional & complex - keep growing and bc not stopping new cysts

It kind of: Depends on your symptoms. Are you in pain? Are the cysts large? Do you have endometriosis or pain? The medicine is not a cake walk in that it is expensive and will places into menopause with all the drawbacks. It may not resolve the cysts either. I am suprised they enlarge on the ocp. How long have u been on them?

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How to know if my ruptured bloody cyst was a functional ovarian cyst or endometriosis? Is there a way to distinguish between both of them?

How to know if my ruptured bloody cyst was a functional ovarian cyst or endometriosis? Is there a way to distinguish between both of them?

No: Only surgery and pathologically looking at the cyst can tell you. If your ca -125 level in the blood is high then that suggests endometriosis.

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Can an ovarian cyst be misinterpreted on the intravaginal ultrasound? I was told it's just a cyst... Not whether it's a functional, complex, etc.

Can an ovarian cyst be misinterpreted on the intravaginal ultrasound? I was told it's just a cyst... Not whether it's a functional, complex, etc.

Please call them: Back and ask them what the cyst looked like, u can usually get a good idea from the us and it also depends on the size of the cyst which they can tell u that also.

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I think I have a functional ovarian cyst. Sometimes I feel it sometimes I don't. Can it cause a delay in period? I'm in bc

I think I have a functional ovarian cyst. Sometimes I feel it sometimes I don't. Can it cause a delay in period? I'm in bc

Ovarian cysts: Functional cysts are functional, meaning they grow and regress. Sometimes they're there, sometimes they're not but that just means you have a healthy ovary that grows eggs. You should still get periods.

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Went to a gynecologist today and she told me I had 3, 4 mm ovarian cyst and to come back in 3 months. Should I be worried, is it functional cyst?

Went to a gynecologist today and she told me I had 3, 4 mm ovarian cyst and to come back in 3 months. Should I be worried, is it functional cyst?

Most likely: There is a very high probability that is what it is. Wouldn't worry too much, this is a common situation. It most likely will be gone on follow up. Was it 4 cm, not 4mm?

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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