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Doctor insights on: How To Check For Ovarian Cysts

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What can I expect during an ultrasound to check for ovarian cysts?

What can I expect during an ultrasound to check for ovarian cysts?

It should be painles: Sometimes the study is performed wtih abdominal probe in which case a full bladder is necessary to visualize pelvic organs well. Many times, vaginal probe examination is also performed because this produces superb images as the probe can get very close to the organs being examined. You will need to empty your bladder for this part of the exam. Sometimes, 3d images of the ovary may be helpful. ...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 have had intermenstrual bleeding but all test results are normal. Being sent for TVA US to check for ovarian cysts. Could it be cancerous?

I have had intermenstrual bleeding but all test results are normal. Being sent for TVA US to check for ovarian cysts. Could it be cancerous?

Unlikely: Intermenstrual bleeding is common and can have several causes such as ovulation, infection, hormone issue or a cyst. It is very unlikely that yours is cancerous at age 25. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my ovarian cyst is twisted?

What's a good way to check if my ovarian cyst is twisted?

Need checked : Usually pain on side of torsion. You need examined and an ultrasound. It can tell if no blood is flowing to the ovary. This is consistsnt with torsion. ...Read more

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I recently found out I have bilateral ovarian cysts. I've been in a lot of pain because of it. Is there anything I should be aware of or should check?

I recently found out I have bilateral ovarian cysts. I've been in a lot of pain because of it. Is there anything I should be aware of or should check?

Severe changes: With cysts, they make the ovary heavier and it is possible for the ovary to twist. If you have severe pain, nausea, vomiting, you might need emergency surgical care to prevent the ovaries from twisting too much, which can block the blood supply and kill off the ovary (torsion). Otherwise they can be followed or treated depending on the shape and size. ...Read more

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Does a pelvic test checks for ovarian cysts?

Does a pelvic test checks for ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cyst: A rectovaginal examination should detect ovarian cysts/tumors/masses in a thin patient. ...Read more

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I was on pill over a year but quit. Haven't told my doc yet, but feel mentally positive and happier. How often do I need check up for ovarian cysts?

I was on pill over a year but quit. Haven't told my doc yet, but feel mentally positive and happier. How often do I need check up for ovarian cysts?

Depends: There is no recommendation for any routine check-up for ovarian cysts. It is usually only recommended if you have had a problem with ovarian cysts in the past. You should see your doctor at least yearly for an annual check-up. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Had an ultrasound in July confirmed 6cm ovarian cyst. Had surgery oct 11th no cyst found. Why surgery? Why did they not check b4? Unnessesary surgery?

Had an ultrasound in July confirmed 6cm ovarian cyst. Had surgery oct 11th no cyst found. Why surgery? Why did they not check b4? Unnessesary surgery?

Most likely: Ovarian cysts are common findings. Most cysts are 'simple' (benign appearing). Studies show than most cysts will resolve with time and surgery is not necessary, even for cysts as large as 10 cm. Unless a woman is having symptoms such as pain suggestive of ovarian torsion, most cyst may be manage with serial ultrasound every 3-6 months to evaluate for resolution or increase in size. ...Read more

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I'm taking birth control for an ovarian cyst and I'm going back in 4 months to check and see if it's gone. Will it make it go away?

I'm taking birth control for an ovarian cyst and I'm going back in 4 months to check and see if it's gone. Will it make it go away?

Ovarian Cyst: Ovarian cysts are actually quite common in premenopausal women. (The function of the ovary by nature is to produce cysts each month). BCPs do not make the cysts go away. They prevent ovulation, which allows the ovaries to "rest" while the cyst resolves on its own, and no further ones develop. Should be gone by this time. Good luck! ...Read more

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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