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Just found out I have an ovarian cyst the size of a tennis ball. I'm calling an obgyn on Monday. Can you give me some info/advice about ovarian cysts?

Just found out I have an ovarian cyst the size of a tennis ball. I'm calling an obgyn on Monday. Can you give me some info/advice about ovarian cysts?

Ovarian Cysts: Most ovarian cysts in young females that are clear in appearance tend to be benign. Tennis ball size cysts rarely go away on their own without surgical intervention. Seeing a GYN MD Monday will give you a better idea of the treatment course. ...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 an ovarian cyst tennis ball sized, filling up my right ovary. No blood flows through the cyst, but a little around it. Is it cancerous?

I have an ovarian cyst tennis ball sized, filling up my right ovary. No blood flows through the cyst, but a little around it. Is it cancerous?

See below: It is not feasible to know the nature of the cyst without it being examined by a pathologist. From what you described it is not likely to be tumor, but it would be prudent to discuss it with your doctor who knows more about your health. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a follicle and a ovarian cyst? Can a follicle grow to a golf ball size?

What is the difference between a follicle and a ovarian cyst? Can a follicle grow to a golf ball size?

Size: Follicles come and go normally in menstruating women. Cysts are just somewhat bigger follicles, around 2 cm. Follicles can sometimes develop into large cysts. A golf ball size cyst would not be uncommon. In any event these are not cancerous and usually resolve after a couple of menstrual cycles. ...Read more

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I'm very concerned about my body! I think I might have an ovarian cyst. I can feel a ball on my left lower abdominal, and I've gained weight.

I'm very concerned about my body! I think I might have an ovarian cyst. I can feel a ball on my left lower abdominal, and I've gained weight.

Ball in abdomen: You should call your physician to be seen to diagnosis the ball your feel in your left lower abdomen. There are several possibilities, however a physical exam is necessary. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cyst cause swollen foot?

Can ovarian cyst cause swollen foot?

Yes: If it lies against the iliac vein. If it's large, and if this is indeed the cause, think about whether you might want surgery if offered. I trust the diagnosis is correct and there is no cancer concern. ...Read more

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Can fatty cysts be painful? Mine is tennis ball size by left scapula; have constant left back pain & occasional left chest pain.

Can fatty cysts be painful? Mine is tennis ball size by left scapula; have constant left back pain & occasional left chest pain.

Yes: I am assuming you are talking about a lipoma which is a benign fatty tumor. Regardless any mass the size of a tennis ball should be looked into. To answer your question yes it could cause pain. It can be putting pressure on a nerve or structure which could hurt. If its a lipoma then outpatient procedure. ...Read more

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Could ovarian cyst grow up to 13cm in size?

Could ovarian cyst grow up to 13cm in size?

Yes: They can also grow much larger. The risk of malignancy does not correlate with the size of the cyst. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cyst the size is 5.5× 4.5 what can I do? ?

I have ovarian cyst the size is 5.5× 4.5 what can I do? ?

Ovarian cyst: It will probably go away on its own. Have another ultrasound in 3 months. Go to an emergency room if you get worsening pelvic pain as it could mean the cyst has burst or your ovary has twisted. Birth control pills help to prevent cysts but you don't have to take them if you don't want to. For sure follow up in 3 months with your physician. ...Read more

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I found out I have an ovarian cyst sizing at 9cm x 4cm. Is this a big size or no?

I found out I have an ovarian cyst sizing at 9cm x 4cm. Is this a big size or no?

Yes!: You need to have a discussion with your doctor - or a doctor - tomorrow about managing this. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cyst and its size of a lemon. What to do?

I have ovarian cyst and its size of a lemon. What to do?

See your OBGYN: You need followup, you may need bcpills to try to shrink it or you may need surgery to remove the cyst and or the entire ovary, I would see your obgyn today as if you haven't seen one you will need evaluation and close follow-up and the best course of management depending on the kind and the exact size of the cyst and your fertilitty situation. ...Read more

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I have a ovarian cyst the size of a sliver dollar and having a lot of pain in my left side of my abdomen. What should I do?

I have a ovarian cyst the size of a sliver dollar and having a lot of pain in my left side of my abdomen. What should I do?

Depends on pain: Ovarian cysts are very common. Every cycle you have a cyst produced where you ovulated from. Most of these cysts resolve without any treatment. However, if you are having a lot of pain then it may need to be treated now, by your doctor, because some of these cysts can twist on themselves. However, if the pain is getting better, you can wait and get a follow-up ultrasound in 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Does an ovarian cyst causes pain during sex have to be a large one or can it be small in size? And is it necessarily cancerous?

Does an ovarian cyst causes pain during sex have to be a large one or can it be small in size? And is it necessarily cancerous?

See details: An ovarian cyst might cause pain during sex regardless of size. Most cysts do not cause pain. Pain does not imply that it is cancerous. Cysts are very common in your age group and the great majority are benign. ...Read more

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I am16years old. Now I have a left ovarian cyst of about2.2x1.8cm size and a thickened endometrium. I haveirregular periods too?

I am16years old. Now I have a left ovarian cyst of about2.2x1.8cm size and a thickened endometrium. I haveirregular periods too?

Gynecologist: As long as the size is being followed by your gynecologist, I would not be worried at this point. Any change in symptoms, see your gynecologist immediately. ...Read more

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What is the size of an ovarian cyst measuring 3.40 times 3.27 times 2.40, and what does it mean with a pregnancy of about 8 weeks?

What is the size of an ovarian cyst measuring 3.40 times 3.27 times 2.40, and what does it mean with a pregnancy of about 8 weeks?

Likely normal: It is likely a corpus leuteum cyst and is a normal part of pregnancy. Do see your doctor regularly to protect your and your baby's health.
Wish you good health and a healthy baby! ...Read more

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Is pink/brownish spotting normal while having ovarian cyst? The radiologist told me it happens when the cyst size is reducing. Is this so?

Is pink/brownish spotting normal while having ovarian cyst? The radiologist told me it happens when the cyst size is reducing. Is this so?

Sort of: Assuming that this is right around the time of ovulation, then there is a brief, abrupt drop in estrogen levels that leads to a small amount of mid-cycle spotting. This is also about the time that a dominant cyst releases and egg and will appear to change / decrease in size. ...Read more

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Are there medications other than surgery to decrease the size of large benign 13 CM simple ovarian cyst or at least prevent it from getting bigger?

Are there medications other than surgery to decrease the size of large benign 13 CM simple ovarian cyst or at least prevent it from getting bigger?

No: There are many reasons a 13 cm cyst needs to be removed by surgery: unknown type, rupture, torsion, ... often the cyst can be removed without removing the ovary. It would be w-a-y outside standard of care (at least in the US) to "observe" this rather than remove. If it hasn't been removed for tissue, how do you really know it's benign? ...Read more

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6 CM left ovarian cyst, extreme shooting pains on right side, gyn says referred pain and should wait another month, doubled in size in 2 months, wait?

Color flow: With extreme pain, you could have a torsed or twisted ovary. This can cut off the blood supply. They can check this with color flow doppler. Ask your doc if they did that with the ultrasound. ...Read more

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What is the non surgical treatment of ovarian cyst of size 7×7×7?

What is the non surgical treatment of ovarian cyst of size 7×7×7?

Units please.: There is a big difference in management if the cyst is 7mm versus 7 cm. A 7mm cyst wouldn't require any treatment. With a 7 cm cyst, treatment options would depend partly on the description of the cyst (for example simple versus complex). But a cyst larger than about 4 cm is at risk of ovarian torsion (twisting on it's stalk) which may cause loss of the ovary and a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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Hello doctor. I have USG which shows anechoic areas of sizes 2.19 *2.47cm, 2.67 *2.47cm and 2.90 *1.97cm in left adenexa. Is it a ovarian cyst???

Hello doctor. I have USG which shows anechoic areas of sizes 2.19 *2.47cm, 2.67 *2.47cm and 2.90 *1.97cm in left adenexa. Is it a ovarian cyst???

Yes: A common occurrence in young women. Number & size of cysts can vary with each cycle. Repeat ultrasound in 6 to 8 weeks to ensure there is no abnormal enlargement. If you have significant discomfort consult your Gyn. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cysts vary in size?

Do ovarian cysts vary in size?

Yes.: Ovarian cysts do vary in size quite alot. In your age group, a small cyst is about 2-3 cm. I've seen cyst as large as 10 cm or more. Cyst less than 2.5 cm are probably functional follicle in your age group. A cyst may grow or persist over a few menstrual cycle or complete resolve. ...Read more

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What's the largest size ovarian cyst?

What's the largest size ovarian cyst?

Up to 20 cm in diame: Ovarian cyst could be large up to 20 cm in diameter. The larger cyst the more chances of torsion and rupture. Very painful. ...Read more

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Ovarian cyst of size 5cm is dangerous?

Ovarian cyst of size 5cm is dangerous?

Unlikely: If pain persists a follow up usg would be recommended. ...Read more

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What size ovarian cyst is considered large?

What size ovarian cyst is considered large?

Usually > 5 cm: An ovarian cyst larger than 5 cm is significant and requires evaluation and management. ...Read more

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What is considered a large size ovarian cyst?

What is considered a large size ovarian cyst?

Size not only factor: It depends. For women having regular cycles, up to 8 cm may be normal if it is a simple pocket of fluid. If you have a cyst, your should contact your gynecologist to discuss followup. ...Read more

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What helps reduce the size of an ovarian cyst?

What helps reduce the size of an ovarian cyst?

Ovarian cyst: Oral contraceptives are often prescribed, some times just time and expectant therapy, some times surgery its the only way. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst of this size (10 cm), eventually resolve itself?

Can an ovarian cyst of this size (10 cm), eventually resolve itself?

EXTREMELY unlikely: I would almost say 100% no. That size of a cyst is too large to resolve itself, and should be removed surgically, due to the risks of it being a tumor (need to rule out malignancy) and due to the risk of torsion (where the ovary twists around it's artery and vein, cuts off the blood supply to it and causes severe pain). Sorry, but you really need to have surgery to remove it. ...Read more

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Hi. I have an ovarian cyst, it has shrunk in size but am getting pain. I was wondering if its rupturing. If so what are the signs? Thanks

Ovarian cyst: Yes it's still possible to have pain from a cyst that's shrinking and leaking fluid. The fluid from the cyst can irritate the lining tissue in the pelvis causing such pain. Using a heating pad, taking ibuprofen and resting usually helps. Pain doesn't usually last more than a few days. But be sure your not pregnant. ...Read more

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Can an antibiotic decrease the size of an ovarian cyst? If so, what type of cyst is likely to benefit from its use? Thanks.

Can an antibiotic decrease the size of an ovarian cyst? If so, what type of cyst is likely to benefit from its use? Thanks.

No: Ovarian cysts are not typically caused by infections but rather the normal development of an egg in the ovary. Antibiotics would have to effect on this. ...Read more

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I have a 3cm septated ovarian cyst. At what point/size should it be surgically removed. I have a hx of Dermoid Teratoma/partial oophrectomy.

I have a 3cm septated ovarian cyst. At what point/size should it be surgically removed. I have a hx of Dermoid Teratoma/partial oophrectomy.

It depends: Good evening,

It appears that you already follow with GYN, so they should be able to tell you when the cyst should be removed. Many times, the cyst is monitored every 6 months to a year for interval increase in size. If the size remains stable over time, there is no need for intervention. Good luck. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how to decrease size of ovarian cyst? Maybe endometrioma. I wanna try everything I can do before having another surgery. Am on pill.

Could you tell me how to decrease size of ovarian cyst? Maybe endometrioma. I wanna try everything I can do before having another surgery. Am on pill.

Patience: Stay on the pill and give it time. If this is a "functional" cyst, it will go away over the course of a couple cycles. Stay on the pill in the meantime - you are doing everything right. ...Read more

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I have a large ovarian cyst. My OBGyn says it is the size of a grapefruit. I forgot to ask is it ok to exercise? I don't want it to rupture.

I have a large ovarian cyst. My OBGyn says it is the size of a grapefruit. I forgot to ask is it ok to exercise? I don't want it to rupture.

Okay to exercise: Usual exercise is not likely to affect the cyst.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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5cm hemorrhagic ovarian cyst & ovary is measuring 3x size it normally is. Been in/out of ER & dr. Causing a lot of pain. Best way to treat?

5cm hemorrhagic ovarian cyst & ovary is measuring 3x size it normally is. Been in/out of ER & dr. Causing a lot of pain. Best way to treat?

Ovarian cysts: A "5 cm." ovarian cyst may in fact be painful, but there are other causes for "cysts" (abscesses, endometriosis, PCOS) which should be investigated by a gyn specialist. The "best way to treat" depends on the cause, and may include laparoscopic surgery to determine same. ...Read more

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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