How exactly are ovarian cysts handled?

Depends on factors. A simple cyst is very common and often detected on routine pelvic or ultrasound exam and can be followed by gyn visits. The more complex ones need further evaluation so doctors can determine the significance of cysts based their size, structure, timing with regard to period and to menopause, etc. Sometimes surgery is needed. I will share this with subspecialists in gyn for additional input.
Varies. All women with working ovaries have natural cysts in their reproductive lifetime. Cyst is a general term meaning a fluid-filled sac anywhere in a body. A challenge can be sorting out which ovarian cysts are normal and which not. Abnormal cysts are sometimes just observed if they are not suspicious for cancer, surgery is another option and is the only option in some instances.

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What exactly does it mean to have an ovarian cyst?

Swelling. An ovarian cyst is an egg cell that did not fully release from the ovary. This causes swelling and pain. Many women can have multiple ovarian cysts for many years. Talk with your doctor in person to see if you have any. Read more...
Larger Cyst in Ovary. By nature, the ovary is a cystic organ, follicular cells around egg cells begin secreting fluid into space around egg creating a cyst, several every cycle. Mid-cycle, the cysts rupture releasing the egg, called ovulation. If 1 or more cysts become larger, without shedding egg, can more easily be seen on ultrasound, ct, etc and termed an ovarian cyst. More common in people with ?body fat & diabetes. Read more...

What exactly does it feel like to have an ovarian cyst/other similar problem?

Discomfort in pelvis. Most ovarian cysts have no symptoms as they are a normal part of the egg developing in the ovary. For some ovarian problems, a sense of discomfort or pain in the pelvis may be the symptom. Other problems can be irregular menstrual bleeding or pain with sex. In some cases, urination and stool patterns can change too. Read more...

Period like cramps while I'm not on my period. Frequent maybe 2x a week for a few hours. Not pregnant not ovarian cysts. Feels exactly like reg. Cramps?

Pelvic pain. Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. Cramping unrelated to the menstrual cycle is often intestinal in origin. Read more...

8 week followup u/s for simple left ovarian cyst which remains same. Right side (no cyst) now measures 19 cc up from 12cc last time. Concerning?

No. Simple ovarian cysts are usually benign (not cancer) in a woman in her early 30s. If they become large or painful, they can be removed with laparoscopic surgery but frequently go away on their own. Read more...

Can complex fluid filled ovarian cysts become cancerous? Why might there be a bright ring around it on u/s then no ring on f/u u/s? Causing much pain.

Yes it can. Complex cysts can be cancerous depending on their size and rate of growth. A CA125 test can help decide its nature. Ultrasound is a good test to measure increase in size and also may show any solid components inside the cyst. You should get the ultrasound repeated in 3-4 months and have your gynecologist guide you further. You may need surgical removal if it is causing you much pain or increased s. Read more...