What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts. Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs (pockets) that can occur inside or on the surface of the ovaries (the two small organs that produce eggs (ova) in women). Ovarian cysts are quite common in women of childbearing age.


Women have two ovaries - one on either side of their womb (uterus). Their function is to develop eggs and produce female sex hormones. You can develop one or more cysts on either one of your ovaries or on both ovaries at the same time. If a number of cysts (usually at least 10) develop around the outside of an ovary, it is called polycystic ovary syndrome.

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What are ovarian cysts from?

Most are normal. Making cysts is what the ovary normally does. Ovulation is the process by which an egg is enclosed in a follicle that produces estrogen. The follicle develops over (usually) two weeks, and then ruptures, releasing the egg. This is ovulation. The structure that was the follicle the begins to produce progesterone. It remains present until 10-12 weeks if pregnancy occurs. Read more...

I need to know what's an ovarian cyst?

Different types. Ovarian cysts are collections of fluid, or soft or hard tissue that develop within the substance of the ovary. They can be normal- where the body produces eggs & hormones every month; or they can be either benign or malignant tumors. The size, and characteristics give an idea of whether they are benign or not. Most simple cysts are small, and resolve on their own with time. Read more...

Could you tell me what are ovarian cysts and how do I know if have them?

Growth on ovary. An ovarian cyst is a growth on the ovary. One type is functional cyst, on that will go away on its own. The other is a benign growth, that doesn't go away and needs surgery to remove it. Some women have pain with cysts, other women don't. A pelvic exam will sometimes find them. Ovarian cysts are most reliably diagnosed by ultrasound. Read more...

What is ovarian cyst and how it is related to child bearing/not bearing....

Common . It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their reproductive years and may be a single cyst or many cysts. Most cysts are benign and only require monitoring. Most are cysts which develops from tissue that changes in the normal process of ovulation. They usually disappear within 6-8 weeks. Read more...