Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs in or on the ovary that usually occur during ovulation.

Cysts are common in women with regular periods. 8% of premenopausal women develop cysts that need to treated. Most cysts are harmless, and often come and go without causing any symptoms.

Endometrioma, dermoid, cystadenoma, corpus luteum; are all types of benign (non cancerous) cysts. Hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, pregnancy and some medications can predispose to developing ovarian cysts. Pressure, bloating, swelling, or pain in the lower abdomen can be symptoms of an ovarian cyst. The pain or discomfort can be sharp or dull and may come and go. If a cyst ruptures, it can cause sudden, severe pain.

At any age, talk with your GP if you have symptoms you are worried about. See your doctor also if you have symptoms such as bloating, needing to urinate more often, pelvic pressure or pain, or abnormal vaginal bleeding.

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This page is designed to be informative an educational. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your healthcare practitioner.