The ovaries produce the eggs in the female reproductive system. Eggs grow, develop, and mature in the ovaries and then are released during ovulation, part of the monthly menstrual cycle that occurs during the childbearing years. Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form on the ovaries when the follicles (sacs) on the ovary that contain the egg mature, but do not release the egg into the fallopian tube where it would be fertilized. A woman can develop one cyst or many cysts. Ovarian cysts can vary in size-from as small as a pea to as big as a grapefruit. Most cysts are small and do not cause symptoms. Some cysts might cause a dull ache in the abdomen because they are twisted, bleeding, or have burst; others might cause pain during sexual intercourse. Most cysts are benign (not cancerous). A few cysts, though, may turn out to be malignant (cancerous). For this reason, your doctor should check all cysts. If ovarian cysts are found early, many of the problems they cause can be treated.

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Ovarian Cysts Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... You can''t depend on symptoms alone to tell you if you have an ovarian cyst. In fact, you''ll likely have no symptoms at all. Or if you do, the symptoms may be similar to those of other conditions, su...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Your ovaries normally grow cyst-like structures called follicles each month. Follicles produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone and release an egg when you ovulate. Sometimes a normal monthly fo...
Source: MayoClinic

Ovarian Cysts Prevention

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Prevention
... Although there''s no definite way to prevent the growth of ovarian cysts, regular pelvic examinations are a way to help ensure that changes in your ovaries are diagnosed as early as possible. In addit...
Source: MayoClinic

Ovarian Cysts Treatment

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Complications
... A large ovarian cyst can cause abdominal discomfort. If a large cyst presses on your bladder, you may need to urinate more frequently because its capacity is reduced. Some women develop less common ty...
Source: MayoClinic

Treatment
... Treatment depends on your age, the type and size of your cyst, and your symptoms. Your doctor may suggest: Watchful waiting. You can wait and be re-examined in one to three months if you''re in your r...
Source: MayoClinic

Ovarian Cysts Other

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Ovarian Cysts
... What is an ovarian cyst? An ovarian cyst is a sac filled with fluid or a semisolid material that forms on or within one of the ovaries, the small organs in the pelvis that make female hormones and hol...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Ovarian Cysts
... The ovaries produce the eggs in the female reproductive system. Eggs grow, develop, and mature in the ovaries and then are released during ovulation, part of the monthly menstrual cycle that occurs du...
Source: National Women's Health Information Center

   

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    ... The ovaries produce the eggs in the female reproductive system. Eggs grow, develop, and mature in the ovaries and then are released during ovulation, part of the monthly menstrual cycle that occurs du...
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
    ... The ovaries are the organs that produce the eggs in the female reproductive system. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a syndrome in which the ovaries are enlarged and have several fluid-filled sacs ...

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