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Learn about ovarian cysts

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs in the ovary. Functional cysts are common, with most cysts forming during ovulation. Many women with ovarian cysts do not experience symptoms, and small cysts are usually harmless.

However, ovarian cysts—especially ruptured cysts—can cause serious complications. As a result, it is important to schedule regular pelvic exams and know the symptoms of ovarian cysts.

Ovarian cyst causes

  • Most ovarian cysts develop as a result of the menstrual cycle. The ovaries grow cyst-like structures (follicles), which produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone. They also release an egg during ovulation. However, if a follicle keeps growing, it can turn into a follicular cyst or corpus luteum cyst.

    Other types of ovarian cysts include:

    • Dermoid cysts: Also called teratomas, dermoid cysts form from embryonic cells. Dermoid cysts are rarely cancerous.

    • Cystadenomas: These types of cysts develop on the surface of an ovary. They may be filled with mucus.

    • Endometriomas: These cysts develop as a result of endometriosis. The tissue may attach to the ovary and form a growth.


    A dermoid cyst or cystadenoma cyst can become large, moving the ovary out of position. These cysts can increase the risk of painful twisting, called ovarian torsion. Ovarian torsion can decrease or stop blood flow to the ovary.

Ovarian cyst symptoms

  • Smaller cysts will go away without treatment within a few months. However, large cysts can cause serious symptoms. The symptoms of ovarian cysts include:

    • Pressure, bloating, or swelling in the lower abdomen

    • Pelvic pain, which can be dull or sharp

    • Unexplained weight gain

    • Pain during your period or sex

    • Irregular bleeding

    • Breast tenderness

    • An urge to urinate more often


    "Malignant (cancerous) cysts are rare," according to the Office on Women's Health. "Cancerous cysts are ovarian cancer." As a result, you should schedule regular pelvic exams to get ovarian cysts diagnosed. Most cysts are not cancerous.

How to treat ovarian cysts

To treat your ovarian cyst, your doctor will consider your age, the type and size of the cyst, and your specific symptoms. Your doctor may suggest:

  • Watchful waiting: Most cysts go away on their own. Your doctor may recommend a follow-up pelvic exam to check whether small cysts have changed in size.

  • Medication: Your doctor may prescribe oral contraceptives to prevent ovarian cysts from rupturing.

  • Surgical removal: If you have a large cyst that continues to grow, causes pain, or does not look like a functional cyst, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the cyst.

Ovarian cyst medication

  • There is no medical treatment to cure or remove ovarian cysts. However, your doctor may recommend the following medications during your treatment:

    Pain medication

    If you are experiencing severe pain, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain medication or prescribe stronger medicine for pain relief.

    Hormonal contraceptives

    If you frequently develop cysts, your doctor may recommend hormonal options to lower your risk of developing future cysts.

How to prevent ovarian cysts

Unfortunately, it is not possible to prevent functional cysts if you are ovulating. However, regular pelvic exams can help ensure your ovarian cysts are diagnosed as early as possible.

If you develop ovarian cysts often, your doctor may recommend hormonal birth control to prevent ovulation. Hormonal birth control can lower your risk of developing new functional cysts.

When to see a doctor for an ovarian cyst

Seek medical help immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain with fever and vomiting

  • Sudden and severe abdominal pain

  • Faintness, dizziness, or weakness

  • Rapid breathing

These symptoms may indicate a ruptured cyst.

Ovarian cyst treatment FAQs

  • What is an ovarian cyst?

    An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac in an ovary or on its surface.

    Many women develop functional cysts at some point in their lives. Most cysts disappear without medical intervention within a few months.

  • What is the best ovarian cyst treatment?

    The best treatment will depend on your age, the size and type of cyst, and your symptoms. For small, benign ovarian cysts, watchful waiting and hormonal contraceptives can help monitor cysts and lower the risk of rupture.

  • Which medicine is best for ovarian cysts?

    If you frequently develop cysts, your healthcare provider may recommend hormonal contraception, such as birth control pills, to regulate your menstrual cycle.

    Although hormonal contraceptives will not affect existing cysts, they can help prevent recurring cysts.

  • What causes ovarian cysts?

    Most functional ovarian cysts develop as a result of the menstrual cycle.

  • How do you treat an ovarian cyst without surgery?

    Most functional ovarian cysts go away without treatment within a few weeks or months. In some cases, surgical removal may be required to remove a cyst.

  • What is the risk of a ruptured ovarian cyst?

    A ruptured cyst is not automatically a life-threatening condition. In most cases, the fluid will dissipate, and the cyst will heal without any treatment. However, there are some cases where a ruptured cyst can become a medical emergency:

    • Cysts that develop due to a pelvic infection

    • Cysts that develop due to endometriosis

    • Cysts that cause ovarian torsion

    • Cysts that develop during ectopic pregnancy

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Related conditions to ovarian cysts

  • Endometriosis

    Endometriosis is a female reproductive disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus. When endometriosis affects the ovaries, endometriomas may form.

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may cause irregular periods or hormonal problems. The ovaries may also develop small collections of fluid (follicles).

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

    Women with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) are more likely to develop infected cysts. Because these cysts are filled with bacteria, they can cause sepsis if they rupture.

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