A diagnosis of cysts on ovaries has stirred fear in the hearts of thousands of women. Mistakenly, cyst ovaries are associated with ovarian cancer. As a result many women become paralyzed with fear because they think they may have cancer. Let’s debunk the myths…
What Are Cysts?
An ovarian cyst is a liquid filled sac that has formed on one or both of the female ovaries. They vary in size ranging from very small to abnormally large. They are common during a woman’s reproductive lifespan and are a very normal part of the menstrual cycle. While there are numerous types of ovarian cysts, some cause serious health problems and others are harmless.
If the majority of cysts on ovaries are harmless why do so many women panic when they have them. Simple, lack of education about this common condition and confusion about the treatment options. Here are four sound reasons that will dispell your fear and make taking action much easier.
1. Ovarian cyst is a very common finding – During ovulation, when the egg is released, a cyst that produces hormones essential for a child to be conceived is left behind. These cysts ordinarily measure less than 3 cms and are not painful. However, there is always the exception to the rule and for a small percentage of women the discomfort during ovulation can range from mild to severe. This is termed mittlesmerch and generally lasts no more than 24-36 hours.
2. Functional cysts – Functional cysts (those which can cause pain) will almost always resolve on their own and are treated with pain medicine – not surgery.
3. Most cyst on ovaries are benign (not cancer) – In addition to the functional cyst the most prevalent cysts are hemorrhagic ovarian cysts, dermoid cysts and endometriomas and they do not develop into ovarian cancers.
4. Ovarian cyst treatment options vary. Surgery is not the only option. It is possible to learn how to permanently eliminate your ovarian cysts and prevent their recurrence.