Except for the time when you are pregnant, or going to be pregnant, you don’t give your ovaries much of a thought. You can develop an ovarian cyst anytime and not realize about it. Here is all you need to know about ovarian cysts.1
1. What Are Ovaries?
Your sexual organs include two ovaries, each roughly in shape of an almond. These ovaries develop into egg which leads to pregnancy.
2. What About Ovarian Cyst?
When the eggs in the ovary start developing without fertilization, you may develop a dermoid ovarian cyst. They can grow larger upto 4 inches. In serious cases, it may need to be surgically removed.
3. How Do I Find Out If I Have An Ovarian Cyst?
Ovarian cysts won’t trigger any symptoms for you to detect it on your own. It might change your menstrual cycle though.
4. Then How Do I Be Sure?
Fix a routine appointment with your gyno to see if you really have an ovarian cyst right now or not. An ultrasound is used to see if your ovaries are in a healthy shape.
5. How Do Doctors Check For Ovarian Cysts?
Often, the doctors go for a vaginal ultrasound, and the image of the cyst shows up on the scan.
6. Suppose I Need Surgery?
At risk for “twisting”, you might have to go under the knife. Your doctor might also suspect that your cyst is actually a cancer if it doesn’t subside in four months. Although, if you are not going through a surgery, you will have to go through laparoscopy, which will require general anesthesia.
7. Is There Any Way I Can Stop Them From Happening?
If you are not pregnant, taking birth control pills might help. They suppress ovulation, and reduce risks of cysts.
8. What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
A study shows that around 7% of women may have this hormonal disorder. With it, you may develop a condition for ovarian cysts. You may experience irregular periods, deepened voice, and increase in body hair.
9. I’m Past Menopause, Can I Still Get Ovarian Cysts?
Cysts generally develop in menstruating women, but it is possible to get them in the postmenopausal days. A study shows 14% of 16,000 women aged 55 had suffered from ovarian cysts.
10. Are There Any Chances That An Ovarian Cyst Could Cause Cancer?
Yes, there are slight chances that your ovarian cyst is cancerous. And like other cancers, the chances of occurring gets higher with age.
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