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.
They are very common among women during their reproductive years usually between the ages of 30 and 60.
T he growths are fluid-filled sacs and usually form on the two almond sized organs on each side of the uterus.
Interestingly enough ovarian cysts actually found on vaginal sonograms are quite common.
They are usually found incidentally while undergoing routine or other exams.
Contrary to popular belief they are not contagious and usually are not a form of cancer, the vast majority are non cancerous.
However you should not rule the former out.
Ovarian cysts can cause swelling in one or both of the ovaries affected.
Pain Pain manifests itself in various forms.
Some women report pain during intercourse, which could indicate a ruptured cyst.
Pain or pressure can be caused by a number of factors such as size, bleeding or bursting of a cyst which irritates the abdominal tissues, or actual twisting of a cyst) which blocks the flow of blood to the cyst.
Pain caused by ovarian cysts may be treated with pain relievers, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen,acetaminophen.
If pain is more intense a doctor may prescribe a prescription narcotic.
Many ovarian cysts are small, do not cause symptoms, and go away on their own Symptoms Symptoms of ovarian cysts can also include pain during bowel movements, pain shortly after beginning or ending a menstrual period, abnormal uterine bleeding any change from normal menstrual pattern whether it be a longer than usual menstrual cycle or a shorter than usual menstrual cycle.
Even absent menstruation can indicate a cyst.
Abdominal bloating or swelling.
or pain can also be an indicator.
These are just some of the symptoms associated with ovarian cysts.
Treatment Treatment varies for cysts and can depends on the size, amount of pain and symptoms.
Treatment of ovarian cysts treatment depends on many factors, including the type of cyst, its size, its location, the type of material it contains, the woman's age and the desire for children.