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Re: What is it?
Apr 27, 2008

I'm sorry no one has answered your question sooner. I meant to reply the other day, but something came up and I never got back over here.

There are many different types of ovarian cysts. Cysts are usually fluid-filled "blisters" on your ovaries. Every month, a cyst forms and releases the egg for fertilization. The cyst then re-absorbs into the ovaries.

Sometimes the cyst continues to grow and does not re-absorb. If that happens, it can cause problems. A functional cyst is one which is usually fluid filled and will usually disappear on its own.

A complex cyst can have solid components to it or have multiple chambers or other abnormalities. There is a slightly higher chance of cancer with a complex cyst, though most are usually benign.

Complex cysts can usually disappear on their own, though sometimes they don't. If they cause pain or other problems, medications may help dissolve the cyst, though sometimes the cyst or the ovary will have to be removed. Your doctor will usually monitor the cyst for a few months to be sure it's not causing problems, so you could probably wait until August to get it checked again, unless you start having problems from it, such as pain, bloating, nausea, constipation/diarrhea, etc.

I had a 4-cm complex solid ovarian cyst on my right ovary which was causing all the symptoms of ovarian cancer. I had both of my ovaries removed in December, and have had no problems since. (The cyst was benign.)

Good luck and hugs,


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