Just what exactly is a “functional ovarian cyst”? Without getting too medical it is a sac that forms on the surface area of a woman’s ovary during ovulation. The reason it is called functional is because it actually holds a maturing egg!
Most of the time the developed sac will go away after the egg is released. In the event that an egg is not released, or if the sac happen to closes up after the egg is released, the sac can swell up with watery-like liquid. In this type of scenario, you would also have some semi-solid and/or cellular debris within this sac.
It is important to note that the functional ovarian cysts are different than ovarian growths that have been cited in other afflictions such as cancer.
In most instances functional ovarian cysts are harmless. It has been shown that they usually do not trigger any symptoms and they go away without treatment. If the functional ovarian cyst becomes large, it may rupture, or become twisted and even bleed. In this kind of situation a moderate level of sharp pain may quite possibly accompany those symptoms.
There has been a tremendous amount of medical research into what brings on functional ovarian cysts.
Here are 2 possible reasons of what causes the functional ovarian cyst.
• A follicular cyst is created when a sac on the ovary fails to release an egg; then, the sac distends with a water-like fluid.
• A luteal cyst develops after the sac releases an egg and then inexplicably begins to reseal itself and fills with a semi-water-like liquid.
If you’ve noticed, different types of cyst formations. The follicular cyst and the luteal cyst are primary effect of if the egg travelled out of the sac or not.
Here is a brief and by no means a comprehensive list of symptoms.
We should keep in mind that most ovarian cysts do not cause any symptoms. As a rule, the larger the cyst has become, the more likely that it will cause symptoms and problems during its development.
Here is an abbreviated list of symptoms:
• Pain and/or aching within your lower belly area, usually, in the mid part of your menstrual cycle.
• Noticeable delay in the start of your menstrual cycle that could be an indicator. The more predictably regular that you are, it is easier to see the delay as a real symptom.
• If you have vaginal bleeding when it is not time for your menstrual cycle.
Here are a couple of signs of a of pain that will usually be severe. Often times, it is couple with nausea and vomiting, which is a possible sign of a “twisted cyst”
• The start of pain during sexual activity or shortly thereafter; which is possibly an indication of a ruptured cyst.
With the majority of women functional ovarian cysts go away without treatment. Depending upon your case your doctor could recommend using heat and medicine to relieve minor pain. If it is a larger cyst that has been bleeding or causes severe pain, you may end up having surgery to remove it.
Truth be told - regular annual pelvic examination is your best move for having your gynecologist diagnosing potential problems before they actually occur.
Something to keep close to heart: Learn and know your body! Many times, being aware of your own body is your move effective early warning detection system.