Ovarian cysts are actually quite common in females as they are the beginning stage of the menstrual cycle. These cysts are more commonly known as follicles and are the proponents that create and release estrogen and progesterone which is required during the menstrual cycle for the egg to be released. Once the egg is released these follicles usually disappear until the next cycle comes around.
However, if the follicle doesn’t go away and instead continues to go it will become a functional ovarian cyst. For the most part, these cysts are nothing to worry about and can be taken care of by your doctor, but you should have them checked to rule out any possibility of cancer.
Ovarian cysts are extremely uncomfortable and can cause severe pain in the pelvis and abdominal area. The three most common ovarian cysts are Dermoid, Endometrioma, and Cystadenomas. The Dermoid cysts are particularly unattractive as they are formed from the same cells as the egg. This means they can have hair, teeth, and even other aspects of humanity that you normally wouldn’t think of happening in a cyst. They are rarely ever cancerous, but can be quite painful if not taken care of early.
Endometrioma cysts are the type that usually grow on the outside of the uterus instead of inside like most other ovarian cysts and can cause a lot of pain as well. Cystadenomas have a higher episode of being cancerous in women and can be filled with either mucous or liquid. These cysts are known to twist in on themselves and this twisting can cause a severe amount of pain. These cysts should be removed as soon as possible after a doctor has determined whether or not they are cancerous in nature.
Ovarian cysts can cause all kinds of health related problems for women, and not just a huge amount of pain, either.
If you start to have abdominal or pelvic pain you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible. He can set you up an appointment to check for ovarian cysts and can arrange for a procedure to have them removed, if possible. You should have a regular check up with your doctor to see if any new cysts are starting to form.