Myths and Facts About Ovarian Cysts

Although ovarian cysts are very common, most women don’t understand what they are and if they are dangerous. The vast majority of cysts are extremely small and will go away without causing any problems or symptoms. In rare cases when cysts stick around and grow larger, there are treatments that can help, including surgery to remove the cysts.

At the Ob-Gyn Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, our skilled team of doctors provides you with information about cysts that will allow you to tell fact from fiction. Dr. Anita Gondy, Dr. Saovaros Michaels, and Dr. Henry Luh are experienced, compassionate doctors who provide you with the best care possible. Our center is part of the Women's Health Association of Southern Nevada, a prestigious network of highly qualified OB/GYNs in the region. 

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop during the process of ovulation. Cysts are very common in menstruating women, but normally they are very small and disappear on their own.

What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts? 

Most cysts are too small for women to even notice, but if they grow big enough, you may experience:

There are a number of myths about ovarian cysts, but we have information that you need to help you understand what a cyst diagnosis means.

Myths and Facts About Ovarian Cysts

Myth

Ovarian cysts are cancerous. 

Fact

The vast majority of cysts are made of fluid, while tumors (what we most commonly associate with cancer) are solid masses of tissue. 

The three most common types of ovarian cysts are follicle cysts, corpeus luteum cysts, and endometriomas. The most rare of these are endometriomas, cysts that grow on your ovaries, and—though the cysts themselves are benign—can raise your risk of ovarian cancer. Again, this type of cyst is rare.

Myth

Ovarian cysts cause infertility.

Fact 

Most ovarian cysts do not cause infertility. In the rare case a cyst gets infected, it could cause scarring in the fallopian tubes, which could cause infertility. However, this is very unlikely to occur.

Myth

Ovarian cysts must be surgically removed.

Fact

Most ovarian cysts are very small and go away on their own without any intervention. Only cysts that are large, persistent, or causing symptoms need to be removed. Many of these can be removed using laparoscopy, a type of surgery that uses only tiny incisions and has a much quicker recovery time.

Myth

Only older women get cysts.

Fact

Women of any age can get cysts. Usually they go away on their own without any problems and without you knowing it. However, older women, especially post menopausal women, are at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer from cysts.

Myth

Ovarian cysts cause pain and irregular menstrual cycles.

Fact

The majority of ovarian cysts are so small that you aren’t even aware they are in your body and they don’t cause any symptoms at all. Only cysts that stick around and grow larger will cause symptoms. Pain and irregular menstrual cycles can be symptoms in the rare cases that cysts grow big enough to cause problems.

Many women don’t understand what ovarian cysts are, and may believe myths about their severity. If you suspect you might have a cyst, our skilled team of OB/GYNs can provide you with compassionate care and high-quality treatment. 

Call or request an appointment online at the Ob-Gyn Center today!

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