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Ovarian Cysts – Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore


Being a woman it is almost impossible to forget the fact that we have ovaries since we receive a timely, and sometimes unwelcome, reminder once a month. However, awareness of the fact that they are there doesn’t necessarily mean we know about pain or other symptoms associated with these organs, or that we know what risk factors and symptoms to look for to avoid complications like ovarian cysts andtumors.

What Ovarian Cysts Are

The ovaries are organs, found either side of your uterus, that are responsible for producing estrogen and for initiating the menstrual cycle. Your ovaries consist of a number of structures including follicles that contain the ova or your future eggs. Each time you ovulate, one of these eggs is released into the uterus for a chance to be fertilized.

An ovarian cyst, in its simplest form, is a fluid-filled sac found in or on your ovaries. Most women produce at least one cyst each month, but they are painless and they disappear quickly.

There are different types of ovarian cysts and the ones that normally cause pain or complications are the ones that women are talking about when they talk about ovarian cysts.

Different Types of Ovarian Cysts

There are essentially a number of different types of ovarian cysts, depending on how they form, or where they form, in relation to the ovaries.

Functional Ovarian Cysts

Functional ovarian cysts are the most common type of ovarian cysts, and they are normally formed during your ovulation process. Functional cysts form when your ovaries do not release the egg properly or when the egg sac or follicle that contained the egg is not absorbed by the ovary efficiently.

These types of cysts are also sometimes called follicle cysts and they often go completely unnoticed since they are most often not painful at all. Your body resolves follicle cysts naturally within a few months. Functional or follicle cysts seldom occur in menopausal women since ovulation has ceased.

Endometriomas or Endometrioid Cysts

In certain individuals, the lining of the uterus begins to grow beyond the uterus and may in some cases grow into the ovaries. Unlike functional


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