Spotting Ovarian Cysts

The menstrual cycle may reveal if you have ovarian cysts.

How Serious Are Ovarian Cysts?


Ovarian cysts can be simple or complex. Complex ovarian cysts are those that contain either blood or a solid substance and are more likely to require treatment. It is almost never appropriate to aspirate an ovarian cyst for diagnostic purposes. False negative results are common and leakage of cyst contents into the peritoneal cavity potentially increases the stage of any cancer found, decreasing patient survival. More common simple cysts usually clear on their own.

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