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A cyst is a fluid-filled sac. In most cases a cyst on the ovary does no harm and goes away by itself. Most women have them sometime during their lives. Cysts are rarely cancerous in women under 50. Cysts sometimes hurt - but not always. Often, a woman finds out about a cyst when she has a pelvic exam.

If you're in your childbearing years or past menopause, have no symptoms, and have a fluid-filled cyst, you may choose to monitor the cyst. You may need surgery if you have pain, are past menopause or if the cyst does not go away. Birth control pills can help prevent new cysts.

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  1. Ovarian Cysts (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... new cysts. A health problem that may involve ovarian cysts is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Women with PCOS ... male hormones, irregular or no periods and small ovarian cysts. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on ...
  2. Ovarian Cysts Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Ovarian Cysts Introduction Ovarian cysts are a very common female condition. An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac on an ovary in the female reproductive system. Most women have ovarian cysts sometime during their lives. Fortunately, most ovarian cysts ...
  3. Physiologic ovarian cysts; Functional ovarian cysts; Corpus luteum cysts; Follicular cysts ... cyst often contains a small amount of blood. Ovarian cysts are more common the in childbearing years between ...
  4. Ovarian Cysts (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)  
    ... Submit Home > Publications > Our publications > Our publications Publications Ovarian cysts fact sheet Print this fact sheet Ovarian cysts fact sheet (full version) (PDF, 287 KB) Ovarian ...
  5. Ovarian Cysts (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF  
    What is an ovarian cyst? An ovarian cyst is a sac or pouch filled with fluid or other tissue that forms on the ovary . ... of the Ovary). What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts? Most ovarian cysts are small and do not ...
  6. Ovarian Cyst (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    MENU Return to Web version Ovarian Cyst Overview What is an ovarian cyst? An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac in or on the ovary. There are several types of ovarian cysts. Many ovarian cysts are noncancerous cysts that occur ...
  7. Ovarian Cysts and Fertility: Is There a Connection? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
  8. ClinicalTrials.gov: Ovarian Cysts From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  9. Ovarian Cysts (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
  10. An ovarian cyst is a sac filled with fluid, or a semisolid material, that develops on or within the ovary. Ovarian cysts are relatively common and usually disappear without treatment.
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