What Does an Ovarian Cyst Feel Like?

By albert
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
Jun 3, 2020
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The ovaries are among the most important organs in the reproductive system of the female. There are two, each located on either side of the uterus, in the lower part of the abdomen. The two ovaries produce ova or eggs, which are thereafter released to the uterus for fertilization. Additionally, the ovaries produce the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Ovarian cysts develop when fluid accumulates inside the ovaries. Within the ovaries are spaces called sacs. When these sacs are filled with fluid, they enlarge in size and form cysts. Cysts range in size from less than one half inch to 4 inches or more. These cysts may be filled with fluid, gases, or semi-solid material.

1. Types of Ovarian Cysts

The most common type of ovarian cysts are functional cysts, which include follicle cysts and corpus luteum cysts. Follicle cysts form during menstruation if an ovum develops into a sac and does not leave the ovaries. This causes fluid to collect inside the sac and form a cyst. On the other hand, corpus luteum cysts form when the sac does not dissolve. This leads to the accumulation of more fluid inside the follicle, thereby forming a cyst. Other types of cysts include dermoid cysts, cystadenomas, and endometriomas.

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