Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs in the ovaries.
Most ovarian cysts are 'functional cysts' which contain clear fluid. Such cysts are relatively common and occur in relation to the development of the egg in the ovary during the menstrual cycle. The cysts arise when there are problems with ovulation, and the egg is not released properly. These cysts usually resolve on their own with time. However, some ovarian cysts may be persistent or increase in size over time. If there are symptoms of pain or risks of cancer, surgery may be necessary.
Several options are available. Similar to fibroids, the decision on which is the best treatment option depends on a variety of factors. These include: