Ovarian cysts: Normal or problematic? Ovarian cysts: Normal or problematic?

These are one of the most common diagnoses made by gynecologists. While they are often benign and are not to be of concern, it is important to treat them.

According to the Women’s Institute at the Clínica de las Américas in Medellín, Colombia, while this condition generally has no symptoms, it often causes pain in the pelvic area (during or outside of menstruation) and can cause sudden pain during intercourse.

It is first important to identify what type of cyst they are, as they may be functional, inflammatory, endometriotic, or neoplastic. Next, its progress should be tracked in order to analyze how the cyst is behaving and to identify the best way to address it, explains the Women’s Institute on its website.

Can cysts be cancerous?

According to the MedlinePlus website, with women who are fertile, malignant ovarian tumors are rare and represent 1% of all ovarian cysts that are detected. (Related article: Know the symptoms of ovarian cancer).

With women who have already gone through menopause, the majority of cysts are also benign. However, sometimes semi-cystic tumors are found that require the attention of a gynecologist.