5 Myths of Overian Cyst

Posted October 16, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 2 min read

Hearing a doctor diagnose you with 'ovarian cysts' can make your mind think of the worst case scenarios, but this is actually quite a common diagnosis. Almost all women are diagnosed with ovarian cysts at some point of their life. The difference lies in the type and size of cyst diagnosed.

Myth: It requires a surgery


  • Contradictory to what you may initially think, not all ovarian cysts are harmful.

  • In most cases, these cysts are small, non cancerous and will be resolved on their own.

  • Surgery is needed only in cases where the cyst is abnormally large or where the cyst is diagnosed as a dermoid cyst or as endometriomas.

  • Hence, if you have been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst find out how big the cyst is and what type of a cyst it is.

Myth: It causes infertility


  • Being diagnosed with a cyst in your ovaries will not make you infertile or restrict your ability to bear a child.

  • However, it can lead to complications that may cause infertility.

  • If these cysts become infected it could lead to scarring of the fallopian tubes.

  • This is one of the most common causes of infertility.

  • Another situation in which an ovarian cyst may lead to infertility is if it is associated with endometriosis.

Myth: They are cancerous


  • With ovarian cysts, every case is unique.

  • However, in most cases, the cysts do not develop into cancerous cells and neither are they cancerous to begin with.

  • A pelvic ultrasound can help your doctor diagnose the type of cyst present in your body.

  • If the doctor deems it cancerous, he or she will usually advise surgery to remove it immediately.

Myth: It only affect women after menopause


  • A cyst can develop in the ovaries at any stage of a woman’s life.

  • A number of women could even develop cysts that they are not aware of.

  • In some cases, women can even develop these cysts post a hysterectomy that does not involve the removal of the ovaries.

Myth: It cannot be controlled


  • If you suffer from recurrent ovarian cysts, taking birth control pills can help the situation.

  • This can suppress the development of cysts in future.

  • Losing weight if you are overweight or quitting smoking can also lower the risks of developing ovarian cysts.

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