Think of ovarian cysts as the pimples of the reproductive system: mostly benign, sometimes painful, and annoying AF.
Usually, your ovaries (those reproductive organs where eggs are produced) chug along according to schedule. But sometimes, they can develop ovarian cysts-tiny fluid- or tissue-filled sacs that are typically NBD…until, well, they’re a really big deal.
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“The vast majority of ovarian cysts are benign, follicular cysts that come and go with your cycle and need no further management,” says Taraneh Shirazian, M.D., a gynecologist at NYU Langone Health, specializing in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. You likely don’t even notice them-according to the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), most women make at least one cyst each month, due to their regular periods.
But sometimes, the cysts are too large, there are too many, or they just don’t go away on their own, says Shirazian. In those cases, surgery could be required so they don’t become cancerous or cause too many hellish symptoms.