Ovarian cysts are sacs of fluid that form in or on the surface of an ovary. Ovarian cysts are actually quite common. Many women may develop an ovarian cyst in their lifetime and don’t even realize it, because it is small and harmless and it produces little to no discomfort. However, larger cysts or those that have ruptured can cause significant health issues.

In most cases, ovarian cysts form due to the menstrual cycle. Every month, your ovaries develop small sac-like structures known as follicles. These follicles produce and release estrogen and progesterone and are where the egg is released from during menstruation. If the egg does not burst through the follicle, or if fluid begins to accumulate in the follicle, a cyst can form.

If you believe you have an ovarian cyst or if you are in need of surgery to remove your ovarian cyst, contact Mary Geldernick MD today to schedule a consultation.