Ovarian cysts in women are defined as fluid filled bubble sacs that develop in the ovaries. They can occur in women of all ages and nationalities. Most are harmless and dissolve within the body. However, there are some that remain intact and may need the medical attention of a doctor. Ignoring the symptoms may place your life in danger. There are four main types of ovarian cysts.
Endormetriomas: This type of cyst can be painful during sex and the menstrual cycle. It grows outside of the uterus and attaches to the ovaries. These cyst can grow and become enlarged. It is common in women who have endometriosis.
Durmoid cysts: These cyst grow over time. They are made up of cells and can contain teeth, hair and bone. A female child can be born with this condition, and not have any symptoms till adulthood. The Durmoid cysts can get as a large as 4 inches in diameter.
Cystadenomas: These cysts are usually filled with water or a thick gel. The danger with cyctadenomas, is that there are two types and one of them is harmful. The most dangerous one, called Mucinous Cystadenoma, can grow to the size of 40 inches in diameter and weight as much as 100 pounds. It is very painful.
Polycystic ovaries: The danger with this type of cyst is that is grows within the ovaries and can enlarge them. The growth occurs because the female body does not send a signal to the pituitary, that a egg has been released. Instead the body continues to stimulate the development of eggs. The symptom is called PCOS. It can effect a woman's ability to get pregnant, cause heart and blood vessel programs and stimulate male hormones. Women who have this condition can also run a higher risk of breast cancer. This condition can occur in females as young as 11 years old.
The dangers of ovarian cysts are related to pregnancy and cancer. Cysts during pregnancy can grow and develop along with the fetus. This can cause premature birth of the baby and place the mother into a high risk pregnancy. Although cancer may be rare in most ovarian cysts, the danger does exist. Most women who get cancerous ovarian cysts, are in the age range of fifty and above. The problem with cancerous cysts is that they may not be discovered until they have grown very large. Women should examine their medical family history to determine of they are at risk.
The symptoms of ovarian cysts are very common among women. They include, heavy menstrual flow, abdominal pain, severe cramps, pain during intercourse and pain during a bowel movement. Any of the symptoms above should not be ignored. Consult you doctor immediately. It is important to have a pelvic examine every year and blood work. These two together, can detect the presence of the cysts and possible cancerous growth.
Treatment of the ovarian cysts vary. Your physician may recommend surgery, medicine or may wait to see if the body corrects the problem on its own. Ovarian cysts are not the same as ovarian cancer. Although it is a serious condition, recovery for most women is successful. Preventive medicine and early detection is the key to correcting this medical condition.