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Menopause

Ovarian Cysts

04/14/2010

Question:

I had a CT scan of my stomach and they found an ovarian cyst. What can you tell me about it? What is it? Does it require treatment? Will it cause any problems in the future since I am 36 and going through menopause?

Answer:

There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on what the cyst looks like and how big it is. Cysts are usually better clarified on ultrasound rather than CT. It is normal to have a small cyst on your ovary every month, associated with ovulation (monthly release of an egg from your ovary). Sometimes the cyst gets a little bigger, but usually goes away. Very large cysts or "complex" cysts require more attention.

It is best to talk to your ob/gyn physician who has the report in hand. He/she can give you more accurate information regarding your case.

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Response by:

Cynthia B Evans, MD Cynthia B Evans, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University