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What are my chances of having ovarian cysts?

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health

Women who are still having periods and not using combined hormonal contraceptives such as the pill or ring have a higher risk of having ovarian cysts. The incidence is estimated to be between 3 percent to 15 percent. It is also now known that ovarian cysts are more common than previously believed in women after menopause and are only rarely associated with ovarian cancer. A study that did ultrasounds on over 15,000 postmenopausal women found simple cysts were seen in 14 percent of women the first time their ovaries were visualized. Simple cysts did not increase risk of subsequent invasive ovarian cancer.

Sigma Admin
Administration Specialist

Most functional ovarian cysts occur during childbearing years. And most of those cysts are not cancerous. Women who are past menopause with ovarian cysts have a higher risk of ovarian cancer. At any age, if you think you have a cyst, see your doctor for a pelvic exam.

This answer is based on the source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

Dr. Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

A patient who is in the reproductive years has a very high likelihood of having ovarian cysts. The reason being is that ovarian cysts are most likely caused by ovulation. If a person has not started her menstrual cycle or has gone through menopause, it is very unlikely that she would have ovarian cysts. Whenever I see a young patient who has not started her menstrual cycle or an older woman who has gone through menopause who has ovarian cysts, I am much more concerned with these cysts, and they could be problematic.

 

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