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.

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