This may come as a surprise to most people, but at some point in their lives, the majority of women will suffer ovarian cysts of some form or another, but many will not even know it and the cysts will usually dissolve on their own without medical intervention. If you happen to be one of the unlucky ones that experience a recurrence of painful ovarian cysts, the real key to successful treatment is understanding that there are different types of cysts. Each of them have their own characteristics and some will be more painful, some less painful.
Due to the fact that there are several different types of cysts, the identification of the type of ovarian cysts you have is critical. Identification is usually something that can only be done with an ultrasound, but once the cyst is identified, from that point you’ll be able to make an informed decision as to which type of treatment plan will be best suited for you.
Ovarian cysts are basically just fluid-filled sacs that develop on the ovaries. As I stated, most of the time you won’t even be aware of them. Unfortunately sometimes the cysts become enlarged and may even rupture, which can be excruciatingly painful. There are many different types of cysts, and here are some of the more common types of ovarian cysts that women may experience.
- Functional Cysts – Often forming during the menstrual cycle, these cysts are usually harmless and you probably won’t notice any symptoms. In most cases they’ll simply dissolve on their own. Functional cysts are broken down into two categories – follicle cysts and corpus luteum cysts. A follicle cyst will form when the sac doesn’t break open to release the egg, and then keeps growing. It will most often resolve itself in one to three months. Corpus luteum cysts will form if the sac doesn’t dissolve but instead seals off once the egg is released, causing a buildup of fluid inside. These cysts normally resolve in a few weeks.
- Polycystic – These ovarian cysts develop when an egg matures within the sac but is not released. As the cycle repeats, the sac will continue to grow, causing the formation of many cysts.
- Cystadenomas – Cysts that form from cells on the outer surfaces of the ovary. They’re often filled with a watery fluid or thick gel. These cysts sometimes become very large and can be quite painful.
- Dermoid Cysts – These cysts are made up of different types of cells and may actually be filled with hair, teeth, and other tissues that become a part of the cyst. These cysts can become quite large and may be very painful.
- Endometriomas – As the name implies, these cysts typically form in women who have endometriosis. They can be very painful, especially during sex and during menstruation.
Learning about the different types of cysts and pinpointing the type of cysts you have is the first step to treating your ovarian cysts. From there you’ll be able to make an informed decision in regard to the type of treatment plan that will work best for you.