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Ovarian Cysts: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about ovarian cysts.

What is an Ovarian Cyst?

Ovarian cysts are fairly common and normally form during ovulation. Ovulation occurs when the ovaries release an egg each month. Many women that have ovarian cysts do not have any symptoms and they are usually harmless.

Ovarian Cyst Facts – How is the Ovaries Designed and What are their Function?

Ovarian cysts usually occur in women aged 13 to 50 years old.


There can be various reasons for the development of ovarian cysts and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.


Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs found in the ovaries. They are common and normally occur during ovulation which occurs when the ovaries release an egg each month. Many women with ovarian cysts do not have any symptoms. Usually the cysts are harmless.


The ovaries in the female body have 2 functions. They produce ocytes (eggs) for fertilization and they also produce the reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Normally only one single oocyte from one ovary is released during each menstrual cycle. Each ovary takes alternate turns releasing an egg. Ovulation occurs mid-cycle which is 28 days.

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