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Ovarian Cysts

Women's Health and Childbirth

An ovarian cyst occurs when fluid collects in a sac or pocket in or on the surface of an ovary. The ovaries are the reproductive organs found on both sides of the uterus that produce eggs and the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Ovarian cysts are common and most women will have ovarian cysts at least once during their lives. These cysts are typically painless and symptomless. However, in rare cases, a cyst will burst and cause sudden and severe abdominal pain requiring medical intervention. Some ovarian cysts may be cancerous. If you are concerned you have an ovarian cyst and it is causing you discomfort, make an appointment with your primary care provider to help treat your symptoms.

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