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Ovarian Cysts

Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment options vary, depending on the woman's age and desire for children. The type, size, and age of the cyst are considered. Treatments include the following:

  • oral contraceptives
  • laparoscopy to drain fluid or remove the cyst
  • laparotomy, a procedure in which an incision is made in the abdomen to remove the cyst
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Oral contraceptives may cause nausea, bloating, and headaches. Surgery may cause bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to anesthesia.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    More frequent pelvic exams may be suggested by a healthcare provider for the first year after surgery. Certain cysts have a chance of returning.

    How is the condition monitored?

    Certain cysts may recur, so the healthcare provider may recommend regular ultrasounds. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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