Ovarian cysts are common in women. While they often go away on their own, they may need treatment if they become large and painful. Our gynecologists offer nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for ovarian cysts.
About Ovarian Cysts
Cysts -- fluid-filled pockets -- on the ovaries are more common in women who still have menstrual periods. They can also occur during pregnancy. Often, ovarian cysts don’t cause any symptoms. When they do, they can cause pain in your lower abdomen (particularly during your period) and bloating.
While rare, it is possible that cysts can be cancerous, which is why it is important for you to be seen by a doctor if you suspect you may have an ovarian cyst. Your doctor will perform tests to determine what type of cyst you have and to personalize your treatment.
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Although most ovarian cysts are noncancerous, your doctor may test your blood to look for abnormally high levels of substances that may indicate the presence of ovarian cancer.
Sound waves are used to create images that help your doctor detect cysts on your ovaries.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. That is why our gynecology program is nationally ranked, and is among the highest ranked programs in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2021-2022.
Why Choose Duke
We explore all nonsurgical and medical treatment options before recommending surgery. We offer a wide range of treatment approaches and help you choose the best option for you.
Research on New Therapies
Our dedicated researchers study ovarian cysts and their causes and work to develop more effective, targeted treatments.
Expert Treatment for Gynecologic Cancers
In the rare event that an ovarian cyst turns out to be cancerous, our gynecologists can refer you a Duke specialist in ovarian cancer. Having a gynecologic oncologist leading your treatment team ensures you receive the best care available.