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An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on an ovary. The ovaries are small organs that produce eggs in women. Various types of cysts can form on the ovaries. Some may cause symptoms and require treatment. Most ovarian cysts go away on their own, are not cancerous (are benign), and do not cause problems.
Many ovarian cysts go away on their own without treatment. Your health care provider may want to check your cyst regularly for 2–3 months to see if it changes. If you are in menopause, it is especially important to have your cyst monitored closely because menopausal women have a higher rate of ovarian cancer.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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