# What Ovarian Cysts Are?
The ovaries are organs, found either side of your uterus, that are responsible for producing estrogen and for initiating the menstrual cycle. Your ovaries consist of a number of structures including follicles that contain the ova or your future eggs. Each time you ovulate, one of these eggs is released into the uterus for a chance to be fertilized.
An ovarian cyst, in its simplest form, is a fluid-filled sac found in or on your ovaries. Most women produce at least one cyst each month, but they are painless and they disappear quickly.
There are different types of ovarian cysts and the ones that normally cause pain or complications are the ones that women are talking about when they talk about ovarian cysts.
# Different Types of Ovarian Cysts
# Functional Ovarian Cysts
These types of cysts are also sometimes called follicle cysts and they often go completely unnoticed since they are most often not painful at all. Your body resolves follicle cysts naturally within a few months. Functional or follicle cysts seldom occur in menopausal women since ovulation has ceased.
# Endometriomas or Endometrioid Cysts
# Dermoid Cysts
# Polycystic Ovaries
# Cystadenoma Cysts
1.Serous cystadenoma is filled with a thin watery fluid and can grow to be between 2 inches to 6 inches in diameter.
2.Mucinous cystadenoma is filled with a sticky, thick gelatinous material and can grow to be between 6 inches to 12 inches in diameter. There have been rare cases where the cyst measured 40 inches in diameter and weighed over 100 pounds.
# Ovarian Cysts – Warning Signs
# Risk Factors – What to Avoid
1.Smoking is a risk factor that may increase your chances of developing ovarian cysts.
2.Obesity or a BMI (body mass index) greater than 20 may increase your risk of developing functional ovarian cysts.To work out your BMI – divide your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in meters (m) and then divide the answer by your height again to get your BMI.
3.Having children affects the overall hormonal balance in the body. Women who have not had children and women who did not breastfeed their children may have a greater risk of developing ovarian cysts.
4.Medications that affect the hormonal balance also have an impact on your risks of developing ovarian cysts. Hormone replacement therapies and fertility drugs may increase your risks of developing ovarian cysts. Make sure to read my post about the 13 signs of hormonal imbalance
5.Family or personal history of ovarian, breast, or colorectal cancer (having the BRCA gene can increase the risk)