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All About

OVARIAN

CYSTS
Common cysts are usually
harmless, but some of
them can be painful
BY EMILY FROST

D

oes it seem like you hear about ovarian
cysts almost as much as PMS these
days? That's because they are nearly just
as common.
"In fact, nearly every woman will experience at
least one ovarian cyst at some point in her lifetime,
if not every month she ovluates," says Joseph Pohl,
MD, an OB/GYN aļ¬ƒliated with Gwinnett Medical
Center. Before you freak out at hearing the word
cyst, know that chances are you've had an ovarian
cyst and didn't even know it.
"Oftentimes, ovarian cysts form and dissipate
without you even noticing," Dr. Pohl adds. "For
an unlucky few, though, ovarian cysts can cause
symptoms that range from bloating and back pain to
cramps and nausea."
So, while ovarian cysts are usually harmless,
when is there cause for concern? To provide a better
understanding, here are answers for some of the most
common questions about ovarian cysts.

What are ovarian cysts?

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Every month, like clockwork, your ovaries release
an egg. The egg matures inside of a cyst (also known
as a follicle) as part of ovulation. The egg is then
released and the follicle dissipates. This system



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