Ovarian Cysts Community
6.09k Members
Avatar universal

Complex Ovarian Cyst

Hello! I am 18 years old and had an ultrasound last month and they ended up finding a medium sized complex ovarian cyst. I have had 0 symptoms of it at all. I have always had irregular periods ever since I started my period when I was 12. They come about 40 days apart and always have. They referred me to a gynocologist and my appointment is soon. They did not explain what complex ovarian cysts mean or anything to me. I only know it's worse than a simple cyst, and that really worries me. Could someone please explain them to me more, and explain what they will do at the gynocologist for the cyst? Thanks!
1 Responses
Avatar universal
Welcome Olivia. I am sorry for your troubles. A complex cyst is one that contains both solid matter and fluid. They typically don't go away on their own although they can. Most are benign (non-cancerous) so if they are small and not suspicious looking, they will usually monitor them via periodic ultrasounds. But if they look suspicious or get too large (over 7cm or so) surgery is usually needed. If cysts are benign, it is best to have just the cyst removed (cystectomy) versus the whole ovary. This is important not only for fertility but also for the hormones that the ovaries produce our whole lives (yes long after menopause) to keep us healthy.

Be sure to make a list of questions to ask at your appointment. If you are like me and most patients, we get nervous and forget what we wanted to ask. Let us know how your appointment goes.
Top Women's Health Answerers
363281 tn?1590104173
Nelson, New Zealand
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
From skin changes to weight loss to unusual bleeding, here are 15 cancer warning signs that women tend to ignore.
Here’s what you need to know about the transition into menopause – and life after the change takes place.
It’s more than just the “baby blues.“ Learn to recognize the signs of postpartum depression – and how to treat it.
Forget the fountain of youth – try flossing instead! Here are 11 surprising ways to live longer.
From STD tests to mammograms, find out which screening tests you need - and when to get them.
Find out if PRP therapy right for you.