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I'm 23 and I've been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst, in need of an answer, thank you


I'm a 23 year old female, have never been pregnant and have always had pretty irregular menstrual periods.
In last 2 weeks I've been suffering from pain in my lower right abdomen and after finally seeing a doctor yesterday I was diagnosed with a 2cm ovarian cyst (right ovary) with transvaginal ultrasound. I've been told to go home and not worry and wait for it to go away on its own in 4 to 6 weeks. After I came home I've noticed that I now have a little bit of pain of the same type in the lower left abdomen too. Is it possible that the doctor didn't check the left side of my abdomen during transvaginal ultrasound or are both ovaries always checked? I'm worried that I have a cyst on both of my ovaries. If I do, does having cysts on both ovaries mean that they're cancerous? I would appreciate any information. Thank you very much.

Worried and hopeful,

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Development of cysts is a normal part of the menstrual cycle. But sometimes the cysts grow and hang around longer than normal which can cause symptoms. Typically, these cysts resolve on their own within three cycles / months which is why the standard of care is to just give them time and then recheck. Pain can sometimes be felt throughout the pelvis, not just on the side that has the cyst.

Ovarian cancer is rare in women who do not have a genetic predisposition / family history. Lifetime risk in women at average risk is less than 2% (1.3% to be exact based on SEER data - https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/ovary.html).

I hope this eases your mind a bit. Hopefully, this cyst will disappear soon and you'll feel better.
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Hello! I am also 23 and had a dermoid cyst surgically removed from my right ovary a few weeks ago. This will sound odd, but before my surgery I was having tons of awful pain on my left side. I talked to my doctor and she said that this was due to the cyst pushing everything around down there and it was very common to feel pain on the opposite side. Stay positive! There is nothing you can do for now while you wait and see what happens. Even if you need a surgery, TRUST ME it really isn't that bad at all :)
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