Ovarian growths are abnormal growths in or on the ovaries. The growth can be a cyst, which is a fluid-filled sac, or a mass (neoplasm), which is a more solid growth.
Most of these growths are not cancerous (benign) and don't cause symptoms. If you have symptoms, they may include pain in the belly or pelvis, pain during your period, and abnormal bleeding.
Your doctor has examined you, and you have a non-cancerous ovarian growth. Women and their doctors often choose to watch these types of growths closely over time but not to treat them. This is called watchful waiting. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to help with any symptoms.
In some cases, non-cancerous growths may need to be removed using surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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