By Bonnie Azoulay Elmann, Aug 4, 2022
There are a few types of ovarian cysts and most regress on their own. But some can become large, cause a distended belly and require surgery. Kecia Gaither, M.D., a board-certified OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine expert in the Bronx, New York, explained the different types of cysts:
- Physiologic ovarian cysts. They generally appear and regress in conjunction with the menstrual cycle.
- Pathologic masses or tumors. These can be cystic or solid, benign or malignant, and they’re not associated with the menstrual cycle. These masses can grow quite large.
- Chocolate cysts. These cysts are filled with old blood due to the infiltration of endometrium-like tissue within the ovary.
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