What is noncancerous ovarian growths?

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Noncancerous ovarian growths: Overview

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 noncancerous ovarian growth. You and your doctor may 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, noncancerous growths may need to be removed using surgery.

How can you care for yourself when you have noncancerous ovarian growths?

  • Use heat to relax tense muscles and relieve cramping. You can use a hot water bottle, a heating pad set on low, or a warm bath.
  • Be safe with medicines. Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
  • Avoid constipation. Make sure you drink enough fluids and include fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your diet each day. Constipation does not cause ovarian cysts, but it may make you feel more uncomfortable.

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