Ovarian Cyst Types And Dangers

Dermoid cyst - These are generally considered to be an unusual kind of cyst on the ovary. These are found more often in younger women. They can grow to be unusually large - up to six inches. It typically contains a fat-like material. A dermoid cyst will occasionally become inflamed, causing severe ovary pain.

Endometriomas or endometrioid cysts - When a woman has endometriosis, this type of cyst on the ovary may occur. It typically occurs during child-bearing years, and can trigger chronic pelvic pain. Endometrioid cysts are sometimes called chocolate cysts because they're filled with dark, reddish-brown blood.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome - This ailment is better known by its initials - PCOS. It is also called polycystic ovary syndrome or disease, and it occurs when many cysts begin to grow on an ovary or ovaries. Women are more likely to have PCOS during their reproductive years. If untreated, it can have a negative effect on the ability to conceive. At this time, we don't know exactly what causes PCOS, but research indicates that approximately 1 woman in 20 is affected.

Cystadenoma - This disorder is characterized by a non-malignant tumor made up of tissue from an ovary. It is sometimes filled with a type of material that resembles mucus. A cystadenoma can grow as large as a foot or more in diameter.