What Causes Ovarian Cysts?

Last Editorial Review: 1/11/2018

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How do ovarian cysts develop?

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Every month one ovary releases an egg for possible fertilization.  If the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus is shed later on, a process experienced as a menstrual periodOvulation leads to formation of ovarian cysts.  More than one ovarian cyst would not be expected to form in any one month.

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Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.

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