Functional Ovarian Cysts (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
If you see your doctor for pelvic pain or bleeding, you'll be checked for a number of conditions, including an ovarian cyst, that may be causing your symptoms. Your evaluation will include a pelvic exam, a history of your symptoms and menstrual periods, a family history, and a transvaginal ultrasound (which uses a narrow wand placed in the vagina). See an image of ovarian cysts.
If your doctor discovers an ovarian cyst during a routine pelvic exam, a transvaginal or abdominal ultrasound can help show what kind of cyst it is.
When is further testing needed?
If an ultrasound shows that you have a fluid-filled functional ovarian cyst, and it isn't causing you severe pain, your doctor will probably suggest a watchful waiting period. You can then have the cyst checked 6 to 8 weeks later to see whether it is changing in size. Most cysts go away in 1 to 2 months without treatment or after 1 or 2 menstrual periods.2
Your doctor will recommend further testing or treatment if:
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