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Ovarian Cysts (cont.)

Ovarian Cysts Causes

The following are risk factors for developing ovarian cysts:

  • History of previous ovarian cysts
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Increased upper body fat distribution
  • Early menstruation (11 years or younger)
  • Infertility
  • Infertility treatment with gonadotropin medications
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Tamoxifen (Soltamox) therapy for breast cancer
  • Cigarette smoking also increases the risk of functional ovarian cysts.

Oral contraceptive/birth control pill use decreases the risk of developing ovarian cysts because they prevent the ovaries from producing eggs during ovulation.

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