What About Ovarian Cysts Diagnosed During Pregnancy?
An ovarian cyst can occasionally be seen during pregnancy during ultrasound examinations of the fetus. These have typically been discovered to be small, non-cancerous cysts with a diameter of less than 2 inches (5 cm). As previously mentioned, functional ovarian cysts are typically present during pregnancy. By the beginning of the second trimester, the majority of these ovarian cysts that are discovered in the first trimester spontaneously disappear.
Contact a healthcare professional if the following symptoms occur:
If any of the following symptoms appear, head straight to the emergency room at a hospital:
What Do Ovarian Cysts Look Like?
On an ultrasound , ovarian cysts may resemble bubbles. The cyst typically has a very thin wall around it and only fluid inside. This ultrasound appearance identifies what is known as a simple cyst. The fluid that remains in an ovary after a follicle fails to rupture and release an egg can develop into a cyst. This usually affects one of the ovaries. A healthy ovary may have tiny cysts (less than half an inch) present while follicles are developing.
Ovarian cysts can range in size from less than an inch to four inches. Rarely, ovarian cysts can grow to form enormous masses with a diameter of 12 inches or greater.
In most cases, an ovarian cyst during pregnancy is not concerning. The majority of ovarian cysts are painless, benign, and disappear on their own. Even though ovarian cysts rarely cause symptoms, they can be painful if they rupture. And you’ll need immediate surgery if a cyst causes the ovary to twist (ovarian torsion). doctors can safely remove an ovarian cyst during pregnancy, though it’s typically not necessary.