An ovarian cyst is a sac filled with fluid or other tissue that forms on the ovary. Ovarian cysts are actually very common in women before menopause. A woman can develop one cyst or many cysts, and they vary in size. In most cases, cysts are harmless and go away on their own, but in other cases, they may cause problems and need treatment (source).
Most ovarian cysts are small and don't cause symptoms, but some cysts cause a dull or sharp ache in the abdomen. Larger cysts may cause twisting of the ovary, which causes pain (and more serious consequences), and cysts that bleed may lead to serious problems requiring prompt treatment. An ovarian cyst can typically be found during a pelvic exam, and if one is found your doctor might perform a vaginal ultrasound to learn more.
Birth control pills are often used to treat ovarian cysts, and will prevent future cysts from forming. If you have questions about ovarian cysts or need information on treating them, contact Dr. Strebel or Dr. Grolle at (702) 438-BABY (2229).