Treatment of Ovarian Cysts

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, approximately 95% of ovarian cysts are not cancerous. These benign cysts usually disappear within 8 to 12 weeks; however, in some cases, stubborn cysts are managed with the following treatments:

  • Birth control pills – oral contraceptives are known to reduce the risk of new cysts.
  • Laparoscopy – uses a small telescope like instrument inserted into the abdomen to remove the cyst.
  • Laparotomy – used for larger cysts or tumors and is often the desired choice when cysts are malignant. During this surgical procedure, doctors make a greater incision to account for the size of the growth.