Women's Health Dulwich

Ovarian Cysts

A cyst is a fluid filled sac. It is normal to find cysts on the ovaries and most are as a result of the normal ovarian functioning (functional cysts). Occasionally these cysts will grow too big and may cause symptoms. If they are small, they usually disappear without treatment but if they are big or symptoms become severe, the cyst(s) may need to be removed.

Other types of cysts may develop on the ovary which are not part of the normal functioning of the ovary. Such benign cysts include endometriomas, cystadenomas and dermoid cysts. Rarely ovarian cysts can be cancerous. 


  • Symptoms may be:
  • Pelvic/abdominal pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Sense of fullness in the abdomen
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Irregular bleeding


A cyst may be detected on internal examination but will usually require a pelvic ultrasound scan to make a diagnosis. When a cyst does need to be removed this can usually be done using keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) which enables a much quicker recovery, has less impact on future fertility and helps to preserve normal ovarian tissue. Occasionally more major surgery may be required.

Belgravia Clinic
         2 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0DH (All Specialties)
         Reception: 020 4540 3540



Dulwich Clinic

        17 Croxted Road, London SE21 8SZ (Medical Specialties)
        1a Ryecotes Mead, London SE21 7EP (Physiotherapy) 

         Reception: 020 8124 8124





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