If you suffer from ovarian cysts frequently with the resulting pain and discomfort, you are probably looking for treatment options that will allow you to declare freedom from being plagued by ovarian cysts. More on effective treatments for ovarian cysts later. To begin;

What are Ovarian Cysts?

There are many types of ovarian cysts. The main types of cysts of the ovaries are follicular or functional ovarian cysts, corpus luteal ovarian cysts and endometrioma or chocolate cysts. Of these three, the follicular or functional ovarian cysts are the most common. Cysts of the ovaries are defined as fluid filled sacs or follicles found on or in the ovaries. They mainly contain fluid but the more severe ones may contain fragments of hair, teeth or bone.

Most cysts are usually harmless and depart on their own after a few weeks or months. In some cases the woman may not even realize that she had or has any cysts. Some other however, may rupture and bleed or cause pain and discomfort in the pelvic area. Others may need to be removed through surgery.

Women usually have two ovaries on each side of the uterus that produce and release eggs each month. One ovary usually produces and releases one egg per month. This process usually leads to the start of the menstrual cycle. Each egg is housed is a sac also known as a follicle. When this egg matures, it is released to be fertilized or to be discarded if fertilization does not occur through the menstrual cycle. When fertilization does not occur, the menstrual cycle starts in order to discard all contents of the uterus.