Many ovarian cysts are normal or go away on their own. A cyst often develops as a part of the ovulation process or early in pregnancy. However, if they linger too long, they can cause uncomfortable symptoms. In some cases, a doctor must remove the cyst. Hormone imbalances or conditions such as endometriosis and pelvic infections may produce abnormal and painful cysts. Sometimes, a large or persistent cyst can be cancerous -- a doctor must do a biopsy to diagnose a cancerous cyst.
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