“My Daughter Has An Ovarian Cyst”

Ovarian cysts are very common in girls, and there are many times throughout a young woman’s life when cysts may occur. The good news is that many of these cysts are small and self-limiting. Nonetheless, having an ovarian cyst may be a source of anxiety as they can cause pain or other hormonal disruptions.

With the advances in prenatal ultrasounds, it’s now possible to pick up ovarian cysts in neonates. These cysts are usually due to maternal hormonal exposure in the womb. Cysts found prenatally should be followed up with another ultrasound sometime after delivery or ordered at the baby’s first visit. Because these cysts are frequently due to hormones, most cysts should resolve without intervention. Rarely, surgical intervention may be needed when ovarian cysts persist or grow larger.

In prepubertal children, it’s possible for small ovarian cysts to be present because the body is growing and preparing to be a young woman soon. However, some cysts at this age can be a sign that a girl’s body is developing too quickly. A visit with your doctor will help determine if there are signs of early puberty. If no signs of puberty are evident, it is important to ensure these cysts resolve. When ovarian cysts persist or grow larger, surgical intervention may be needed.

In adolescents and young women, ovarian cysts are expected each month. Once a young female begins regular periods, ovarian cysts will occur. For instance, all young females produce hormones from the brain that stimulate the ovaries to produce “follicles”. These follicles are responsible for producing additional hormones to stimulate the uterus. Once a follicle reaches a certain size, young girls ovulate. Ovulation occurs when a small egg is released from the ovary. The shell left behind from this release helps to produce hormones to allow girls to have their periods. Again, surgery may be needed if ovarian cysts persist or grow larger.

So, your daughter may have an ovarian cyst for a variety of reasons, but in all cases, it’s important to have a discussion with her obstetrician. Resolving cysts when they form can alleviate a lot of stress for you and your daughter, and reduce the likelihood of further complications resulting from the cyst.

About Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

I am the Division Director for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Texas Children’s Hospital.

My research interests include congenital problems of the reproductive tract, disorders of sexual differentiation, disorders of puberty, hormonal imbalance, pelvic masses and bleeding disorders in young women.

Posted in Adolescent Medicine, Motherhood, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Parenting, Pavilion for Women

35 Responses to “My Daughter Has An Ovarian Cyst”

  1. kiran bhuwalka says:

    my daughter is having a cyst in her ovary.she is 18yrs of age. is it possible that she has inherited it from me?

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      There are many different causes for ovarian cysts. Certain types of cysts/ovarian tumors may run in families. Functional cysts occur in all women who are having menstrual cycles as small cysts occur when a women ovulates. It may be good to check with your provider to determine what type of cyst your daughter may have and if it could be related or unrelated to a cyst you had in the past.

  2. Becky Gosain says:

    i have a 10 year old daughter who has had pain on and off to the left of her belly button for 4 months. It has gotten much more severe lately so we have had blood work and stool testing done through her pediatrician, which had all been normal. An ultrasound and X-ray are schedule for next week. The more I research this and read about young girls having ovarian cysts that can get twisted and “pull”, I’m thinking this is what it is. I’m a little freaked out and would love to hear how often you might see this in a girl around 10 years old who is pre-menstrual. We’re going to a GI doc soon, but sounds like it is not a GI issue. She describes pain such as polling inside her abdomen and sometimes it is so sharp she cannot stand up or walk. It’s so sporadic and there is no precursor when it hits. I would love any further information! I also am very reluctant for her to have an internal ultrasound. Can cysts be seen on an external ultrasound?

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      Yes cysts can be seen on ultrasound. To reach out clinic, call: 832-822-3640.

  3. Juan navarro says:

    Hi my dauther is only 15 years old and she already have 2 surgery of cyst and today 1/13/15 she call me from school that she is having some pain again this is going to be probably the third surgery in the past 6 month two surgery day took out 2from her left and three from her right doc wat is causing her cyst
    We leave in Gainesville Florida her last opp about two weeks ago they told her that she had another one growing in her right side doctors her sucks they don’t give a strait answer what do I need to ask the doctor here can some one help

    Thanks

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      Juan, Consider reaching out to Dr. Simms-Cendon, Pediatric Gynecologist in Orlando.

  4. candace says:

    my daughter is 16 and the doc found an ovarian cyst in november she is in a ton of pain and is on pain meds…. her cyst is larger than her ovary and contains blood…. her doc isnt doing anything for her and its interfearing with her school…. i dont know what to do….

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      Candace, I would recommend looking for another pediatric gynecologist in your area.

    • Lori Beal says:

      I have the same problem with my 15 yr old and my OB is blowing off the cyst that a CT Scan found. She’s in pain all the time and is unable to focus on school work and do her sports. This is sooo frustrating but was helpful to see someone else in the same situation. I will look for another OB.

  5. Lydia says:

    We just found out that my 13 year old daughter has a 3cm cyst on her ovaries. She was in pain for days, feeling sick, light headed, headaches and dizzy. First they thought it was a sinus infection then they thought it was appendicitis. Eventually after a scan they discovered it was a cyst. We were sent home from the hospital but the surgeon had said that the next step is to open her up and take a look.
    I want her pain to go away but I really don’t want her to undergo unnecessary surgery. Are these all symptoms from a cyst? Any help on this matter would be great.
    Thanks

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      It could be a functional cyst. These types of cysts usually resolve within a few months. A follow up ultrasound would be helpful. If she has severe pain though she should be seen in the emergency room.

  6. Lauren says:

    My daughter is 23 and she was having severe pains on her right side. It was so bad she was throwing up and we went to the emergency room. We thought it was her appendix. They did blood work and did a CAT scan. The Doctor said she has a large Ovarian cyst and her blood work was good. They sent her home with pain pills and said to call her OB. The sharp pain isn’t bad the next day why was it so bad and now it’s not. And what could they do to fix it.

  7. Barkha says:

    Hello doctor, I am 16 years old and have an ovarian cyst that is 4.4 cm…is it hazardous? What can be the possible reasons for it?..I have never had regular cycles…Please help.

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      I suggest you see a doctor to discuss what the cyst could be and review any imaging studies you may have.

  8. Wafa says:

    Hi my relative 13 years old she has an ov. Cyst which accidently diagnosed by u/s done for urinary tract infection, it’s 6cm size , simple cyst ,treatment given for 2month now it’s become 7 cm her doctor advice for surgery .So is surgery manditry or complete conservative treatment . With thanks

  9. Aradhanya S. Mane says:

    If a girl is 22 year old and has never done sex Can she still have a ovarian cyst?

  10. Kris Anderson says:

    They discovered my daughter had an ovarian cyst when I was approximately 6 months pregnant, what looked like 1 cyst. They checked again after she was born while we were still at the hospital, still there. We had another u/s at her 2 month appt, still there, now it showed a cyst on each ovary. Now we just had another one at her 4 month appt, still there. I got a call today from another dr in the clinic, because her dr was not in. That dr said we will have to wait for her pcp to call us on Monday but that I should be re-assured because there does not seem to be any acute issue. I am stressed because I now have to wait thru the weekend. I am not sure what this could possibly mean, worse case scenario…

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      She should be evaluated. Most neonatal cysts will resolve, but some persist and when they persist, sometimes intervention is necessary.

  11. mama mia says:

    Hello. About six months ago my family moved to South Dakota and since then I have learned of several young women who have ovarian cysts that are so bad that they’ve had to have multiple surgeries. It’s a small community and I’m concerned that there could be an environmental factor. Are there any known or suspected environmental causes of ovarian cysts?

  12. THS says:

    My 13 year old was diagnosed with ovarian cysts in October. She was put on birth control, but continued to have severe pain. Ultrasounds showed cysts would grow, rupture, grow, and rupture. In January, she underwent surgery where the dr found hemoragatic cysts and some endometriosis. He cleaned her up and said she was good as new. 2 months later, more pain. He upped the BC. Still more pain, ruptures, and bleeding. Now he wants to give her a Lupron shot. I read about it online and it seems scary. is this a good solution? If not, what is?

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      It would be good for her to be seen. Our clinic number is 832-822-3640.

      • THS says:

        We are in VA. Can you provide an opinion on the Lupron as a treatment option? Everything I’ve read online scares me to death, but her dr is recommending.

        • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

          We are not in a position to give medical advice not knowing all the facts. Lupron can be used for endometriosis, fibroids, infertility procedures, menstrual suppression, and precocious puberty.

  13. JP says:

    Hi I have a 17 year old daughter. She was diagnosed with a cyst in the hospital, when I took her in for emergencies because of the pain she was feeling. I was told to visit a gynecologist, he have exams done for her. But said there was no cyst. Before she had been diagnosed she weighed 112 pounds at the time she was diagnosed with the cyst she had gained weight. And in less than 1 year she now weighs 157. Could it be that her cyst has caused her this.

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      If there is no cyst, there are also other reasons weight gain can occur during adolescence. It may be helpful for her to see her primary doctor to assess for other causes for weight gain and then follow up with a gyn regarding the cyst.

  14. Ashley Weitzel says:

    My 16 month old daughter just had an MRI. The radiologist said that it look like an undescended testicle or possibly an ovarian cyst. Could this be a possible endocrine related issue or is it an OB/GYN issue? Is this normal for this age? Also what should I prepare myself for as far as possible treatment options??

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      This should be further evaluated for both reasons.

      • Ashley Weitzel says:

        We are waiting for an ultrasound appt I’m just going crazy as a mom wondering what my be in store for us as far as treatment.

  15. anonymous says:

    My 14 year old daughter is suffering from terrible pain due to a cyst in her right ovary. After 9 ultrasounds doctors are not sure what it really is. She had an MRI today. Her periods have not yet started. She might be operated. I am tooo scared. What really Is its cause? Is it common in girls of this age?

  16. adrian cruz says:

    i have a 4 yr old daughter and she had an ovarian new growth, left benign sonologic features. Cystic mass measuring 9.52×6.59×7.78cm. is my daughter need to undergo laparascopic procedure?

    • Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology says:

      She needs to see a pediatric gynecologist.

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