Investigations for ovarian cysts
- An ultrasound
- A pregnancy test
- CA 125 blood test: This tumour marker test is done to find out if the cyst may be cancerous. The level of CA-125 is higher with ovarian cancer, but can also be high in other non cancerous conditions like endometriosis and fibroids
Conservative: Depending on the type of cyst and your age, a follow up ultrasound may be arranged in 6 weeks to 3 months to see if the cyst has changed. Many cysts may have disappeared by this time.
Surgery: This may be necessary if the cyst is causing pain, is persistant or has concerning features. Your specialist will discuss this with you.
Contraceptive pills: If you continue forming functional cysts, your specialist may prescribe the contraceptive pill to stop you from ovulating, and preventing future cyst formation.