Can an ovarian cyst cause infertility?

Ovarian cysts are sacs that form on the ovaries; these cysts are filled with fluid and, in most cases, are not cancerous. Research estimates that ovarian cysts occur in about 8% to 18% of women — both who have gone through menopause and who have yet to go through menopause. Interestingly, most women don’t know that they have ovarian cysts. Most benign cysts will go away on their own and not present noticeable symptoms. They are often too small to cause any significant effects and will disappear in as little as a few months. In some cases, however, when the cysts become too big, become twisted or burst, then symptoms like pain can be felt.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst or you think you may have one, you might be wondering how that cyst can affect your fertility. Will it make you infertile? Does it have the potential to affect your fertility? Or will it not affect your fertility? Read on to find the answers you’re looking for about ovarian cysts and female infertility.

What causes ovarian cysts?

There are a few common causes of ovarian cysts. If you have an ovarian cyst, it could be caused by any one of the following:

  • Ovulation — Ovulation is one of the most common causes of ovarian cysts. Cysts that occur simply as a result of ovulation are usually harmless and don’t often affect fertility.
  • Endometriosis — Cysts have the potential to form on the ovaries of those who have endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue in the uterus grows outside of the uterus and causes significant amounts of pain during one’s period. Endometriosis generally has the potential to affect fertility but does not necessarily cause someone to become completely infertile.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease — Another cause of ovarian cysts is pelvic inflammatory disease. This disease is the result of a sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the reproductive organs. It can cause a person to develop ovarian cysts that can become infected and affect fertility.
  • Unusual cell reproduction — It’s also possible for a person to develop ovarian cysts as a result of unusual cell reproduction in their reproductive system.

Can a cyst on your ovary make you infertile?

Most ovarian cysts are small, harmless, and go away on their own, so they don’t typically cause infertility. However, when these ovarian cysts become too large or rupture, then the possibility of infertility increases. Generally, you don’t need to be worried too much about an ovarian cyst if you’re trying to get pregnant. But, in cases where ovarian cysts are caused by conditions like endometriosis, infertility might be more of a concern. You should consult with an experienced infertility specialist or doctor who can help with your specific case.

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Are you hoping to start the conversation about infertility and ovarian cysts? The two have a unique relationship. If you have more questions that haven’t been answered by the information in this article, we’re here to talk. 
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