In the Interest of Science..

I’ve decided to get over my squeamishness.  For some reason, pictures of actual surgeries and body parts were bothering me a lot towards the end of the last pregnancy.  Now that the baby is five months old, I’m back and ready to share some of the more gruesome ovarian cyst pictures I’ve found.

So be warned!  This may be a little bit much for the weak of heart, but it can help you understand how large an ovarian cyst has to be when it needs to be surgically removed.  Most of them are about 1 to 2 inches in diameter.  Occasionally you get the giant ones, which I will share in the next post.

Here it is….

Avert your eyes, O those weak of heart…

left ovarian cyst

The cyst is as big as the ovary itself.  This picture was part of an illustration for a laparascopy.  What they do in that procedure is drain the fluid out of the cyst, then remove the remaining tissue.  After the fluid is drained, the empty sac is really quite small.

If it were solid inside, they would have to do a traditional abdominal surgery.  That has a great deal more recovery time, but you have to get it done.  Solid cysts have a slightly higher risk of being cancerous (about 10%).

The yellow below the cyst is intestines.  This is why I decided not to become a doctor 🙂

Of course, if you are interested in naturally treating your cyst before it becomes too big, I’d recommend checking out Ovarian Cyst Miracle.  I’ve found I like that book better than the previous one I was recommending – it’s a little easier to follow.


  1. This was really helpful, although I was scared to look it’s good to see what is actually going on on my ovary. I didn’t imagine it could look this big eek, and there are even bigger ones than this.

  2. i’ve begun to visit this cool site a couple of times now and i have to tell you that i find it quite good actually. keep the nice work up! :p

  3. Thanks for the detailed picture and description…I didn’t realize the solid ovarian cysts are more likely to become cancerous. Good to know! Thanks for the info.

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