2. Follicular Cysts
Another type of cyst that may develop on the ovaries is a follicular cyst. These are another type of functional cyst. Essentially, a follicular cyst is a fluid-filled pocket of tissue that may develop either on or in the ovaries. Often times this type of cyst occurs in a woman who is of reproductive age and is a result of normal ovulation. A girl who has not reached puberty will rarely suffer from follicular cysts. Women who are postmenopausal will not get them at all.
If a cyst develops after menopause it needs to be evaluated by a medical professional. The majority of the time follicular cysts are harmless and painless and they are not cancerous. Typically they will resolve on their own after a few menstrual cycles. Most women do not even realize that they have a follicular cyst. However, in some rare instances, a follicular cyst can lead to complications that may require medical attention.