Is dilatation and curettage necessary to remove an ovarian cyst?
Q: I am 23 years old girl with an ovarian cyst measuring 8.69x5.43 cm. My doctor has asked me to undergo a surgery and then Dilatation and Curettage (D & C) for removing the cyst. Operation is fine with me but I do not want to go for D & C as I am unmarried and D & C will result in loss of virginity. Is D & C inevitable in my case?
A:Apart from having an ovarian cyst, if you have no other problems (e.g. bleeding problems), I can think of no medical reason for having a D & C (Dilatation and Curettage) along with removal of the ovarian cyst. There are two possibilities regarding the ovarian cyst:
- It is a benign (harmless) cyst. In this case once the cyst is removed, you are essentially treated. There is no further treatment you need.
- If the cyst does not look benign, you will need another kind of operation. However, even then there is no place for D&C.