Edited from an article by by Lucia Peters for bustle.com

This article brings up some interesting facts about you ovaries, but the bottom line for us is the part about checking with your healthcare professional if something doesn’t feel right to you. Now to: 

About Your Ovaries 

  • They can be affected by stress
  • They are not always the same size.
  • They produce a whole bunch of different hormones
  • Sometimes you can literally feel an ovary releasing an egg. It’s known as mittleschmerz, which is German for “middle pain,” and it happens when the egg is released from a follicle on your ovary.
  • According to Women’shealth.gov ovarian cysts are common and in most cases benign in women with regular periods. In fact, most women make at least one follicle or corpus luteum cyst every month. You may not be aware that you have a cyst unless there is a problem that causes the cyst to grow… Ovarian cysts are less common after menopause. FYI, benign ovarian cysts are more common than you think
  • Taking oral birth control can reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute women who have ever used oral contraceptives have a 30% to 50% lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who have never used oral contraceptives, but they do have a higher chance of getting other cancers. Check with your health professional if you have a family history of ovarian cancer before starting oral contraceptives.

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