1. If an ovarian cyst or growth is suspected, the doctor may recommend monitoring it for 2 to 12 weeks to see if it resolves on its own or may prescribe oral contraceptives to take in the meanwhile. At the next appointment, if the growth has not disappeared, further treatment may be carried out.
2. If an ovarian tumor is suspected, the doctor may prescribe a blood test to check for cancer markers (CA 125), perform an ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computerized tomography (CT) scan, or recommend surgery to remove the growth and send it to the laboratory for testing.