This study was conducted to determine the demographic and clinicopathologic characteristics and evaluate the prognostic value of various factors, such as the extensiveness of surgery, related to the tumour itself and the clinical features in the recurrence of borderline ovarian tumours (BOT). We retrospectively evaluated the data of 103 patients with a borderline ovarian tumours treated at our institution between the years 2000 and 2012. The median age was 37 (16-79) years and the majority of the patients were premenopausal (76.7%). During the follow-up, 16 recurrences were observed (15.5%). The multivariate analysis showed that the micropapillary architecture and fertility sparing surgery were the only significant independent predictors for the development of a recurrence amongst all of the demographic and clinicopathological features. In our study group, we identified that the micropapillary architecture itself and the fertility sparing surgery had a significant impact on the development of a BOT recurrence. The patients who possess these features should be followed up more closely for a long time period.