If you develop any pelvic pains or discomfort, you should see your doctor, especially if the pain is prolonged and accompanied by other signs. Garden City ovarian cysts treatments aim to make your life comfortable through diagnosis and treatments, helping to lower the possibility of other complications.
What are ovarian cysts?
These are fluid-filled sacs or pockets found in your ovary or on the surface. Ovarian cysts can be most common if you are pregnant or have not yet gone through your menopause. You may have an ovarian cyst every month as you have your menstrual periods but never get to know it because they are mostly harmless and painless; they may go away without treatment. An ovarian cyst develops into a medical issue if the cyst grows bigger or refuses to disappear on its own after some time, causing pain. In rare cases, the cyst may develop into cancer.
What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?
You may not notice any symptoms because the cyst may disappear on its own most of the time. But if you may have larger cysts, you may begin to experience the following symptoms:
- Feeling heaviness in your abdomen
- Pelvic pain
- Swelling on one side of your lower abdomen
You may need medical emergency if you develop the following symptoms:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Pain with fever and vomiting
- Fast breathing
These symptoms may mean that your ovarian cyst is causing your ovary to twist.
What are the causes of ovarian cysts?
Your cysts may develop from functional causes:
- Follicle cyst
If your follicle sac doesn’t open during the release of an egg, you may develop a follicle cyst. This cyst mostly goes away within three months.
- Corpus luteum cyst
After your follicle releases an egg, it begins producing the pregnancy hormones. At this stage, the follicle is known as the corpus luteum. If fluid settles on the follicle, it may cause your corpus luteum to develop into a cyst.
The functional cysts often disappear within three months and are quite harmless.
You may have other cysts, not as a result of your menstrual periods, and they may be:
- Dermoid cysts
What is the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cyst?
Your doctor may recommend tests to determine the type of ovarian cyst you may have therefore recommending a proper treatment. Treatment may include:
- Watchful waiting
Your doctor may recommend you wait and go for exams to check if the cyst disappears in a few months. Pelvic ultrasound at regular intervals may help see if there are any changes to your cyst size.
You may require hormonal contraceptives to keep your ovarian cysts away. However, contraceptives may not shrink existing cysts.
Your doctor may do a surgical procedure if you have a large cyst that continues to grow and causes pain. If your cyst is cancerous, your doctor may recommend a specialist.
If you experience any symptoms of ovarian cysts, call Women’s Health Care of Garden City or request your appointment online.