Ovarian cysts are a common gynecologic condition, and one that is frequently treated by Rania Ibrahim, DO, FACOG, and Christina Parmar, MD, of New Beginnings OB/GYN in Shenandoah, Texas. If you live in The Woodlands, and the surrounding communities in Texas, including Conroe, Spring, Cleveland, Willis, Montgomery, Magnolia, Tomball, Huntsville, Livingston, and College Station, and experience pelvic pain or other concerning changes, call the office to book a diagnostic exam or schedule online in just moments. Your practitioner can determine if you need treatment for ovarian cysts or another condition.
You have two ovaries, each around the size of an almond, with one located on either side of your uterus. Your ovaries hold all of your eggs, and release an egg each month during your menstrual cycle.
An ovarian cyst is a small, fluid-filled sac that develops on or within an ovary. These cysts are very common, and many women are never even aware they have one or more ovarian cysts. Some develop every month during your menstrual cycle and go away without treatment.
However, for some women, ovarian cysts can be very painful and cause other symptoms. In these cases, treatment can help you feel more comfortable.
Knowing what to look for can help you understand when to seek treatment for ovarian cysts. Some of the signs that you might have one or more ovarian cysts include:
If you experience sudden, severe abdominal pain accompanied by fever, dizziness, vomiting, or fast breathing, seek immediate medical attention.
Your gynecologist will perform a pelvic exam to check for signs of ovarian cysts. Ultrasound, a diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to create images, can help detect cysts. In some cases, a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopy can help your practitioner to “see” ovarian cysts.
Your treatment depends on the type and size of your cyst and the severity of symptoms. In some cases, a period of watchful waiting is recommended, as some cysts will resolve independently without treatment. However, without treatment, some cysts can rupture, become infected, or create a twisting effect that is incredibly painful.
Certain birth control pills can prevent ovarian cysts from forming in the future, but this treatment won’t shrink existing cysts. Surgical removal is an option for large or painful cysts. In some cases, it’s possible to remove the cyst without altering the ovary, but the entire ovary needs to be removed in other instances.
If you have questions about ovarian cysts, schedule a visit online or over the phone today to learn more.