Most women experience ovarian cysts at some point in their life without them causing any symptoms or discomfort. However, if you have ovarian cysts that rupture or cause symptoms, Dr. Shrusan Gray and Dr. Svetlana Maslyak at Women to Women OB GYN Care in Hollywood, Florida, are available to help. Call the office or book an appointment online today if you have symptoms that could be resulting from an ovarian cyst.
Your ovaries, the organs that lay on either side of your uterus and are where eggs develop and mature, can form fluid-filled pockets known as cysts. Most cysts are completely harmless and resolve on their own. In some cases, however, these cysts can rupture, twist, or grow large and cause pelvic pain and other symptoms.
Usually, you have no symptoms associated with a cyst, but large cysts can cause issues that may include:
If a cyst ruptures or twists, you may experience severe cramping, nausea, and pelvic pain. Contact Women to Women OB GYN Care immediately if you have any of these symptoms.
Dr. Gray or Dr. Maslyak may identify an ovarian cyst during a pelvic exam. If you have symptoms that suggest a cyst, they may order a pelvic ultrasound that uses sound waves to create an image of your reproductive organs and reveal an ovarian cyst. A pregnancy test may reveal a specific type of cyst known as a corpus luteum cyst.
In rare cases, an ovarian cyst can be a sign of cancer, particularly if it’s solid and you have other risk factors. In these cases, Dr. Gray or Dr. Maslyak may order a CA-125 blood test that looks for elevated levels of the cancer antigen 125.
If you have an ovarian cyst that’s not causing symptoms, your OB/GYN may recommend you watch and wait. In many cases, the cyst goes away on its own in a few months. You’ll have regular follow-up ultrasounds with Dr. Gray or Dr. Maslyak to observe whether the cyst has resolved or is growing.
Medications, particularly hormonal birth control, discourage the recurrence of ovarian cysts. It won’t shrink an existing cyst, however.
In some cases, surgery is required to remove a large cyst or one that is causing pain. Usually, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is the method Dr. Gray and Dr. Maslyak advise. It involves small instruments and tiny incisions, which means you have a shorter recovery period and less risk of complications.
If you’re concerned about ovarian cysts, call Women to Women OB GYN Care or book an appointment online today.