General Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgeries located in Orlando, FL & Kissimmee, FL
Many women have ovarian cysts throughout their reproductive years. Most are harmless and go away without treatment, but it’s still a good idea to seek expert medical care like that found at Osceola Gynecology. Dr. Anthony Gyang and the trained medical team specialize in general gynecology, with offices conveniently located in Orlando, Kissimmee, and St. Cloud, Florida. Take charge of your health by calling today or booking a consultation online.
Ovarian Cysts Q&A
What are ovarian cysts?
Ovarian cysts are common, fluid-filled sacs or pockets that grow on or in your ovaries. Most are completely harmless. These cysts typically form when you ovulate, so they’re less frequent after menopause.
Changes in your hormones typically cause ovarian cysts. But they may also form during pregnancy, if you have a pelvic infection, or during a health condition called endometriosis. Large ovarian cysts can be a problem, causing serious symptoms if they rupture.
What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?
Most ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms. You might have had an ovarian cyst in the past and not even known it. Still, here are common symptoms to watch for:
- Swelling or bloating
- Feeling of pressure
- Pain in your lower abdomen
Ovarian cysts also have less common symptoms, such as:
- Pain during sex
- Pelvic pain
- Dull ache in the lower back and thighs
- Problems emptying the bladder or bowel completely
How are ovarian cysts diagnosed?
Ovarian cysts are generally diagnosed through a variety of tests. Your doctor conducts a pelvic exam, and performs a pregnancy test to rule out a possible ectopic pregnancy. He may also recommend an ultrasound or other imaging tests.
How are ovarian cysts treated?
You don’t always need treatment for an ovarian cyst. Your provider may suggest monitoring your condition for a few months. Ovarian cysts smaller than about 2 inches in size usually disappear without treatment. However, you may need treatment if the cyst is larger than 2 inches and doesn’t go away.
Your provider at Osceola Gynecology designs a treatment plan that’s right for you. Your treatment options may include:
- Pain medication to help alleviate your symptoms
- Hormonal contraceptives, since birth control pills can help prevent ovarian cysts
- Surgery, because a painful cyst that grows over 2-3 menstrual cycles may need to be surgically removed
Doctors often suggest surgery if your ovarian cyst develops after menopause. If it is found to be cancerous, you’ll need treatment that can include surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
If you think you have symptoms of an ovarian cyst, then you should get them checked out right away. Call or schedule an online consultation today with the trained gynecological specialists at Osceola Gynecology.
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