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Ovarian Cyst Specialist

Swor Women's Care -  - Gynecology

Swor Women's Care

Gynecology & Obstetrics located in Sarasota, FL

Ovarian cysts are often asymptomatic and may not be detected until you have a routine pelvic exam. If you have an ovarian cyst, the expert team at Swor Women’s Care in Sarasota, Florida, offers management and treatment options to avoid the complications associated with the condition. If you suspect you have an ovarian cyst or if it’s time for your annual exam, call the office or book an appointment online.

Ovarian Cyst Q & A

What are ovarian cysts?

Your ovaries are two small reproductive organs where your eggs develop during ovulation. When fluid-filled sacs form on these organs, you have an ovarian cyst. Many types of ovarian cysts can occur, including:

Follicle cysts

Follicle cysts commonly occur during your menstrual cycle. Your eggs form in a follicle that breaks open when released. If the follicle doesn’t burst, as usual, a cyst forms. These types of cysts usually go away on their own in about three months.

Corpus luteum cysts

When a follicle releases an egg, the sac shrinks to form what’s known as the corpus luteum. If the sac doesn’t shrink, however, a corpus luteum cyst develops. These cysts usually go away on their own.

Dermoid cyst

Dermoid cysts develop from the cells leftover after giving birth. These cysts usually don’t cause symptoms.

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) develop many small cysts that may affect fertility.

How do I know if I have ovarian cysts?

Most ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms and are only discovered during routine exams or screenings. Some women do have symptoms associated with their cysts, though, including:

  • Pressure, bloating or swelling in the lower abdomen
  • Difficulty urinating or frequent urination
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Pain during sex

If an ovarian cyst is suspected, Swor Women’s Care recommends an ultrasound screening to identify its location, shape, and size. You may also require blood tests and a pregnancy test as part of your diagnosis.

What are my treatment options for an ovarian cyst?

Ovarian cysts often disappear on their own, so the team at Swor Women’s Care may simply recommend regular monitoring. If you have recurring cysts, birth control pills can prevent new cysts from forming.

Some women may need minor surgery to remove ovarian cysts. The team at Swor Women’s Care may recommend surgery if your cyst:

  • Hasn’t disappeared after several menstrual cycles
  • Looks unusual
  • Causes pain

Your provider can remove ovarian cysts laparoscopically through a tiny small incision in your abdomen or as a laparotomy, which requires a larger incision.

If you suspect you have an ovarian cyst or have a diagnosis and need management, call Swor Women’s Care or schedule an appointment online.