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.
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 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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.