Many women have one or more ovarian cysts at some point in their lives. Usually, these cysts are small and don’t cause any symptoms, but, in some cases, the cysts grow large and cause pain or other serious symptoms. If you’re having ovarian cyst symptoms like pelvic pressure, heavy bleeding, pain, or bloating, experienced OB/GYN Asia Mohsin, MD, at Progressive Womens Health in Friendswood, Texas, can diagnose the problem and relieve your symptoms. Book now online or by phone.
Ovarian cysts are small, bump-like growths in or on ovaries. These cysts are usually non-cancerous and often go away naturally. In rare cases, ovarian cysts can be cancerous.
You may not know that you have ovarian cysts until Dr. Mohsin discovers them during a routine wellness checkup.
Although ovarian cysts don't often cause symptoms, in certain cases you may experience a sharp pain, a dull ache, or other discomfort in your lower abdomen.
Large cysts can actually squeeze and twist your ovary uncomfortably, which typically causes a sharp pain on either the left or right side of your abdomen. You may have such severe pain you get nauseated or vomit. If an ovarian cysts bursts, you may have bleeding in addition to the sharp pain.
Dr. Mohsin may feel a cyst during your pelvic exam. For some types of cysts, a pregnancy test can confirm their existence. Often, you need an ultrasound to confirm ovarian cysts. With the ultrasound images, Dr. Mohsin can determine where the cyst is, how large it is, and whether it's ruptured.
You may also need a blood test called cancer antigen 125 if your cyst is semisolid and if you're at risk for ovarian cancer. This blood test can help identify or rule out cancerous ovarian cysts.
The approach to ovarian cyst treatment depends on several factors, including the type and the size of the cyst. Often, if your ovarian cyst isn't causing physical problems, Dr. Mohsin may choose to monitor it but not treat it right away. In many cases, cysts resolve naturally in a couple of menstrual cycles.
If you're having pain or other symptoms or if your ovarian cyst is cancerous, you may need cyst removal. Often, Dr. Mohsin does this procedure through laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgery. It's rare to need full ovary removal for ovarian cysts.
Book your appointment for ovarian cyst evaluation and treatment at Progressive Womens Health by phone or through the online scheduler today.