Many experts believe that most women have at least one ovarian cyst during their lifetime and probably many more, but for the most part ovarian cysts are so unobtrusive they can come and go without you ever realizing. Peter L. Stevenson, MD, of Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC, is an experienced and highly qualified OB/GYN who provides treatment to those patients in the Dearborn area of Michigan who have issues with their ovarian cysts. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevenson, call Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac on top of or sometimes inside of one of your ovaries. Ovarian cysts may sound serious, but in most cases they’re harmless, and there’s no connection between ovarian cysts and cancer.
Women have two ovaries, each of which takes turns releasing an egg once a month between puberty and menopause. Ovarian cysts are extremely common, but in most cases, women are completely unaware they have a cyst, as they often cause no symptoms.
It’s likely that you have an ovarian cyst now, or had one previously that simply disappeared naturally without you ever knowing it was there. They can develop and disappear in as little as four weeks, and most resolve without any treatment within 16 weeks.
While most ovarian cysts are entirely harmless and cause no adverse effects, certain women experience problems because of ovarian cysts. In some cases, cysts can rupture, which can be painful and may require a trip to the emergency room.
In the few cases where an ovarian cyst causes symptoms, you may have pain in your lower abdomen, usually worse on the side that has the affected ovary. You could feel bloated or have a sense of fullness or heaviness in your abdomen as well.
If a cyst ruptures it typically causes instant, severe pain, along with symptoms such as:
Although rare, it’s possible to go into shock if you have a ruptured ovarian cyst, so if you have these symptoms you should get medical help immediately.
Unless your ovarian cysts are causing problems, you won’t need any treatment. Dr. Stevenson may well find you have an ovarian cyst during a routine well-woman exam, and if so, he can just keep an eye on it without needing to prescribe any treatments.
If you do have symptoms, using medications such as birth control pills can help; in rare cases, surgery is an option, but not many women need to undergo surgery because of ovarian cysts.
If you have any concerns about ovarian cysts or would like to schedule a well-woman exam, call Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.