Ovarian cysts are typically harmless, but some can cause serious symptoms or indicate an underlying medical problem. The compassionate OB/GYNs at Woodglen Medical Group in Glendora, California have been diagnosing and treating the full range of female reproductive concerns, including ovarian cysts, for over 25 years. If you have pelvic pain or other symptoms of ovarian cysts, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that grow on your ovaries. Most ovarian cysts go away on their own and don’t cause problems; however, some ovarian cysts cause painful symptoms, especially if they rupture.
Clusters of ovarian cysts may be a sign of a common gynecological condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Most ovarian cysts are small, never cause symptoms, and disappear without treatment in a few months. When cysts do cause symptoms, they may include:
An ovarian cyst that ruptures may cause the following symptoms:
A ruptured cyst is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate care.
Ovarian cysts are extremely common in women of reproductive age. Most women develop cysts throughout their menstrual cycle, but only about 8% require treatment. Women with endometriosis are more susceptible to developing ovarian cysts.
Your chances of getting an ovarian cyst decrease after menopause. Regardless of your age, you should schedule an appointment at Woodglen Medical Group if you think you have a cyst.
First, your provider at Woodglen Medical Group performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. They may be able to identify a lump during a pelvic exam. With ultrasound imaging, they can determine the size, shape, and location of the growth. They may also perform a blood test or pregnancy test to check for hormonal changes that would confirm a cyst.
Your provider then develops a unique treatment plan based on your individual needs. In many cases, your doctor may suggest watchful waiting to see if the cyst goes away on its own. They may recommend follow-up ultrasounds to monitor any changes in the cyst.
Medications, such as hormonal birth control, can prevent ovarian cysts from recurring, but they won’t shrink existing cysts. If you have a large or unusual cyst, the team at Woodglen Medical Group may recommend surgery to remove it.
To find out if your symptoms are caused by an ovarian cyst, call or book an appointment online.