Ovarian Cysts

West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology -  - OB/GYN

West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB/GYNs located in Bradenton, FL

Ovarian cysts often don’t cause symptoms, so you may not know that you have them until your routine OB/GYN exam. West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology in Bradenton, Florida, provides comprehensive gynecological examinations, and if an ovarian cyst is discovered, can go over what to expect and your treatment options. Call today or schedule an appointment online.

Ovarian Cysts Q & A

What are Ovarian Cysts?

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form on your ovaries. There are many different types of ovarian cysts, including:

  • Follicle Cysts: Follicle cysts are common ovarian cysts that form during your menstrual cycle. The eggs from your ovaries form in a follicle that breaks open when released. If the follicle doesn’t break, a cyst forms. Follicle cysts usually go away after three months.
  • Corpus Lutem Cysts: After the follicle releases the egg, the sac shrinks to form the corpus luteum. However, if the sac doesn’t shrink after the egg is released, a corpus luteum cyst forms. These cysts usually go away after a few weeks but can grow as large as four inches wide.
  • Endometriomas: Endometriomas are less common ovarian cysts that develop in women with endometriosis, which is a medical condition that causes the endometrial tissue to grow outside of the uterus.
  • Dermoids: Cysts that develop from the cells leftover after giving birth. These cysts usually don’t cause symptoms.

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

How Do I Know if I Have Ovarian Cysts?

You may not know you have ovarian cysts unless your OB/GYN discovers them during your routine gynecological exam since most cysts don’t cause symptoms.

However, if you have ovarian cysts you may experience various symptoms, such as:

  • Pressure, bloating or swelling in your lower abdomen
  • Pain in your lower abdomen
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pain during sex
  • Frequent urination

To confirm that you have ovarian cysts, the team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend an ultrasound to determine the location, size, and shape of your cyst. Blood tests and a pregnancy test may also be recommended.

What are my Treatment Options for Ovarian Cysts?

Your ovarian cysts may disappear on their own, and the team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology may take a wait and see approach to monitor your cysts. If you have recurring cysts, the team may prescribe birth control medication to prevent new cysts from forming.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove ovarian cysts. The team may opt to surgically remove your ovarian cyst if it:

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

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

For proper management of ovarian cysts, call West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule an appointment online.

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