Ovarian cysts may not cause any discomfort and disappear on their own. But, some can be painful and disruptive. At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, the physicians can treat ovarian cysts with medication or surgery when needed. To explore options for ovarian cyst treatment, call the office in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or Lehigh Acres, Florida, of Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, or book an appointment online.
Your ovaries are two almond-shaped organs that sit on either side of your uterus. Eggs mature, and your ovaries release them monthly during your cycle.
When a fluid-filled sac develops on these organs, you have an ovarian cyst. Such cysts are common and often come and go without any issues.
Many types of ovarian cysts can develop, but two of the most common are:
As your eggs develop in the ovary, they grow in a follicle. When the egg reaches maturity, the follicle bursts to release the egg for fertilization. If the follicle fails to open, then a cyst develops. These cysts rarely cause symptoms and usually go away after about three cycles.
Once your follicle breaks open, it leaves behind a mass of cells known as the corpus luteum. If upon bursting, these cells don’t shrink, you may end up with a corpus luteum cyst. Although these cysts can sometimes grow large in size, they usually go away within a few weeks without treatment.
While it is common for ovarian cysts to not need treatment, certain symptoms may require you to visit Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida for an evaluation.
Most of the time, a person does not know they have an ovarian cyst because they cause no noticeable symptoms. Some women may feel discomfort due to the cyst’s type and size, however.
If you do have symptoms, they may include:
Serious symptoms can occur if you have a cyst that ruptures. If you feel a sudden and severe onset of pelvic pain, seek immediate medical attention.
Sometimes, a diagnosis of your ovarian cyst occurs during a routine pelvic exam. You may then have an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis. Ultrasounds occur in the offices of Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida for your convenience and quick results.
An ultrasound provides information about the size, location, and shape of your ovarian cyst, which your doctor uses to direct your treatment plan.
Your doctor may run blood and hormone tests to determine if there are any underlying conditions that caused your cyst, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Ovarian cysts that aren’t causing symptoms may not require any specific treatment. Your doctor regularly monitors the cyst to make sure it doesn’t grow in size or fails to go away on its own.
If your cyst is causing significant symptoms or doesn’t go away, you may require surgical removal of the cyst. The doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida have extensive skills in minimally invasive surgical techniques that make your procedure as smooth and easy as possible.
If you need evaluation or treatment for an ovarian cyst, call one of the locations of Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, or schedule using the online tool.