Up to 10% of women in the United States undergo surgery for ovarian cysts at some point in life. Since ovarian cysts can become seriously painful and can even affect your fertility, Signature Women’s Healthcare provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help resolve your symptoms. You can book your ovarian cyst evaluation at any of the practice’s offices in Lithonia or Lawrenceville, Georgia, by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the office nearest you to speak with a team member.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops either in or on your ovary. Ovarian cysts are benign growths and are very common and generally harmless. Sometimes though, cysts can become seriously painful and dangerously large.
Most ovarian cysts are functional cysts, meaning they form during menstrual cycle processes. For instance, when you ovulate, the egg is supposed to escape from its follicle and enter your fallopian tube. But if the follicle doesn’t release the egg, the follicle continues to grow and a cyst forms (follicular cyst).
If you have a history of ovarian cysts, it could be linked to:
Your risk of suffering from ovarian cysts is greater if you have a personal history of ovarian cysts.
Cysts don’t typically cause problems and tend to resolve on their own throughout normal menstrual processes. Occasionally though, cysts stick around and continue growing over time. As ovarian cysts become larger, you can experience:
These are symptoms you should never ignore since they could be signs that you have an enlarged ovarian cyst. Without proper treatment, cysts can twist your ovary, which can in severe cases lead to decreased blood flow to your ovary.
Signature Women’s Healthcare provides in-office ultrasound imaging, so you can expect a fast diagnosis. Once your doctor determines the severity of your ovarian cysts, they can talk with you about available treatments.
Not always. If you have smaller ovarian cysts that aren’t causing discomfort, your OB/GYN at Signature Women’s Healthcare could recommend keeping an eye on them by coming back in after a month or two for a reevaluation.
If ovarian cysts are causing pain and continue coming back, your OB/GYN could recommend hormonal contraceptives to prevent future cyst development. They can also get you started on pain-relieving medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help ease or eliminate any discomfort you have.
For larger cysts or cysts that continue to grow, your OB/GYN at Signature Women’s Healthcare could recommend minimally invasive surgery. In an effort to preserve your ovary, they generally try to remove only the cyst. Occasionally, removing the affected ovary is necessary, a procedure known as an oophorectomy.
You can get started on effective ovarian cyst treatments at Signature Women’s Healthcare right away. Simply book your evaluation online or over the phone with your nearest clinic.