Ovarian cysts are a common occurrence that actually happens during healthy ovulation. While the word cyst may seem scary, most come and go with no symptoms or signs and do not cause any problems. However, in some instances, a cyst may not go away or it may grow large enough to require attention. At Pacific Women’s Center, we have the technology and experience to diagnose and treat all types of ovarian cysts.
While ovarian cysts are most common during your childbearing years, they can occur at any age. Though most cysts are harmless, they can cause a number of health issues if persistent or enlarged. In rare cases, a cyst may even be cancerous. Because of these issues, it is important to evaluate each patient and her individual case.
While ovarian cysts are most common during your childbearing years, they can occur at any age.
Please see your Pacific Women’s Center physician right away if you experience any of the following:
- Painful menstruation
- Abnormal bleeding
- Painful intercourse
- Pressure, pain, or fullness in the abdomen
- Difficulty urinating or completely emptying bladder
Ovarian cysts are most often diagnosed with the help of ultrasound technology. A laparoscope may be utilized in diagnosing and potentially treating cysts as well. While no treatment might be necessary right away, consistent continuity of care is very important. Depending on the nature of your cyst, you may be a candidate for observation. Your doctor may also prescribe hormonal birth control to reduce the chance of new cysts forming. If a cyst is already large or growing rapidly, causing serious symptoms, or if it is potentially cancerous, your physician may recommend surgical intervention.