Many women develop ovarian cysts and don’t even know it. Most of these pockets of fluid are non-symptomatic and go away on their own. But, if ovarian cysts are causing uncomfortable symptoms, OB/GYN Cordia Clark-White, MD, of Women’s Progressive Health Care near Southside Chicago can help. She evaluates your cysts and offers treatment when necessary. Call for an appointment.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on the surface of your ovaries. Your ovaries are the two reproductive organs that sit on either side of your uterus and are responsible for the development and monthly release of your eggs.
Ovarian cysts don’t always require treatment and often resolve on their own, but if one ruptures or you have symptoms caused by the cyst, you need medical intervention.
Much of the time, ovarian cysts cause no symptoms. But, a large ovarian cyst can cause symptoms, including:
Cysts can sometimes cause your ovaries to twist, called ovarian torsion. You may experience severe pelvic pain and vomiting as a result. If you have a cyst that ruptures, it can also cause immediate severe pain and internal bleeding. Consult Dr. Clark-White at Women’s Progressive Health Care right away if you experience these symptoms.
Dr. Clark-White may detect an ovarian cyst during a regular pelvic exam. She may also suspect you have one due to symptoms. She’ll recommend an ultrasound to evaluate the cyst’s size, severity, and type.
If a cyst is detected but is causing no symptoms, Dr. Clark-White may recommend you simply monitor it with regular screening tests. Birth control pills or other hormonal treatments can prevent new cysts from forming, but will not shrink existing cysts.
If you have a particularly large cyst, Dr. Clark-White may recommend surgery to have it removed. Often, surgery will remove just the cyst and leave the ovary intact. Surgery is performed laparoscopically, so it’s minimally invasive and requires a shorter recovery than traditional open surgery.
You can’t prevent ovarian cysts, but routine pelvic exams can help detect them as early as possible and head off complications. Be aware of the symptoms of a cyst so you can take action early on in its growth.
For more information about how to treat ovarian cysts, call the office of Women’s Progressive Health Care or schedule an appointment online.