Ovarian cysts are extremely common and usually don’t cause problems, but when they do cause problems, they can lead to severe pain. The expert obstetricians and gynecologists at Capital Women’s Care diagnose and treat ovarian cysts in women of all ages at their locations in Laurel and Silver Spring, Maryland. If you have pelvic pain or other symptoms that may indicate an ovarian cyst, call or book an appointment online today.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on or inside your ovary. Most ovarian cysts are non-cancerous, but a cyst may become cancerous in rare cases.
There are several types of ovarian cysts:
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition that may cause many small cysts to develop on the ovaries.
Most of the time, ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms. However, cysts that rupture, twist, or become enlarged may cause symptoms that include:
Less common symptoms of ovarian cysts may include pain during sex and abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Your provider at Capital Women’s Care will begin with a thorough exam and review of your medical history. They may be able to feel the cyst during a pelvic exam or discover smaller cysts during an ultrasound imaging test. They may also take additional tests, including:
Then, they’ll recommend the best treatment for your condition. Depending on the type, size, and location of the cyst, treatment may include watchful waiting or surgery. Watchful waiting involves closely monitoring any changes to the cyst with follow-up exams and ultrasounds.
If your cyst is very large or causes difficult symptoms, your provider at Capital Women’s Care may recommend surgery to remove the cyst. They offer minimally invasive surgical procedures whenever possible.
For expert treatment of ovarian cysts, call Capital Women’s Care or book an appointment online.