Ovarian Cyst Specialist

A fluid-filled or semi-solid sac on your ovaries is known as an ovarian cyst. Cysts are often a natural part of the menstrual cycle, but sometimes they can grow, leading to painful symptoms. If they burst, the pain can be so intense that it could send you to the hospital. Whether you're experiencing ovarian cyst symptoms or have had one rupture, call Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group today. Patients from throughout the Los Angeles and Ventura County regions are welcome.

Ovarian Cyst Q & A

Simi Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Group

What are the symptoms of an ovarian cyst?

Ovarian cysts often develop with no symptoms. They're detectable during a woman's annual pelvic exam or an ultrasound test for another issue.

Some women with cysts feel dull or sharp aches in the abdomen. If the cyst is large, it can cause the ovary to twist, causing sudden pain on one side of a woman’s body. If the cyst bursts, it causes sudden, severe pain that often sends a woman to the emergency room.

What causes ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts sometimes occur as a regular part of the menstrual cycle.

If eggs don't properly release from the follicle and travel through the fallopian tube, it can create a follicular cyst. A corpus luteum cyst occurs when the follicle releases the egg, but instead of dissolving, it seals and fills with fluid. Both of these cysts typically resolve with time and have no real symptoms.

A cystadenoma is another type of cyst that develops on the surface of the ovary for no known reason. Dermoid cysts grow from embryonic cells and contain tissue like hair, skin, or teeth.

Endometriomas are a type of cyst that develops as a complication of endometriosis.

All three of these can grow large enough to change the shape or location of the ovary. They can also burst, causing intense pain.

How can an OB/GYN treat ovarian cysts?

Most ovarian cysts require no treatment, other than monitoring to ensure they aren't growing too large. Hormone therapy can reduce the risk of developing new cysts, but it won't reduce the size of existing cysts. Women with large cysts that are overgrowing or causing complications may require surgery.

What is the benefit of watchful waiting?

For most women with ovarian cysts, the doctors at Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group recommend what they call watchful waiting.

Watchful waiting involves waiting for a few months to see if the cyst goes away on its own. It requires re-examination to ensure the cyst is not growing. As long as the cyst isn't growing or causing problems, it requires no further treatment.

If you suspect you may have an ovarian cyst, a thorough examination from Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group can help you determine if you need to consider further treatment.

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