Ovarian cysts are a common problem for women in their childbearing years. While they’re usually not painful, ovarian cysts can sometimes cause serious pain, bloating, and other problems. In the worst cases, ovarian cysts can even rupture or cause ovary twisting. The all-female team of OB/GYNs at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is dedicated to supporting you with pain management solutions and treatments that really work. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
Ovarian cysts are small growths that typically develop inside your ovaries but can also grow on the outer part of your ovaries. Usually, these small fluid-filled sacs don't cause pain or other symptoms, and they're very rarely cancerous.
In most cases, ovarian cysts go away naturally within a few months. However, in some cases, ovarian cysts can cause serious symptoms.
If you have ovarian cyst symptoms, you may experience some of the following.
If an ovarian cyst ruptures, you may experience sudden very sharp pain. If an ovarian cyst causes your ovary to twist, you may have severe pain accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
If you have any symptoms that could be connected to ovarian cysts, see your Seasons of Life OB/GYN as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
Common causes of ovarian cysts include:
Hormone fluctuations are the most common reason for cysts. Usually, ovarian cysts develop during ovulation, when your hormone levels spike, or when you take medication that induces ovulation.
When you're pregnant, you typically grow an ovarian cyst that helps you retain the pregnancy until the placenta develops.
Endometriosis causes uterine tissue growth outside of your uterus. In some cases, the tissue forms a cyst on your ovary.
If you have a serious untreated pelvic infection, the damage can move into your ovaries to trigger ovarian cyst growth.
Ovarian cysts caused by hormones, pregnancy, and infection usually either go away on their own or stay in place without causing problems. Regardless of why it developed, if your cyst is causing pain or other symptoms, your OB/GYN can diagnose and treat it promptly and effectively.
Treatment depends on what kind of problems your ovarian cyst causes. The OB/GYNs at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology offers all of the following.
If noninvasive treatment doesn’t work, your OB/GYN may suggest a minor surgery to remove your ovarian cyst.
Use the online scheduler or call Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology for ovarian cyst help now.