Ovarian cysts are common and don’t usually present problems. In cases where cysts are large or painful, the team at Women's Health Domain, located just outside the Domain in North Austin, Texas, can provide treatments to help. Booking a visit is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page, so don’t delay.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac on the inside or outside of an ovary. You have two ovaries, each the general size and shape of an almond. These organs contain all of your eggs, providing a place for them to mature and develop.
Most women experience ovarian cysts at one point or another, but most cysts present no symptoms. It’s common for cysts to develop during each menstrual cycle, but most disappear without treatment.
A problem arises when a cyst grows large or creates pain. Most ovarian cysts are benign but, in rare cases, are an indication of cancer. Some women experience a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome, in which multiple cysts can cause numerous problems, including infertility.
Understanding the symptoms of ovarian cysts can help you know when to seek treatment. Pelvic pain is the primary sign of an ovarian cyst. The discomfort can be sharp or dull and often is felt only on one side of your abdomen.
You might also notice the following:
If you notice these changes, schedule a time to come in for a diagnostic exam. If your specialist determines you have ovarian cysts, you can explore treatment options during the same visit.
In many cases, ovarian cysts don’t require any form of treatment. Watchful waiting is all that’s needed to make sure the condition doesn’t develop into a more serious health issue.
When treatment is needed, surgical removal is possible using laparoscopy. This minimally invasive procedure uses a particular device equipped with a light and camera to view your internal organs. Your specialist inserts slim surgical tools through the device to remove one or more cysts without significant disruption to surrounding tissue.
Hormonal birth control pills can reduce the chances of subsequent cysts. However, this approach won’t help shrink or remove an existing cyst.
When you’re ready for more information, booking a visit at Women’s Health Domain takes just moments online or by phone.