Ovarian cysts are very common, and most women get them throughout their lives but are unaware of their existence. However, when cysts become problematic, they can make themselves known in very painful and troublesome ways. In these cases, the team at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC in Hastings and Grand Island, Nebraska, is equipped with the latest diagnostic and treatment tools to help their patients find relief from problematic ovarian cysts. To explore your options, call the office nearest you or request an appointment using the online form today.
Every woman has two ovaries that produce eggs. In the course of their duties, sometimes your ovaries develop cysts, which are small sacs filled with fluid. More often than not, ovarian cysts are harmless and go away on their own.
In less common cases, cysts don’t resolve themselves on their own and continue to grow, which can lead to pain and discomfort.
Cysts typically fall under one of two categories:
During your ovulation each month, your ovaries create follicles that house your eggs, which ready them for release. If your egg doesn’t release properly, the follicle can grow, creating a cyst.
Once your follicle releases the egg, it produces hormones to encourage conception. In some cases, fluid can build in the hormone-producing follicle, which is called a corpus luteum, and lead to cysts.
There are other forms of cysts that develop outside of your menstrual cycle, but these are very rare.
Most women develop cysts as a normal part of their menstrual cycles and are none the wiser as their bodies naturally take care of them. If your body is unable to deal with a growing cyst on its own, you may feel:
If you experience sudden pain in your abdomen or pelvis, which is accompanied by fever or vomiting, this is a sign that a cyst may have ruptured, and you need to seek immediate medical attention.
If your symptoms are gradual but persistent, it’s time to make an appointment with the team at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC to get to the bottom of your pelvic issue.
When it comes to ovarian cysts, your doctor at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC can recommend several courses of action, usually starting out conservatively and only becoming more aggressive should your problem persist. These treatments include:
It’s hard to say which treatment is right for you, as it depends on the size and nature of your cyst, as well as your goals. Whatever the case, rest assured that the team at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC will work with you until you find relief.
To learn more about addressing your ovarian cysts and your treatment options, call Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, or use the online booking tool to request an appointment today.