7 Clues You May Have an Ovarian Cyst and What to Do About It

Many women experience ovarian cysts, usually developing at least one per month. Ovarian cysts typically aren’t a problem, but if they grow large in size or if several occur in one area, they can cause a great deal of pain. At Damon Cobb OB/GYN in Poway, California, Drs. Damon Cobb and Farina Islam can evaluate your symptoms and offer noninvasive treatment options.

What is an ovarian cyst?

Cysts are sacs that contain fluid, and can develop on or inside the ovaries. Ovarian cysts most commonly develop during ovulation, and can continue to occur after menopause. These cysts are benign for most women, but occasionally they’re malignant, or cancerous. If the cysts don’t disappear on their own after a few periods, and your pelvic pain worsens, it could be time to make an appointment with the team here at Damon Cobb OB/GYN.

How to know if you have an ovarian cyst

Some common clues that you may have an ovarian cyst include:

Ovarian cysts are commonly diagnosed during a pelvic exam. But if your discomfort originates in your abdomen, or on your side, Dr. Cobb or Dr. Islam may want to do an ultrasound or blood test instead. An ultrasound can provide a close-up view of the cyst, and whether it’s fluid or solid. For patients at increased risk of ovarian cancer due to family history, blood tests can detect CA 125 levels, which help your doctor tell if the cyst is cancerous.

Treatment plan for ovarian cysts

Depending on your pain level, treatment isn’t always necessary. Dr. Cobb or Dr. Islam may opt to monitor the development of the cyst to see if it shrinks and disappears on its own. But if your pain worsens, they may recommend surgery or oral contraceptives to help. Your doctor may even recommend stopping ovulation to prevent cyst growth that results from increases in hormone levels.

 In a rare but possible scenario, surgery may be required to remove a cyst that’s causing damage to your ovary. This can be done with a laparoscopic procedure, which is minimally invasive and requires only a few tiny incisions in the abdomen.

Schedule your appointment today

If you’re concerned that you might have an ovarian cyst, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the expert team at Damon Cobb OB/GYN by calling 858-218-0056. We look forward to hearing from you.

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