Although most ovarian cysts go away in a month or two, ones that are painful or enlarged may require treatment. The women’s health experts at Prescott Women's Clinic in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona, diagnose ovarian cysts and recommend the right treatment for you. They perform a minimally invasive outpatient surgery called laparoscopy if you need the cyst removed. Get the care you need today. Call the office or book a consultation online.
An ovarian cyst is a common type of cyst that develops in or on your ovary. These fluid-filled growths are often benign.
You may not even know you have an ovarian cyst because they often go away on their own without treatment. In other cases, however, the cysts can be extremely painful.
The majority of cysts produce no symptoms. However, some cysts may cause these warning signs:
Larger cysts may cause twisting of your ovary, which typically results in intermittent pain on one side or pain that starts suddenly. A bleeding or ruptured cyst also may cause swift, severe pain.
Most cysts are discovered during a routine pelvic exam or an imaging exam.
Unfortunately, you can’t stop your body from making ovarian cysts if you’re still ovulating. However, certain medications like hormonal birth control will stop you from ovulating, which may prevent cysts from growing.
Most of the time there's no need for immediate treatment of your ovarian cyst. Your Prescott Women's Clinic practitioner usually recommends a period of watchful waiting before recommending medical intervention. They monitor your cyst with repeat ultrasounds to see if it changes in size or appearance. Most cysts go away in one or two menstrual cycles.
If your cyst is painful or large, you may need surgery. The type of surgery depends on factors such as:
Your Prescott Women's Clinic provider also takes into account whether you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. They discuss the right form of surgery for you.
Your surgical options may include a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is an outpatient procedure that uses a special camera-equipped device to see and remove your cysts. The procedure requires just a few tiny incisions.
If you suspect you have an ovarian cyst, schedule an appointment today at Prescott Women's Clinic by booking online or over the phone.