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Ovarian cysts are common, and you may not even realize you have one unless it grows in size or you develop multiple cysts. About 8% of premenopausal women develop ovarian cysts that require medical care. The experienced all-female team at Contemporary Women’s Care, with offices in Winter Park and Lake Nona, Florida, provide exceptional gynecological health care and can manage your cyst with expertise using the most advanced techniques and medical practices. For an evaluation, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops in or on your ovaries. They’re very common in premenopausal women and can come and go without you even being aware you have them.
There are several different types of ovarian cysts, including:
You may develop a follicle cyst if your follicle fails to release the egg during ovulation, allowing the cyst to grow in size. Follicle cysts don’t usually cause symptoms and resolve on their own within one to three months
After your follicle has released the egg, it shrinks into a mass of cells referred to as the corpus luteum. If the corpus luteum doesn’t shrink, a cyst may form. Corpus luteum cysts usually go away within a few weeks, but can grow large in size and cause symptoms.
A cystadenoma is a fluid-filled sac that develops on the ovary and can grow large in size.
If you have endometriosis, which is a gynecological condition that causes the lining of your uterus to grow outside your womb, then you may develop endometriomas, or cysts of the endometrial tissue.
A dermoid cyst develops from cells left over from birth and doesn’t usually cause symptoms.
Most of these cysts are benign and don’t cause health issues.
Because most ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms, you may not know you have one unless it’s found during your routine pelvic exam, or if you’re having an abdominal ultrasound for another health issue.
Symptoms that may indicate you have an ovarian cyst include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should call Contemporary Women’s Care for an evaluation. Your specialist can find an ovarian cyst during a pelvic exam and ultrasound.
Treatment for your ovarian cyst may depend on the type and your symptoms. In many cases, your provider may recommend monitoring your cyst to see if it goes away on its own. Hormonal contraceptives may also be recommended.
If your cyst is large or causing symptoms that you find difficult to live with, your specialist may recommend surgery to remove the cyst, which is referred to as an ovarian cystectomy. In some cases, the ovary may also need to be removed, which is referred to as an oophorectomy.
Ovarian cysts are common and treatable. For expert care of all your gynecological needs from an experienced team of women’s health experts, call Contemporary Women’s Care today or request an appointment online.