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Ovarian Cyst

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Ocean, NJ & Howell, NJ

Ovarian cysts are very common and often come and go without you even realizing it. But, sometimes ovarian cysts cause discomfort or even rupture. The board-certified OB/GYN team at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates, with offices in Ocean and Howell, New Jersey, can provide the most effective treatment for your ovarian cyst to relieve your discomfort and prevent further complications. For the management of your ovarian cyst, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Ovarian Cyst Q & A

What are ovarian cysts?

An ovarian cyst refers to a fluid-filled sac that develops on your ovaries. There are several types of ovarian cysts, including:

Follicle cysts

During your menstrual cycle, your ovaries release an egg that grows in a sac referred to as a follicle. As the egg matures, it breaks free of the follicle. However, if your egg fails to break out of the follicle, it continues to grow into a cyst.

Corpus luteum cysts

After your follicle ruptures and releases an egg, the remaining follicle shrinks into a mass referred to as corpus luteum. If the follicle doesn’t shrink as it’s supposed to, a cyst forms.

Dermoids, endometriomas, and cystadenomas are also types of benign ovarian cysts, but less common.

How do I know if I have an ovarian cyst?

You can develop an ovarian cyst and not know it. Your specialist at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates may incidentally find an ovarian cyst during your annual exam. Your specialist may recommend an ultrasound to confirm that you have an ovarian cyst.

Though your ovarian cyst doesn’t always cause symptoms, you may experience some discomfort that indicates something is amiss. Common symptoms that may signal an ovarian cyst include:

  • Dull ache in your legs or back
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain during menstruation
  • Weight gain
  • Increase in urination (pressure in your lower abdomen)

If your cyst ruptures, you may experience:

  • Sharp, sudden, severe pain
  • Fever
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weakness or dizziness

If you’re experiencing symptoms that may indicate a ruptured ovarian cyst, you should seek medical help immediately.

What type of treatment would I need for an ovarian cyst?

Treatment for your ovarian cyst depends. If you have a follicle cyst or a small corpus luteum cyst, your specialist may take a wait-and-see approach, especially if you’re not experiencing symptoms. These cysts usually resolve on their own.

However, if your cyst doesn’t go away or gets larger, your specialist may recommend surgical removal, which is referred to as an ovarian cystectomy. The experienced team at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates offers laparoscopic and robotic surgery, an advanced minimally invasive procedure, to perform an ovarian cystectomy to reduce scarring, pain, and recovery time.

For expert care of your gynecological needs, call the office today or request an appointment online.

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