During your life journey as a woman, you may experience ovarian cysts, a common gynecological condition. These fluid-filled sacs are located on your ovary and can cause abdominal pain, bleeding, bloating, and pressure when you feel the need to urinate or have bowel movement.
Not all ovarian cysts cause pain. Some go away without treatment. You may not even know you have an ovarian cyst unless you have an ultrasound or other imaging study. If you do experience ovarian cyst symptoms on California’s Central Coast, Find a Doctor today. The doctors at Dignity Health Central Coast can provide relief with humankindness.
Understanding Ovarian Cyst Causes at Dignity Health Central Coast
Most ovarian cysts are from ovulation when your ovary releases an egg. Normally, eggs grow in structures known as follicles. When a woman ovulates, the follicle bursts and releases the egg. If the egg is not released, it can keep growing and become a functional cyst.
A corpus luteum cyst, another kind of functional cyst, happens when the follicles keep growing after releasing the egg. Both types of functional cysts are harmless but can cause you pain.
Endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and the use of fertility drugs also can lead to ovarian cysts.
Talk to your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor if you have any of these ovarian cyst symptoms:
- Pain during intercourse
- Abdominal pain
- Vomiting and nausea
- Feeling a need to urinate or have a bowel movement
Personalized Ovarian Cysts Treatment
Some ovarian cysts do not require treatment. If you need ovarian cyst pain relief or prevention, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments:
- Birth control pills to help prevent ovarian cysts
- Monitoring your ovarian cyst for changes and rechecking with an ultrasound to see if it goes away on its own
- Surgery if your pain has continued and the cyst has grown. Generally, your doctor will perform a gynecologic procedure to remove your cyst and leave your ovary. If the cyst is cancerous, your doctor may remove one or both of your ovaries.
Contact a Dignity Health Central Coast health care professional today to discuss personalized ovarian cyst pain relief. Dignity Health’s compassionate women’s health doctors provide treatment options for ovarian cysts on the Central Coast of California.