An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac on an ovary. Most ovarian cysts are functional cysts, meaning they form during the menstrual cycle. It’s rare to have a cancerous ovarian cyst. In most cases, ovarian cysts are small, and women often don’t even know they have one.
If you believe you have ovarian cyst symptoms in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, find the expert care you need at the emergency room at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. Schedule an arrival time online to receive care even faster.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cyst
Most ovarian cysts do not cause symptoms. If signs and symptoms develop, they may include the following:
- Pressure in the abdomen
- Pain on one side of the lower abdomen
- Sharp referring shoulder pain
The pain can range from dull to sharp and may worsen with certain activities like sex or bowel movements. Nausea and vomiting may also occur.
If a large cyst ruptures, it can be a medical emergency because of heavy bleeding. That’s why it’s important to seek emergency medical care for severe abdominal pain paired with nausea, vomiting or fever, weakness, dizziness, faintness, or rapid breathing.
What Causes an Ovarian Cyst?
Functional ovarian cysts develop out of the normal process of ovulation. Each month, an ovary releases an egg, and the egg grows inside a follicle (or sac). Normally, the follicle ruptures to release the egg. When this doesn’t happen, the sac continues to grow and it forms a follicular cyst.
After the follicle releases an egg, it shrinks into a mass (or a corpus luteum). The corpus luteum helps make hormones in anticipation of pregnancy. Sometimes, it doesn’t shrink and forms a cyst instead (or a corpus luteum cyst).
Emergency Treatment for Ovarian Cyst at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican
Treatment strategies for an ovarian cyst will depend on whether or not the cyst is causing symptoms and its size. Most functional ovarian cysts will go away on their own. If you get them often, your doctor may recommend hormonal birth control. This will prevent you from ovulating, which is when these cysts form. Surgery may be necessary if the cyst is large or does not disappear with other treatments. Postmenopausal women or women close to menopause may also need surgery to make sure the cyst is not cancerous.
Find reliable emergency care services for ovarian cyst at your nearest Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers treatment for ovarian cyst to patients in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.