Ovarian cysts are very common, but in most cases, they resolve painlessly, and you never know you had one. However, around 8% of women develop large cysts that need medical treatment. The team at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology diagnose and treat ovarian cysts at their offices in Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, Lititz and Lebanon, Pennsylvania. If you have symptoms such as abnormal vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology or make an appointment online today.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop in or on your ovaries. There are two prevalent types of ovarian cysts: Follicle cysts and corpus luteum cysts.
Most cysts don’t cause symptoms, but if you have an ovarian cyst that continues to grow, it can cause pelvic pain, abdominal bloating, and irregular vaginal bleeding. If you develop sudden and severe pelvic pain, a fever, and vomiting, you should seek immediate medical attention.
The team at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology use pelvic exams and diagnostic testing to identify ovarian cysts. For example, during a standard pelvic exam, your doctor feels your ovaries for abnormalities. They may also use an ultrasound to examine your ovaries or a blood test to check for signs of proteins that increase when you have ovarian cysts.
In some cases, your doctor may perform a minimally invasive surgical procedure called laparoscopy to examine your ovaries, and if necessary, remove the cyst.
Your gynecologist at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology may suggest waiting and watching your ovarian cyst to see if it goes away on its own. They might also prescribe medication such as oral contraceptives to prevent cysts from forming. If your ovarian cyst is large and causing disruptive symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the cyst.
Call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule a consultation online today for expert gynecological care including diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cysts.