Ovarian cysts (or follicles) form in the ovary each month, incurs of preparing for ovulation and eventual pregnancy. Sometimes these follicles become aberrant, grow larger, and painful, and while most of them are relatively harmless and dissipate on their own, others can be extremely painful, or even cancerous. Dr. Rafael Haciski, MD, FACOG provides women in Naples, Florida with the most appropriate and conservative treatment for ovarian cysts that align with their individual needs and lifestyle. If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you have ovarian cysts, call Advanced Gynecology or book an appointment online today.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac found in the ovaries. Often, you won’t feel a cyst, nor will you experience any symptoms.
Ovaries grow small cysts called follicles each month in the course of development of the egg for ovulation and pregnancy. Not infrequently, these follicles may became bigger or hang around longer than usual, but most cysts don’t cause any problems. If a cyst grows uncontrollably, or if many cysts develop, or become painful, you might require treatment.
The most common causes of ovarian cysts include:
Ovarian cysts are most common in women under 50; after menopause, most women do not get ovarian cysts.
Most ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms, but you may experience:
You should always see Dr. Haciski if you have any unusual symptoms. He can identify the cause and provide the proper treatment.
Dr. Haciski performs a pelvic exam during your annual well-woman checkup where he feels for abnormalities in your reproductive system. If indicated, he uses an ultrasound to determine its nature and location. The ultrasound is performed in office by Dr Haciski.
Most of the time, cysts don't require treatment and will go away on their own. But in some instances, cysts may become painful or grow erratically, and monitoring or treatment may be necessary.
In the case of painful cysts, especially endometrial cysts, Dr. Haciski might recommend ovarian suppression, birth control, or minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Haciski first considers conservative treatment. Ovarian suppression stops all reproductive activity in the ovaries, which usually allows the cyst to recede. Similarly, birth control can regulate your reproductive system and hormone levels, causing any cysts to go away without further treatment.
If neither of these methods has been effective, Dr. Haciski may suggest a minimally invasive surgery to remove the cysts permanently and stop any associated symptoms.
If you suffer from painful cysts, Dr. Haciski can help. Call or request an appointment online today.