Ovarian cysts are common in most women with regular periods and most of the time come and go without any symptoms. But sometimes, cysts can grow large, rupture or twist and can cause sudden, severe pain. The physicians at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating symptomatic ovarian cysts, helping women overcome symptoms and enjoy optimal health.
Ovarian cysts are sacs or pouches filled with fluid or other tissue that forms in or on an ovary. They are very common and usually go away on their own without any treatment.
There are four main types of ovarian cysts:
In some women, the ovaries make many small cysts. This is called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS can cause problems with the ovaries and with getting pregnant. The most significant difference between ovarian cysts and PCOS is that PCOS results in a substantial hormonal imbalance, which is not generally the case with ovarian cysts. It is also possible for women to have multiple ovarian cysts without suffering from PCOS.
Most ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms. However, a large cyst may cause symptoms such as pelvic pain or bloating. If a cyst ruptures or twists, you may experience sharp, severe abdominal or pelvic pain that comes on suddenly. If you experience sudden sharp pain along with a fever, vomiting, or other signs of shock, you should seek medical care immediately.
Treatment prescribed by your doctor at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare depends on your age and symptoms, as well as the type and size of your cyst. The most common approaches include:
In most cases ovarian cysts are not a medical emergency. If you have unusual pelvic pain or irregular bleeding, schedule an appointment with your physician at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare for an evaluation. Our physicians expertly diagnose and treat the full range of gynecological health issues, including ovarian cysts, so that you can continue living your best life. Make an appointment online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.