Ovarian cysts are a fairly common condition that many women, even those who have them, are unaware of. Cysts can form due to hormonal changes in a woman’s menstrual cycle and typically resolve on their own with no symptoms. However, if a cyst ruptures or is extremely large, they can result in a number of symptoms that will force a woman to seek medical care.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts
Typically, ovarian cysts do not result in any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, it is typically the result of the size of the cysts or the cyst rupturing. Symptoms of ovarian cysts include:
- Pelvic pain that aches in the lower back and thighs
- Pain in the pelvis during a woman’s period
- Pain during sex
- Feeling full or heavy in your abdomen
- Feeling of pressure on your bladder
Experiencing one or more of these symptoms, especially over a long period of time, can be evidence of a larger issue.
Treatment for Ovarian Cysts
The exact treatment plan for your ovarian cysts will depend on a number of factors including your age, the size of the cysts, and the symptoms you’re experiencing. Common treatment methods include:
- Waiting – Because most ovarian cysts resolve on their own, some doctors may employ a wait and see approach. This allows the cysts the time to heal on their own. This is likely to be the treatment option if a person is not experiencing any symptoms.
- Birth Control – Ovarian cysts can occur due to natural changes in hormones during a woman’s cycle. Birth control regulates hormone levels and can therefore reduce the likelihood of developing cysts.
- Surgery – Surgery may be used to address ovarian cysts if the cyst is causing other issues, is growing, or is causing severe issues. If surgery is needed, the ovary may be removed as well as the cyst. This should not be an issue for women who are otherwise in good health as the other ovary will continue to work as normal.
For additional information on ovarian cysts and when they should be treated, contact Kofinas Fertility Group today. We are here to help you start a family.