Nearly every woman will develop an ovarian cyst at some point in her life. While most ovarian cysts are harmless and don’t require treatment, there are times when a cyst grows or ruptures, leaving you in persistent pain. At Women’s Healthcare Associates of Redding in Redding, California, Dr. Richard Mooney and Dr. Jorge Peña offer routine pelvic exams and advanced diagnostics to identify cysts. They also offer effective treatments, including minimally invasive surgery, to remove cysts and leave your ovary intact. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop in or on the surface of your ovaries. Typically, ovarian cysts are nothing to worry about, and most women will get them at some point in their lives. They usually remain small in size and don’t cause any symptoms. Your doctor often finds ovarian cysts during a routine pelvic exam.
However, ovarian cysts can rupture, causing pain and vaginal bleeding. If left untreated, cysts may cause persistent pain or develop cystic masses that can become cancerous.
Ovarian cysts often develop due to your menstrual cycle and are known as functional cysts. Your ovaries grow follicles each month that produce reproductive hormones and release an egg during ovulation. When these follicles continue to grow, you develop a functional cyst. These cysts often go away without treatment after several menstrual cycles.
You can develop other types of cysts on your ovaries not related to menstruation. Some of these cysts can grow large and disrupt the placement of your ovary, causing it to twist. If your ovary twists out of place, it can lead to decreased or stopped blood flow to your ovary.
While most women will develop cysts at some point, you may be at increased risk due to:
If you’ve previously had cysts, there is a strong chance you’ll develop more throughout your lifetime.
Your Women’s Healthcare Associates of Redding doctor provides several treatment options for ovarian cysts. Initially, you may need to wait and see how the cyst develops over a few months before other treatments are necessary.
If cysts change in size or cause you pain, your doctor may prescribe birth control to prevent the growth of new cysts. Such hormone treatments won’t shrink existing cysts and your doctor may recommend surgery to remove them.
Your doctor can perform an ovarian cystectomy, removing the cyst but leaving your ovary intact. He may also choose to remove only the affected ovary, using a procedure known as an oophorectomy.
Schedule a consultation online or by calling the office to learn more about treating ovarian cysts.