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Ovarian Cyst

FemmPro OB/GYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology & Certified Nurse Midwives located in Garden City, NY & North Massapequa, NY

Ovarian cysts are common and largely resolve on their own. But, in about 8% of cases, women find they need treatment for cysts, and, when they do, they can trust the skilled team at FemmPro OB/GYN, with two locations in Garden City and North Massapequa, New York. If you have symptoms that suggest a troublesome ovarian cyst, call for an appointment or book yours online via ZocDoc.

Ovarian Cyst Q & A

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form on the ovaries. Your ovaries are the two almond-shaped organs that sit on either side of your uterus and are responsible for the development and release of your eggs each month. Ovarian cysts show up in different forms. Two of the most common are:

Follicular cysts

During ovulation, your ovaries release eggs through follicles. The follicles must burst so that the egg moves down your fallopian tubes. If the follicles remain sealed, the egg fills with fluid and grows into a cyst.

Corpus luteum cysts

When follicles release eggs, hormones are produced to promote conception. The corpus luteum is the hormone-secreting body and can sometimes fill with fluid, causing a cyst.

Other types of cysts include:

  • Endometriomas, caused by the overgrowth of the uterine lining, or endometriosis
  • Dermoid cysts, caused by cells that are present from birth
  • Cystadenomas, which are filled with watery fluid and can grow quite large

These types of cysts are far less common.

What symptoms suggest I have an ovarian cyst?

Cysts often form and disappear on their own without ever causing symptoms. If you do notice a cyst, it’s often because of:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic pressure or abdominal pain
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Problems with fertility 
  • Frequent urination

In rare cases, cysts rupture or twist around our ovary, causing sudden, severe pain. Seek immediate care from FemmPro OB/GYN if you experience serious symptoms.

In-house ultrasound allows for quick, effective diagnosis of problematic cysts.

How are ovarian cysts managed?

If a small ovarian cyst is detected during a routine ultrasound but hasn’t been causing symptoms, it probably won’t require treatment. However, cysts that are large, or are causing symptoms, require management. Your physician may recommend surgery to remove large or symptomatic cysts.

The process of removing the cyst is done in a minimally invasive procedure called an ovarian cystectomy. You may be prescribed hormonal medications as well to prevent new cysts from forming.

If you’re concerned that you may have a problematic ovarian cyst, make an appointment at FemmPro OB/GYN today. Call the office or schedule online via ZocDoc.