Ovarian cysts are common and often don’t create problems. If you develop large or painful cysts, however, finding relief becomes an urgent need and is possible through the care of Christopher Serrano, MD, of Serrano OBGyn in San Antonio, Texas. Learn what to look for and when to reach out for help. Booking a visit with Dr. Serrano takes just moments online or over the phone.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop within or on the surface of your ovaries. They are common, and most cysts present few, if any, symptoms and resolve on their own.
Some cysts develop as a result of your menstrual cycle. Each month, your ovaries develop cyst-like follicles to release an egg during ovulation.
Sometimes those follicles keep growing without releasing the egg, which leads to a cyst. In other cases, the follicle accumulates fluid after releasing an egg, causing a cyst. These types of cysts will usually clear up within a few months and rarely cause pain.
Some cysts are filled with a mucous-like or watery substance and form on the surface of your ovaries. Others occur as a result of endometriosis, and yet another type is filled with tissues like skin, teeth, or hair.
Most cysts don’t lead to symptoms, and you’ll likely never even know they are there. When symptoms are present, they might include:
Sudden, severe belly pain could indicate a cyst that has affected your ovary and should prompt a call to Dr. Serrano’s office right away. You know what is and is not normal within your own body. Never hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
You may not need treatment for a small cyst, and Dr. Serrano may recommend a period of watchful waiting. Hormonal birth control pills can help prevent additional cysts from developing, but won’t treat an existing cyst.
Surgery is an option to remove a large or painful cyst or one that hasn’t gone away on its own. These procedures are usually done laparoscopically. Dr. Serrano uses the da VinciⓇ robotic surgical platform for many laparoscopic procedures like cyst removal. As always, the least invasive treatment option is always the preferred approach, and you’ll receive all the details you need to make an informed decision about your health.
If you experience troubling gynecologic symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to Serrano OBGyn to set up a diagnostic visit. Dr. Serrano and his team are ready to help you find answers and explore treatments, so call, or book your visit online at your earliest convenience.