Ovarian Cysts Symptoms and Treatment

What are Ovarian Cysts? The Symptoms and Treatment

Many women have ovarian cysts at some time. Whilst most are harmless and cause little or no discomfort, it is important to recognise the symptoms and know when you should consult your doctor.

Recognising the Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

In most cases, ovarian cysts don’t cause any symptoms and disappear without treatment within a few months.

However, symptoms can appear as the cyst grows and my include:

  • Pelvic pain, often feeling like a dull or sharp pain in the lower abdomen
  • Abdominal bloating or swelling
  • Fullness or heaviness in your abdomen
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle
  • Painful intercourse
  • Pain in the lower back or thighs
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea and vomiting

What are Ovarian Cysts? Symptoms and Treatment

Ovarian Cysts Symptoms and Treatment

Many women have ovarian cysts at some time. Whilst most are harmless and cause little or no discomfort, it is important to recognise the symptoms and know when you should consult your doctor.

When Ovarian Cysts Require Medical Attention

 

Complications with ovarian cysts can have a serious impact and should be treated immediately, Severe symptoms indicating you require urgent medical attention include:

  • Sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Fever
  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Light-headedness or weakness

These symptoms may indicate a ruptured cyst or ovarian torsion. If they’re not treated early, both these complications can have a serious impact. If you do experience any of these symptoms you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Ovarian Cysts Symptoms and Treatment

Treatment for an ovarian cyst

 

If an ovarian cyst doesn’t go away on its own and begins to cause serious symptoms, it is likely that some form of medical intervention will be needed. Depending on your particular condition some of the treatments your doctor may recommend include:

 

1. Contraceptive Pills

Oral contraceptives can help to prevent the development of new ovarian cysts because they stop ovulation. They can also reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. 

 

2. Surgical Removal

Depending on the size of the ovarian cyst, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to remove it. A laparoscopy is a type of keyhole surgery that can be used to remove ovarian cysts if they are small and tests have confirmed it is benign. 

 

 

Ovarian Cyst Prevention

 

Whilst ovarian cysts can’t be prevented, regular routine pelvic exams help ensure that changes in your ovaries are detected as early as possible. Pay close attention to any changes in your monthly cycle, including any unusual symptoms during your period, especially any that continue for several cycles. If you have any concerns you should visit your doctor as soon as possible and they can refer you for a gynaecological examination.

 

Ovarian Cysts and Ovarian Cancer

 

Benign ovarian cysts don’t become cancerous. However, the symptoms of ovarian cancer can be similar to those cause by ovarian cysts. Which is why it’s so important to visit your doctor to ensure you get the appropriate care and diagnosis. 

If you would like to discuss your gynaecological care, please contact Dr Kieren Wilson’s rooms and we would be more than happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to email us on info@drkierenwilson.com.au or call 02 9923 4222.

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