Is it a Growing Issue?

Unless you’re familiar with ovarian cysts and have actually discussed them with a urogynecologist or other specialist, you’d likely be unable to recognize ovarian cyst pain or the ways that having an ovarian cyst can sometimes affect your health. While having a cyst on your ovary is certainly not unusual, most women experience no symptoms and suffer from no pain. In fact, the development of an ovary cyst generally occurs without notice unless it is identified during a routine female pelvic exam. Ovarian cyst pain is usually a sign that an ovarian cyst has grown and is actually one of several ovarian cyst symptoms indicative of complications caused by the cyst’s growth or rupture, including:

  • Pelvic pain during periods or just before the menstrual cycle begins
  • Bloating or swelling in the abdomen
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Tenderness in the breasts
  • Unexplained nausea and vomiting
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Lower back or thigh pain
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • An increased need to urinate
  • Weight gain

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Ovarian cysts are actually sacs of fluid that develop on the ovaries, and it isn’t uncommon for a woman to develop at least one during the course of her life. While most ovarian cysts are benign and go away without requiring any type of treatment, their actual cause and how serious a matter they become is, of course, different in every case. Being able to recognize any symptoms will determine whether they need to be treated and how they can be effectively eliminated if such measures become necessary.

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There are several types of ovarian cysts, including the most commonly developed type of ovarian cysts, which are called functional cysts. Functional cysts can be subcategorized as follicle and corpus luteum csyts. Follicle sacs occur when an egg sac (follicle) in the ovary does not break to release an egg, which then causes the follicle’s fluid to form a cyst. Corpus luteum csyts occur when follicle sacs do not dissolve after releasing an egg. These un-dissolved sacs can form a seal at their opening, which can then accumulate fluid and become a cyst.

Other types of ovarian cyst include dermoid cysts, which can contain tissue, hair, and even fat; cystadenomas, which can form on the outer surface of the ovaries; and endometriomas, which occur when tissues from inside the uterus begin to grow outside of the uterus and attach themselves to the ovaries.

To diagnose an ovarian cyst, a doctor will need to run diagnostics such as CT scans, MRIs, or ultrasounds. Once a cyst is identified, treatment options will be considered and discussed as necessary.

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