Affecting 8% of pre-menopausal women, ovarian cysts are a common health issue for women with regular periods. Dr. Shaurin Patel offers minimally invasive treatment for this condition at ObGyn Care of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Ovarian cysts are often a precursor to ovarian cancer, so don't let them go untreated. If you notice symptoms like urinary incontinence, painful intercourse, or pelvic pain, call Dr. Patel or use the online booking tool right away.
Ovarian cysts are small, fluid-filled sacs that form on the surface of your ovaries. Ovarian cysts are very common, and in many cases, they aren't painful and go away on their own. However, sometimes ovarian cysts can cause painful symptoms.
Most cysts form naturally on your ovaries as a result of your menstrual cycle. These are called functional cysts. They typically don’t cause any pain and disappear on their own after a few cycles.
Other cysts, which are far less common, can grow to large sizes and move your ovary out of its normal position. This can cause painful twisting of your ovary (called ovarian torsion) and decreased blood flow to your ovary.
Several factors put you at an increased risk of developing ovarian cysts, including:
The best way to detect ovarian cysts early is to get regular pelvic exams and pay attention to any potential symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms associated with ovarian cysts include:
When a cyst ruptures, it can cause severe internal bleeding. If you notice any of these symptoms, particularly sharp, severe pelvic pain or fever and vomiting, make an appointment to see Dr. Patel.
At his Oklahoma City office, Dr. Patel can normally detect most ovarian cysts with a routine pelvic exam, or sometimes during a pregnancy test. In some cases, he might call for additional diagnostic testing, such as a pelvic ultrasound or a laparoscopy.
Finding out what type of cyst you have and how it’s affecting you is a key part of developing a comprehensive treatment plan customized for you.
Once Dr. Patel determines what type of ovarian cyst you have, he recommends a course of action. In many cases, treating ovarian cysts is a matter of waiting for them to subside on their own, in which case Dr. Patel monitors your condition over several visits.
In more serious cases, Dr. Patel offers treatments like medications, hormonal contraceptives that prevent recurring ovarian cysts, or specialized surgery. Dr. Patel only recommends a total hysterectomy as a last resort, reserved only for the most serious cases of ovarian cysts.
If you suspect you have ovarian cysts or it’s time for your regular screening, call Dr. Patel or book an appointment online.