Ovarian cysts are potentially painful growths that develop on the ovaries. Although these cysts are rarely dangerous, they can be uncomfortable for women. Thomas Bickley, DO, and Eericca Bickley, DO, of Arizona Women’s Health Partners can diagnose and treat this common condition. Patients in Mesa, AZ and serving Gilbert, AZ, with the symptoms of ovarian cysts should contact the practice to schedule an appointment.
The ovaries are small structures located on either side of the uterus. They’re responsible for the maturation and release of eggs each month during the reproductive years. An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops inside of an ovary or on its surface. While some women have just one ovarian cyst, others may have many.
Several types of ovarian cysts can develop, including:
Many ovarian cysts cause no symptoms and are discovered by accident. However, if symptoms do occur, they may include:
If the doctor suspects an ovarian cyst, they may perform a pelvic exam. They may also recommend pelvic ultrasound or laparoscopy to visualize the ovaries. Ovarian cysts are usually benign. However, if Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca has any question about a growth on an ovary, further testing may be recommended to rule out malignancy.
Many ovarian cysts will go away on their own without treatment. However, if cysts fail to disappear or cause severe symptoms, Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca may recommend surgery to remove the cyst. For patients who develop cysts frequently, birth control pills may be necessary.
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