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Ovarian Cysts FAQ From a Mesa Gynecologist

Author: Stephen Frausto, M.D., FACOG

Has your doctor told you that you need to see a gynecologist because of pelvic pain? Or has difficulty with becoming pregnant caused you to worry about ovarian cysts? At Arizona Associates for Women’s Health, my colleagues and I regularly see women who suffer from this condition. While ovarian cysts can be painful, the good news is that most ovarian cysts are not cancerous and that, in many instances, treatment is possible.

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What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on the surface of the ovaries in some women. Many of these cysts are benign (non-cancerous) and may improve without any medical or surgical intervention. Oftentimes, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can help ease the pain and discomfort, and the cyst will resolve on its own.

What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?

Many cysts – especially smaller ones – cause no symptoms. Larger cysts may cause:

  • Pelvic pain that is constant or appears during intercourse, bowel movements, or before/after menstruation.
  • Pressure on the bladder.
  • Feeling full in the abdomen.

When should I go to a Mesa gynecologist?

If you experience any abnormal pelvic/abdominal pain beyond what’s normal for you during your menstrual cycle, then you may wish to see a gynecologist in Mesa or Tempe through Arizona Associates for Women’s Health. If the cyst is small and determined to be benign, your gynecologist may take an approach known as “watchful waiting” – careful monitoring without intervention. If the cyst is around 5 cm and/or cancerous, surgical removal may be necessary. Of course, these are very general courses of action, and your therapy and outcome will depend entirely on the specific nature of your case.

Schedule An Appointment With a Mesa Gynecologist

If you have been told you may have ovarian cysts – or suffer from some of the pelvic pain symptoms mentioned in this post – you may wish to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist. At Arizona Associates for Women’s Health, Tempe and Mesa gynecologists may be able to help provide an effective therapy for your condition. Call 480-257-2700, or schedule online.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

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