Many women develop cysts on their ovaries and have no symptoms, but the cysts can rupture and cause pain or be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal imbalance. At Georgia Center for Women, the team of OB/GYNs evaluate problematic hormonal cysts and offer treatment. Call the Atlanta, Emory, or Morrow, Georgia, office today or book an appointment online if you have symptoms of a cyst and need a solution.
Your ovaries are two almond-shaped organs located on either side of your uterus. These small organs are responsible for the development and maturation of a woman’s eggs. Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled pockets that form within or on the surface of ovaries.
In the vast majority of cases, ovarian cysts are completely harmless and disappear on their own. But, some women may experience symptoms associated with ovarian cysts, especially if they rupture or twist.
If you do experience symptoms of an ovarian cyst, you may have:
If cysts are a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you may have infertility associated with the cysts.
A symptom of PCOS includes cysts on the ovaries. The condition describes a common health condition that occurs due to an imbalance of your reproductive hormones. Polycystic ovary syndrome interferes with ovarian function, meaning you may not fully develop eggs or ovulate every month.
Other symptoms associated with PCOS include:
Women with PCOS may also have trouble getting pregnant without fertility treatments, including medications and in vitro fertilization.
The doctors at Georgia Center for Women may identify an ovarian cyst during a routine exam. If it’s not symptomatic, they may adopt a watch-and-wait approach. If, however, you experience symptoms or pain associated with a cyst, you should seek medical care.
Cystic ovaries that develop after you’ve gone through menopause may be cancerous and warrant immediate attention. In some cases, your cyst may move and cause your ovary to twist. Larger cysts have a chance of rupturing, too. If you experience torsion or a rupture, you will most likely experience:
Vigorous activity, including sexual intercourse, can trigger an ovarian cyst to rupture. Ovarian cysts that are symptomatic or that rupture can be treated with laparoscopic surgery.
If you suspect you have an ovarian cyst, call one of the offices of the Georgia Center for Women or book an appointment using the online tool.