Ovarian Cyst Specialist

Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas

Women's Health Clinic located in Dallas, TX & Rockwall, TX

Many ovarian cysts are harmless, don’t exhibit symptoms, and go away of their own accord, but some can grow larger and present serious complications. In Dallas and Rockwall, Texas, the Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas have years of experience diagnosing and treating ovarian cysts, from mild to severe. The overall health and wellness of their patients is always the doctors’ top priority. Call or click to schedule online today.

Ovarian Cyst Q & A

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with fluid that develop inside or on the surface of the ovary.

Many women experience ovarian cysts without even knowing it since the cysts are relatively harmless, small, and go away on their own within a few months.

In severe cases, cysts can enlarge and painfully twist your ovaries, decreasing or stopping blood flow. Cysts can also rupture and cause internal bleeding.

What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?

A large ovarian cyst can cause symptoms, such as:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Mild to moderate pelvic pain in the lower abdomen

What are the different types of ovarian cysts?

There are different types of ovarian cysts.

Follicular cysts

Follicles are cyst-like structures that your ovaries grow every month. The follicles produce the progesterone and estrogen hormones and release an egg during ovulation. A follicular cyst occurs when the ovary follicle can’t release an egg. Instead, it grows into a cyst. Follicular cysts are usually larger and can be painful.

Corpus luteum cysts

A corpus luteum cyst is the result of abnormalities and changes in the ovary follicle. The changes occur after the egg has been released, and cause fluid to build inside the follicle, leading to a cyst.

Dermoid cysts

Dermoid cysts are not related to your menstrual cycle. They form from embryonic cells and can contain tissue, such as hair, teeth, or skin.

What are the treatments for ovarian cysts?

Treatments for ovarian cysts depend on their size, placement, cause, and severity.

Your Women’s Health Specialists doctor diagnoses your ovarian cysts using a pelvic ultrasound, a specific blood test, a laparoscopy or other method. Then your doctor may recommend treatment, such as:

  • Surgery: some cysts are removable without removing the ovary
  • Medication: such as hormonal contraceptives to prevent future cysts
  • Careful monitoring: in many mild cases, cysts can clear up on their own

What are the risk factors for ovarian cysts?

Risk factors for ovarian cysts include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic infection
  • History of ovarian cysts
  • Hormonal problems and imbalances

If you experience pelvic pain or think you have ovarian cysts, the Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas team is here to help. Book your appointment online or call today.