The idea of having an ovarian cyst often makes women think they may be dealing with ovarian cancer. However, ovarian cysts are growths that are commonly harmless. For some patients, they may not even know they exist until they have a physical evaluation performed. For others, symptoms may occur that may bring them into their gynecologist for an evaluation.
Some cysts can become problematic for women, and may exhibit symptoms such as:
- Pain in the pelvic area before and/or after a menstrual cycle
- Persistent pelvic pain, including dull or sharp pains
- Pelvic pain during intercourse, known as “dyspareunia”
- Nausea and breast tenderness similar to that experienced in the early stages of pregnancy
- Full, heavy abdominal feeling/sensation
- Problems fully emptying the bladder
- Frequent urination
- Painful bowel movements
When these symptoms occur, it may be time to speak to a provider about diagnostic testing for ovarian cysts.
How is an ovarian cyst diagnosed?
To diagnose an ovarian cyst, it is important to have an evaluation performed by one of our providers at Columbus Women’s Care. This evaluation may include certain diagnostic testing that can help in spotting this growth, and may include:
- Pregnancy testing
- CA 125
What treatment options are available?
Many women who have ovarian cysts may be asymptomatic. For some, the symptoms are minor, and the growth itself can be monitored over time. In some cases, the use of prescription birth control can reduce the size of the cyst. When a cyst continues to grow larger or causes uncomfortable symptoms such as pain and unusual menstrual cycles, our doctors may recommend surgical removal of the cyst. However, more conservative options are always considered prior to surgery.
Discuss reproductive care with our team at Columbus Women’s Care
If you are worried about ovarian cysts, or are experiencing unusual symptoms in the abdominal area or in regards to your menstrual period, it may be time to consider the benefits of a thorough examination with the doctors at our practice. Call (614) 755-4200 to book an appointment at our Canal Winchester, Ohio location at 7901 Diley Road, Suite 205/260. We are here to help new and current patients of our practice with a variety of women’s health issues.