Ovarian Cyst

Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions

Francisco Garcini, MD

Gynecologist located in New Lenox, IL

Ovarian cysts are very common, and most women get them throughout their lives but are unaware of their existence. However, when cysts become problematic, they can make themselves known in very painful and troublesome ways. In these cases, you need an expert in pelvic pain, such as Francisco Garcini, MD of Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions. Dr. Garcini is equipped with the latest diagnostic and treatment tools to help women in New Lenox, Illinois, find relief from problematic ovarian cysts. To explore your options, call the office or request an appointment using the online form.

Ovarian Cyst Q & A

What are ovarian cysts?

Every woman has two ovaries which produce eggs. In the course of their duties, sometimes your ovaries develop cysts, which are small sacs filled with fluid. More often than not, ovarian cysts are harmless and go away on their own.

In less common cases, cysts don’t resolve themselves on their own and continue to grow, which can lead to pain and discomfort.

Cysts typically fall under one of two categories:

Follicular Cysts

During your ovulation each month, your ovaries create follicles that house your eggs, which ready them for release. If your egg doesn’t release properly, the follicle can grow, creating a cyst.

Corpus luteum cysts

Once your follicle releases the egg, it produces hormones to encourage conception. In some cases, fluid can build in the hormone-producing follicle, which is called a corpus luteum, and lead to cysts.

There are other forms of cysts that develop outside of your menstrual cycle, but these are very rare.

What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?

Most women develop cysts as a normal part of their menstrual cycles and are none the wiser as their bodies naturally take care of them. If your body is unable to deal with a growing cyst on its own, you may feel:

  • Nagging pain in your pelvic region
  • Sharp pain on one side and with certain movements
  • Pressure in your pelvis, usually on one side
  • Bloating

If you experience sudden pain in your abdomen or pelvis, which is accompanied by fever or vomiting, this is a sign that a cyst may have ruptured and you need to seek immediate medical attention.

If your symptoms are gradual but persistent, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Garcini to get to the bottom of your pelvic issue.

How are ovarian cysts treated?

When it comes to ovarian cysts, Dr. Garcini recommends several courses of action, usually starting out conservatively and only becoming more aggressive should your problem persist. These treatments include:

  • Waiting, under Dr. Garcini’s watchful eye
  • Hormonal contraceptives to prevent further cysts
  • Laparoscopic surgery to remove a cyst

It’s hard to say which treatment is right for you, as it depends on the size and nature of your cyst, as well as your goals. Whatever the case, rest assured that Dr. Garcini works with you until you find relief.

To learn more about addressing your ovarian cysts, call Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.