Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form on or inside the ovaries. They are very common during your childbearing years.
There are a few types of ovarian cysts, but most are benign (noncancerous).
The most common type of ovarian cyst is a functional cyst formed during ovulation.
This formation occurs when the ovary either:
Other types of benign ovarian cysts include:
If you think you might have an ovarian cyst or other gynecologic condition, contact the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at 412-641-6412 to make an appointment.
Most ovarian cysts are less than 2 cm in size. These smaller cysts don’t cause symptoms and go away on their own.
Larger ovarian cysts can cause abdominal pain and other symptoms, including:
Doctors most often find ovarian cysts during routine pelvic exams.
Your doctor may notice swelling on one of your ovaries and order an ultrasound to confirm the presence of a cyst.
If you have symptoms of ovarian cysts, contact the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at 412-641-6412 to make an appointment.
Because most ovarian cysts go away after a few weeks or months, your doctor may take a “wait and see” treatment approach. He or she may order repeat ultrasounds to monitor the cyst.
This is a common treatment option for women who:
Your doctor may want to treat your cyst if it:
Treatments for ovarian cysts at the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery include:
To learn more about treatment for ovarian cysts or make an appointment, contact the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at 412-641-6412.
University of Pittsburgh Physicians Division of Gynecologic Specialties
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