If you experience bloating, pelvic pain, and heaviness in your abdomen, turn to obstetrics and gynecology physician John Gomes, MD. At Women's Healthcare of Garden City in Garden City, New York, he diagnoses and removes ovarian cysts if necessary to reduce symptoms and your risk of complications. Call the office at 516-222-8883 to schedule an appointment today.
Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with fluid in or on the surface of your ovary. Ovaries are located on each side of your uterus and are filled with eggs. Ovarian cysts are common and usually harmless, but in some cases, the cysts can rupture and cause painful or serious complications.
Many times, ovarian cysts go away without treatment and don’t cause symptoms. If they do cause symptoms, however, you may notice:
If you experience cold clammy skin, weakness, lightheadedness, or rapid breathing, see Dr. Gomes immediately.
Ovarian cysts can happen to any woman, but factors that increase your risk of developing them include:
While there’s no way to prevent ovarian cysts if you’re prone to them, early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of complications, such as ovarian cysts rupturing.
To find out if you have ovarian cysts, Dr. Gomes reviews your symptoms and medical history with you. He completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam. He may recommend that you undergo blood tests, a pregnancy test, or pelvic ultrasounds.
Depending on your unique situation, Dr. Gomes could recommend one of the following treatments for ovarian cysts:
Ovarian cysts might go away on their own or remain the same size without complications. If this is the case for you, Dr. Gomes may suggest watchful waiting.
Taking medications, such as hormonal birth control pills, can reduce your risk of developing new ovarian cysts.
If you suspect that you have ovarian cysts and want to know for sure, call the Women's Healthcare of Garden City office at 516-222-8883 today.