Ovarian cysts are a common occurrence among women of all ages, often causing concern and questions about their nature and treatment. If you've recently been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst, you might be wondering whether it will resolve on its own or if medical intervention is necessary.
No matter the expectations, board-certified OB-GYN Helard Ballon-Hennings, MD, FACOG, and our expert team at Desert Hills Care Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, are committed to providing comprehensive support. We specialize in diagnosing and treating ovarian cysts to alleviate discomfort and minimize potential complications, allowing you to regain your quality of life.
In the meantime, we'll dive into the world of ovarian cysts, exploring their types, causes, and when you should seek medical attention.
Understanding ovarian cysts
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form either on or within the ovaries and exhibit a wide range of sizes, from tiny and inconspicuous to substantial. It's essential to familiarize yourself with the following distinct types:
These are the most common type and often result from the menstrual cycle. They typically resolve on their own within a few menstrual cycles.
These cysts contain tissue like hair, skin, and even teeth. They are typically benign but may require removal.
These cysts develop on the ovarian surface and may grow quite large, potentially causing discomfort. Surgical removal is often necessary.
These cysts form as a result of endometriosis and may need treatment, especially if they cause pain.
Will my cyst resolve on its own?
Whether an ovarian cyst will naturally resolve or necessitate medical intervention hinges on several critical factors. These include the type and size of the cyst, its associated symptoms, and the menopausal status of the individual:
Type and size
Functional cysts, such as follicular and corpus luteum cysts, typically resolve autonomously within a few menstrual cycles. Conversely, dermoid cysts, cystadenomas, and endometriomas are less inclined to spontaneously disappear and may even grow larger over time.
Severe pain or discomfort attributed to the cyst may necessitate treatment, irrespective of its type or size. Moreover, if the cyst ruptures, causing extreme pain, immediate medical attention is imperative.
When to seek medical attention
While many ovarian cysts will resolve on their own, there are certain situations when you should seek medical attention promptly:
If you experience sudden and severe pelvic or abdominal pain, it could indicate a ruptured cyst, which requires immediate medical care.
Irregular menstrual cycles
If you have irregular periods or notice changes in your menstrual cycle, consult with Dr. Ballon-Hennings.
If your cyst-related symptoms persist for more than a few menstrual cycles or worsen over time, it's important to seek medical evaluation.
If you are postmenopausal and develop an ovarian cyst, it's crucial to have it evaluated by our team, as it may be a sign of a more serious condition. These cysts are less likely to dissolve on their own.
Ovarian cysts are a common occurrence, and many of them will resolve on their own, especially if they are functional cysts and not causing significant symptoms. However, it's essential to listen to your body and seek medical attention if you experience severe pain, changes in menstrual cycles, or persistent symptoms.
If you’re ready to learn more about ovarian cysts and ensure your well-being, call Desert Hills Care Center at 702-800-7008 or use our online booking tool to request an appointment with Dr. Ballon-Hennings today.