Desert Hills Care Center
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Southwest Las Vegas, NV
Approximately 8% of premenopausal women develop large cysts that require treatment. At Desert Hills Care Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, board-certified OB/GYN Helard Ballon-Hennings MD, FACOG, and his exceptional team can diagnose and treat ovarian cysts to reduce unpleasant symptoms and complications. If you suffer from pelvic pain, pressure, swelling, or bloating, call the Desert Hills Care Center office today or book an appointment online.
Ovarian Cyst Q & A
What are ovarian cysts?
Ovarian cysts are tiny sacs filled with fluid that can appear on your ovaries. Many ovarian cysts aren’t painful and don’t cause problems. They might go away in a few months without treatment, but some can rupture and cause bleeding and severe pain. To detect ovarian cysts before they become problematic, know the symptoms and undergo routine pelvic exams.
What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?
Many cysts go away on their own without causing symptoms. However, larger ovarian cysts can lead to:
- Abdominal heaviness
- Pelvic pain
- Frequent urination
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Sudden or severe abdominal pain
- Pain with vomiting or fever
If an ovarian cyst ruptures and you experience severe pain, pain with vomiting or fever, or signs of shock (rapid breathing, weakness, lightheadedness, or cold and clammy skin), seek medical attention right away.
What are the risk factors for ovarian cysts?
Ovarian cysts are common among women, but some factors increase your risk of experiencing them. Examples include pregnancy, hormone problems, pelvic infections, previous ovarian cysts, and endometriosis. Ovarian cysts are less common post-menopause. If they do develop after menopause, you may have a higher risk of ovarian cancer.
How does my provider diagnose ovarian cysts?
To find out if you have an ovarian cyst, Dr. Ballon-Hennings asks about symptoms you may have and reviews your medical history. He completes a comprehensive pelvic exam and might recommend you undergo additional diagnostic tests to develop an effective treatment.
Dr. Ballon-Hennings may suggest you undergo a pregnancy test, ultrasound, blood tests, or laparoscopy to determine the type of cysts you have and detect or rule out other gynecological problems.
What are my ovarian cyst treatment options?
Dr. Ballon-Hennings personalizes each ovarian cyst treatment to give you the best outcome. He might recommend one of the following:
If you have small cysts that don't cause symptoms, Dr. Ballon-Hennings may suggest simply watching the cysts over time to see if they go away or increase in size.
Taking hormonal contraceptives, such as birth control pills, can prevent ovarian cysts from forming.
Minimally invasive surgery
If you have a large, suspicious-looking, growing, or painful cyst, Dr. Ballon-Hennings might recommend removing it with minimally invasive surgical treatment. He uses state-of-the-art technology to remove cysts or affected ovaries. If you have a cancerous mass, Dr. Ballon-Hennings can refer you to a specialist.
Don’t live with unpleasant symptoms associated with ovarian cysts when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Desert Hills Care Center by phone or online today.