Women who are experiencing abdominal discomfort may just write it off as period cramps. However, there are times when patients should be concerned about changes in their reproductive health. Abdominal discomfort may be a sign of issues such as ovarian cysts. These are tissue- or fluid-filled pockets in or on the ovary. While they are very common, they may cause problems for some women and require removal. Here’s what the providers at Northwest Women’s Center in Houston, TX recommend you knowing about ovarian cysts.
What types of ovarian cysts may develop?
Most ovarian cysts are harmless and women can leave them be without removal. This also depends on the type of cyst. Some of the more common types of ovarian cysts include:
- Functional cysts
- Dermoid cysts
- Cancerous cysts
What causes ovarian cysts to develop?
Ovarian cysts develop for a variety of reasons. They may develop due to ovulation, endometriosis, abnormal cell reproduction, or even a pelvic infection such as PID (pelvic inflammatory disease). It is difficult to determine what leaves one patient at risk of developing ovarian cysts versus another.
What are the symptoms of an ovarian cyst?
Many women who have ovarian cysts don’t even realize that they have them. They often go unnoticed, and might be spotted during a woman’s annual pelvic exam or when other imaging tests are performed. However, sometimes an ovarian cyst will become large enough that it can create issues for women. Some symptoms of the presence of larger ovarian cysts might include:
- Painful periods/menstruation
- Pain on one or both sides of the lower abdomen
- Feeling full or bloated after eating
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Changes in urinary habits or bowel movements
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
While one of these might be a sign of something completely different, a combination of these symptoms may be an indication that an ovarian cyst is present and warrants a conversation with the doctor.
Are you concerned that you might be dealing with ovarian cysts?
The providers at Northwest Women’s Center in Houston, TX encourage you to book an appointment to determine if you have ovarian cysts and require treatment. The office is located at 13215 Dotson Road, Suite #200 and can be reached by calling (281) 444-3440 to request a visit.