Capital Women's Care
OBGYNs located in Manassas, Haymarket and Fairfax, VA
If you have unexplained pelvic pain, don’t hesitate to talk to the expert OB/GYNs at Capital Women’s Care in Fairfax, Manassas, and Haymarket, Virginia. It could be a sign that you have an ovarian cyst. Every woman is at risk for these cysts during her reproductive years, so it’s essential to watch out for symptoms. To learn more about ovarian cysts, call Capital Women’s Care, or request an appointment online today.
Ovarian Cysts Q & A
What are ovarian cysts?
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on your ovary. It’s possible to develop an ovarian cyst and never know it’s there. Some of these cysts come with no symptoms and resolve on their own. But if the sac ruptures or twists, it can cause pain and pose a serious threat to your health.
As a result, it’s important to get regular pelvic exams. When you schedule an annual well-woman visit with Capital Women’s Care, their practitioners can check you for ovarian cysts.
What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?
A large ovarian cyst or one that’s twisted on your ovary or ruptured can cause symptoms such as:
- Aching pelvic pain that you feel in your lower abdomen
- A feeling of fullness in your abdomen
If your pain is sudden and intense and you have a fever or are vomiting, seek emergency medical attention. It could be a sign that your cyst has ruptured, which causes internal bleeding and can be a serious threat to your health.
If you’re experiencing unexplained pelvic pain, don’t hesitate to come to Capital Women’s Care. The expert OB/GYNs can use a laparoscope — a long, thin instrument with a small camera on the end — to see through your uterus to look at your ovaries and identify the presence of a cyst.
How are ovarian cysts treated?
The good news is that most ovarian cysts go away on their own within a few months. If you’re diagnosed with an ovarian cyst that doesn’t pose any immediate health threats, you start a watchful waiting process. Your Capital Women’s Care doctor monitors your cyst to ensure it doesn’t grow, increasing its risk for rupture.
If your ovarian cyst doesn’t resolve itself within three months, Capital Women’s Care offers minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to remove it.
Birth control can be effective in preventing cysts from coming back. If you have a history of ovarian cysts, talk to your Capital Women’s Care practitioner about your preventive birth control options.
Don’t let pelvic pain go unexplained. Get your ovarian cyst diagnosed and treated by calling Capital Women’s Care or requesting your appointment online.