Ovarian Cysts

Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology -  - OB/GYN

Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB/GYNs located in Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

Feeling bloated? Do you have pains in your pelvic region that come and go? You may have an ovarian cyst. There’s no need to worry, because the gynecological team at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology, can help you get the answers you deserve about your health. Their offices are conveniently located in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Flushing, New York. There’s no reason to wait — call or schedule an online consultation today.

Ovarian Cysts Q & A

What are Ovarian Cysts?

Ovarian cysts grow on or in your ovaries. They’re common and don’t always cause symptoms. You may have had an ovarian cyst in the past and never known it.

Ovarian cysts typically form when you ovulate, so they’re less common after menopause. They’re generally caused by changes in your hormones. Ovarian cysts also form during pregnancy, during a health condition called endometriosis, or if you have a pelvic infection.

What are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts?

Most ovarian cysts don't cause symptoms. However, if you have symptoms, you may feel:

  • Bloating
  • Swelling
  • Pressure
  • Pain in your lower abdomen
  • A sharp or dull pain that comes and goes

You may also experience these less common symptoms, including:

  • A dull ache in the lower back and thighs
  • Problems emptying the bladder or bowel completely
  • Pain during sex

How are Ovarian Cysts Diagnosed?

Ovarian cysts are generally diagnosed through a pelvic examination. Depending on the size of the cyst and whether it’s filled with fluid, the women’s health team at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology suggests running a few tests to decide on the best course of treatment for you. The tests may include an ultrasound, blood test, or pregnancy test.

How are Ovarian Cysts Treated?

Treatment isn’t always necessary. Sometimes, it’s best to monitor you over a few months. Depending on your symptoms, age, and make-up of the cyst, your doctor at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology discusses with you whether treatment is the best course of action for you.

If it is, your treatment options may include:

  • Pain medicines - To help alleviate your symptoms
  • Hormonal contraceptives - Birth control pills can help prevent ovarian cysts.
  • Surgery - A painful cyst that grows over two to three menstrual cycles may need to be surgically removed.

Doctors generally suggest surgery if your ovarian cyst develops after menopause. If your ovarian cyst is cancerous, you’ll need treatment that may include surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

Are you worried you might have an ovarian cyst? If so, don’t delay. The experienced, highly skilled health care team at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology is here to provide you with valuable information for your good health. Call or schedule an online consultation today.