Ovarian Cyst in Leesburg

Midatlantic OBGYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Centreville, VA & Leesburg, VA

Ovarian cysts are very common and affect almost all women. In most cases, an ovarian cyst comes and goes without causing symptoms, so you may not even realize you have one. However, about 8% of women develop large ovarian cysts that require treatment. Midatlantic OBGYN has great experience in the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cysts for women in Leesburg and Centreville. To schedule an appointment, contact the office by phone or through the online tool today.

What is an Ovarian Cyst?

An ovarian cyst refers to a fluid-filled sac that develops in or on your ovary. Ovarian cysts are very common and most often benign. The most common types of ovarian cysts develop during your menstrual cycle and include:

Follicle cysts

Follicle cysts develop when the sac released from your ovary that contains your egg fails to open, causing the cyst to develop. Follicle cysts are harmless, rarely cause discomfort, and resolve on their own within 1-3 months.

Corpus luteum cysts

When your follicle sac releases the egg during ovulation, the mass of cells left behind are referred to as corpus luteum. Normally, the corpus luteum shrinks after the egg is released and emits hormones to prepare your body for your next menstrual cycle.

However, if the corpus luteum doesn’t shrink, cyst forms. Like follicle cysts, corpus luteum cysts resolve on their own in time. But they can also grow large in size, bleed, or cause the ovaries to twist.

Some women in Leesburg and Centreville develop multiple cysts on their ovaries, which is a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) that is a common cause of infertility.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Symptoms may depend on the size and type of cyst. In most cases, they don’t cause symptoms. However, an ovarian cyst may lead to:

  • Pelvic pain that may be sharp or dull
  • Abdominal bloating or swelling
  • Pressure in your lower abdominal area
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Increase in urination
  • Abnormal bleeding

If an ovarian cyst ruptures, you may experience sudden and severe pain. A ruptured cyst requires immediate medical attention because it can lead to severe bleeding. If a cyst causes the ovary to twist, you may develop nausea and vomiting, as well as pain. Women in Leesburg and Centreville should speak with a medical provider if they are experiencing the symptoms of an ovarian cyst.

Diagnosing and Treating an Ovarian Cyst

At Midatlantic OBGYN, your practitioner in Leesburg or Centreville conducts a comprehensive examination to diagnose an ovarian cyst. Your exam may include a review of your symptoms and medical history, as well as a physical and pelvic exam. To confirm an ovarian cyst, as well as determine its location and size, your doctor may request an ultrasound.

Midatlantic OBGYN takes a patient-centered approach to care and develops individualized treatment plans based on the cyst’s type, size, and location, as well as your symptoms.

In most cases, your OB/GYN may take a wait-and-see approach, scheduling in-office ultrasound testing to monitor your cyst. You may also benefit from over-the-counter pain medication or hormonal birth control. If your ovarian cyst doesn’t go away after several menstrual cycles, causes severe pain, or grows in size, surgery may be recommended.

Contact a Leesburg OBGYN for Help with an Ovarian Cyst

Ovarian cysts are common. To schedule an evaluation to discuss your treatment options for an ovarian cyst, call Midatlantic OBGYN in Leesburg.