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Ovarian Cyst Specialist

Rockville Gynecology

Women's Health Clinic located in Rockville, MD

At Rockville Gynecology, Carolynn Young, MD, and Astrid Von Walter, MD, make it a top priority to protect the health and comfort of your reproductive organs. That’s why they closely monitor the development of any ovarian cysts — which are extremely common — so they can offer treatment as needed from the comfort of their Rockville, Maryland, office. To learn more, call them or book your appointment with their dedicated team online.

Ovarian Cyst Q & A

What is an ovarian cyst?

Over the course of your life, you will most likely develop a cyst on one of your ovaries at some point. These are fluid-filled sacs that form on your ovaries. The good news is that the majority of ovarian cysts are painless, don’t present any health dangers, and go away on their own. 

That said, the cyst can grow to a size where it begins to cause unwelcome symptoms for you. It can also burst, causing severe pain. A ruptured cyst can cause an infection that can be life-threatening. 


What are the symptoms of an ovarian cyst?

While most ovarian cysts don’t cause any symptoms at all, some can affect the way you feel. When symptoms do arise from an ovarian cyst, the most common are:

  • Bloating
  • Pain in your lower back or thighs
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pelvic pain, including pain during sex or during bowel movements
  • Breast tenderness

The above symptoms do not necessarily mean your cyst is dangerous. However, if you experience fever, sharp pelvic pain, dizziness, and rapid breathing, it could be indicative of a serious issue with your cyst. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical treatment right away. 


How do I know if I have an ovarian cyst?

Dr. von Walter or Dr. Young may feel an ovarian cyst during a routine pelvic examination. The cyst isn’t cause for concern, especially if you haven’t experienced any symptoms, since most cysts are benign. 

If your Rockville Gynecology practitioner finds a cyst on your ovaries, they will monitor it over the coming weeks and months. In most cases, the cyst will go away on its own. 


What treatment options are available for ovarian cysts?

If your cyst doesn’t resolve on its own or causes symptoms, your Rockville Gynecology practitioner helps you find the right treatment option for your body. In many cases, oral contraceptives can prevent ovarian cysts from recurring. 

If you have a cyst that needs to be removed, your Rockville Gynecology practitioner can surgically remove it. Rockville Gynecology offers minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which means the entire procedure can be performed through several tiny incisions on your abdomen. 

Ovarian cysts aren’t necessarily a cause for concern, but it’s important to monitor them. To get that level of care, call or book your appointment at Rockville Gynecology online.