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We resolve the source of pain and other symptoms promptly and detect asymptomatic cysts proactively

Pain. Each of us experiences discomfort differently. Some of us have higher tolerances for pain than others. Generally, pain is your body’s way of saying, “I’m hurt.” The nervous system produces pain sensations to protect you from behaviors that may lead to severe injuries. Additionally, pain can aid in detecting underlying health problems. 

Ovarian Cyst Pain Treatment in Chicago IL Area

Gynecological problems may be associated with discomfort, including ovarian cysts. A cyst forms in (or on) an ovary. These common, fluid-filled sacs or pouches are often non-cancerous. 

Northwestern Women’s Health Associates in Chicago, Illinois, accurately pinpoints sources of pain and other symptoms. If cysts are the cause, treatment varies depending on the nature and type of cyst present. Our associates may recommend the removal of the cyst. Even benign cysts can affect your quality of life. So, we may warrant removal. 

Potential signs of ovarian cysts

Functional cysts, the most common type, may be “silent” or asymptomatic. They may go away on their own in around six to eight weeks (or within one to two menstrual cycles). Teratomas are benign cysts that contain different bodily tissues, such as the skin. Women may be born with them. They tend to grow during the reproductive years and rarely become cancerous. Cystadenomas are cysts that form on the outer surfaces of the ovaries. While benign, they can be problematic as they may grow quite large. Cysts may also develop as a complication of endometriosis. These endometriomas form on the ovaries from endometrial tissue. Filled with old blood, endometrial cysts may grow and rupture. 

Cyst pain may be described as either a sharp or dull ache in the abdomen. Depending on the type of cyst present, some women may experience pain during certain activities; for example, dyspareunia is defined as “recurring pain in the genitals or pelvis during sex.” Pain may be sharp or intense and can occur before, during, or after sex. Some women with cyst-related pain also describe the pain and a feeling of fullness during bowel movements or before or after their periods. 

Large cysts produce characteristic pain. Since a large cyst can result in the ovary becoming twisted, pain may be isolated to one side of the body, start suddenly, and may come and go periodically. Severe pain that comes on without warning may be a red flag that the cyst has bled or ruptured. 

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Trust our expertise

We want every woman to get into a healthy habit of regular “well” visits to our office. We can apply our knowledge and advanced diagnostics to identify cysts and other problems you didn’t know you had, as they may have produced subtle (if any) symptoms. If we find a cyst, it may be monitored during follow-up exams. We are looking for any changes to the size and overall appearance of the cyst. As noted, cysts can subside seemingly as quickly as they appear. Surgical removal of the cyst (a cystectomy) may be warranted in cases of large cysts or symptoms such as pain or continued growth, or when a patient’s family has a history of ovarian or breast cancer(s). 

Women throughout the Chicago area turn to Northwestern Women’s Health Associates as true partners to support their long, full lives and overall quality of life. Request an appointment by calling 312-440-9400. Or, for your convenience, you may book an appointment online.

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women’s healthcare, our team of experts is dedicated to providing every woman highest level of sensitive, specialized care

At Northwestern Women's Health Associates

your unique needs are our highest priority.

Making use of advanced technology and staying on the cutting edge of women’s healthcare, our team of experts is dedicated to providing every woman who visits our office with the highest level of sensitive, specialized care. At our office in Chicago, you can receive exceptional obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) services from any one of our highly skilled doctors, including Stanley Friedell, MD; Marc Feldstein, MD; Abbie Roth, MD; Regina Belmonte, MD; Sharon Wise, MD; Julianne Morton, MD; Whitney Dunn, MD; and Aleena Lakhanpal, MD. With their combined expertise, this team of board-certified doctors at Northwestern Women's Health Associates makes it possible for you to receive efficient, personalized care from the preeminent women’s hospital in the Midwest.

Success Stories

  • 5 Star Review
    "Wonderful experience with Dr. Julianne Morton @ NW Women's Associates. I've recommended her to countless girlfriends. Being a first time mom, I went through many physical symptoms and emotions that accompany pregnancy. She is extremely thorough, patient, and has wonderful bedside manner. I felt confident going into delivery with Dr. Morton taking the lead with my delivery. Wonderful practice!"

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    "Dr. Morton is absolutely amazing. She cared for me throughout my first pregnancy and we found her to be kind and caring and straightforward - could not have asked for a better experience! Dr. Dunn ended up being on call during my delivery and she was great as well. I have always found the nurses and office staff to be friendly and on top of things - very happy with the practice!"

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    "I had to have a laproscopic hysterectomy done by Dr. Friedell and all went fabulously! They were very detailed in pre-op which made a lot of difference. I came out of surgery feeling great and post op I was back to work within two weeks. Everyone at the practice, at the hospital, at pre-op were incredible."

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    "Dr.Julianne Morton is amazing! I was recommended by a friend when I moved to the Chicago area and was looking for an OB-GYN. I have seen her for two years in Chicago for my yearly exam. She is beyond kind and great at what she does. Dr.Morton makes you feel very comfortable and is such an incredible doctor! I have recommended her to all of my friends as well who need a new gyno/OB-GYN."

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    "Dr. Morton is a really great doctor. She has an incredible bedside manner and makes you feel comfortable. She makes sure to ask if you have any questions and will happily answer all of them with you. Would highly recommend!"

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr. Friedell is amazing! He helped delivered my first baby and the whole process was super smooth and stress free. All the staff in the office are super friendly too. Highly recommend!"

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  • 5 Star Review
    "I visited Dr Feldstein office yesterday. All of his stuff was very kind and nice to me. He has a professional-team, so I know I have nothing to be afraid of. Just wanted to say thanks to all the people I meet. I am in good hands."

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr Freidell is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and really cares about his patients. He is very good at getting to the root of the problem, especially with overlapping symptoms. He guided me through all my options and their implications. I will highly recommend him and his team."

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  • 5 Star Review
    "I love Dr. Belmonte. I have been going to her since 2006! She rocks!!! She is straight to the point, I love that about her. When I leave her office after seeing her I always feel great, like a just left a good friends house or something!"
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  • 5 Star Review

    "I can not tell you how wonderful my experiences have been. Dr. Sharon Wise is my doctor and she is fantastic. She is straightforward and honest about treatments and procedures. I enjoy her sense of humor, and I found her bedside manner when delivering my son to be excellent. "

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