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Chicago gynecologist explains when to see a specialist about your Ovarian Cyst

The ovaries are two oval-shaped organs on either side of the uterus. They hold the eggs as they develop and then release one each month during ovulation. Small, fluid-filled sacs called cysts can develop on the ovaries. Usually, an ovarian cyst is not a cause of concern. However, patients who experience symptoms or have a large cyst need medical intervention. The Northwestern Women’s Health Associates S.C. team in Chicago, Illinois, provides treatment for ovarian cysts and explains when to see a specialist for treatment.

When Is The Correct Time To See A Ovarian Cyst Specialist In Chicago, IL

Understanding ovarian cysts

An ovarian cyst is a small sac of fluid that forms in or on one of the ovaries. Usually, cysts form without causing symptoms and are only 1-2 cm in diameter. Functional cysts are the most common. These form during a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle and disappear within two or three menstrual cycles.

When to see a specialist

The majority of ovarian cysts are not problematic. Many women develop an ovarian cyst at some point in their lives yet are unaware of the occurrence. These cysts do not cause problems and disappear on their own without treatment.

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However, a cyst can grow and cause pain. Symptoms of a large ovarian cyst include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Abdominal fullness or bloating
  • Nausea
  • Pain during sex
  • Frequent urge to urinate

Patients who experience sudden, severe abdominal pain, fever and vomiting, lightheadedness, and fast breathing, should contact their specialist immediately for emergency attention. These may be signs of an infection or a ruptured cyst.

Treatment for ovarian cysts in Chicago, IL

Most of the time, a cyst does not require treatment. If an ovarian cyst does not go away on its own, if it gets large, or has concerning features on ultrasound a gynecologist may monitor it or it may need to be removed. Pain medication may help if the cyst is causing pain. Patients prone to ovarian cysts may take birth control to prevent future cysts. If a cyst is large or at risk of causing torsion or rupturing or looks concerning on ultrasound, laparoscopic surgery may be recommended.

If you have been searching for an “ovarian cyst specialist near me,” contact Northwestern Women’s Health Associates S.C. in Chicago, IL, today. Call us at 312-440-9400.

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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. 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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    "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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    "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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    "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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    "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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