What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?
If you’re experiencing unusual pain or other symptoms in the lower part of your abdomen, you might have ovarian cysts. This condition is defined by having fluid-filled sacs located on or near the ovaries. At the same time, it’s a good idea to have a doctor make a formal diagnosis. Suppose you are residing in the Chicago area or Northwest Indiana and experiencing the following symptoms. It is probably time to make an appointment with the Northwestern Women’s Health Associates team to determine if an ovarian cystectomy procedure is needed.
Ovarian Cysts Symptoms
- Pain. Women with ovarian cysts can experience anything from an annoying twinge when they bend or move to debilitating pain that leaves them unable to walk. The degree of pain is usually related to the number and size of the cysts. Most women will develop cysts at some point in their lives, and most of the time, they present as just a small amount of pelvic pain. If this pain becomes worse, however, or it prevents you from completing regular daily activities, it’s time to see a doctor.
- Bloating and swelling. A feeling of heaviness or swelling in the pelvis can also signify a build-up of fluid on the ovaries. Also, look for unexplained weight gain, as some cysts can get very large and heavy. In this case, you will usually notice a protrusion or swelling in the pelvic area accompanying the weight gain.
- Unexplained bleeding. Cysts can put pressure on internal organs, which can cause small bleeds, and some can also cause bleeding when they rupture.
- Any of these symptoms are accompanied by vomiting and fever. If symptoms have progressed to the point that you are also experiencing nausea and a fever, the odds are good that one of the cysts has become infected. In this case, you need to see a doctor immediately. Infected ovarian cysts can become life-threatening if left untreated.
Ovarian Cystectomy Procedure in and around Chicago
If your doctor determines that you have ovarian cysts, there are several options. If they think it is physiologic and may go way they may repeat an ultrasound in several months. However, if the initial ultrasound shows that the cyst is very large or not the type that will go away on its own, they will likely schedule you for an ovarian cystectomy procedure. Our doctors at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates in Chicago can help you diagnose and treat this painful condition. Call 312-440-9400 today to make an appointment!