Chicago gynecologist helps patients understand what causes ovarian cysts
The thought of ovarian cysts might be scary. However, in most cases, women unknowingly develop ovarian cysts, and they go away on their own. Sometimes further treatment is necessary. At Northwestern Women’s Health Associates , in Chicago, we believe education is key in creating personalized treatment plans for each patient. We want you to know what causes ovarian cysts, and can explain when you should be worried and when you don’t need to be. If you think you may have cysts, we encourage you to call for an appointment. Don’t suffer unnecessary anxiety!
Causes of cysts
Most ovarian cysts form as a natural function of your cycle. Thus, they are known as functional cysts. This is because your ovaries grow follicles (cyst-like structures) each month. Follicles produce estrogen and progesterone; what causes an egg to be released during ovulation. These cysts are usually harmless and disappear on their own within a few months. Some cysts, though, are not part of the normal menstrual cycle and develop for other reasons.
Types of functional cysts
- Follicular – At approximately the halfway point in your cycle, the egg will burst from the follicle and begin its route to your uterus. A follicular cyst begins when the follicle does not release the egg. At this point it turns into a cyst.
- Corpus luteum cyst – After the follicle releases the egg, it begins producing large amounts of hormones meant to aid in conception. It has become the corpus luteum at this point. Sometimes this process malfunctions and the escape opening closes off, allowing fluid to accumulate inside. This can form a cyst.
Types of non-functional cysts
- Dermoid cysts
We have ways of diagnosing and treating cysts, no matter their type. We want each patient to enjoy optimal health. Call us today to schedule a consultation – 312-440-9400.