Ghassan N. Fanous, M.D.
Ovarian cysts produce no symptoms. However, it is a good idea to have an evaluation to reduce the risks of future complications. Dr. Ghassan Fanous is an OB/GYN physician in Odessa, Texas with specialized experience in treating ovarian cysts and other gynecologic problems that affect menstruation, fertility, and one’s long-term health. An ovarian cyst can cause severe problems if left untreated: Get started with a personalized consultation by calling or scheduling online with the one-click booking system.
Ovarian Cysts Q & A
What is an ovarian cyst?
An ovarian cyst is a small, fluid-filled pocket that usually sits inside an ovary or just on the surface.
Most women have ovarian cysts at some point in their lives, but they are typically harmless and often resolve on their own. In some cases, however, an ovarian cyst can rupture or cause problems that interfere with fertility or the regularity of the menstrual cycle.
What are the symptoms of an ovarian cyst?
In many women, ovarian cysts do not produce any symptoms. However, a ruptured cyst or a large cyst might be associated with the following signs:
- Pain: in the lower abdomen or on one side of the pelvis that may be dull or sharp and may come and go
- Bloating: a feeling of fullness or heaviness
- Dizziness: feeling weak, faint, or out of breath
If you have sudden, sharp, or severe pain, seek medical attention right away.
What causes an ovarian cyst?
Numerous factors can contribute to the formation of ovarian cysts. Different types of cysts may grow due to a combination of hormonal, genetic, or environmental influences.
In most cases, ovarian cysts are a regular part of the menstrual cycle. If implantation does not occur, they develop when an egg or uterine tissue does not properly break down.
In other cases, medical conditions can cause ovarian cysts, like polycystic ovarian syndrome, certain infections, or cancer.
Are ovarian cysts dangerous?
Most of the time, ovarian cysts are not dangerous. They often resolve spontaneously without the need for medical intervention. Ovarian cysts might pose a danger if they rupture, if they are malignant, or if they are present during pregnancy.
How are ovarian cysts treated?
Dr. Fanous uses an on-site ultrasound to help diagnose ovarian cysts. This technology allows for a clear view of the reproductive organs, which enables him to see where the cyst or cysts are present and how to treat them properly.
Depending on your age, your health history, and your reproductive concerns, Dr. Fanous might recommend treating an ovarian cyst with hormonal interventions, like contraceptives. This type of treatment helps to balance female hormones and regulate the menstrual cycle.
If a large cyst poses problems, he may recommend a surgical intervention to remove the cyst. To manage pain, you can take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
With careful observation and treatment, ovarian cysts do not have to get in the way of a healthy pregnancy or a normal menstrual cycle. To schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Fanous, book an appointment online today or call the office to get started.