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Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are small, fluid-filled growths on the inner or outer part of the ovaries. Most come have ovarian cysts at some point. Usually, they grow when you’re ovulating and then vanish within the next few menstrual cycles. Ovarian cyst don’t cause symptoms is most women, but can cause sever problems for others.

ovaran cysts


Pelvic pain on One Side

Lower Abdominal Bloating

Heavy Feeling in Lower Abdomen 

Heavy Feeling in Pelvic Area

How Are Ovarian Cysts Diagnosed?

Often, Dr. Altenbern discovers ovarian cyst during a pelvic exam. If the cyst isnt causing problems, further diagnostic testing may not be needed. However, if you’re having symptoms, Dr. Altenbern may do a pelvic ultrasound to determine the exact dimensions, shape, and location of the cyst.


You may need hormone tests to determine whether a hormone imbalance exist, as well as a cancer antigen 125 (CA 125) blood test to check for possible ovarian cancer. Your CA 125 levels may also be elevated with endometriosis or fibroids, so it’s a useful diagnostic test in variety of situations.


What Are My Treatment Options?

If your ovarian cysts don’t cause any problems, Dr. Altenbern may recommend observation during your regular women's wellness exams, along with an immediate exam and treatment if you suddenly develop symptoms. If the cyst is  painful, surgery is the best solution for ovarian cyst. Laparoscopic surgery is often the best way to remove ovarian cysts.

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