While often harmless, ovarian cysts can indicate a more serious women’s health problem. If you notice pelvic pain, abdominal heaviness, or bloating, the team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York can diagnose and treat ovarian cysts to restore your quality of life and reduce the risk of complications. The practice has two convenient locations in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Call the location nearest you or use online booking to schedule a consultation today.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs on your ovaries, which produce and release eggs in monthly cycles in women of childbearing age. While ovarian cysts are common and don’t necessarily require treatment, sometimes these cysts can cause unpleasant symptoms or serious complications.
If you have ovarian cysts, you might not experience any symptoms at all. Some cysts, however, can cause:
See the team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC right away if you experience sudden and severe pelvic pain or discomfort accompanied by vomiting, fever, cold and clammy skin, weakness, lightheadedness, or rapid breathing.
Your risk of developing ovarian cysts is higher if you have hormone fluctuations, get pregnant, have endometriosis, experience a pelvic infection, or have a past history of ovarian cysts. While uncommon, complications that can develop from untreated ovarian cysts include cyst rupture and painful ovarian torsion.
To find out if you have ovarian cysts, your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC reviews your medical history, checks your vital signs, and completes a comprehensive pelvic examination. They might recommend you take a pregnancy test or undergo blood tests, laparoscopy, or pelvic ultrasound to confirm a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
You may not require treatment for ovarian cysts, depending on their type and size. Your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC might recommend:
In the case of smaller cysts, your provider may suggest simply watching them to see if they go away on their own, stay the same size, or increase in size over time.
Taking hormonal contraceptives might keep ovarian cysts from recurring, but they likely won’t reduce the size of current cysts.
During a surgical procedure, your provider can remove large, growing, painful, or suspicious-looking cysts. They can remove your entire ovary if necessary or refer you to a gynecological cancer specialist if you have a cancerous cystic mass.
If you’re at risk of ovarian cysts or experience new or unusual symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC by phone or online today.