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Are Ovarian Cysts Serious?

Are Ovarian Cysts Serious?

About 10% of women have ovarian cysts. These small, fluid-filled sacs grow on your ovaries — and since they usually don’t cause symptoms, you might have them without even knowing it.

Most ovarian cysts pose no serious threat, but complications are possible, and it’s important to educate yourself about the risks of cysts. 

Farly Sejour, MD, Natalie Gould, WHNP-BC, and our team at Solace Women's Care provide comprehensive gynecology care in Conroe, Texas, and we’re ready to answer your questions about ovarian cysts.

Understanding ovarian cysts

Ovarian cysts form on or inside your ovaries. They contain fluid, and they vary in size, from small enough that they go basically unnoticed to large enough that they distort surrounding structures.

Most of the time, ovarian cysts are overlooked because the majority are asymptomatic and harmless. In fact, functional cysts grow as part of your normal menstrual cycle.

They develop during ovulation when a follicle, which contains an egg, fails to rupture and release the egg. Instead, it forms a cyst. These functional cysts are usually temporary and resolve on their own within a few menstrual cycles. 

Recognizing possible complications of ovarian cysts

Most ovarian cysts come and go without causing issues. But sometimes, cysts can indicate a larger issue and become more serious.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a hormonal disorder characterized by multiple small cysts that grow on your ovaries. While these cysts are generally benign, PCOS can lead to irregular periods, infertility, and other health issues. Proactive management can help you minimize symptoms and maintain your health.

Ruptured ovarian cysts

Another potential complication of ovarian cysts is rupturing. A cyst ruptures when it bursts open and releases its contents into your abdominal cavity.

The symptoms of a ruptured ovarian cyst can include:

It's important to note that not all cysts cause symptoms, and many women with ovarian cysts may never experience a rupture. However, ruptured cysts can require medical attention, especially if your symptoms are severe or persistent.

If you’re experiencing complications related to ovarian cysts, Dr. Sejour and our team are here to help. 

We can diagnose cysts with imaging tests, like an ultrasound. Depending on your diagnosis, we might prescribe watchful waiting or medical intervention like medications to regulate your hormones or surgical removal of the cyst.

For many women, ovarian cysts are part of their normal menstrual cycles — but it’s important to recognize the signs of something more serious. Regular check-ups and open communication with your health care team can help you enjoy better overall well-being.

Learn more with an appointment at Solace Women’s Care. Call our office at 936-441-7100 or send us a message online today.

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