Gynaecology

Ovarian Cyst

Ovarian Cysts are small fluid filled sacks that appear on a woman’s ovaries.

Ovarian Cysts are small fluid filled sacks that appear on a woman’s ovaries. They are often harmless and can disappear on their own in a few months, with minimal treatment. Your gynaecologist will determine through examination what level of treatment is necessary.

Types of Cyst

  • Functional Ovarian Cysts are the most common type and are usually harmless. They develop as part of the woman’s menstrual cycle.
  • Pathological Ovarian Cysts are far more uncommon and form as a result of an abnormal cell growth

Ovarian cysts can be an indicator of ovarian cancer, so we recommend that you consult a gynaecologist to rule out this possibility.

What are the symptoms?

  • Painful intercourse
  • Constipation
  • Unusually frequent need to urinate
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain, ranging from a dull, heavy sensation to a sudden, severe and sharp pain
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Bloating and a swollen stomach
  • Loss of appetite and feeling full after eating very little
  • Fertility problems

How are they diagnosed?

A gynaecologist will examine the area using an ultrasound scan and be able to identify if there is any need for concern.

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