Though generally harmless, ovarian cysts are known for causing pain and discomfort. One of Midtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s expert OB/GYNs, Marsha K. Howerton, MD, treats women who have ovarian cysts. Dr. Howerton also helps you find ways to prevent future issues with ovarian cysts. Whether you have a history of ovarian cysts or have undiagnosed pelvic pain, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Howerton. You can book your appointment either online or over the phone.
In general, ovarian cysts are a side effect of natural reproductive functions. Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled and can develop in or on either of your ovaries. Functional cysts are part of your regular menstrual cycle.
For instance, you can develop follicular functional cysts if an ovary’s follicle doesn’t release its egg or rupture and instead, just continues to grow. Corpus luteum cysts, which are also functional cysts, develop when fluid accumulates inside a follicle.
Though functional cysts are most common, there are other types of ovarian cysts that can develop, too. In any case, your risk of having ovarian cysts heightens due to:
Once you’re diagnosed with ovarian cysts, you’re more likely to continue developing them.
Most women develop ovarian cysts at some point throughout their reproductive years, but they usually don’t cause problems. If ovarian cysts become too large, or if they rupture, you could experience:
Because larger cysts can burst and lead to infection or damage your reproductive organs, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Howerton at the first sign of lower abdominal discomfort.
Dr. Howerton can easily diagnose ovarian cysts through a pelvic examination and ultrasound. Once she determines the severity of your condition, she puts together a customized treatment plan for you. For simple cysts, she could start you out with medications to manage your pain, while waiting to see if the cyst resolves itself.
If your cyst is large, seems to be getting bigger, or stays intact for two or more menstrual cycles, you might need surgery. Dr. Howerton specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system.
This allows her to carefully remove the cyst, while preserving your ovary and reproductive organs. In serious cases, you might need to have one or both ovaries removed in a procedure called an oophorectomy.
After Dr. Howerton treats your ovarian cyst, she can help you find the best preventive plan. Oftentimes, going through customized hormonal therapy can help reduce your risk of future ovarian cysts.
Marsha K. Howerton, MD, and her caring team offer flexible scheduling if you’re experiencing ovarian cysts or related pelvic pain. Book your visit through the online scheduling system, or call the clinic.