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Ovarian Cyst

General Information

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs on an ovary. Functional cysts form during ovulation and aren’t cancerous. This type accounts for most ovarian cysts. Usually, the cysts are small and unnoticeable unless you have symptoms.

Ovarian cysts need emergency treatment if they rupture. A ruptured ovarian cyst can cause heavy bleeding, which can be internal. For care from a team of board certified emergency providers, call 911 or come to Goshen Hospital Emergency Department.

Ovarian cyst symptoms

Most ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms. If they do, they may include:

  • Pain on one side of the abdomen
  • Pressure in the abdomen
  • Bloating
  • Sharp shoulder pain
  • Pain that worsens with sex or bowel movements
  • Nausea and vomiting

How do you know if you have a ruptured ovarian cyst? When should you go to the emergency room ? Along with internal or external heavy bleeding, you may experience:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Faintness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever

How we treat ovarian cysts

Treatment for an ovarian cyst depends on whether it’s causing symptoms and its size. Most functional ovarian cysts go away on their own. You may need surgery if the cyst is large or doesn’t disappear. If you are close to menopause or post-menopausal, you may also need surgery to make sure the cyst isn’t cancerous.

Ruptured ovarian cysts could require emergency surgery (most do not). When you come to Goshen Hospital Emergency Department, you can expect clinical collaboration, a caring environment and leading-edge technologies during your stay.

If you get ovarian cysts often, talk to your gynecologist or other primary care provider. They can prescribe hormonal birth control to prevent ovulation and ovarian cysts. Our team can refer you to one of our experienced gynecologists if needed.

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