Ovarian Cysts Specialist

Capital Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Montgomery, Bethesda, MD

Ovarian cysts are very common, and you may not even be aware you have one. But some ovarian cysts can grow large in size and cause discomfort. The experienced team at Capital Women’s Care can provide the care you need if your ovarian cyst is affecting your quality of life. Call the Bethesda, Maryland, office in Montgomery County today.

Ovarian Cysts Q & A

What is an ovarian cyst?

An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops in or around your ovaries. They’re very common and often occur during ovulation. The two most common types of ovarian cysts include:

Follicle cysts

A follicle cyst forms when your egg, which is grown in a follicle, doesn’t open during your menstrual cycle. These types of cysts are very common and usually resolve within three months.

Corpus luteum cysts

The corpus luteum refers to the mass of cells leftover after your egg leaves the follicle. If your corpus luteum doesn’t shrink, it may form into a cyst. These types of cysts may disappear within a few weeks, but they can grow large in size and cause discomfort.

Both follicle and corpus luteum cysts are benign.


What types of symptoms would I have with an ovarian cyst?

You may not experience any symptoms with an ovarian cyst. In fact, an ovarian cyst may come and go without you even being aware of it. However, in some cases, your ovarian cyst may cause symptoms, such as:


  • Abdominal pain
  • Inability to fully empty your bowel or bladder
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Breast tenderness
  • Pain during menstruation
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Abnormal bleeding


If your cyst ruptures, you may feel extreme pain and should seek medical care right away. Large cysts can also cause your ovaries to twist, which may lead to pain, nausea, and vomiting.


How are ovarian cysts diagnosed?

Your specialist at Capital Women’s Care may find an ovarian cyst during your annual gynecological exam or when you come in due to concerns about abnormal symptoms during the pelvic portion of your exam. To confirm that you have an ovarian cyst, your specialist may recommend sonography, which is a painless diagnostic test that generates images of your reproductive organs and can identify the location and size of your cyst.


What are the treatments for ovarian cysts?

Treatment for your ovarian cyst may depend on the type and size of your cyst, as well as your symptoms. Because most ovarian cysts disappear in time, your specialist at Capital Women’s Care may take a wait and see approach and monitor your cyst with follow-up sonography.

However, if your cyst is large, causing symptoms, or not going away, your specialist may recommend laparoscopic surgery to remove your ovarian cyst.

For expert care of your ovarian cyst, call Capital Women’s Care today.