Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on or in an ovary. Most ovarian cysts are harmless and don’t cause symptoms. The majority of them disappear without treatment within a few months.

However, some ovarian cysts, especially when they rupture, can cause serious symptoms, including:

  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Nausea, vomiting, or breast tenderness
  • Fullness or heaviness in your abdomen
  • Frequent or difficult urination

Treatments for Ovarian Cysts

Treatment depends on your age, the type and size of your cyst, and your symptoms.

Watchful Waiting

If you have a small cyst that is causing no symptoms, be aware that in many cases the cyst goes away on its own.  

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills may reduce the development of new cysts.


If the cyst is large and growing, it can be surgically removed. Some cysts can be removed without removing the ovary. However, if the cyst is cancerous, a hysterectomy may be required to remove both of the ovaries and uterus. 

Request an Appointment

To be evaluated for ovarian cysts, or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.