Ovarian cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs in the ovary, are more common than you might think. While some women may not even notice they have a cyst, others may experience intense abdominal pain.
An ovarian cyst can develop for diverse reasons, from hormonal problems to a pelvic infection. They also commonly develop in early pregnancy as a means of supporting the growth of the baby until the placenta is completely formed. In some cases, cysts may also be an effect of endometriosis — a condition in which the lining of the uterus forms outside of the womb.
Not all cases present symptoms. Often, a cyst will develop and then resolve itself without the woman even noticing. When they are noticeable, however, they can be quite painful. Potential signs include bloating, pressure and swelling of the abdomen, and pain in the lower abdomen that occurs only on one side. In extreme cases, a patient may experience severe pain, nausea and vomiting. If these signs appear, seek urgent care immediately.
An ultrasound can be used to determine if your symptoms are due to a cyst or an alternate cause. This tool uses sound waves to create images of your body. It also allows doctors to see how big the cyst is and where it’s located. This can help them decide on the proper course of treatment. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
If you suspect you may have an ovarian cyst, an ultrasound at Main Street Radiology can help. These professionals have been serving the community of Queens, NY, for more than 50 years. You can find out more about their array of cutting-edge services, from MRI to biopsy diagnoses, online. They have locations in Bayside, Flushing and Jackson Heights. For an appointment at the one nearest you, call 718-428-1500.