3 Ovarian cyst removal methods to discuss with your gynecologist

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Fluid-filled cysts can form anywhere inside the body. When they attach to a woman's ovaries, they are...

Fluid-filled cysts can form anywhere inside the body. When they attach to a woman's ovaries, they are referred to as ovarian cysts. Although most cysts are functional and not harmful, some mutate and become cancerous. If your gynecologist suggests ovarian cyst removal, here are your options.

1. Taking medications
Hormone-based medications, such as birth control pills and shots, prevent ovulation. When you stop ovulating, your chances of forming ovarian cysts decreases. Existing cysts will be absorbed by the body. This cyst removal option is best for women who aren't trying to conceive and have small benign cysts.

2. Surgical removal
Women who are trying to get pregnant should consider surgical ovarian cyst removal. This option doesn't disrupt the ovulation cycle. The cyst can be removed via laparoscopic surgery--a few small incisions near the navel--or by standard abdominal surgery depending on the size of the growth. If the doctor suggests removing an ovary due to several cysts, you can still ovulate from the other ovary and have a successful pregnancy.

3. Healing over time
Since ovarian cysts come and go naturally, your gynecologist may suggest giving the condition time to heal naturally. Expect to wait one to three months. Then, the doctor will measure the change in cyst size and determine if the cyst needs to be removed or if medications will continue to shrink the growth.

Ready to take the next step or get a second opinion? Give an Atlanta-area gynecologist a call to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options.


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