Ovarian cyst treatment options are dependent on the type of cyst and whether or not it is problematic. Many women have ovarian cysts which never require medicine because often ovarian cysts are present without symptoms, discomfort or interference with natural menstrual cycles.
If ovarian cysts are discovered the patient will often be told to wait one to three months to see if the cysts will disappear naturally. The patient will be checked again at the end of this time and if the cyst is still present a course of action discussed.
Reasons to treat may include the size of the cyst (because rupture and obstruction with blood supply are risks when the cyst is large), menstrual cycle changes and degeneration of surrounding tissue. Some unwanted side effects of ovarian cysts may include pain and excessive hair growth. If ovarian cyst treatment is requisite because of the size of the cyst, persistent discomfort, or unacceptable side effects the patient has several options.
When ovarian cyst treatment options are considered an ultrasound is done and the size, type and location of the cyst determined. Once this is established the cyst can either be drained or removed. The former option is less intrusive and can be done using a procedure called fenestration. This procedure allows a surgeon to use ultrasound and lasers to make a cut in the cyst wall and drain it without having to remove the cyst or ovaries, and sparing the women undue scarring.
Alternatively, if the cyst is benign it can be removed using keyhole surgery under general anaesthesia, with the probability of an excellent outcome. If the ovarian cyst is big or possibly cancerous, a larger stomach incision is made and the cyst is removed and checked for cancer and a plan of treatment is pursued.
There is some disagreement amongst practitioners about ovarian cyst treatment options; whether benign cysts should be removed and in which instances the ovary should be removed as well. It pays to do some research and perhaps search out a second opinion if the choice is uncertain.
The persistent appearance of ovarian cysts can at times be attributed to stress, diet or hormones. Modifying lifestyle and reducing stress can often help halt the recurrence of ovarian cysts and eliminate the need for any future ovarian cyst treatments.
Risks are even greater for women who are receiving infertility treatment. A holistic treatment addresses the fundamental problem which will bring lasting relief. This is different to classical medicine, which only addresses the symptoms. In this latter case, results can only be temporary and may also have certain side effects.