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Ovarian Cysts Specialist

Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG

OB/GYN & Medical Spa located in Tarzana, CA

Ovarian cysts are common and mostly harmless, but in some cases, cysts can grow, twist painfully, or even signal a more serious underlying condition. OB/GYN Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG, diagnoses and treats women with ovarian cysts at her office in Tarzana, California. If you think you may have ovarian cysts, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kadze today.

Ovarian Cysts Q & A

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that commonly grow within or on the outside of your ovaries. In most cases, cysts remain small and disappear on their own without causing any symptoms.

These types of ovarian cysts are prevalent, with most women developing at least one throughout her childbearing years.

Sometimes, an ovarian cyst may contain other types of tissue. Certain types of ovarian cysts may grow large, twist, bleed, or burst, all of which can cause painful symptoms.

Clusters of many ovarian cysts may be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

In rare cases, ovarian cysts may become malignant or cancerous.

What are different types of ovarian cysts?

There are several different types of ovarian cysts, which include:

  • Functional cysts: Functional cysts are the most common type. These cysts develop with your menstrual cycle and usually disappear on their own within about six to eight weeks. Typically, functional cysts cause no symptoms.
  • Teratomas: These cysts are much less common and contain different kinds of tissue instead of fluid. Teratomas may contain teeth, skin, and hair. Sometimes, these cysts are present when you’re born and continue to grow during your reproductive years.
  • Cystadenomas: Cystadenomas are fluid or mucus-filled sacs that develop on the surface of your ovary. These cysts have the potential to grow very large, twist, and cause painful symptoms.
  • Endometriomas: These cysts develop as a result of endometriosis. The tissue that grows outside your uterus can attach to your ovary and become a cyst.

How does an OB/GYN diagnose and treat ovarian cysts?

Most ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms, but if you have unexplained pelvic pain, Dr. Kadze may check for a cyst during an exam. If she suspects you have ovarian cysts, Dr. Kadze may use an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis.

If you do have an ovarian cyst, Dr. Kadze discusses the best options for treatment depending on the severity of your condition. She may start by asking you to return for a follow-up ultrasound to check for any changes in the appearance of the cyst.

If the cyst changes or becomes painful, Dr. Kadze may recommend minimally invasive surgery with laparoscopy.

If you think you may have an ovarian cyst, call the office of Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG, or book an appointment online today.