Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that grow on the ovaries. Most ovarian cysts do not have symptoms, do not require treatment, and are benign (not cancerous).
However, some ovarian cysts may require treatment if they are large, painful, show symptoms, or result from endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). If a cyst does cause symptoms, they may include:
- Heaviness in your abdomen
- Pelvic pain
No matter the type or cause of an ovarian cyst, the gynecologic experts at University of Miami Health are here to help care for you and provide individualized treatments.
Your gynecologist can use an ultrasound (images created with radio waves) to look for cysts on your ovaries.
Blood tests may be able to confirm what type of cyst you have and if it is cancerous.
Most ovarian cysts do not require care, but it’s best to keep an eye on the cyst to ensure it doesn’t grow or change.
Birth control pills can prevent cysts from forming by blocking hormones related to cyst growth. They are often recommended for treating PCOS, along with weight loss and lifestyle changes.
Your doctor may remove large, painful, or malignant (cancerous) cysts during a minimally invasive surgery. The gynecologist removes the cyst using specialized tools and a few tiny incisions.
Why Choose UHealth?
Care designed with women in mind. Our obstetrics and gynecology experts provide research-backed care that is tailored specifically for each woman. We help make care more convenient — offering advanced in-office procedures, the latest diagnostic tests for fast results, and access to comprehensive women’s health services for women of all ages — all in one location. Our highly-trained physicians and staff are sensitive to the needs of every woman, so you can feel comfortable and confident in your care and treatment.
Leaders in advanced robotic surgery. We have some of the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons for gynecologic laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery. In fact, doctors come from all over the world to learn from our expertise. The University of Miami Health System was the first academic medical center to get the da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system and complete more than 5,000 robotic surgeries — procedures that offer less pain, lower risks of infection, and a quicker recovery.
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