Ovarian Cysts Specialist

Melissa Gutierrez, MD

Minimally Invasive Surgery & Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Beverly Hills, CA

Ovarian cysts are often entirely harmless, coming and going without you ever knowing they were there, but in some cases, they can cause severe pain that needs immediate treatment. Melissa Marie Gutierrez, MD, FACOG, practicing in Beverly Hills, California, is a highly qualified OB/GYN who can carry out your well-woman exam to identify the presence of cysts, and take the appropriate action if you have any or they’re causing pain. Call Beverly Hills OB/GYN today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Ovarian Cysts Q & A

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are a common condition in which the ovaries develop pouches filled with fluid either on the surface of the ovary or in the tissues inside the ovary. Ovarian cysts often develop without women ever being aware of the fact, because the cysts frequently disappear naturally without ever causing any problems.

There are different types of ovarian cysts:

  • Cystadenoma: large but usually benign cysts
  • Endometrioma: cysts that develop if you have endometriosis
  • Functional cysts: unlikely to cause problems and often disappear spontaneously
  • Teratomas: made up of bodily tissues, often grow before menopause begins

Most ovarian cysts cause few if any noticeable symptoms, but sometimes you may feel discomfort in that part of your abdomen, or a large ovarian cyst may make the ovary twist and cause sharp pain. Cysts that burst or bleed aren’t a frequent occurrence but do cause severe abdominal pain.

How are ovarian cysts diagnosed?

Because they rarely cause symptoms, it’s quite normal to detect ovarian cysts during a well-woman exam or when undergoing diagnostic testing procedures that aren’t looking for ovarian cysts.

If you are experiencing symptoms that suggest an ovarian cyst is a possibility, Dr. Gutierrez can carry out tests to confirm whether you have cysts or there’s another reason for your symptoms. Ultrasound scans are an effective way of detecting the presence of ovarian cysts, and you’ll probably need to give a blood sample as well.

How are ovarian cysts treated?

If Dr. Gutierrez finds cysts on your ovaries during a routine exam and the cysts aren’t causing any pain or other symptoms, she might recommend waiting and monitoring what happens to the cysts at first.

As so many cysts disappear without treatment, it’s sensible to see if this happens with your cysts before starting any treatment. Using medication such as contraceptive hormone pills can help prevent any new cysts from developing.

If the cysts subsequently grow or start to cause symptoms, Dr. Gutierrez can perform surgery to remove the cyst (cystectomy) or ovary (oophorectomy). These types of surgery are undertaken using a laparoscopic technique that ensures minimal pain and scarring and faster healing.

If your ovarian cyst is very large or there’s a possibility you have ovarian cancer, you may need open surgery, which Dr. Gutierrez would discuss with you.

To schedule an exam and tests for ovarian cysts or any other gynecological concerns, call Melissa Marie Gutierrez today, or book an appointment online.