Ovarian Cysts Specialist

Pinecroft OBGYN

Samuel Bharksuwan, MD, FACOG

OB-GYN located in Spring, TX

Ovarian cysts are a common problem for many women. Most of the time cysts cause no complications or discomfort, and require no treatment. However, when they become painful, women need the help of an obstetrician to get relief. Dr. Samuel Bharksuwan at Pinecroft OBGYN in Spring, Texas, is a Baylor College of Medicine graduate who has a number of options available to provide relief for women in the Houston area who are suffering from ovarian cysts.

Ovarian Cysts Q & A

What are ovarian cysts?

A cyst is a small sac of fluid in the body. Ovarian cysts are cysts that develop on the ovaries. These can be one of the following types:

  • Functional cysts
  • Follicular cysts
  • Endometriomas
  • Cystadenomas
  • Dermoid cysts

What are functional cysts?

During the menstrual cycle, the ovaries create a small sac that will break open and release the egg, then dissolve. This type of cyst is normal and doesn't require treatment.

What are follicular cysts?

When the functional cyst doesn't dissolve as it should, but continues to grow, it's called a follicular cyst. Most of the time a follicular cyst will disappear after 1-3 months, and therefore requires no treatment.

What are endometriomas?

These cysts develop in women with endometriosis and occur when the uterine tissue grows outside the uterus and attaches to the ovary, creating a cyst.

What are cystadenomas?

These cysts form from ovarian tissue on the outside of the ovary.

What are dermoid cysts?

Cells in the ovary can sometimes develop other tissue, like hair or teeth tissue, during pregnancy. This is called a dermoid cyst.

What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts

Most women don't know they have cysts because they cause no symptoms and dissolve on their own. Cysts that don't dissolve and instead continue growing can cause problems. Some of these problems include:

  • Pain or pressure in the abdomen
  • Lower back pain
  • Urination problems
  • Painful intercourse
  • Weight gain
  • Heavier bleeding during menstruation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Breast tenderness

Women experiencing these symptoms should schedule an appointment with Pinecroft OBGYN to discuss their concerns with Dr. Bharksuwan.

What complications can develop from ovarian cysts?

Sometimes ovarian cysts continue growing and even rupture. This causes intense pelvic pain, and requires immediate medical attention, as it can cause internal bleeding.

If an ovarian cyst becomes quite large, it can cause twisting of the ovary, a painful condition known as ovarian torsion.

How are ovarian cysts treated?

Most cysts require no treatment except monitoring to ensure they disappear. If a cyst doesn't disappear within 3 months, Dr. Bharksuwan may wish to pursue additional treatment. Treatment options include surgery to remove the cyst and birth control pills to stop them from occurring. To learn more about ovarian cysts, their risks, and treatment options, schedule an appointment with Pinecroft OBGYN.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At the office of Dr. Bharksuwan, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Assurant Health
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Humana
Memorial Hermann
PHCS
United Healthcare