Many women have ovarian cysts at some time during their life. Most present little or no discomfort and are harmless and the majority disappear without treatment.
Women have two ovaries, each about the size and shape of an almond, located on each side of the uterus. Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs or pockets that form within or on the surface of an ovary. They are very common, particularly during childbearing years.
There are several different types of ovarian cysts. The most common is a functional cyst that forms during ovulation. This occurs when either the egg is not released or after the egg is released, the sac where the egg formed does not dissolve away. Other types of cysts include polycystic ovaries, endometriomas, cystadenomas or dermoid cysts.
Tumours can also form in the ovaries and it is important to differentiate these from ovarian cysts. They are most commonly non-cancerous, called benign but there is a chance they are cancerous, called malignant.
HOW YOU MAY FEEL
In many cases ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms. You may not realise you have one until you have a pelvic exam or ultrasound. You may experience very non-specific symptoms such as pain or bloating in the abdomen, dull lower back ache, pain during sex or during your period, nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite.
However in some cases you may experience serious symptoms, particularly if they twist, bleed or rupture.
HOW I CAN HELP
Most ovarian cysts are harmless and disappear without treatment others but a small number can be cancerous and that’s why it’s important to have them checked. I will make an assessment based on your symptoms, your risk factors, serial ultrasound appearances and hormone and protein levels in your blood. Based on this we will discuss the best management in your specific situation.
THINGS TO DO NEXT:
You will need a referral form your GP to come and see me, so do this first
- Ensure either you or your GP send your referral and any relevant test through to me first
- This can be done by either scanning and e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing to 8361 8877
Make an appointment to see me
Complete the patient forms
- To help provide me with information necessary for your first visit, please fill in the patient information forms (see here – link patient forms).
MAKE SURE YOU BRING
When you come in for your appointment make sure your bring:
- Referral form – If you don’t have one, call the day prior and we will try and arrange a copy from your GP.
- Any test results you might already have.
- Any imaging your might already have.
- A list of all the medicines you are taking, including the ones you have bought without a prescription.
- Your Medicare card.
- Your private health insurance information.
EMERGENCY AND AFTER HOURS
Our clinic hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
If you are one of my patients and need emergency care or have a medical concern, please contact delivery suite at the Calvary North Adelaide Hospital: (08) 8239 9154
Alternatively dial an ambulance to be taken to the nearest emergency department.
Get in Touch
I am located at:
Calvary Hospital – North Adelaide
89 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide SA 5006
Clinic Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Dial an ambulance to be taken to the nearest emergency department.