How can ovarian cysts be treated?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen etc.) and narcotic analgesics can eliminate the discomfort caused by ovarian cysts. Although oral contraceptives cannot treat preexistent cysts, such medication has been proved to prevent their development and reocurrence.

Ovarian cysts are thin-walled sacs filled with clear fluid which often develop on the outer surface of the ovary during ovulation. The majority of them disappear naturally following the release of eggs. However, if the cyst will not release ovules, it will continue to increase in size, sometimes becoming larger than the functional ovary it occurs on.

An ovarian cyst is generally harmless and it may not be accompanied by any distressing symptoms. It is frequently discovered during a routine gynecologic examination. However, when a cyst is particularly large, one or more of the following symptoms can be experienced:

  • frequent urination
  • abdominal pain
  • modifications of the menstrual cycle
  • weight gain
  • bloating
  • feeling full after eating small amounts of food

Treatment is typically prescribed in order to alleviate the associated symptoms, such as pelvic pain, or to prevent the development of additional cysts. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen etc.) and narcotic analgesics can eliminate the discomfort caused by ovarian cysts. Although oral contraceptives cannot treat preexistent cysts, such medication has been proved to prevent their development and recurrence.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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