Ovarian cysts are common and can be caused by many different things, including subtle hormonal abnormalities or the presence of endometriosis. Some cysts can indicate a serious health problem such as cancer. Depending on the kind of cyst, they may place a woman at increased risk of experiencing infertility when she tries to conceive.
THE COMMON THREAD IN PATIENT EXPERIENCES
Many women who seek treatment from their gynecologist or family doctor for recurrent ovarian cysts are dissatisfied with the care they received. They express concern that no effort was made to identify the underlying cause for their recurrent cysts and are troubled that the doctor recommended simply “covering up” the symptom by suppressing the natural menstrual cycle with a hormonal contraceptive. Women worry about the side effects of hormonal contraceptives and especially about the increasing evidence that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives increase their risk of certain kinds of cancer, such as breast cancer.
The Gianna Alternative
Doctors at the Gianna Center recognize that recurrent ovarian cysts may be a sign of an underlying health problem and start by identifying the type of cyst and possible hormonal causes. They educate the patient about the functions of her body and what can go wrong to cause recurrent cysts, as well as their implications for her future fertility. Testing may include hormonal tests, ultrasounds of the uterus and ovaries and sometimes more advanced imaging such as MRI. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment is directed at correcting the underlying problem to restore health and normal function.
Patients interested in further evaluation for recurrent ovarian cysts, or who are looking for an alternative to hormonal contraceptive, are encouraged to schedule an initial consultation at their local Gianna Center. For patients who do not have access to a Gianna Center in their community, several Gianna affiliates offer remote consultations by phone.