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Doctor, I have been diagnosed with ovarian cyst. Now, I read on the Internet that ovarian cysts are not always painful. But my problem is getting bad day by day. Please tell me if treatment is available for the pain?
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Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra

Obstetrician, Infertility Specialist, Gynecologist

There are multiple treatment options available to women suffering from painful ovarian cysts, depending on their age, the size and type of the cyst, as well as their symptoms. Doctors normally suggest the following recourse: • Watchful Waiting: Most of the time, patients suffering from ovarian cyst must wait and see if the problem dissipates on its own within a couple of months. This option is suggested for women of all ages, especially those who have no symptoms and ultrasound finds a simple, fluid-filled, and small cyst. The patient should try to get follow-up ultrasounds at regular intervals to note any changes in cyst size. • Medication: Some doctors suggest taking hormonal contraceptives, like birth control pills, to prevent the reoccurrence of ovarian cysts. But keep in mind that the intake of birth control pills is not going to shrink the existing cyst. • Surgery: In some cases, doctors ask the patient to undergo surgery for removing a cyst that is too large and growing. If the cyst causes pain or continues through two to three menstrual cycles.

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