Some women who are trying to conceive have problem with ovarian cysts. They do not know what to do with the cysts and how will the pregnancy influence these benign growths in the ovaries. There is an increased risk for all women who are suffering from ovarian cysts of excessive cyst growth during pregnancy. It is also possible that the cyst will rupture (a serious complication) and the very presence of the cyst may be associated with the severe pain. This is why all women who have such problem should consult their gynecologist who may suggest removal of the cyst prior pregnancy.
What are Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts during Pregnancy?
One of the most common symptoms of ovarian cyst during pregnancy is pain (particularly in case of large cysts). Pain is localized in the pelvic area, occurs suddenly and may be very intensive. Furthermore, a woman may complain about the pressure in the lower abdomen or pelvis, aches in thighs and lower back. The pain may also occur during urination and defecation. Since all of the previously mentioned symptoms do not instantly point to the presence of ovarian cyst, the condition can be confirmed only with the ultrasound of the pelvis which is performed after thorough physical and gynecological examination of a pregnant woman.
How to Get Rid of Ovarian Cysts Prior Pregnancy and during Pregnancy?
There are many options for ovarian cyst removal but the most effective one is surgery. Surgery is supposed to be performed prior pregnancy.
However, in case a woman develops a cyst after she has conceived the problem is much more complex. Namely, even though surgery is possible it carries several significant risks. So the surgery is preserved only for complications associated with ovarian cysts. The doctor will simply monitor the cyst and have an insight in its progression or any additional change. In case a cyst becomes too large or fills with suspicious fluid a doctor will recommend surgical removal of the cyst. In majority of cases the surgery is laparoscopic and only larger cysts may require a more invasive procedure.
A woman suffering from ovarian cyst during pregnancy may try to eliminate symptoms associated with ovarian cyst with changes in her diet and her lifestyle. This way hormone fluctuation can be brought under control and further growth of the cyst prevented. It is better to consume more fresh fruit and vegetables and stay away from sugary and overly processed foods. Furthermore, women suffering from ovarian cysts during pregnancy are supposed to avoid certain forms of physical exertion that may aggravate pain associated with the cyst.