Though they may sound scary, ovarian cysts are quite common, and they’re usually harmless. Any woman who is ovulating can develop an ovarian cyst, and most likely will. However, the type and size of the cyst may necessitate a different type of care and may cause symptoms in other places on your body.
Our warm and discreet medical professionals at Eve Medical of Miami in Miami, Florida, can help you if you’re experiencing pain in or around your abdomen, including your lower back. Though lower back issues typically involve the muscles or bones, pain in your organs can appear in your back and might be a symptom of an ovarian cyst.
A cyst is a collection of body fluid that collects in a sac that attaches to tissues or organs in your body. Cysts are overall more a nuisance than a medical concern, but certain cysts may need treatment. Ovarian cysts form on or in the ovaries, and there are two types of ovarian cysts that affect many women: follicular cysts and Corpus luteum cysts.
Follicular cysts are the more common of the two types of ovarian cysts. Usually occurring at the midpoint of the menstrual cycle, follicular cysts are created when an egg fails to burst from the ovary to travel down the Fallopian tube. As the egg continues to grow, it can cause a problem, but this normally resolves on its own.
Corpus luteum cysts occur when the egg makes its way to the Fallopian tube, but fluid begins to accumulate in the ovary that released the egg, or the corpus luteum. Like follicular cysts, corpus luteum cysts also usually resolve on their own. Other types of cysts can affect your ovaries, including endometriomas, the namesake for endometriosis.
Dermoid cysts and cystadenomas are ovarian cysts that can grow large enough to affect the placement of your ovaries. When this happens, it’s common for blood flow to the ovary to be compromised from the weight of the cyst, causing your ovary to twist. This painful condition is called ovarian torsion.
Whether or not your cyst may be responsible for your back pain usually depends on the size and severity of the cyst. If your back pain is mild, inconsistent, and dull, it’s possible that you have a large cyst on your ovary. However, if this pain is not accompanied by pelvic pain or pressure, spotting, constipation, or irregular periods, your ovaries may not be to blame for your back problems.
If you aren’t sure, your provider at Eve Medical of Miami can offer an ultrasound to make sure if they determine that to be appropriate for you.
Although you may have a cyst removed, this is only done if the cyst is painful, cancerous, or may cause other issues. As mentioned, most ovarian cysts are common and resolve on their own without pain or other symptoms. If your cyst is ruptured or puts pressure on other organs, you’ll need prompt medical attention.
To schedule an exam for your ovarian cyst, call our office in Miami, Florida, or request an appointment here on the website.