Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing discussions “all about” different topics related to reproductive health and/or women’s health.
Today, that discussion continues as we talk all about the things you should know regarding endometriosis and ovarian cysts.
In this discussion with Dr. Brooke Winner, a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon in Seattle, WA, we define what ovarian cysts are, as well as talk about the different types, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and when surgery might be recommended. We also cover several of the same topics as it relates to endometriosis.
Have you been diagnosed with ovarian cysts or endometriosis?
Don’t miss this interview!
An ovarian cyst is a sac or pouch filled with fluid or other tissue that forms in or on an ovary. They are quite common, and in most cases do not cause symptoms. However, some cysts may cause a dull or sharp ache in the abdomen and pain during certain activities. They can be found in routine pelvic exams, with ultrasounds, and/or blood tests.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus. It might surprise you to know that almost 40% of women with infertility have endometriosis! This occurs because inflammation from endometriosis may damage the sperm or egg or interfere with their movement through the fallopian tubes and uterus.
You know, many times a woman who has been diagnosed with something like endometriosis or ovarian cysts gets the diagnosis but then doesn’t really understand or know all that it entails.
As empowerment to yourself and your own health, it is extremely important to learn fully about any condition with which you have been diagnosed. This can help in understanding what you can do to help keep yourself healthy, options moving forward, and also may help ease anxiety you might feel about your diagnosis.
I highly recommend you watch this whole discussion because you’ll learn a lot! Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider if you have been told that you have ovarian cysts or endometriosis, or you feel like this might be something affecting you.
Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy.
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