A cyst on your ovary can be found during a pelvic exam. Depending upon its size and whether it’s liquid filled, solid or mixed, your doctor likely will request for tests to know its type and whether you need treatment. Possible tests include the following:
Pregnancy test – a positive test may show that you have a corpus luteum cyst.
Pelvic ultrasound-known as a transducer, it sends and gets high-recurrence sound waves to create an image of your uterus and ovaries on a video screen.
Laparoscopy– a thin, lit instrument is embedded into your stomach area through a little cut to let your doctor see your ovaries and remove the ovarian growth.
CA 125 blood test– is used to know the blood level of a protein called carcinoma antigen 125 (CA 125), which is frequently elevated in women with ovarian disease.
Treatment relies upon your age, the type and size of your growth, and your symptoms. Your doctor may propose the following:
- Watchful waiting- you can pause and check whether the cyst disappears in a couple of months.
- Medication like contraceptive pills
- Surgery-used in removing a cyst that is huge
If a cyst is deemed cancerous, your doctor will probably refer you to a gynecologic cancer expert. You may need your uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed and start chemotherapy or radiation.