Pain in the Ovary? Don’t Panic!

20(1)Ovaries are part of a woman’s anatomy and women generally have two of these, one on each side of a woman’s womb, also called the uterus. The ovaries’ special function is to produce an egg, normally once per month; where it awaits fertilization.

If the egg does not undergo fertilization, it is then released which signals the start of a woman’s menstruation. Sometimes, the follicle enclosing the egg does not break upon which the liquid substance inside the follicle may develop into a cyst.

Pain in the Ovary

When a woman feels pain in one of her ovaries, this does not necessarily mean that something is seriously wrong. For instance, pain in right ovary could mean that you have what is known in medical terms as functional cyst.

What is functional cyst?

Briefly, a functional cyst develops when the sac containing the egg does not break within the normal monthly cycle of a woman. This type of cyst is generally non-cancerous and may go away on its own.

If you are experiencing ovary pain, you may have a type of functional cyst known as hemorrhagic cyst.

The pain may be the result of bleeding in the cyst. Generally, a simple pain medication is administered to the patient to alleviate the pain. The cyst usually goes away with regular menstruation.

Seeking Medical Attention

Functional cysts normally do not manifest any symptoms. However, pain in any of the ovaries is no cause for alarm. This is not to say that you should just “wait it out” and hope it will go away in time.

It is still recommended that you seek the advice of your trusted doctor, usually someone specializing in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology to rule out more serious causes for the cyst.

There are a number of tests that can check for the presence of cysts in the ovary. Two of the most common diagnostic tests are vaginal ultrasound and CT scan.

A vaginal ultrasound is a procedure where a long and thin tube is inserted in a woman’s vagina to get a clear image of the uterus and the ovaries.

The ultrasound will show the size and the location of the cyst and will also generally tell the physician if the cyst is a cause for alarm or not.

If the cyst is suspected to be more than just a simple functional cyst, a CT scan may be required to check for the degree of the medical condition.

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