You're likely to start by seeing your primary care provider or a doctor who specializes in conditions that affect women (gynecologist).
What you can do
Make a list of:
- Your symptoms, including those that seem unrelated to the reason for the appointment, and when they began
- All medications, vitamins and other supplements you take and the doses
- Your medical history, including menstrual irregularities
- Questions to ask your doctor
Take a family member or friend with you, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.
Questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's likely causing my symptoms?
- What tests might I need?
- Are my cysts likely to resolve on their own or will I need treatment?
- Do you have printed materials or brochures I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Questions your doctor might ask include:
- How often do you have symptoms?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- Do your symptoms seem related to your menstrual cycle?
- Does anything improve your symptoms?
- Does anything make your symptoms worse?
July 24, 2017
- Frequently asked questions. Gynecologic problems FAQ075. Ovarian cysts. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Ovarian-Cysts. Accessed May 2, 2017.
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- Ovarian cysts fact sheet. Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/ovarian-cysts.html. Accessed May 2, 2017.
- Sharp HT. Evaluation and management of ruptured ovarian cyst. https://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed May 2, 2017.
- Muto MG. Management of the adnexal mass. https://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed May 2, 2017.