It’s understandable that many uterine and ovarian conditions and their symptoms get mixed up or confused. Generally speaking, tumors and cysts are different in the fact that tumors are firm and compact, whereas cysts are fluid-filled.
Keeping that in mind, an ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops inside or outside an ovary. Often, this common type of cyst doesn’t cause any discomfort and can even go away on its own. While they are usually harmless, some large ovarian cysts can result in symptoms like pelvic or abdominal pain, pressure, or bloating.
Uterine fibroids, on the other hand, are firm, dense, noncancerous tumors that are composed of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. Fibroids develop inside the uterus or on the uterine walls and can vary in size, number, and location. Although they are generally harmless, they do have the potential to harm surrounding organs, impact fertility, and cause painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
Ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids can both be detected during a pelvic exam. Call us now to make an appointment: (347) 389-2730.
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