Septated ovarian cyst is a type of ovarian cyst that often contain either solid, semi solid or liquid components separated with several membranes. These membranes usually form chambers which are known as septa thus earning the name septated type if ovarian cysts, Although ovarian cysts are usually benign which means the condition may just resolve on its own, septated ovarian cysts is considered a serious medical condition of the reproductive system and medical experts advise that this condition must not be taken lightly.
It is rare that septated ovarian cysts develop into cancer but when they do, immediate surgery and medication is often the best intervention. An ultrasound is the best diagnostic procedure that can easily diagnose the occurrence of septated type of ovarian cysts.
The causes for developing septated type of ovarian cysts are still unknown but genetics seems to play as a risk factor in developing it. Other factors that can increase the risk for developing this illness are unhealthy lifestyle, an underlying medical condition, smoking history, age, stress, irregular blood sugar levels, irregularities in hormone levels, being overweight or obese and a weak immune system.
The most common symptom of septated ovarian cysts is irregular menstruation, a missed menstrual period or a very heavy flow during a menstrual period. Along with these irregularities are pelvic pain, sharp and striking pain, low back pain and mood swings. The pelvic pain is so severe that it can interfere with normal activities; the pain can also extend to other parts of the body like the back, thighs and the abdomen. Other women may experience bloating, tenderness of the breasts, nausea and vomiting. Intercourse may also be very painful to some women which can cause them to avoid it all together.
Looking at the symptoms of septated type of ovarian cysts, they may often be mistaken for common signs and symptoms of menstrual periods and menopause. It is only when the septated ovarian cysts become huge and applies pressure to other internal organs like the bladder can sometimes gain attention and intervention.
The most advisable treatment for septated ovarian cysts is surgery to remove the cysts completely to prevent them from ultimately getting bigger and causing severe pain and discomfort. Unlike ruptured ovarian cysts, the cysts may be removed without affecting the ovaries in a surgical procedure called cystectomy. If the cysts are considered cancerous, surgeons often perform a hysterectomy or surgical removal of the uterus as well.