Plaza Towers OBGYN -  - OB-GYN

Plaza Towers OBGYN

OB-GYNs located in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA & Santa Monica, CA

Ovarian Cysts Specialist

Dr. Chang is dedicated to helping women get the care they need for symptomatic ovarian cysts, using advanced diagnostic and treatment methods so women in the Santa Monica, CA, area can feel confident they're receiving the most appropriate and effective care.

Ovarian Cysts Q&A

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are small, fluid-filled sacs that form on one or both ovaries. They're benign, usually temporary growths that affect most women at some point in their lives and cause no symptoms.

What causes ovarian cysts to develop?

Some cysts, called functional cysts, occur as part of the menstrual cycle. These cysts occur when minor issues disrupt the release of eggs from the fallopian tubes, and they usually disappear within one or two menstrual cycles. Other cysts contain fluid or tissue derived from egg development. Another type of cyst called an endometrioma develops during endometriosis, a condition that causes uterine lining to grow outside the uterus. While these cysts can be asymptomatic, when they grow very large, they can cause the ovary to become twisted resulting in significant symptoms and requiring medical treatment to correct. Some large cysts can also interfere with fertility. Dr. Chang will perform diagnostic exams such as ultrasound to determine the type of cyst you have and whether it needs to be removed or monitored.

What symptoms can ovarian cysts cause?

Many ovarian cysts cause no symptoms at all, but when cysts are symptomatic, they can cause symptoms such as:

  • abdominal pain or pressure or pain or aching in the pelvic region

  • pain around the time of your period

  • painful intercourse

  • discomfort when having a bowel movement

  • breast tenderness

  • nausea

  • increased urge to urinate for large cysts that press on the bladder

Other gynecological problems can cause similar symptoms, and having an evaluation is the best way to determine if cysts or another issue are present.

How are ovarian cysts treated?

Many cysts disappear on their own within a few months and require no treatment. However, when cysts are causing problems, they may be controlled with birth control pills or surgically removed during minimally invasive surgery.


Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Lawrence Bruksch is a fabulous OB/GYN. I've been his patient for eighteen years and have been very pleased with his knowledge, care and professionalism."

    Jena J.
  • Yelp

    "I've had to have a couple of procedures performed, and I felt comfortable in his hands. I would highly recommend him."

    Kitty A.
  • Yelp

    "Excellent!! I'm so happy they opened up a location in Westchester. The service is great and the doctors are amazing!"

    Kathryn B.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Chang is great, I highly recommend him. I gave birth to my son Luca under his care, I would go back with him again."

    Barbara RV.
  • Yelp

    "I love going to appointments because they were so thoughtful and answered all my questions (and as a first time mom, I had a lot)."

    C. Nangle
  • Yelp

    "I highly recommend Dr. Bruksch for anyone who is seeking great care and a knowledgeable and trustworthy doctor."

    Sadie S.
  • RateMDs

    "He answered all my questions, & then helped fix symptoms I thought couldn't be helped. I am now living much better than before & am appreciative that I saw Dr. Chang!"

  • RateMDs

    "I love Plaza Towers! I've been going to this doc's office since 2008, they took care of both my pregnancies."

  • Yelp

    "I would recommend Dr Chang to anyone and we are truly forever thankful for his knowledge and for sincerely caring for us."

    Adriana R.
  • Yelp

    "They were all professional, efficient and were patient answering the zillion questions I had. I would recommend any doctor in this practice without exception."

    Kate A.
Our Locations

Choose your preferred location