The primary function of the ovaries is to produce eggs for fertilization each month. They are also responsible for complex hormone production. Disorders of the ovaries are fairly common and can cause symptoms like pain and abnormal bleeding. Some ovarian disorders have no symptoms and can only be detected during pelvic examination. At Pearl Women's Center we offer diagnosis and treatment of ovarian disorders in Portland in addition to complete healthcare for women.
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Common Ovarian Disorders
Pearl Women's Center practitioners are experts in the diagnosis of ovarian disorders including:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS affects 1 in 10 women in America. The most common symptoms are irregular or absent menstrual bleeding, excess hair growth and infertility.
- Ovarian Cysts. Most ovarian cysts are harmless and will disappear on their own. Others, however, can produce serious symptoms or complications. Scheduling regular pelvic examinations is the best way to avoid a serious problem resulting from ovarian cysts.
- Ovarian Cancer. While ovarian cancer can occur at any age, it most often develops after menopause. Ovarian cancer is often mistaken for digestive or bladder disorders because it tends to mimic symptoms of these more common conditions. Women who have constant and worsening abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating that does not come and go should be evaluated for ovarian cancer. Other symptoms include constant urinary urgency and pelvic pain.