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Ovarian Cysts Specialist

Dr. Shefali Patel-Shusterman -  - OB-GYN

Dr. Shefali Patel-Shusterman

OB-GYN located in Westfield, NJ

Dr. Shefali Patel-Shusterman is a Board Certified Gynecologist specializing in the treatment of all aspects of women's health, including the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cysts. The doctor and her staff serve the residents of Westfield and Garwood, New Jersey and the surrounding communities.

Ovarian Cysts Q & A

What Causes Ovarian Cysts?

Ovarian cysts can have a variety of causes. Follicular cysts develop when the follicles inside the ovaries continue to grow after the egg has been released. Corpus luteum cysts develop when the follicle seals itself off and begins to accumulate fluid. Endometrial cysts form when uterine tissue begins to accumulate outside of the uterus. These are often associated with endometriosis. Cystadenomas develop from ovarian tissue that abnormally begin to multiply. These small cysts fill with water or mucus and are relatively harmless. Most ovarian cysts are benign and do not increase a woman's risk of cancer of the reproductive system.

What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts?

Most ovarian cysts do not cause widespread symptoms. Many women who are diagnosed with smaller ovarian cysts report no symptoms whatsoever. It is only when the cysts become overly large or develop in an area where they are close to nerves or large blood vessels, that symptoms begin to be reported. Symptoms that are commonly associated with ovarian cysts include pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, breast tenderness, abnormal bleeding between periods, and fullness or bloating of the abdomen. Symptoms will vary depending on the size and location of the cyst. In most cases, cysts will disappear on their own before symptoms are even noticed.

How Are They Treated?

Treatment options are based on a variety of factors. A woman's age, medical history, the size of the cyst, and the severity of symptoms will determine the path the doctor takes for treatment. For many women, simply giving the cyst time to disappear on its own is a common option. If the cyst is believed to have been caused by an imbalance in the woman's hormones, birth control may be a viable option. Both oral and subdermal forms of contraceptives are used to treat ovarian cysts. If the cyst is very large or if it has, in some way, caused damage to the ovary itself, the doctor may choose to surgically remove the cyst. If the ovary has been damaged, it may also be removed.


Here is a list of our accepted insurances. If you have insurance, you will be asked to provide a copy of your current card. Please be sure to bring your current insurance card and a valid photo ID with you, and arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. For any questions regarding insurance, please contact our office directly.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Horizon BCBS
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Independence Blue Cross
Premera Blue Cross
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield