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Conditions We Treat: Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are a common condition where fluid-filled sacs form within the ovaries. Most ovarian cysts do not require medical treatment and are noncancerous.

Ovarian cysts are rarely the only cause of infertility; however, some types of ovarian cysts can interfere with egg release and damage egg quality within the ovaries, making it more difficult to become pregnant.  

Ovarian Cysts | Q&A with Dr. Wang

Dr. Karen Wang, minimally invasive surgeon from the department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, answer common questions about ovarian cysts.

 

Ovarian Cyst Treatment: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • Our fertility experts at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center provide comprehensive care for ovarian cysts, from evaluation and imaging to the medical or surgical management of ovarian cysts.
  • We have specific expertise in tailoring fertility treatment in patients who have hormone-producing cysts that affect their menstrual cycle and ovulation.   
  • If specialized treatment is needed, our patients will also work with a specialized center for the treatment of endometriosis and the highly trained surgeons in the Division of Advanced Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

Ovarian Cyst Treatment: What to Expect

At your initial consultation, you will meet with a fertility specialist and discuss your health history, experience attempting to conceive, prior management of your ovarian cysts and goals for fertility treatment. Then, we will perform diagnostic tests to determine if your ovarian cysts — or other causes — are impacting your fertility. Depending on the type, size and number of ovarian cysts, your fertility specialist may recommend medical fertility treatments or surgery.

Our Team of Ovarian Cyst and Fertility Specialists

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage ovarian cysts and your fertility.

Fertility Experts

Photo of Dr. Valerie Lynn Baker, M.D.

Baker, Valerie Lynn, M.D.

Professor (PAR) of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
TeLinde-Wallach Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
 
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Christianson, Mindy Sue, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Fertility Center
Director, Third Party Reproduction
Director, Fertility Preservation
Director, IVF Program Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
 
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Cross, Chantel Ianthe, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Associate Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowships
Director, Patient Education
 
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Garcia, Jairo E, M.D.

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Practice Director
Active Staff, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Courtesy Staff, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Advisory Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine International
 
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Zacur, Howard A, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowships
 

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeons

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Patzkowsky, Kristin Elizabeth, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Assistant Program Director, GYN/OB Residency Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Associate Fellowship Director, AAGL Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Advanced Laparoscopy, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Ovarian Cysts
 
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Simpson, Khara Michelle, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Advanced Laparoscopy, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery
 
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Wang, Karen Chiu, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Fellowship Director, AAGL Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
 
 
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