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Stefanie A. Schultis, M.D.

Covington, LA

An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled growth on the inside or outer surface of one of a woman’s ovaries. Many women develop ovarian cysts. The majority of these growths are harmless, cause only very minor discomfort or no ovarian cyst symptoms at all, and disappear without treatment in just a few months. However, some cysts can cause severe symptoms and require urgent treatment.

Common Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Most ovarian cysts do not cause any symptoms, and often these cysts disappear without treatment. However, larger ovarian cysts can cause symptoms including:

Pelvic Pain: Sharp or dull ache in the lower abdominal area on the side of the body where the cyst is located.

Abdominal Discomfort: Sensation of heaviness or fullness in the abdomen.

Bloating: A bloated sensation.

Severe Symptoms Need Urgent Medical Attention

  • Sudden severe pelvic or abdominal pain.

  • Pain and vomiting or fever.

  • Signs of shock, such as cold, damp skin, rapid breathing, weakness, light-headedness.

Functional Cysts

Each month, a woman’s ovaries develop follicles, which are cyst-like structures. The follicles generate the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, and they release an egg during ovulation.

When a normally occurring monthly follicle continues growing (either before or after releasing the egg)

it becomes a functional cyst. This type of ovarian cyst is usually harmless, does not cause pain, and often goes away on their own.

Risk Factors for Ovarian Cysts

Hormone Problems


Pelvic Infection


History of Ovarian Cyst

Ovarian Cyst Complications

Less common kinds of ovarian cysts sometimes develop in women after menopause and may be cancerous. Post-menopausal women should maintain regular exams to help ensure early detection and timely ovarian cyst removal, if needed.

Ovarian Cyst Prevention

Ovarian cysts are not preventable but having routine pelvic examinations by your gyn can help ensure that any changes are detected as early as possible.

Over 90% of women report some degree of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. I have been helping women manage PMS for 30 years. I’ve heard just about everything and I understand as I, too have suffered from PMS.

What is premenstrual syndrome?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) describes physical or mood changes that occur in the days or weeks before your menstrual period. Most women experience at least some PMS symptoms, such as headaches or bloating. In some cases, these symptoms are so severe that they keep you from going to work or school.

What are symptoms of PMS?

PMS symptoms may affect your physical, emotional, and mental health. Common symptoms of PMS include:

Physical symptoms

  • Food cravings

  • Fatigue

  • Breast tenderness

  • Abdominal bloating

  • Pelvic pain

  • Skin problems such as acne

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Joint or muscle pain

  • Alcohol intolerance

  • Weight gain

  • Headaches

Emotional symptoms

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Insomnia

  • Changes in sex drive

  • Anger outbursts

  • Crying spells

  • Poor concentration

  • Social withdrawal

These symptoms may change over time. If symptoms of PMS interfere with your life, there is help. Call for an appointment in with Dr. Schultis in Covington, LA 985-898-1940

Most people are aware of the hormone imbalances that women may experience but, men suffer from low hormone levels too! Dropping levels of male hormones causes more than sexual problems. It can also affect your mood and concentration. I am pleased to offer men all natural bio-identical hormone pellet replacement therapy.

Men may lose 1 to 3% of their testosterone by the age of 30. Decreased levels of hormones in men can be detrimental contributing to more serious long-term health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Many men do not realize that low testosterone levels may be part of the reason for the changes that they feel.

Signs and symptoms of low T (testosterone) maybe loss of mean bone and muscle mass, weight gain with increased fat mass, loss of hair, changes in their skin, mental and/or physical fatigue, mood disorders, signs of depression, memory loss, insomnia and sexual dysfunction with loss of sexual desire and erectile dysfunction. My male patients come in and tell me that they get tired much sooner during the day at work than they used to, just feel rundown and have a beer belly they never had.

At Schultis Healthcare, we have been treating men for years with services including laser hair removal, tattoo removal and aesthetic procedures. Several years ago, when I trained with Hormone Therapy Centers of America, I realized I was uniquely qualified as a hormone expert to help men as well deal with hormone imbalance. I have found a great deal of satisfaction in helping men who many times will not seek medical attention and suffer in silence. We perform a full consultation to understand each man's own individual situation including a blood panel with a PSA level, and take a complete history including documentation of medical conditions and medications. We can then determine if indeed his testosterone levels may be contributing to his symptomatology and determine what dosages of bio-identical hormone pellet therapy would be best for him. Many men have tried non bio-identical forms of testosterone and have found them to not be useful, or inconvenient to use a daily gel or receive regular intramuscular injections.

Bio-identical Hormone Pellet Therapy is a quick, minimally painful procedure where small individualized dosages of bioidentical hormone pellets are inserted under the skin. Fortunately for men, they may only require two insertions six months apart per year. We follow lab work as needed for safety and fine-tuning treatment. We also encourage regular check-ups with their primary care physicians and or urologists.

Many of our men also take advantage of another procedure performed here at Schultis Healthcare called The Priapus® Shot. This painless and safe procedure involves the use of PRP (platelet rich plasma) obtained from a man's own blood to enhance his sexual experience by rejuvenating his penis with his own growth factors leading to improved blood flow and stem cell proliferation.

Of course, not all people will experience the same results with any treatment and not everyone is a good candidate for hormone replacement. However, a most men with low testosterone do feel like their old selves again with hormone replacement therapy. And, research indicates that they are healthier with normal hormone balance. This has been a very fulfilling experience for me.

So, if you or someone you know may suffer with hormone imbalance from low testosterone levels, please call my office for consultation and discover if bioidentical hormone pellet therapy may be right for you! My office number is 985-898-1940 and please refer to our website for much more information at


Dr. Stefanie A. Schultis

Advanced Gynecology

Hormone Pellet, Laser and PRP Therapy

Regenerative Medicine Men and Women


Fax 985-893-3427

Appointments Online


110 Lakeview Drive  Ste 100

Covington, LA  70433

Off Judge Tanner Blvd 

Across from Lakeview Regional Medical Center

30 Years OBGYN Covington LA

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