Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

Last Updated: December 27th, 2010

What it is

Typically an ovarian cyst is a sac that has been filled with fluid in the ovary. This can be caused by the inability of the ovary to release the maturing egg within it due to the lack of leutnizing hormones or the buildup of fluid within the follicle that the egg has been released from. Ovarian cysts are usually developed as a part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Most ovarian cysts are usually benign and may occur each month without any signs and disappear on their own as well. There are however some cases wherein the ovarian may cause problems.

How to tell

Most ovarian cysts which are not asymptomatic can present themselves with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pressure or pain in the abdominal region and lower half- the most common symptom brought about by ovarian cysts.  Pain may range from a dull aching feeling to a slight discomfort to sudden pangs or sharp pain all the way through severe pain. The pain may be intermittent or constant.
  • Heaviness or fullness  in the abdomen- a feeling or appearance of being bloated in the abdominal region
  • Breast tenderness- heightened sensitivity of the breasts
  • Nausea or vomiting- a feeling of queasiness in the stomach with or without an urge to expel the contents of the stomach similar to that experienced during pregnancy
  • Painful menstruation and abnormal uterine bleeding- pain in the abdominal region during the menstrual cycle; irregular bleeding each  month which can be manifested as spotting  or strong bleeding during monthly menstrual cycles
  • Pain during sexual intercourse- known medically as dyspareunia, this is generally pain felt c that can occur at the beginning or through the process of copulation.
  • Passing urine problems- this can be characterized by change in the frequency or relief of urination and or inability to empty the bladder completely
  • Bowel problems- difficulty with bowel movements; pain or pressure during bowel movements
  • Weight gain- an increase in the body’s existing  mass
  • Fatigue- weariness and or exhaustion experienced both mentally and or physically
  • Infertility- incapacity to conceive or carry out a pregnancy to full term period
  • Increased level of hair growth- this may be observed in both facial and body hair

Some symptoms that may be worse than those mentioned earlier and may need immediate medical attention. These will include: extreme pelvic pain with fever and or vomiting, faintness; weakness; dizziness and rapid breathing.

Although ovarian cysts are more often than not benign, it is always best to consult a physician especially when these symptoms manifest themselves. 

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Required Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or certified healthcare practitioner. The Ovarian Cysts Treatment program and www.ovariancyststreatment.com contain information that is based on personal experience, the experiences of other women suffering from ovarian cysts and PCOS, online and offline research. Medical doctors were consulted in the creation of Ovarian Cysts Treatment, but the information on this website and in the Ovarian Cysts Treatment ebook is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your own doctor.

Most doctors are not aware of alternative treatment methods for ovarian cysts and we recommend you share the information in Ovarian Cysts Treatment with your doctor and proceed with their approval. There are risks involved with any medical treatment and you should consult your doctor before beginning treatment.

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