Ovarian Cyst Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

November 12, 2012

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Ovarian cysts are very common in adult women, even after they have gone through menopause. Ovarian cysts are usually non-cancerous, but ovarian cyst symptoms can be extremely painful and disruptive. Women suffering from ovarian cysts often are bed-bound and cannot work. The only way to prevent ovarian cysts is by getting the ovaries surgically removed, which is a pretty drastic option for most women. A cyst is a sac full of fluid. Ovarian cysts can grow on the ovaries, on the ovary stems or inside of the ovaries. They usually are short lived and produce few ovarian cyst symptoms. But when they burst, many women wish they were dead. The pain is that bad. Fortunately, not all ovarian cysts burst. The Mayo Clinic reports that most ovarian cysts are absorbed back into the body. Common Symptoms Ovarian cyst symptoms often happen long before a cyst bursts. If you have never had an ovarian cyst before and experience any of these symptoms, please see a doctor or a gynecologist right away, just to be sure it is not something else like a sexually transmitted disease, appendicitis, kidney infections or even pregnancy:

  • Pain during vaginal sexual intercourse

  • Changes in menstruation

  • Pain when passing feces

  • Feeling the urge to defecate more often than usual

  • Nausea which may or may not be accompanied with vomiting

  • Urinating more frequently than usual

  • Difficulty completely emptying the bladder

  • Breast tenderness as if you are premenstrual or pregnant

  • Dull pain that comes and goes beginning at the pelvis and spreading down the legs and lower back

  • Pelvic pain a few days before period blood flow starts or pain on the last day or two of your period

  • Noticeable swelling of the abdomen or a sensation that something strange is in the abdomen.

Symptoms of an Emergency Two potentially life-threatening problems with ovarian cysts are when they burst or when a cyst blocks blood supply to the ovary (torsion.) Both can cause severe pain and internal bleeding. Contact a doctor immediately if you experience these ovarian cyst symptoms or have a loved one do it if the pain is so bad that you cannot talk:

  • Severe pain accompanied by fever or vomiting

  • Severe pelvic pain that comes on all of a sudden

  • Sudden drop in blood pressure

  • Fainting

  • Breathing problems, including panting

  • Cold, clammy skin which may be streaked with sweat.

The body may go into shock without medical attention or at least a dose of a very strong painkiller such as an opioid or narcotic. However, it can be risky taking a strong painkiller for a pain that you are not prescribed for. The safest bet is to call a doctor or ambulance. Is Surgery Necessary? Surgery often is not necessary to treat women with ovarian cyst symptoms. But if a cyst is large (having a diameter over 5 centimeters) then surgery may be necessary to remove the cyst before it bursts or causes torsion. Cysts rarely grow that large, but when they do they can grow so large that the woman will appear to be about six months pregnant.


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