Ovarian cysts are fluids or tissue fluid sacs that can be compared to the pimples of the reproductive system. While they can be pretty harmless and not warrant much concern. There are symptoms that you should be aware of.
The vast majority of ovarian cysts are benign, follicular cysts that come and go with the female menstrual cycle and need no further management. But research shows that about 20 percent of women experience cysts that don’t go away on their own, and could require surgery. This could be due to the cysts becoming cancerous or their symptoms just being very bad.
However a lot of ovarian cyst symptoms actually overlap with those of other gynecological issues such as uterine fibroids and even Pre menstrual syndrome.
If you notice you have any of these ovarian cyst symptoms, you may want to consider seeing a doctor immediately.
Pelvic Pain That Never Leaves
This is perhaps the most common ovarian cyst symptom and the pain usually occurs around the lower right or left side of the lower pelvis, right where the ovaries are. If there is a large growth where there shouldnt be one, you will likely feel it.
You might feel it when you exercise, you might feel it when you’re sexually active, but it will be a pain in that specific place that is constant and stays even after you are done with your menstrual cycle.
If the pain becomes severe, you might be suffering from ovarian torsion, and this occurs when a cyst becomes larger and more mobile and twists in on itself, cutting off its blood supply, which causes severe pain.
You Have Uncontrollable Belly Bloat
Swelling is obviously a vague symptom, but it can be related to ovarian cysts depending on their size. A high percentage of women experience cysts under 10 centimeters. But some cysts can grow to be very big.
A lot of women will simply write it off as weight gain, but abdominal pain and bloating could be the result of a mass growing in the stomach. If the weight is only in your stomach, or you can’t figure out any reason you are adding weight, you may want to see a doctor ASAP.
You Constantly Feel Full
Like with uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts can cause you to feel heavy in your abdomen. A cyst is a mass, and it’s occupying space, which can give you that feeling of pressure.
While the feeling is similar to what you will feel when you have constipation, but unless you have cysts in both ovaries, this sensation will only strike one side of your pelvis. If you have good bathroom habits, but you feel this way for some weeks, its best to find out if an ovarian cyst is responsible.
You Feel Like Peeing All The Time
A lot of women with ovarian cysts have the urge to pee all the time. If the cyst is pushing against your bladder, you may feel like you have to urinate. Some women feel like peeing frequently but find it hard to go because the cyst is blocking them from urinating.
Pain During Sex
If you’re having penetrative sex and you feel pain on one side as against the other, there’s a chance it could be related to an ovarian cyst. When some cysts get big, they can fall behind the uterus and position themselves next to the cervix.
As such, you might feel pain with deep penetration. Endometriomas or ovarian cysts related to endometriosis can also cause pain during sex, because they’re located closer to the cervix.
There’s no reason to ever suffer through painful sex. Its best to talk to your gyneacologist immediately.
Back Or Leg Pain
With little space existing in the pelvis, a large cyst can lead to back or leg pain. Cysts can compress the nerves that run along the back of your pelvis causing severe pain. If your doctor has problems determining the cause of your sciatica, it might be time to explore ovarian cysts as a potential cause.