Saturday, September 27, 2008

What are Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

By Jay Tyler

Having a number of ovarian cyst symptoms does not in and of itself prove that a cyst exists, but some symptoms are a much clearer indicator than others. A single symptom is generally not anything to worry about, but two or more of them together are a definite wake up call to see a doctor.

Menstrual irregularities, such as painful periods and abnormal bleeding may be an indication of ovarian cysts, especially if there is no prior history of irregularities. This could also mean a longer or shorter than usual menstrual period, an absent menstruation, or an irregular menstruation. Spotting or light bleeding can occur when symptoms of ovarian symptoms manifest. Unexplained weight gain may be another symptom of ovarian cysts.

Pelvic pain, such as dull aching in the lower back and thighs are common ovarian cyst symptoms. This pain may begin shortly before or after a period. It may also occur during intercourse or strenuous exercise. Pain and pressure both in the abdomen and in the pelvic area can be caused by the size, bleeding, bursting or twisting of a cyst. This can irritate the abdominal tissues and block the flow of blood to the cyst.

The symptoms of pregnancy are much the same as the symptoms of ovarian cysts. You must look for symptoms outside the common pregnancy symptoms to see the difference between the two. Infertility is one of the common symptoms present with ovarian cysts.

Ovarian cysts are often accompanied by abdominal pain, fullness or pressure. The pain may occur and disappear suddenly. Abdominal bloating or swelling may also be present. Development of an ovarian cyst may also cause uncomfortable pressure or pain during bowel movements, passing urine problems, and existence of pressure on the rectum or bladder.

All that most ovarian cysts need is time in order to go away. Some ovarian cyst symptoms, however, can be more urgent and need immediate treatment at a medical facility. These would be severe abdominal or pelvic pain that flares suddenly, shortness of breath, pain or fever with vomiting, and weakness or faintness that appears quickly.

As a whole, the nature of ovarian cyst symptoms makes it difficult for a general practice doctor to pick up on them. Cysts can certainly be detected in the absence of any symptoms, but most ovarian cyst cases are diagnosed not as a result of the presence of any ovarian cyst symptoms but rather during an individual's annual Pap smear.

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