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Signs & Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

by Marissa Willman
  • Overview

    Ovarian cysts are small, fluid-filled growths that form within a woman's reproductive organs. Some types of ovarian cysts are harmless and disappear on their own within a few months. Other types can cause severe pain and require medical attention.
  • Menstrual abnormalities

    Ovarian cysts can interfere with the menstrual cycle and cause irregular bleeding. The woman may also experience pelvic pain just before or immediately following a menstrual cycle.
 
  • Pain

    Ovarian cysts can cause pain in the pelvis or abdomen. Sexual intercourse may become painful, or there may be a continuous dull ache in the pelvis.
  • Urinary or bowel issues

    Ovarian cysts can cause difficulty in passing urine or bowel movements. A feeling of pressure on the rectum or bladder may make it difficult to empty either one.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

    Ovarian cysts may cause nausea or vomiting. The patient may also have a feeling of heaviness or fullness in her abdomen.
  • Warning

    Women should seek immediate medical attention if they experience severe and sudden abdominal or pelvic pain. Pain accompanied by vomiting or a fever also requires medical attention.

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