Signs & Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts
by Marissa Willman
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.
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.
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.
Ovarian cysts may cause nausea or vomiting. The patient may also have a feeling of heaviness or fullness in her abdomen.
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.