6 Signs of Ovarian Cysts To Look Out For!
Ovarian cysts are the worst. These fluid or tissue-filled sacs are pretty common. The vast majority of ovarian cysts are benign, follicular cysts that come and go with your cycle and need no further management. About 20% of women experience cysts that don’t go away on their own, and could require surgery. Here are certain signs of ovarian cysts to look out for.
If you notice these six ovarian cyst symptoms, you should visit your healthcare provider immediately.
Signs of Ovarian Cysts
1. You’ve got pelvic pain that just won’t go away.
The most common ovarian cyst symptom is pain in the lower right or left side of the lower pelvis, right where the ovaries are.
If the pain becomes severe, you might be suffering from ovarian torsion. This happens when a cyst becomes larger and twists in on itself, cutting off its blood supply.
This pain will more than likely send you straight to the emergency room. This is one of the biggest signs of ovarian cysts.
2. Bloated Belly
Swelling is obviously a vague symptom, but it can be related to ovarian cysts depending on their size.
Most cysts tend to be under 10cm. But some cysts can grow to be very big, like the size of a watermelon.
If the weight only seems to be in your stomach, or you can’t figure out any other reason you’d be gaining weight, that’s a red flag.
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3. You constantly feel full
Just like uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts can cause a feeling a heaviness in the abdomen. A cyst is a mass, and it’s occupying space, which can give you that feeling of pressure.
4. Constant urge to pee
If a cyst is pushing against your bladder, you may feel like you have to urinate. Some women feel that they need to go more frequently, but it’s harder for them to go, because of a blockage by the cyst.
Any urinary issues warrant a call to the doctor.
5. Pain during sex
If during sex you feel pain on one side versus the other, there’s a chance it could be related to an ovarian cyst.
Endometriomas – 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. Talk to your healthcare provider immediately.
6. Back or leg pain
Cysts can compress the nerves that run along the back of your pelvis.
Please contact your healthcare provider if you are having any unusual symptoms.
Look out for these signs of ovarian cysts and consult your healthcare provider if you experience any of these.
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