Ovarian cysts do pose problems for the female reproductive system sometimes, although not in each an every case. Most of the times, especially, when the ovarian cysts are harmless, you may not experience any symptoms at all.
The symptoms get more prominent only when the cysts spell some deeper trouble. Here is a list of some of the common symptoms associated with ovarian cysts. However, the presence of these symptoms alone does not confirm that you have ovarian cysts, and nothing can be said for sure until your physician performs a thorough medical examination. Nevertheless, if you do experience two or more of these symptoms, you should discuss your case with your health care provider.
The Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts:
Since a cyst is an abnormal growth of tissues it is bound to cause some degree of discomfort and pain. And when the cysts are large, the pain can be severe and intolerable at times, and the over the counter pain killers may not be able to provide you with any relief. Sometimes the pain may come more after having sex.
Some ovarian cysts can interfere with the internal mechanism, causing your periods to be irregular. Also you may experience a lot of pain with your periods.
A cyst which forms somewhere around the urinary bladder, will exert considerable pressure on the bladder, thus making you to urinate too frequently. The urge to urinate may be very strong, and you may find it difficult to hold the urine for even ten minutes once the urge is there.
In quite a few cases the ovarian cysts cause a woman’s abdominal region to feel heavy and remain bloated. The bloating may not go even after passing stool and the regular gastrointestinal medicines will not provide any relief.
In some extreme cases, women experience abnormal changes in their breasts or changes in the growth pattern of the body hair. This mainly happens when the cysts interfere with the hormone producing function of the ovaries.
Sometimes bleeding (besides the regular periods) or spotting may also signal towards the presence of ovarian cysts.
Repeated incidences of miscarriage or problems in conceiving, can also point towards cystic ovaries, that’s when all other reasons have been ruled out.