How to Know if You Have an Ovarian Cyst

The truth is, most women do not know they have an ovarian cyst.  It’s something you usually find out when you are already at the doctor for a regular checkup.   This is actually a good thing, as most cysts will be reabsorbed by your body without you doing anything about it.  Just think of it as a little bit less stress!

However, when cysts cause problems, then you do have symptoms.  It’s in these cases that you need to be the most careful.  And sometimes, the symptomless cysts can burst on you, causing a number of complications.

So after all that, here’s a list of symptoms you may experience if you have an ovarian cyst:

  • Irregular Period.
  • Pelvic pain – constant or comes and goes.  May radiate across back and down legs.
  • Pelvic pain right before your period starts or after it ends.
  • Pain during intercourse.
  • Pain during bowel movements or a feeling of pressure on your bowels.
  • Symptoms similar to early pregnancy – nausea, vomiting, and breast tenderness.
  • Feeling of fullness of heaviness in your lower abdomen.
  • Pressure on your rectum or bladder.  Sometimes have problems emptying the bladder completely.

If you have any of these symptoms, you need to call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.

  • Symptoms of shock – rapid breathing, light headedness, clammy skin.
  • Sudden and severe abdominal or pelvic pain.
  • Pain accompanied by fever or vomiting.

Information courtesy of the Mayo Clinic.