Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop anywhere on or inside the human body. Ovarian cysts are cysts that develop on one or both of the female ovaries, typically during the time of a woman’s monthly cycle. It is estimated that most women will have at least once ovarian cyst within her lifetime, many of whom will never even know that a cyst was present. For most women, ovarian cysts are harmless and cause little to no discomfort, disappearing on their own without treatment. However, some women do experience complications with ovarian cysts, and understanding the symptoms of a problematic ovarian cyst is important so that you can bring it to your physician’s attention.
Ovarian cysts can be small or can grow rather large. If a large ovarian cyst grows and presses on the bladder, women often feel the need to urinate frequently. Other symptoms of a large or concerning ovarian cyst include the following:
- Extreme menstrual pain before and during your period
- Pelvic pain during intercourse
- Pain during bowel movements
- Nausea, vomiting, or breast tenderness
- Bloating or a fullness in the abdomen
- Sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain (typically the result of rupture)
- Pain accompanied by fever and/or vomiting
During your annual exam, it is important to bring up any unusual symptoms to your physician’s attention. An ovarian cyst can often be detected during an internal pelvic exam; other times an ultrasound may be needed to locate the cyst. Keeping regular gynecology appointments a priority is important so that your doctor can detect irregularities and problems that arise. Cysts that develop on the ovaries after menopause are often an indicator of ovarian cancer. The size, composition, location, and symptoms associated will aid in management decisions regarding treatment of ovarian cysts.
At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., we offer complete, experienced, and compassionate women’s care for patients in Marietta and the surrounding areas. We offer the latest and most proven methods in management and treatment for ovarian cysts. Your health and comfort are our top priorities. If you have symptoms of an ovarian cyst, please make an appointment with us sooner rather than later.