Many ovarian cysts occur and disappear on their own without one knowing that they have them. Thus, it becomes very difficult to know the symptoms. However, certain symptoms can be easily discerned.
What To Look For Initially To Determine Their Presence
To begin with, people with ovarian cysts experience pelvic pain. The pelvic the pain may be constant or intermittent. Such pain begins on the upper part of the abdomen and radiates to the lower back or even to the thigh region.
Another symptom is pain while having sexual intercourse. However, one cannot straight away conclude that they have ovarian cysts simply because they are experiencing pain during sexual intercourse. This is because pain during sexual intercourse may be triggered by other causes. This should only serve as a signal that one may have ovarian cysts and they should therefore go for the necessary testing to ascertain their condition.
Can Your Menstrual Cycle Help In Making a Determination?
Many people who have this type of cyst have been found to have unpredictable monthly periods. Though they may disrupt one’s monthly periods, this disruption cannot be used alone in determining whether there are cysts present.
There are many other causes of intermittent monthly periods. Use of family planning contraceptives for example has been known to be a cause for unpredictable monthly periods.
Use of other medications also has a similar effect. Pregnancy can also trigger irregular monthly periods. Other medical conditions can also interfere with ones monthly periods. Once you find that your menstrual cycle is losing its pattern, you should go for testing so that you can either confirm or clear your doubts. One should get more suspicious if the pain occurs shortly before the periods. It should also cause alarm if the pain occurs shortly after the menstrual cycle.
Bruising Is a Symptom, But Not All In Itself
Strange nodules that feel like bruises under your skin are one of the symptoms. However, this is not be mistaken with the rashes that may be triggered by allergic reactions that may be caused by taking certain kinds of food. The painful spots should feel painful like bruises and they also should last for some time.
Another ovarian cyst symptom is tenderness of breasts. One should not however be scared when they find that their breasts are becoming more tender because, just like the other symptoms, this tenderness has many other causes. For example, a lady who has aborted may find that her breasts are becoming more tender and have become drooped. The only step one can take when they discover that their breasts are becoming tenderer is to be tested for ovarian cysts instead of staying in fear.
Other symptoms include bloating, fatigue and constant headache. In some rare cases, they may also trigger infertility. This may be the case if the cysts have stayed for long without the victim seeking any medical treatment. Ovarian cysts have been known to make their victims unable to fully empty their bladders. As a result, they tend to urinate more frequently. Constant urination also occurs because there is a lot of pressure imposed on the bladder and the pelvic region.