Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

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Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

A woman who has a cyst within one of her ovaries may experience ovarian cyst symptoms. Although women of various ages can be impacted by these, they most commonly show up in those who are at a reproductive age.


Ovarian cyst symptoms that a woman may have can differ in specific cases. This website discusses some of the possibilities. Do keep in mind that as this is not an exhaustive list, there are other items that may show up in a person with this condition. Naturally, not noticing any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that a woman does not have an ovarian cyst. Below are some of the things that may occur:

Abdominal bloating
Abdominal cramping
Abdominal pain
Bowel movement labor
Frequent urination
Inability to empty the bladder completely
Irregular periods
Lower back pain
More hair on the body and face
Nodules under the skin
Pelvic pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
Rib pain
Quicker hair growth
Tender breasts
Thigh pain
Unusual uterine bleeding
Vaginal pain
Weight gain


A doctor or other professional in medicine is the one who makes a diagnosis of this condition. It is not simply based on ovarian cyst symptoms that the patient has, but usually, imaging methods like a CT scan or ultrasound will be used. There are some other conditions impacting the ovaries that are often referred to as cysts, but are not considered in the "functional" group, which is what this site talks about. Two such examples are the dermoid cyst and ovarian serious cystadenoma.


The vast majority of these cases are benign. Only around five percent of ovarian cysts are malignant, or cancerous, in nature. If cancer is present, then particular treatment for that is considered. Otherwise, a good deal of the treatment is based upon relieving the ovarian cyst symptoms, such as pain. Analgesics may be used for that. Something that warms up the lower abdomen might be useful for muscle relaxation. In some cases, surgery may be beneficial or even necessary. For example, this may occur when the cyst is large, such as greater than 2 inches. In some instances, one or even both of the ovaries may need to be taken out during surgery, but even in some cases of surgical procedures this is not necessary.