Ovarian Cysts occur when the ovary builds up a collection of fluid.  Almost all women who experience pre-menopausal experience ovarian cysts, and up to approximately 15-20% of post-menopausal women experience ovarian cysts.  Most ovarian cysts are benign in nature and therefore harmless.  Ovarian cysts most commonly affect women during childbearing ages, however they can affect women after childbearing age has been reached, or during post-menopausal time has been reached.

Ovarian cyst symptoms can be minor or can be large and extremely painful.  Here are just a few symptoms of ovarian cysts:

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • Unusual menstrual pains
  • Strange and unusual pains during sexual intercourse
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Bladder Problems
  • Excessive Urination
    Possible Infertility
  • Pain the pelvis
  • Pain the vagina
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Pain in the thighs
  • Possible bloating in the abdomen.
  • Tenderness of the brains
  • Pain before and after menstrual cycles
  • Uterine bleeding and/or spotting.
  • Difficulty with bowel movements
    Weight gain
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Increased levels of fatigue or unusual fatigue
  • Increased level of hair growth
  • Increased or an inordinate amount of facial hair
    Increased or an inordinate amount of body hair
  • Headaches
  • Unusual pain in the ribs
  • Bloating
  • Feeling bruises or pain underneath the skin.

If you experience any of these symptoms of ovarian cysts it is advisable that you seek immediate medical attention and contact an Obstetrician.  Although these ovarian cyst symptoms can be extremely scary and painful approximately 95% of ovarian cysts are not cancerous and are benign.  This, however, does not mean that these symptoms of ovarian cysts are cause to not seek immediate and appropriate medical attention.  Bleeding, pain during menstrual cycles, vomiting and potential infertility are extremely serious symptoms and you do not want to take any chances with ovarian cysts or the potential for serious damages or other problems that might occur