What are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts?

To assure your health and safety, there are some symptoms you may experience and should look for when a cyst is causing problems

Ovarian cysts often cause no symptoms; however when symptoms are present, ovarian cysts may cause a dull ache or a sense of fullness or pressure in the abdomen. Pain during intercourse and at other times can also indicate the presence of ovarian cysts.

If you have an Ovarian Cyst, Symptoms are:

1) Menstrual irregularities.

2)Pelvic pain- a constant or intermittent dull ache that may radiate to your lower back and thighs. Pelvic pain shortly before your period begins or just before it ends. Pelvic pain during intercourse

3) Nausea, vomiting or breast tenderness similar to that experienced during pregnancy

4) Fullness or heaviness in abdomen.

5) Pressure on bladder - difficulty emptying your bladder completely.

6) Sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain

7) Pain accompanied by fever or vomiting

8) painful sex

9) weight gain.

Keep in mind that the above symptoms of ovarian cysts are fairly generic and may also be associated with the presence of other conditions, such as endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy or pelvic inflammatory disease.

In more serious cases when the ovarian cysts are particularly harmful to your health,symptoms include:-

  • dizziness or light-headedness
  • fatigue,fever
  • severe abdominal pain
  • shortness of breath and/or rapid breathing
  • vomiting

What Causes Ovarian Cysts?

The following are possible risk factors for developing Ovarian Cysts

1)History of previous ovarian cysts

2)Irregular menstrual cycles

3)Increased upper body fat distribution

4)Early menstruation (11 years or younger)


6) Hypothyroidism or hormonal imbalance

7)Tamoxifen therapy for breast cancer

What are Ovarian Cysts?

Ovarian cysts are small fluid-filled sacs which are usually not malignant(cancerous).These sacs may not cause any symptoms or they can cause quite a bit of pain .Sometimes ovarian cysts appear in connection with your menstrual cycle.

Ovarian cysts are very common, particularly in women between the ages of 30 and 60. They may be single or multiple, and can occur in one or both ovaries. Most are benign (non-cancerous), but approximately 15 percent are malignant (cancerous).

Types Of Ovarian Cysts:

Functional Cysts
These normal cysts will often shrink and disappear within two or three menstrual cycles. Because this type of cyst is formed during ovulation it rarely occurs in menopausal women because eggs are no longer being produced.

Dermoid Cysts
Ovarian cysts which are filled with various types of tissues including hair and skin.

Endometrioma Cysts
These cysts are also known as the chocolate cysts of endometriosis and form when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus attaches to the ovaries.

Cystadenoma Cysts
These are ovarian cysts which develop from cells on the outer surface of the ovaries

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS)
Cysts that form from a buildup of follicle cysts which cause the ovaries to thicken. These cysts cause the ovaries to enlarge and create a thick outer covering which may prevent ovulation from occurring and are often the cause of fertility problems.