Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts
Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian Cysts are common among women of reproductive age and 95% of cases are not cancerous and often disappear over time on their own. However, ovarian cysts may present a level of discomfort that may need to be treated.
Ovarian cysts symptoms of can often be confused with other health problems so it is very important that you get checked out by a doctor or a medical professional for a diagnosis.
Symptoms of ovarian cysts include:
•Pelvic pain which may start shortly before your period begins or ends
•Abdominal ache which may extend to the lower back and thigh area
•Pelvic pain during intercourse
•Pain during bowel movements
•Pressure on your rectum or bladder
•Difficulty emptying your bladder
•Nausea or vomiting
•Frequent urination due to the cyst laying on the bladder and/or
•Irregular menstrual bleeding
Make sure you seek immediate medical attention if you have any severe symptoms such as a sudden pain in your abdomen or pelvis or pain accompanied with vomiting or fever. Any signs of rapid breathing, lightheadedness/weakness could indicate an emergency, so you need to act quickly.
Tests and Appointments
Doctors will need to perform tests to determine how big and what type the cyst may be. Fluid-filled cysts aren’t very likely to be cancerous but if there is fluid and solid tissue present they will need to be investigated.
To determine what type of cyst you have your doctor may perform the following tests:
•A pelvic ultrasound will enable your doctor to see an image of your uterus and ovaries on a video screen. A device called a transducer can be moved over your abdomen to create an image which will be analyzed.
•A pregnancy test may be carried out and if it’s positive it can mean that you have a corpus luteum cyst.
•A laparoscopy is when a laparoscope is inserted into your abdomen through a small incision so your doctor can see the ovaries and remove the cyst.
A CA 125 blood test can determine whether a cyst may be cancerous. Research has proved that many women with ovarian cancer have raised blood levels of a protein called cancer antigen. So if you develop a partially solid cyst or you are at risk of ovarian cancer your doctor may choose to carry out this test. However, elevated CA 125 levels do not always mean cancer as they can occur with pelvic inflammatory disease,fibroids and endometriosis .
When you see your gynecologist you may have to have a pelvic examination. Prepare for your appointment by making a note of your symptoms and any medications you are currently taking.
There may be some important questions you might like to ask and it is usually a good idea to write them down. You may want to ask what might be causing your symptoms and whether you will need to have further tests or treatments.
Your doctor may ask you questions about your symptoms such as whether they seem to be related to your menstrual cycle and if anything seems to worsen or improve them.
The symptoms of Ovarian Cysts can be treated naturally.This article offers some suggestions.
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