Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Cyst on the Left and Ovary on the Right

What is an Ovarian Cyst

An Ovarian cyst is a small fluid-filled sac that develops in a woman's ovaries and women of all ages can be affected by them. What causes the cyst is when a follicle fails to rupture and release the egg, the fluid could remain and form a cyst in the ovary. It is quite common for it to normally happen in one of the ovaries. Many cysts are (functional) meaning it has nothing to do with the disease of any type and others are (benign) meaning non-cancerous can disappear within a few weeks.


Ovarian Cyst Causes

Causes of Ovarian Cysts

There are several causes that can lead but not limited to Ovarian Cysts.

1. Early menstrual cycle before 12 years of age.

2. Irregular menstrual cycles with continual skipping each month.

3. Hypothyroidism could also aid in creating ovarian cysts.

4. Non-conception and infertility can also cause ovarian cysts.

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your gynecologist or physician. Request an ultrasound.

1. Pelvic pain after sexual intercourse or exercise.

2. Irregular menstrual cycles are not normal. Seek a physician if it becomes a pattern.

3. Feeling of lower pressure or fullness.

5. Vaginal spotting or pain.

6. Nausea and Vomiting.

When To Seek A Physician

If you have had or are having any of these please make an appointment to see your Doctor.

1. Fainting

2. Persistent Fever

3. Anemia (from loss of blood)

4. Increased facial hair

5. Unexplained Weight Loss

6. Excessive thirst or urination

7. Abdominal tenderness

A handful of reasons to seek a Physician. An Ovarian Cyst cannot cause a miscarriage but many others possibilities could. He/she will advise and take the step necessary to eliminate the issue. He may choose to prescribe medication or may decide on surgery, whatever he/she decides will be the right decision for you.

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AEvans 2 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Bless you. You are correct, women must always check and be aware. Wishing you blessings.


miss.pereniko 2 years ago

I had blood taken for testing purposes too then receive results wich lead me to my nearest hospital emergency due to haemoglobin levels and two unknown cyst . 5.2 level and now undergoing treatment . always check for the slightest thing could end your life automatically. luckily im home but undergoing so many things to survive and being a mum makes it more of a stress


Che 2 years ago

And there are no sign of bleeding as I don't get my period due to the injection.


Che 2 years ago

Hi there, I'm planning to go to the doctor but I just wanted some advice before hand. The sister who normally does my injections said that they could cause ovarian cysts. The lower part of my abdomen on both sides (sort of where my ovaries would be if you look at a diagram) feel enlarged almost like they going to pop at any time but I don't have any pain and my breasts have been sensitive as well. I was late for my injection in December and had unprotected sex (silly I know) so was worried I was pregnant. I did a test at 10 this morning which came out negative. I don't know if this would be symptoms of cysts or if the pregnancy test malfunctioned. Please help.


Stacie 2 years ago

I started bleeding Tuesday the color and consistency is that of my normal period however its so light I don't need a pad. Is this from my cyst? I was told I have one on my right side about 4-4.5 cm. I have 3 kids and weve been ttc one more for a year now...is this from cysts? Will i ever get back to normal? Is there a chance well ever have another child?


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Annie varela: I would recommend making an appointment and talk to your gyno. Don't wait until it so bad that you end up a the ER. Wishing you the best.


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

jn690: Although normal you should not have to suffer and my suggestion is, get a second opinion.


Annie varela 3 years ago

Hello I have a cyst in my right overy. When I saw the doctor he told me it will go away by it self but now it hurst more often then befor. When I go to pee I feel a pain in my right side. Could this mean is getting worst?


jn690 3 years ago

Thanks for adding such an informative article.

I had a sonogram which showed that i have a cyst in my right ovary which is about 4.5 cm.

The pain has steadily gotten worse over the past few months. At first it was just frequent need to urinate and some pressure pain. But it is so much worse now and Ill be lucky if I have one day where I don't feel any symptoms at all. Some days I will have unbearable shooting pains from my lower abdomen on right side and in the vagina. It almost always hurts to urinate recently. Bladder and urethra pain are common. When the pain gets so bad, aleve and a heating pad can take the edge off but today I had to take off work and just laid in bed crying from pain.

I feel crazy because I am 26 years old and I know others who have had cysts and had no symptoms. My gyno doctor just says lets wait 6 weeks for another exam to see if it grows. They don't operate unless it is 6cm or more I believe. She is pretty abrupt though, and I don't know what to do about the pain in the meantime. I might start looking for another doctor and a second opinion.

Has anyone else experienced chronic pain like this, is it normal?


tisha 3 years ago

My periods have been on and off. Sometimes I'll get it twice in one month. Since I got off of depot, I've been bleeding a darker color of blood and will have sever back pains with really bad cramping. I still get pain when I'm moving around and pills don't help.


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Kylie: You need to see a doctor, those symptoms could lead to other issues that could be happening.


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Kylie Hooper 3 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

To be fair I'm not sexually active, but I'm still have stomach pains today that would make it 4 days now but its not a pain all through the day it comes and goes and any other time that I'm ill I don't really eat this time I seem to be alright when I'm eating


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Kylie: Contact your gynecologist immediately. It may not be a cyst it could be an infection. Its important that you take time to care for yourself , especially if you are sexually active. Keep me updated and wishing you all of the best.


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

When a young woman becomes sexually active things happen sooner than later in their lives. Cysts are really nothing to mess with and can also burst and cause excruciating pain. Follow through with your doctor and also take time to speak to your mom about what is happening. Mother's can be a daughters best friend.


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Sabrina, I would recommend contacting your gynecologist and see what else could be done. If the herbal medicine works for you, then I would suggest that you seek on-line to see if you can purchase the same product on-line for less.


kylie 3 years ago

Hello I'm very sorry I'm not used to talking like this unless it is with my sister but she thought. Might be pregnant but I have done a test and it came back negative, I'm 23 years old, I came of my period yesterday and started leaking brown stuff straight after but I have been having stomach pains for 3 days and for years I have suffered back pains so I'm guess my back hurting is due to how I sleep and the fact the my back has a lot of nots and crit, but I can't cope with the stomach pains one min its okay next min the pain makes me feel like I need to curl up, please can you help me


Georgia 3 years ago

Hi, I'm 17. I've got a very large lump about 10 cms in my lower left abdomen and its making me bloated, i have a constant dull pressure there and in the left hand side of my back. Its been there about 5 months. It started off small and has been increasing in size and pain. I cant sleep properly and when I sit down I have to sit in a certain position. I have pain during intercourse also. I've been to the doctors and have been referred as an emergency for a Pelvic and Transvaginal Examination tomorrow. I'm worried, more because its been called an "emergency" referral. The doctor says she thinks is an ovarian cyst, I'm scared that because its been there a while it'll be serious and they will have to operate and take out my ovary.


Sabrina Doolamsingh 3 years ago

I have Ovarion Cysts for the past 4 years and evrything I tried are not working it just makes me more sick,especially the Doctor's Medication,which was Metformin. I stopped that and started with some Herbal Medication and that helped a lot but is too expensive...Is there any thing that I can try,because I am 197lbs and I was in my 120's before I got this,I also have 2 Beautiful kids who are aged 11 and 8 I got the Cysts after my 2nd child...

Thank you Please help me.


Nicole 3 years ago

I have been having cramps, lower back pain, and leg pain after my period for the last 3 months. Also my cycle has changed, it used to be in the beginning of the month, now it is at the end. it used to only last about 5 days. the first 3 were heavy and the last 2 were light. now it is light, then really heavy and then just heavy and it lasts about a full week. I am sexually active but i have taken tests and they come back negetive. also after my period has stopped a couple days later i have clear discharge but there is still some blood in it. I don't know what is going on. anyone have any ideas?


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