If your family has a history, you may already be familiar with the symptoms of an ovarian cyst. If not, and if you have experienced a sharp pain or even an excruciating pain just before your menstrual period, you probably should know what the symptoms of an ovarian cyst are.
First it’s important to know that many cysts are asymptomatic meaning they will pass from your body naturally with no impact on your health. That said, understand that there are different types of cysts that can have different health consequences. They may cause the discomfort that you may be currently experiencing, or threaten fertility or even threaten your life.
Ovarian cysts are a condition that can not be ignored.
So what are these symptoms? Take a moment and think if you have experienced any of the following:
- Do you have difficulty urinating?
- Do you experience pain or discomfort during intercourse?
- Have you experienced a sense of nausea or had an episode of vomiting during your period.
- Does your abdomen feel bloated and under pressure?
- Have you experienced pain in your lower back or the back of your thighs?
- Are your periods irregular or spotty?
- Are your breasts overly sensitive during your menstrual period?
If you answered yes to all or some of these symptoms, you should visit your health professional for an evaluation.
If however, you experience any of the following you should immediately seek emergency medical assistance:
- If you become dizzy, light headed or faint you need help now.
- If you have a shortness of breath or rapid breathing seek help.
- A persistent fever can be a sign of a dangerous infection.
- If you experience persistent vomiting you need to get to the ER.
Cysts can rupture and cause bleeding both externally and internally. Serious infections can also develop. These conditions will not go away by themselves and need treatment.
It’s important to understand that the only way to determine if you have an ovarian cyst is to be tested by your medical provider. You’ll receive a sonogram and blood tests to determine the type and size of your cyst.
Once that it is determined that you have an ovarian cyst, you will be offered treatment. Maybe it will be drugs or possibly surgery. If these don’t suit you, then you need to learn more about a holistic method of not only effectively treating the existing cyst, but preventing a recurrence as well.
It is your body. You are responsible for making informed decisions as a partner with your medical professional. If you have concerns about ovarian cysts, now is the time to educate yourself as best as possible.