How To Know If I Have Ovarian Cysts?

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Ovarian cysts are of various types… and whatever these types may be, they are real concerning; most especially when we speak of ovarian cysts rupture. Ovarian cysts are relatively safe but when they do act up—nothing would stop you from consulting a doctor. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cysts may be alarming and once you feel any of those signs and symptoms, you might as well pay your physician a visit. But before we delve into these signs and symptoms of ovarian cysts, let us take a look at how these ovarian cysts occur.

How Do These Ovarian Cysts Form?

Ovarian cysts occur in many ways but the most common forms of ovarian cysts develop when the ovarian follicles fail to rupture. A failure to rupture of these cysts will lead to the formation of a larger than normal follicle filled with fluid and other skin debris—this is what we call a cyst. On the other hand, an ovarian cyst may also take place when the remnants of the ruptured follicle, which we call corpus luteum or white body, becomes filled with blood and other fluids leading to its enlargement as cyst.

The former type is the most common form of cyst and most often than not, these do not rupture. But when we speak of the latter, it has a tendency to break out and cause internal hemorrhage. Other forms of ovarian cysts may also occur like dermoid cysts, which may contain body tissues like hair, skin and bones; as well as malignant cysts which may be cancerous.

Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

The first sign and symptom of ovarian cysts which you may notice is menstrual irregularities. This gives you a clue as to why these ovarian cysts may happen, as commonly amenorrhea or absence of a menstrual period may indicate the presence of follicular cysts.

Similarly, pelvic pain may happen, most especially if the cysts have become so large that it puts pressure into some of your pelvic organs like the ovary itself, uterus, etc. The pelvic pain may become aggravated while having menstruation, sexual intercourse, elimination or exerting pressure or effort which makes use of pelvic muscles.

A feeling of abdominal fullness and bladder fullness may also indicate the size of the ovarian cysts. A change in the size of your abdomen may also falsely lead you to thinking you are pregnant, when in fact, these are just cysts.

When you experience a sudden, sharp and shooting abdominal pain, most especially if accompanied by nausea, vomiting and fever, be sure to have yourself checked by your physician as these are signs and symptoms of ovarian cysts rupture. In any case, you might need to be operated on in order to prevent subsequent complications like peritonitis, endometritis, etc.

Prevention of Ovarian Cysts

There is no clear cut method of preventing ovarian cysts. The reason why ovarian cysts may occur is multifactorial but most causes point out to a hormonal imbalance. As such, making sure your hormones are at their proper level and eating foods which can enrich your hormones are also ideal.

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