Reproductive health is a very crucial part of one’s body functioning—this is true most especially for women. Unlike men, women are more prone to developing hormone-related and other reproductive system-related diseases and disorders. And the worst thing is, these reproductive disorders can endanger one’s life and can lead to dreadful conditions like neoplasms and the like.
One of the most common disorders that a woman may suffer from in terms of her reproductive system is ovarian cysts. Ovarian cysts are basically fluid-filled sacs which are located near or in the ovary itself. Cysts can occur in any part of the body too, apart from the ovaries and these cysts have a high affinity with body organs.
Most cysts have been proven to be benign, which means they are non-cancerous and non-threatening to our health. However, cysts have a tendency to rupture. When these cysts rupture, the fluid that it contains inside can be potentially harmful to the proximal organs.
We need not wait for these cysts to burst as there also signs and symptoms of ovarian cysts which we can notice to identify whether we have these cysts inside our organs. However, there are cysts which can exist and go on unnoticed until they start to rupture and burst.
Metrorrhagia (Bleeding In Between Periods)
Women experience menstrual periods monthly and in regular intervals, however, there may be cases when a woman experiences bleeding even after or in between her cycle. This is one of the most common symptoms of ovarian cysts. Blood flow can be copious and may cause alarm to the woman.
Sharp Pain in the Pelvic Area
There is definitely a form of pain associated with ovulation (mittleschmerz) and menstruation (dysmenorrhea). However, one of the accurate symptoms of ovarian cysts is a sharp and shooting pain in the pelvic area. And contrary to the type of pain felt during menstruation, this type of cyst related pain tends to last longer in duration and more severe in quality.
Frequent Urination and Feeling of Bladder Fullness
Due to the proximity of the pelvic organs to the bladder, pressure may be exerted to the bladder leading to more frequent urinary urgency. Also, even after urination, a person may still feel like something is left inside her bladder. Pain and discomfort is not relieved with urination and this may indicate a rupture of an ovarian cyst.
Since most of ovarian cysts are related with hormonal problems, the rupture, let alone the existence of these cysts can meddle with a woman’s hormones. As such, hormonal related symptoms of ovarian cysts may take place like emotional problems, weight gain, acne, breast changes and the like.
Nausea and vomiting are also symptoms of ovarian cysts as a response of our body to the bursting of these cysts.
As advocates of women’s health and reproductive health, it is important to be vigilant of these simple and easy to identify symptoms of ovarian cysts as most of these are subjective and can’t be felt or noticed by anyone but you.