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Ovaries are responsible for releasing eggs each month and also make many of the hormones that regulate the female menstrual cycle. There are two ovaries, one located in both sides of the uterus. An ovarian cyst is a cyst (a sac, normally filled with fluid or sometimes blood or puss) in one of the ovaries. Some cysts come and go, and many are totally benign. Others can be cancerous or precancerous and can grow in size. What are the most common ovarian cyst symptoms?

A sudden change in your menstrual cycle can sometimes indicate the presence of an ovarian cyst. Some examples are very heavy periods, or menstruation that lasts much longer than usual or is excessively painful. Some women who have ovarian cysts also have bleeding in between two periods. Abdominal bloating and pain during intercourse or strenuous physical exercise can also be symptoms of an ovarian cyst. Other common symptoms are nausea and vomiting, sore breasts and fatigue. These symptoms are much like those women usually encounter during the early stages of pregnancy. If you think you might be pregnant, taking a pregnancy test will give you more information.

Women who are not expecting a baby but still have pregnancy-like symptoms should see a doctor as soon as they can. It is important to point out that, while menstrual changes, bloating, pain, and pregnancy-like symptoms are the most common symptoms of an ovarian cyst, most women who have an ovarian cyst actually experience no symptoms at all. And in addition to that, these same symptoms can also be caused by a wide variety of other conditions. If you are in doubt, see a doctor. Regular gynecological check-ups can catch ovarian cysts and other problems even if you have no symptoms a powerful reason to see your OB at least every year, and not only if you have symptoms or are trying to get pregnant.

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