Women who have an ovarian cyst may notice a change in their menstrual cycles, including heavy, painful and prolonged periods or irregular menstrual cycles. Pelvic pain is characteristic of ovarian cysts as well as many other reproductive conditions. This pain may be dull and constant, or sharp and stinging, but intermittent. This pain is likely to increase in the days before your menstruation starts. At the same time, many women who have an ovarian cyst have painful intercourse, bowel movements, or urination. The pain you feel may get worse with strenuous physical activity.
Pregnancy-like symptoms like nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness and fatigue may accompany an ovarian cyst. And on top of that, a feeling of fullness and visible bloating of the abdomen may be present in combination with irregular periods, it is not a surprise that some women who have an ovarian cyst think they are expecting a baby at first. These symptoms can point to ovarian cysts as well as the conditions we listed in the first paragraph. Women who have these symptoms are advised to go and see a doctor. If you have severe abdominal pain, back pain, or pelvic pain, or if you feel nauseous or vomit in combination with these symptoms, and especially if you have a fever too, don't wait and head for the ER. Immediate medical treatment may be needed.