In our last article for gynaecology-related conditions we looked at PCOS (to refresh your memory you can read our article here). In this article, we will be looking at Ovarian Cysts. Many people often confuse having ovarian cysts to automatically mean they have PCOS. While those with ovarian cysts can certainly have PCOS as well there is still a difference between the two. PCOS has to do with hormonal imbalance and Ovarian Cysts are usually not related to this.
We will be breaking down what ovarian cysts are and the signs and symptoms of having larger ovarian cysts or possible complications.
By the end of the article we hope you have a clearer understanding of PCOS vs Ovarian Cysts. However, if you have any questions (which is completely okay, by the way!), refer to the ‘get in touch’ section and we’d be happy to chat.
What are Ovarian Cysts?
Ovaries are small, less than 3cm in length and width. It is where the eggs are stored and then released each month. Women have two ovaries located on opposite sides of the uterus.
Ovarian cysts are pockets or sacs, located in the ovaries that contain fluid. Smaller ovarian cysts are normally resolved naturally and many woman are asymptomatic. However, some ovarian cysts can get tangled up, burst or can be bigger in size. This can result in several symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms
Mayo Clinic reports the main three symptoms to be:
- Pain in the pelvic area, mainly on one side
- Pressure or feeling weighed down around your abdomen
- Feeling bloated
If experiencing the symptoms above, book an appointment to see your physician. However, if experiencing any of the following symptoms below, please seek urgent medical attention:
- Extreme abdominal or pelvic pain, that has quickly progressed
- High temperature/fever, pain and vomiting
- Any symptoms of shock – Cold sweat, cold skin, increased breathing, feeling faint
In terms of the frequency of women with ovarian cysts, Cleveland Clinic reports that roughly 8-18% of women (premenopausal and postmenopausal) have ovarian cysts. For women postmenopausal, it is reported that the ovarian cysts remains for several years.
Studies have also stated that in the USA, 5-10% of women required surgery for their ovarian cysts at some point. Roughly a fifth of these cysts are cancerous.
Get in touch
From the reported information above, ovarian cysts might not be the most common or serious gynaecological condition but it is evident that the risk still exists and you should remain vigilant of the symptoms. If you believe you might have complications with ovarian cysts or have any other questions about this, please get in contact at (345) 745-7450 or book an appointment here.