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The Most Common Symptoms of an Ovarian Cyst

The Most Common Symptoms of an Ovarian Cyst

It is important to know the symptoms of ovarian cysts and when you should see a doctor due to ovarian cyst symptoms. At the Woman’s Clinic, your Little Rock gynecologist, we put together a list of the most common ovarian cyst symptoms.


An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled growth on the inside or outer surface of one of a woman’s ovaries. Many women develop ovarian cysts. The majority of these growths are harmless, cause only very minor discomfort or no ovarian cyst symptoms at all, and disappear without treatment in just a few months. However, some cysts can cause severe symptoms and require urgent treatment.

Common Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Most ovarian cysts do not cause any symptoms, and often these cysts disappear without treatment. However, larger ovarian cysts can cause symptoms including:

  • Pelvic Pain — Sharp or dull ache in the lower abdominal area on the side of the body where the cyst is located.
  • Abdominal Discomfort — Sensation of heaviness or fullness in the abdomen.
  • Bloating — A bloated sensation.

When You Should See a Doctor

More severe symptoms of ovarian cyst may indicate a serious need for urgent medical attention. Seek immediate medical help, if you experience:

  • Sudden severe pelvic or abdominal pain.
  • Pain and vomiting or fever.
  • Signs of shock, such as cold, damp skin, rapid breathing, weakness, light-headedness.

Functional Cysts

Each month, a woman’s ovaries develop follicles, which are cyst-like structures. The follicles generate the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, and they release an egg during ovulation. When a normally occurring monthly follicle continues growing (either before or after releasing the egg) it becomes a functional cyst.
This type of ovarian cyst is usually harmless. These cysts typically do not cause pain, and they often go away on their own within a few months.

Risk Factors for Ovarian Cysts

Risk of developing an ovarian cyst is increased by:

  • Hormone Problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic Infection
  • Pregnancy
  • History of Ovarian Cyst

Ovarian Cyst Complications

Less common kinds of ovarian cysts sometimes develop in women after menopause and may be cancerous. Post-menopausal women should maintain regular exams, to help ensure early detection and timely ovarian cyst removal, if needed.

Ovarian Cyst Prevention

Ovarian cysts are not preventable, but having routine pelvic examinations by your OB/GYN can help ensure that any changes are detected as early as possible.

The Women’s Clinic, Little Rock AR

The board-certified physicians at The Women’s Clinic provide state-of-the-art obgyn care for women in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information about ovarian cyst symptoms, contact The Woman’s clinic at (877) 455-1491 to schedule an appointment to see a Little Rock gynecologist.