The thing about ovarian cysts is that they are usually warm and fuzzy with the female reproductive system. That is until they get large enough, burst or cause complications such as ovarian torsion and ovarian cancer. When that happens, they trigger a host of ovarian cyst symptoms that will turn your life into a living hell.
Pain is a common ovarian cyst symptom. According to the US National Library of Medicine, it is a symptom that usually occurs when either of the following things happen. It occurs when a cyst in a woman’s ovary:
c)twists or causes the fallopian tube to twist
d)gets bumped during strenuous activity like sex
e)interferes with the ovary’s blood supply
f)turns into a large cyst
Any of these things can turn a i-don’t-have-any-problems-with-you ovarian cyst into a raging nuisance. And it’s not pretty. The following are the different types of pains that such a cyst can cause.
1. Pelvic pain
This is an ovarian cyst symptom that usually manifests because of the size of the cyst – when the cyst has simply exceeded the space threshold that the female reproductive system can allow. As a result, the cyst starts competing for space with adjacent organs and tissues. As it expands, it applies pressure on tissues and muscles, stretching them and moving them out of place. This can be very painful.
Pelvic pain can also occur when any of the complications of ovarian cysts occur. Ovarian cyst rupture is usually signified by sharp pelvic pain. So is ovarian torsion and infections of the female reproductive system. It is for this reason that it is usually advisable for you to seek immediate medical attention the moment you experience sharp pelvic pain, especially if it is sudden.
2. Painful periods
Ovarian cysts can mess with your periods. And it’s not just the cycle that they can mess with. They can make your periods painful.
You can experience the pain just before the periods, when bleeding or immediately after bleeding.
Given that the development of some cysts, functional ovarian cysts, is dependent on the menstrual cycle, it is believed that the hormonal fluctuations at or around your periods can trigger ovarian cyst irritation and is to blame for the pain.
3. Pain during sexual intercourse
The pain that ovarian cysts cause during sex is the deep kind of pain. Not the “superficial” kind – like the one caused by inadequate vaginal lubrication.
Painful sexual intercourse may occur because of the penis knocking on the cyst during penetration. It can also occur if the humping and thumping, during sex, causes the ovarian cyst to rupture. No matter the cause, this pain is a reliable way of getting you off the pleasure train.
4. Pain during bowel movements
This is a symptom of ovarian cysts that usually kicks in when the cysts grow so large that they start pressing against your bowels. This then not only reduces the capacity, volume wise, of your bowels but also inhibits it’s muscles ability to relax and contract – something that is necessary for smooth bowel movement. There is also the fact that when the cysts press hard enough against your bowels, they can cause a physical barrier. All this can cause a lot of pain and may even lead to serious complications of the digestive system.
5. Pain after sexual intercourse
The presence of ovarian cysts in your ovaries can also cause pain after sex.
6. Back pain
Back pain is a common symptom of ovarian cysts. It usually occurs when the cysts become large. This pain is usually felt in the lower back region and has a tendency to manifest as a dull ache.