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Can Ovarian Cysts Cause Pelvic Pain? Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

When they grow into large cysts, ovarian cysts usually become unfriendly. This has to do with the fact that their size makes it almost impossible for peaceful coexistence with various parts of the female reproductive system. Most ovarian cyst symptoms usually manifest because of this.

Pelvic pain is a symptom of ovarian cysts that most women with cysts in their ovaries complain about. However, not all women experience it. And even those that experience this symptom usually experience it in different ways. This can make it confusing when trying to determine whether or not what you are experiencing is a symptom of ovarian cysts or a sign of a totally unrelated medical condition.

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The US National Library of Medicine is clear on why ovarian cysts cause pain. It lists 6 scenarios under which cysts in an ovary may cause pelvic pain. A cyst can cause pain if it:

  • Becomes large
  • Bleeds
  • Breaks open
  • Interferes with the blood supply to the ovary
  • Is bumped during sexual intercourse
  • Is twisted or causes twisting (torsion) of the Fallopian tube

Pelvic pain may occur before or during your menstrual periods

Ovarian cysts grow in or on ovaries, which are one of the most important hormonal production centers in the body. They specialize in producing menstrual-cycle related hormones. The mere presence of the cysts is bound to interfere with this process, leading to discomfort.

There is also the fact that the growth/development of some ovarian cysts, functional cysts, usually depends on the menstrual cycle. The hormonal fluctuations immediately before or during your menstrual periods may therefore be to blame for irritation of the cysts. This may be what is triggering the pelvic pain.

Pelvic pain may occur during or after sex

Sex is a strenuous activity.

During sex, it is possible to exert pressure on the area around the cyst. This may be as a result of the weight of your partner, especially if you are having sexual intercourse using the missionary position. It may also be because of the movement that happens during sex. Any pressure applied to the area can cause the cyst to press against tissues or organs, something that may cause pelvic pain.

Types of pelvic pains caused by ovarian cysts

The way one woman experiences the symptoms of ovarian cysts is usually different from the way another woman experiences them. It all depends on genetics, the type of cyst, its size and the lifestyle that a person leads.

Pelvic pain is no exception. In some women, the pain is intermittent while in others, it is continuous. Some women experience it as a dull heavy sensation while others experience it as a sharp and sudden pain that starts and then stops.

Pelvic pain caused by ovarian cyst complications

By the time ovarian cysts start causing pain, things are usually out of the norm. This is because cysts on ovaries don’t usually cause any symptoms. They appear and disappear, in most cases, without the affected woman knowing of their presence. Any pain they cause is therefore a clear message that you need to pay a visit to a doctor.

However, when the pelvic pain is sharp and sudden, you have no choice. You need immediate medical attention. This is because this type of pain is a common indication of ovarian cyst complications such as ovarian cyst rupture, ovarian torsion and infections that occur when a cyst bursts.

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Can Ovarian Cysts Cause Difficult Or Painful Bowel Movements?

Is painful bowel movements an ovarian cyst symptom? If so, how can a cyst growing in the ovaries affect your bowels?

Ovarian cysts come with many symptoms. The only problem is that there isn’t a clear cut list of symptoms that one has to have in order to tell whether or not she has cysts in her ovaries. This is mainly because ovarian cyst symptoms manifest in different ways. It all depends on the person, the type of ovarian cyst that the person has and the size of the ovarian cyst.

What makes it more confusing is that some of the symptoms caused by ovarian cysts are also symptoms of some reproductive system and digestive system complications. There are even similarities between symptoms of ovarian cysts and signs of pregnancy.

For example, experiencing bowel movement problems is a likely indication of a problematic digestive system. Question is: can it also be a symptom of ovarian cysts?

Is painful bowel movement an ovarian cyst symptom?

The simple answer is: Yes.

Ovarian cysts can cause bowel movement complications. Because of how close the ovaries are to your bowels, any growth that develops in the ovaries can press against the bowels. This can then affect not only how much your bowels can hold, but also the ease with which its contents can move.

You will experience this symptom if your cysts have transformed into large cysts. You may feel pain when trying to empty your bowels. You may also find it difficult to completely empty your bowels – the large cyst pressing against your bowels may affect the muscle  contraction and relaxation process that is necessary for bowel movement- and thus increasing the need for you to visit the loo more frequently.

Treating difficult/painful bowel movements

Treating this symptom is a little bit tricky because a physical barrier is what is causing the symptom. Painkillers might help to make the pain tolerable, but still, it’s a physical barrier that is pressing against your bowels. There are therefore only two solutions that can really help to solve this problem:

a)shrink the ovarian cyst

b)remove the ovarian cyst

There are natural methods of treating ovarian cysts. These methods usually work by restoring balance in your body. They therefore work with your body to help get rid of the conditions that created the environment that enable the cyst to form and grow. By so doing, these natural methods of managing ovarian cysts can help to shrink the ovarian cysts. This can then reduce the pressure on your bowels.

As for removal of the cyst, this is something that can only be done through surgery. It may call for undertaking more-than-you-are-comfortable-with risks but it is sometimes necessary especially when the cyst is so large that it leads to other medical complications.

 

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