Functional Ovarian Cysts
Functional ovarian cysts usually are harmless, do not cause symptoms, and go away without treatment. Ovarian cysts are often discovered during a Reference routine pelvic exam.
The larger the ovarian cyst is, the more likely it is to cause symptoms. When symptoms occur, they may include:
- Frequent urination, if a large cyst is pressing against your bladder.
- Abdominal (belly) pain.
- Menstrual period changes.
- Weight gain.
More severe symptoms may develop if the cyst has twisted (torsion), is bleeding, or has ruptured. See your doctor immediately if you have any of the following pain, shock, or bleeding symptoms:
- Sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sudden faintness, dizziness, and weakness
- Vaginal bleeding or Reference symptoms of shock Opens New Window from heavy bleeding (hemorrhage)
There are many other conditions that cause signs or symptoms of a functional ovarian cyst. This is why it's important to have any unusual pelvic symptoms checked and to have regular annual pelvic exams.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 8, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology