When it comes to health, we women should be well-informed about our bodies and the many health risks that we are faced in our lives. Among these are the risk and dangers that may affect our reproductive system and that include the appearance of cysts in the ovaries. Understanding the causes of ovarian cysts and avoiding the risk factors can help us understand, prevent or avoid problems involving this condition.
This condition involves the development of sac-like structures called cysts. Cysts can be filled with fluid and can appear anywhere in the body. In ovarian cysts, the sac-like structure is found in the ovaries. These sacs in the ovary are however common and can disappear on their own, although some can also create problems and symptoms that can be painful for the sufferer.
Knowing and understanding the causes of ovarian cysts is your best defense on how to avoid this condition and knowing how to deal with it in case you get to develop one. This condition commonly occurs in women from 30 years old until their menopausal years. It can however occur as a single or multiple cysts in both ovaries. The cysts that appear in the ovaries can be in varying types, but the most common are the functional cysts, which are formed during ovulation.
Before ovulation starts, a follicle is formed which contains the egg. During menstrual cycle, this follicle will rupture to release the egg and the follicle will break down and disappear by itself. If in case the follicle does not dissolve after the egg has been released, it will then develop as an ovarian cyst. There are also cases when the follicle does not rupture at all and not release the egg. This also will lead to the development of an ovarian cyst. These types of cysts however can actually disappear themselves.
Birth control pills are however seen to reduce your risk of cysts forming in the ovaries as these pills prevent the production of eggs. However, the possible risk factors associated with ovarian cyst may include previous history of having the condition, infertility, hormonal imbalance and early onset of menstruation, particularly those who were aged 11 or below.
This condition may or may not cause symptoms to a woman. If you want to check for yourself, here are the most common signs and symptoms that may occur when you have these cysts.
* Menstrual irregularities
* Painful menstruation
* Pain in areas around the pelvis during menstruation
* Pain in the pelvis area during sexual intercourse
* The need to urinate often or if not, you may experience difficulty in urinating
* Bloating or feeling full quickly
* Nausea or vomiting
* Weight gain
However, there may also be times that the cysts do not show any symptoms and are detected only during medical exams or ultrasound. It is important to note though that cysts in the ovaries and ovarian tumors can exhibit the same symptoms. With this, it is necessary, not only knowing the causes of ovarian cysts, but also about ovarian tumors as well as their symptoms.