Spotting the Warning Signs of Ovarian Cysts

If you start feeling pain and discomfort and don’t know why, watch out for these common symptoms.

An ovarian cyst is a pouch that develops on your ovary, usually filled with fluid. Most ovarian cysts are benign, but they can cause problems if they grow too large or break open. 

Here at the Advanced Endometriosis Center, we provide personalized care to each of our patients. Led by Dr. Ulas Bozdogan and our teams in New York City and Hackensack, New Jersey, we’re here to help you find relief and treatment for ovarian cysts, along with all your other gynecological and obstetrical needs.

Many women develop ovarian cysts during ovulation as part of their normal menstrual period. Sometimes these growths, called functional cysts, can cause pain, but most disappear in a few weeks. Other types of ovarian cysts can develop if you have endometriosis, while yet another type is congenital — something you’re born with. 

Treatment differs depending on your individual situation.  

Do all ovarian cysts cause symptoms? 

Sometimes you have no symptoms when you have an ovarian cyst. That’s an important reason to keep your regularly scheduled OB/GYN appointment your doctor may discover a cyst during the exam. 

Common symptoms of ovarian cysts 

The following are some of the most common symptoms of ovarian cysts:


Do you constantly have a full feeling, even when you haven’t eaten much? If your abdomen feels consistently heavy and bloated, you could have a cyst on your ovary. 

Pain during intercourse

Pain during sexual intercourse can be a sign of a few different medical conditions. Don’t let painful intercourse affect your relationship. Dr. Bozdogan determines if your pain is due to an ovarian cyst or another cause. 

Pelvic pain during menstruation 

Many women have cramps during their periods, which is normal. However, you want to rule out an ovarian cyst if you’re having an unusual amount of pain when you’re menstruating. 

Pain on the side of your abdomen

Pain on one side of the abdomen can be a sign of appendicitis or another condition, in addition to an ovarian cyst. When a cyst grows very large, it can become painful. 

Changes in elimination 

Changes in urinary or bowel habits can signal an ovarian cyst but can also signal serious medical issues, so be sure to get this symptom checked out. 

Symptoms signaling an ovarian cyst emergency 

Opting for regular gynecological treatment at the Advanced Endometriosis Center can help avoid an emergency caused by an undiagnosed ovarian cyst. 

Sometimes ovarian cysts may break open.  The cyst may twist the ovary, which can stop blood flow and lead to the rupture — in that case, you need emergency treatment. Dr. Bozdogan makes sure to leave time in his schedule for walk-in emergencies. 

The following are common symptoms of a ruptured ovarian cyst: 



Some of the symptoms of ovarian cysts are similar to those you might have with other medical conditions. Receiving a correct diagnosis is critical for receiving the proper treatment in a timely manner. Dr. Bozdogan has treated hundreds of patients with ovarian cysts. 

Not all cases are the same, and treatment depends on the type of cyst, whether it’s growing, and other factors. You’re in safe hands — if Dr. Bozdogan finds a cyst, he knows whether it’s a ‘watch and wait’ or a ‘treat right now’ situation. 

If you’re in the New York City or Hackensack, New Jersey, area, call the Advanced Endometriosis Center or request an appointment online to receive the expert, specialized gynecological care you deserve today.

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