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Functional Cyst symptoms?

By Anonymous December 23, 2016 - 8:48am
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I am a 39 year-old active, slim, mother of two. I've had a mirena IUD for 3 years. For about 7-8 years I've had bladder pressure and frequent urination and sometimes slow flow, low back discomfort, pelvic pressure (esp when my bowels are full), IBS symptoms (frequent, loose-ish movements) and tiredness that occur cyclically. With the use of a cycle tracking app, I've realized that these symptoms seem to occur a few days before ovulation and dissipate after I ovulate. Sometimes I'll have a little spotting and or cloudy vaginal discharge without itching also. I suffer from a lack of lubrication also, and even using astroglide, I get a bit sore after intercourse sometimes. I just had an abdominal and vag ultrasound and they found no cysts, but I'm due to start my period tomorrow. Is it possible that all these symptoms are just due to functional cysts developing and leaking? My pain isn't usually sharp, but dull and pesistent, but it still wears on me quite a bit and makes me feel tired and edgy. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer. Oh, also, I cannot take oral estrogen because I had a central retinal vein occlusion three years ago.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with your question.

Have you discussed these symptoms and possible causes with your gynecologist? I suggest you do.

A functional ovarian cyst is a sac that forms on the surface of a woman's ovary during or after ovulation. It holds a maturing egg. Usually the sac goes away after the egg is released. If an egg is not released, or if the sac closes up after the egg is released, the sac can swell up with fluid.

Most functional ovarian cysts do not cause symptoms. The larger the cyst is, the more likely it is to cause symptoms. Symptoms can include:
pain or aching in your lower belly, usually when you are in the middle of your menstrual cycle.
a delay in the start of your menstrual period.
vaginal bleeding when you are not having your period.

Some functional ovarian cysts can twist or break open (rupture) and bleed. Symptoms can include sudden and severe pain, often with nausea and vomiting, and pain during or after sex.

Anonymous, your symptoms do not appear to match. Might these symptoms be associated with premenstrual syndrome? That night explain the loose bowel movements and fatigue.


December 23, 2016 - 9:23am
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