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If you have constipation frequently and no other symptoms...is it likely to be ovarian cancer?

By Anonymous December 22, 2009 - 5:14pm
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It might be an early sign, but you really should check with your doctor. I haad all the signs but at first we thought it was IBS, due to it not showing up on the x-rays. After a second x-ray showed nothing, my doctor scheduled a CT scan and we both got the shock of our lives. There was a 22 by 26 centimeter tumor hiding in there.

February 2, 2010 - 2:21am
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Hi srim - I'm not sure what you mean by "blood stains on the plate" but am guessing you are saying you see blood stains on the toilet. One cause could be the constipation since you can tear the tissue around your anus when you pass a large stool because it essentially gives you a cut or tear. It will take a while for the cut to heal, and bleeding will occur until it does.

Another possibility could be hemmoroids. You can learn more about them at our hemmoroids page:


I'm sorry you don't have someone to talk to about this. Do you have a healthcare provider? Symptoms like rectal bleeding should be seen by a medical professional, and I think you would benefit from having some peace of mind about your situation and someone to talk to about developing an exercise program too, if that's what you would like to do. Will you let us know what you decide?
Take good care, Pat

January 27, 2010 - 5:16pm
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Hi Anon - Frequent constipation can be caused by many factors. Is there a specific reason you're asking about ovarian cancer? Is there a family history of this cancer?

Ovarian cancer generally doesn't cause symptoms until the later stages.

Symptoms include:

* Abdominal discomfort and/or pain
* Gas, indigestion, pressure, swelling, bloating, or cramps
* Ascites (excess fluid in the abdominal cavity)
* Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or frequent urination
* Loss of appetite
* Feeling of fullness even after only a light meal
* Unexplained weight gain or loss
* Abnormal bleeding from the vagina
* Hair growth, voice deepening, acne, loss of menstrual periods
* in some rare stromal tumors

These symptoms may also be caused by other, less serious health conditions. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor.

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms in addition to frequent constipation? If not, what symptoms are you experiencing?

The more we know, the more we can research information to assist you. Thanks for writing, and we look forward to hearing back from you.

Pat Elliott
EmpowHER Cancer Guide

December 22, 2009 - 6:58pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

even i am facing the same problem.... i dont have any other symptoms except frequent constipation... actually these days i have been putting on weight... that too bcoz i am idle and lazy these days... i dont have any others symptoms.. my only worry is constipation.. rarely i face problem with gas... that too when i eat more.. otherwise i am fine... but i am very much worried about my constipation problem... kindly let me know what it could be bcoz its eating up my brain ....

thanks in advance

January 26, 2010 - 12:24pm
(reply to srim)

Hi srim,
I'm confused why you are worried about your constipation? It sounds like you already have some ideas of why you are constipated (you mentioned "I've been putting on weight", "I am lazy these days"...I'm assuming this means not eating well and not exercising?), and that you notice constipation and gas "when I eat more".

If you have no other symptoms, as you indicated, have you considered that your current eating patterns and lack of exercise are contributing to your constipation?

What have you tried to alleviate these symptoms?

Lastly, can you tell us more about your symptoms, including how frequently you are experiencing constipation (or, how infrequently you are experiencing a "BM"--bowel movement)? Are you on any medications or have any medical conditions that we should know about? What is your age, and can you tell us about possible lifestyle factors (eating, exercise, smoking, alcohol use, etc). Would you consider yourself within a normal weight range? Do you feel that you eat an adequate and healthy amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains?

January 26, 2010 - 1:02pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

i dont know whom to share all these things.. it will be great if u can help me .. thanks a lot

February 1, 2010 - 10:45am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to srim)

Hi srim - We'd like to help you. If you can please take the time to answer Alison's questions we will be able to do a better job of finding information. We're not being nosy, just seeking more information about your situation in order to be able to help you. Take care, Pat

February 1, 2010 - 5:44pm
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