Uterine Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, And PCOS – Three Common Female Health Conditions

More information about uterine fibroids

This is a guest post by Pat Lovejoy

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There are many typical symptoms of uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). However, sometimes these symptoms are difficult to differentiate from the symptoms of some other conditions. Let’s talk about some of the most common symptoms of these three conditions.

Uterine Fibroids Symptoms

Uterine fibroids are benign growth in the woman’s uterus. They often appear during a woman’s childbearing years. Even though fibroids are not associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer, sometimes they can be very uncomfortable for a woman.

Often times a woman doesn’t even know that she has uterine fibroids because she doesn’t experience any symptoms. It is common that these tumors are detected during a routine pelvic examination. But when fibroids cause symptoms, they usually include:

1. Extended menstrual periods (seven days or more)

2. Heavy periods

3. Pressure and/or pain in the pelvic area

4. Urge to frequently urinate

5. Difficulties to empty the bladder

6. Back ache

7. Constipation

In the case fibroids become troublesome, you should consult with your doctor. They can help you to get rid of the problem.

Symptoms of Cysts on the Ovaries

Women have two ovaries which are located on both sides of the uterus. The size of one ovary is approximately the same as an almond. Women’s eggs are produced in the ovaries.

The eggs remain in the ovaries until they are ready to be fertilized. During ovulation one egg is released from either one of the ovaries and it travels into the uterus. During that time a man’s sperm can fertilize the egg. Because ovaries are the main source of female hormones, they also determine a woman’s hormonal balance.

One or more of the following signs may appear with an ovarian cyst:

1. Irregular menstruation

2. Pressure and/or pain in the pelvic area

3. Pain that radiates to lower back and legs

4. Painful intercourse

5. Pressure and/or pain during a bowel movement

6. Feeling nauseous

7. Tender breasts

8. Heaviness or fullness in the abdomen

9. The bladder doesn’t empty totally

PCOS Symptoms

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition where a woman’s hormonal balance is disturbed. Several small cysts are usually formed in the ovaries causing infertility and menstruation issues. PCOS symptoms include:

1. Obesity

2. Hair loss

3. Difficulties to get pregnant

4. Recurring miscarriages

5. Missing periods or irregularities in menstrual cycles

6. Heavy irregular bleeding during menstrual cycles

7. Acne

8. Hair growth (hirsutism) on the face and other areas typically unlikely for a female

9. Oily skin

10. Mood swings

As mentioned before, there are many symptoms of fibroids, ovarian cysts, and PCOS that mimic other female health conditions. That is why every woman should closely observe all the changes with her body in order to get the right diagnosis for her condition.

More information about uterine fibroids

To find more women’s health related information visit PCOSandFibroids.com. The site offers excellent information about polycystic ovary syndrome, ovarian cysts and fibroids symptoms and treatments.

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