Ovarian Problems

ovarian problems_picThere are several reasons why a woman may develop ovarian problems. The way they are treated depends largely on the symptoms and the situation of the patient.

Ovarian Problems
Can Cause Infertility

Since the ovaries are an essential part of a woman’s reproductive system, a woman who has ovarian problems during her childbearing years may find conceiving difficult if not impossible depending on her individual circumstances.

The ovaries also give you your secondary sex characteristics…they make you look like a woman. Women are born with two ovaries. One ovary on the right and the other on the left side of the uterus. An ovary is about one-and-a-half inches long. They store and release your eggs. Your ovaries contain all the eggs at birth that you will have in your lifetime.

Ovarian problems don’t normally occur until a woman is old enough to menstruate. The chances of developing ovarian problems continue to increase as a female ages.  Ovarian cysts are a common ovarian problem. No one knows precisely why they happen, but three-quarters of all women develop them at least once.

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The symptoms vary from woman to woman. You may have an ovarian cyst but not be aware of it. Some women are not so lucky. Symptoms of problematic cysts include acute abdominal pain and irregular periods. However, a majority of ovarian cysts eventually go away without treatment.

You may want to watch this brief slideshow which summarizes the common symptoms of ovarian cysts:

When it is necessary, treatment for ovarian cysts depends on the age and overall health of the patient and whether she desires to have children. The number, location and size of the cyst(s) must also be considered.

Another ovarian condition involving cysts is PCOS. PCOS sufferers frequently have a number of small ovarian cysts. Hence the name poly (many) cystic ovarian syndrome.

Women with PCOS do not ovulate regularly. That means they do not release an egg every month. This is why PCOS sufferers do not have regular periods and typically have difficulty getting pregnant. PCOS is believed to be caused by a disorder of the endocrine glands and it is the number one cause of infertility in women.  Symptoms also include excess facial hair, baldness,  weight gain and acne. PCOS victims often suffer from diabetes and resistance to insulin.

Ovarian cancer is among the more serious ovarian problems of which women should be cautious. This type of cancer was previously known as the “silent killer” since it wasn’t typically discovered until it had spread to other parts of the body. Today, there are indications that make early detection possible. However, the symptoms of the disease are similar to those of many more common conditions. Digestive and bladder disorders, for example, often display the same symptoms as ovarian cancer. You may even be diagnosed with conditions such as irritable bowel, stress or depression before the true cause of your symptoms can been discovered.

Symptoms you should always get checked out include abdominal pressure or a feeling of fullness, bloating or swelling, urinary urgency or pelvic discomfort or pain. Also be alert to changes in your digestive or bladder habits, an increase in waist size, pain during intercourse, lower back pain, and menstrual changes. Many of these are also symptoms of ovarian cysts…and, unfortunately,this may cause women who have experienced ovarian cysts in the past to ignore current symptoms.

There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of serious ovarian problems. Get an annual exam, don’t smoke, limit alcohol, eat a healthy diet, and never ignore the symptoms mentioned above…even if you feel certain you know what is causing them. The most deadly of ovarian problems is ovarian cancer and early diagnosis is the key to surviving it. Don’t take a chance on putting off a visit to the doctor.

Suffer from ovarian problems?
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…eliminate painful ovarian cysts