Ovarian Cyst is an health issue most Nigerian women do not know about. The reason is quite simple; women are not adequately informed. Until some of the reproductive health issues lead to infertility most African women do not even know they have them.

Just like every other illness that affects the female reproductive system, Ovarian Cyst has symptoms and facts every woman should know about. This is because at the end of the day, detecting it early will make a lot of difference to treating it.

In layman language, Ovarian cyst is a solid or fluid-filled sac or pocket (cyst) within or on the surface of an ovary. They usually occur more in women who still have their monthly period. Other times, they can occur after menopause too.

What are the symptoms of Ovarian Cyst?

A cyst is usually harmless until it is triggered which is why you need a doctor to do a test to ascertain if it is indeed a cyst. The symptoms are also quite similar to some other ailment, so a visit to your  Gynaecologist is always advised. The general symptoms of an Ovarian cyst are Pelvic pain, fullness or heaviness of the abdomen and bloating.You should see your doctor when you experience sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain, pain accompanied with fever or vomiting.

How do I know I have Ovarian Cyst?

Most times you won’t know it is a cyst and that is why you need your doctor to check it out. The symptoms are not very good indicators too because they can go with time.

What are the risk factors of Ovarian Cysts?

You are at more risk of developing an ovarian cyst if you

-Have Hormonal Imbalance

-Are pregnant

-Have Endometriosis

-Have had a previous case of Ovarian Cyst

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-Have severe pelvic pain

Is there a way to prevent them?

While some have said taking birth control pills will help, more research has shown that that claim might not be true. The best course of action according to experts is to be very watchful.