Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Calling All Women in Their 30s and Going

Avoid the scare and face the facts - age does matter when it comes to health, especially for women when they reach their 30s. So better prepare yourself and be open to the idea of how important it is to visit your OB-gynecologist and have an ultrasound, a Pap smear or a breast exam whichever your symptoms fancy.

One disorder that seems prevalent these times is what is known as ovarian cyst. It happens when an ovarian follicle becomes larger than 2 cm which can be the size of a pea or as large as a golf ball. Most often these cysts are benign and do not cause a health threat, but when they start to cause bleeding and pain or any other symptoms such as stated below, that could be a signal to go and have that appointment with your doctor.

These are the possible symptoms that may indicate you have ovarian cysts:

* Dull ache or severe abrupt and sharp onset
* Discomfort in the lower abdomen (left and right or either)
* Pain in the pelvis, vagina, lower back, or thighs that may be constant or intermittent
* Abdominal fullness, pressure, heaviness or bloating
* Breast tenderness
* Pain pre, peri and post menstrual period
* Unusual uterine bleeding or spotting
* Difficulty urinating or incomplete emptying of the bladder
* Bowel movement changes or difficulty because of pressure on the pelvic anatomy
* Weight gain
* Nausea or vomiting
* Fatigue
* Strange nodules that feel like bruises under the layer of skin

If you sense any of these, go and have that nice picture taken of your abdomen and pelvis. A simple ultrasound might even save you from sleepless nights and useless worrying.

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