7 Things Every Woman Should Know About Ovarian Cysts

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Symptoms of an ovarian cyst
The most noticeable symptoms are pain in the lower stomach area, swelling and bloating, back pain, and abnormal bleeding. Cysts can also cause ... more 
Photo by: womenshealth.gov
Symptoms of an ovarian cyst
The most noticeable symptoms are pain in the lower stomach area, swelling and bloating, back pain, and abnormal bleeding. Cysts can also cause pain during sex and unexplained weight gain, migraines, and nausea.
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Tue, Apr 23, 2013 1:50 PM EDT

Recently, my OB/GYN found a rather large cyst on my right ovary. I'm not a stranger to ovarian cysts - I've had a ton of little ones throughout my teenage and adult years, plus one big one that ruptured back in 2008. But this time, the doctor suggested that we remove the cyst through laparascopic surgery. At this point, I'm so uncomfortable with this darn thing that I'm thrilled to have it out, although worried that I might lose one of my ovaries in the process. I'm also worried about recovery time since I have a very active 3 1/2 year old boy that loves to jump around - right now the plan is for him to spend lots of time with Grandma and Grandpa while I recover. I wrote about the whole thing on my personal blog and what struck me was how often this happens. We poor mommas! So I did a little research. Click through for 7 facts every woman should know about ovarian cysts! -By Beth Anne Ballance

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