If you have an overactive bladder, you’re probably used to that frequent feeling of needing to urinate urgently.
Although February is more commonly known for Valentine’s Day, this month also marks International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month which aims to raise awareness of how to prevent mothers and babies from contracting infectious diseases. Prevention is always the best practice, so having some initial awareness goes a long way.
Before becoming pregnant, it’s important to know how it affects your heart and circulatory system. While most women will not experience any heart-related problems during pregnancy, sometimes the extra demand placed on the heart can be too much. This is particularly true for women who have pre-existing heart conditions or those at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Ovarian cysts are common in many women, and while most won’t cause any major issues, it’s important to be aware of the frequent signs and symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist in order to get your questions answered and ensure your peace of mind.
What are ovarian cysts?
Women have two ovaries that are approximately the size of an almond, found on either side of the uterus. Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with fluid that are found in an ovary or growing on its surface.
Plenty of women have ovarian cysts at some point in their lives. Most ovarian cysts are harmless and don’t cause pain or discomfort. The majority of ovarian cysts disappear without any need for treatment within several months.
However, some ovarian cysts, particularly those that might have ruptured, can result in serious symptoms and health hazards. Make sure that you are taking care of your health by attending regular pelvic exams and educating yourself on symptoms that may require a visit to your provider.
While smaller, less harmful cysts won’t cause symptoms and generally disappear on their own, look out for the following symptoms that might indicate you have a larger ovarian cyst:
- Painful intercourse
- Pain in the lower back/thighs
- Tenderness in the breasts
- Pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle
- Nausea and vomiting
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, particularly if they interfere with your daily life, it’s time to visit your gynecologist who can advise on the next steps.
Sometimes complications may arise from ovarian cysts. Make sure you seek urgent medical care if you develop any of these severe symptoms:
- Faintness/ dizziness
- Sharp pelvic pain
- Rapid breathing
However, before you get worried about developing a harmful ovarian cyst, it’s a good idea to understand them a bit more and why they occur.
These days, there are so many birth control options to choose from that it can feel confusing at best to choose a method that’s right for you. While your friends might swear by one method, you might find yourself more suited to an alternative. If you are using birth control, it’s worth taking a moment to decide if it’s really the right method for you, or if it might be worth trying a new form of birth control.