Do I Have Intrauterine Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts Or PCOS?

Symptoms and forewarning signs of intrauterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) are not very difficult to understand. It must be borne in mind though, that the symptoms may also, at times, appear to relate to some other conditions.

How to differentiate among the three? Symptoms of each are enlisted below:

Symptoms of Intrauterine Fibroids:
Intrauterine fibroids are benign growths the uterus. These generally appear during a woman’s childbearing years. While not cancerous, intrauterine fibroids can be very uncomfortable for a woman.

Oftentimes, many women are unaware that they have uterine fibroids because of absence of any symptoms. Sometimes, they may be discovered during a pelvic examination.

Common intrauterine fibroids symptoms include:

1. Extended periods (can last over a week)
2. Heavy bleeding during menstrual periods
3. Abdominal pain
4. Frequent urination
5. Incomplete emptying of the bladder
6. Ache in the back
7. Feeling of constipation

Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts:
Some typical symptoms of ovarian cysts are:

1. Irregular menstruation
2. Abdominal pain and pressure
3. Lower back ache that can radiate to legs
4. Pain during intercourse
5. Pressure and/or pain during a bowel movement
6. Feeling of nausea
7. Sore breasts
8. Bloated abdomen
9. Inability to completely empty the bladder

Symptoms of PCOS
Some of the important symptoms are:

1. Obesity
2. Hair loss
3. Difficulties to get pregnant
4. Miscarriages
5. Irregular menstrual cycles (missing periods and/or periods lasting unusually long)
6. Irregular and heavy vaginal bleeding
7. Skin problems (e.g. acne)
8. Hirsutism (excess hair growth) on the areas that are not typical for women (face, chest, back)
9. Oily skin
10. Mood swings

While above will help differentiate among the three, it would be prudent to consider seriousness of your affliction and decide if you need to consult your doctor.