Common symptoms of ovarian cancer

See your UCHealth gynecologist right away if you are experiencing any of these:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Swelling in the pelvis or abdomen
  • Upset stomach
  • Urinary symptoms, such as urgency or frequency
  • Vaginal discharge, which may be clear, white, or tinged with blood

Ovarian cancer: questions and answers

It depends on the surgery performed to treat you. Women with ovarian cancer who are able to keep one ovary can have a baby after treatment. Women who needed to have both ovaries removed, and possible their womb, cannot have babies afterwards.

No. A hysterectomy does not remove your ovaries, so you may still be at risk for ovarian cancer.


A pelvic exam is an important part of detecting ovarian cancer, but it alone is not definitive. If your doctor suspects that you might have cancer based on the pelvic exam, she would need to order further tests to make a proper diagnosis.

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