What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

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This video discusses the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancer.

Ovarian cancer may cause the following signs and symptoms—

  • Vaginal bleeding (particularly if you are past menopause), or discharge from your vagina that is not normal for you.
  • Pain or pressure in the pelvic area.
  • Abdominal or back pain.
  • Bloating.
  • Feeling full too quickly, or difficulty eating.
  • A change in your bathroom habits, such as more frequent or urgent need to urinate and/or constipation.

Pay attention to your body, and know what is normal for you. If you have unusual vaginal bleeding, see a doctor right away. If you have any of the other signs for two weeks or longer and they are not normal for you, see a doctor. They may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see a doctor.

Use our Symptoms Diaries below to track possible symptoms over a two-week timespan.

Page last reviewed: August 15, 2019