Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms


Early ovarian cancer may not cause any symptoms. However, almost all patients with advanced ovarian cancer report symptoms.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

  • Pain or swelling in the abdomen 
  • Pain in the pelvis
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as gas, bloating or constipation
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause

These symptoms are more commonly caused by other, less severe conditions and not by ovarian cancer. A woman who experiences these symptoms should consult a physician for evaluation. This evaluation should include a pelvic exam by an experienced gynecologist and, if indicated, an ultrasound of the ovaries.