Ovarian cancer symptoms

In its early stages, ovarian cancer usually has no symptoms. This means it is typically diagnosed when the cancer is more advanced.

If symptoms occur, they may include: pressure, pain or discomfort in the abdomen or pelvis; swollen or bloated abdomen; appetite loss or feeling full quickly; changes in toilet habits (e.g. constipation, diarrhoea, passing urine more often, increased flatulence); indigestion and nausea; tiredness; unexplained weight loss or weight gain; changes in menstrual pattern or bleeding after menopause; or pain during sex.

If these symptoms are new for you, are severe or continue for more than a few weeks, keep a record of how often they occur and make an appointment to discuss them with your general practitioner (GP). These symptoms can also occur in many other conditions and do not necessarily mean you have cancer, but it is best to have a check-up.

Visit Ovarian Cancer Australia to download a symptom diary to help you record any symptoms and talk about your health concerns with your doctor. 

This information was last reviewed in April 2018
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