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Just one in five women in the UK are able to name bloating as a symptom of ovarian cancer. We want to change this. Take a look at how to recognise the symptoms of ovarian cancer and download our symptoms leaflet to find out more (available in more languages).


What are the symptoms?​

  • Persistent bloating - not bloating that comes and goes
  • Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain (that's your tummy and below)
  • Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual)

Occasionally there can be other symptoms:

  • Changes in bowel habit (eg diarrhoea or constipation)
  • Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Unexplained weight loss

Any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP.

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Symptoms will be:

  • Frequent – they usually happen more than 12 times a month
  • Persistent – they don’t go away
  • New – they are not normal for you 


Download our Target Ovarian Cancer symptoms leaflet to find out more (available in more languages).

Worried about your symptoms?

If you regularly experience any one or more of these symptoms, which are not normal for you, it is important that you see your GP. It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to get checked out. 

"My message is, go and see your GP as soon as you think something is wrong and don't take no for an answer." Maureen, Inverness. Watch Maureen's story. 

Other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have symptoms similar to ovarian cancer but if your symptoms don't clear up, go back to your GP or seek a second opinion, even if you've had tests. Take this information, or our  symptoms leaflet with you to help you explain (also available in other languages). If you'd like to order symptoms leaflets by post, please visit our materials order form.

"I took this thought home with me. Please listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Never ever be afraid to start the ball rolling by going to your GP. It could be too late to conquer it. Don't wait. Too many loved ones, too many friends, need you. You are special." Moira, Warrington. 

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Last reviewed: July 2017
Next review: June 2020