What to Do when an Ovarian Cyst Ruptures

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking part in sexual intercourse. It was all going great until about halfway through – with all of the pushing, pulling, and jostling around, it felt like something in my lower left pelvic region had been knocked free. At the time it just felt like a slight twinge, so I finished up my business and moved on.

As the night progressed, the tiny pinprick didn’t go away. In fact, it got worse. It transformed from a pinch to an ache to a full-blown stabbing pain. Needless to say, I was pretty freaked out (appendix? miscarriage? infection?) and finally went to the emergency room around midnight because I couldn’t sleep.

After undergoing a few vital tests I was sent home and told to come back in the morning for an ultrasound. As a picture of my uterus flashed across the screen the next day, I took note of what looked like an ugly purple bruise on one of my ovaries. “Yep,” the technician said to me. “You've got a ruptured cyst.”

It turns out that ruptured cysts are a relatively common phenomenon. Cysts are little fluid-filled sacs that grow on the outside of your ovaries. They start out as follicles, which are usually eliminated each month during menstruation. The most stubborn follicles hang around and set up camp to become full-blown cysts. Sometimes cysts will go away on their own and sometimes they require surgical removal. Doctors often take a biopsy of surgically removed cysts in order to confirm that they are benign (non-cancerous).

When a cyst bursts, or ruptures, a woman will most likely experience pain and bleeding. She may also have a feeling of fullness or heaviness in her abdomen and may be extra sensitive during sexual activities and trips to the bathroom.

The biggest health risk associated with ruptured cysts is hemorrhaging. You don’t want to lose too much blood or become dizzy or weak – these are all bad signs! Always visit a doctor if your pain is severe or bleeding continues for days on end. It is a good idea to mention the cyst to your gynecologist next time you’re in for an exam, too, so that more severe medical problems can be ruled out.

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I'm a young girl, with the constant problem of cysts on my ovaries bursting , it first began over two years ago where for a week I was feeling constant stabbing pains in my lower right side , doctors asummed it was my appendix but when examined showed it was a cysts whic burst, I was left untreated with not even pain medication, this happened several times after but it was bare able until 2 months ago where I was brought to hospital and was kept there for a week! 2 cysts had burst together causing extreme pain and bleeding which I had never witnessed before with these cysts , I had also experienced hip pains and lower back pains in my left side and could not walk .. This shows no matter what you can experience different symptoms each time you have something wrong and you should not assume you have what another person has because of similar symptoms, always be checked just to be sure!

September 5, 2015 - 7:31am
EmpowHER Guest

You should speak with a doctor before writing an article on the anatomical presentation of ovarian cysts. Follicles are inside your ovaries, and cysts grow INSIDE your ovaries. The pain that is being experienced is from the pressure and stretching of your ovary as it contains the cyst inside its walls.

May 2, 2015 - 2:31pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

FYI there are different types of ovarian cyst. There are the ones that form inside the ovary and there are ones that form OUTSIDE the ovary commonly as a result of endometriosis. I have had both as well as endometriosis and I can tell you that if a cyst on the OUTSIDE of the ovary gets big enough before it burst you will be in horrible pain.

November 20, 2015 - 1:09am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Actually, there are several different types of ovarian cysts. Not all of them grow on the inside of the ovaries.

November 10, 2015 - 5:51pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Actually I can show you my ultrasound and my ct scan each that both show follicles (11 total ) ON my right ovary and a large cyst ON my ovary. Maybe it's you that needs some education from a dr? Also even women w poly cystic ovarian syndrome have them ON my brith mother doesn't have plus cystic and they are ON it would be physically impossible to have them IN your ovary as they would cause our ovary itself to burst therefore causing internal bleeding not the way a normal cyst comes out like a period. Idiot.

September 5, 2015 - 12:12pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Lol maybe YOU need to see a dr first I have papers right here saying I have cysts ON my ovaries NOT IN!! And this has caused my ovary to swell. You sound like and IDIOT

August 15, 2015 - 9:50pm
EmpowHER Guest

I have been spotting for 21 days now. This of course is not normal for me. I am going to be turning 41 in a couple of months. My doctor says it isn't perimenopause. It is really freaking me out.

March 22, 2015 - 9:32pm
EmpowHER Guest

I have a benign cyst no pain. Had lots of bleeding for months at a time and would only stop for 2 days a month. Had to take birth control pills to stop the bleeding with took 3 months n hass been successful . no i believe the cyst has ruptured. I have been having lower back pain always dizzy no more bleeding seldomly spot. However i have alot of wetness n don't know why feels like my water has broke, yet i am NOT pregnant. Any advice

March 19, 2015 - 1:51pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I've been wondering the same thing about the wetness. I have seen on the depo shot for 6 months now and though I don't have a period I still have spotting. But the more I think about I think it may be cyst repturing. I have back pain like crazy and wetness that I can't explain. I feel like my Drs and idiot and she just wants to write me a prescription for Norco for the back pain. I hate self diagnoseing but right now I feel like I'm a better dr then her. Hopycan get an answer soon as to what's goin on.

March 20, 2015 - 10:39pm
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i never got my period and apparently i have an ovarian cyst and it burst it hurts so much i had to stay in a wheel chair and the doctors had to call other doctors from different hospitals to come its really painful but i had no bleedng

March 18, 2015 - 3:38pm
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