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What to Do when an Ovarian Cyst Ruptures

By Shaina Gaul
 
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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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Anonymous

bleeding is mentioned a couple of times in this article and i just wanted to point out that while uterine bleeding is concerning bleeding into the abdominal cavity is just as likely and probably more dangerous because there is not a visual symptom. if you have intense pain in your stomach or lower back and laying on your back causes spasms and pain in your chest/shoulders/upper back go to the ER.

February 15, 2015 - 6:42am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Wow. I think I may have found my problem! 2 nights ago I had severe stabbing pains. My right arm hurt, my hips hurt. I was scared. Didn't get much sleep and when I did it wasn't restful. Late the next morning I got a fever. Was to weak, and maybe delirious to get out of bed. Once the fever broke, the pain was almost gone. Still sore lower left abdomen and an occasional pinch of pain. I had a hysterectomy 10 1/2 years a got and kept got ovaries.
I have had stomach issues for years, and pass blood frequently in my stool. Have had many test with gastrointolgists and been told I have IBS and inner hemmroids. Could the blood I pass be from hem morphing of the cysts or the ovaries???

February 28, 2015 - 1:47am
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Anonymous

I have heard that cysts can just go away on their own so I'm not sure if my cyst went away using the information I found here ( http://the-natural-way.info/Best-Treatment-For-Ovarian-Cysts.php ) or not, but it did go away. the information I found there did help me to understand what ovarian cysts were all about and I would recommend it to anyone that has to go through this.

December 19, 2014 - 6:08am
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Anonymous

Thanks alot for the info,iv got a simple cyst on my right ovary,its been 2mnths now n its painful.the docter gave medicine and called 4 another ultrasound after 2mnths from now,im worried about the pain,its not going at al.

October 28, 2014 - 10:13am
dinacoci

Such cases happen a lot of times and it`s very important to go to the doctor.

February 19, 2014 - 11:37am
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