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Signs of a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst: My Story

Updated on February 16, 2017
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Hello everyone, my name is Shannon Calder. I'm 35 years old, and I live in Northern California with my husband and beautiful daughter.

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I experienced my first ovarian cyst around the year 1998. It's hard for me to convey precisely how painful this condition was for me. If you are one of those unfortunate women—and there are many of us—who is struggling with this condition, believe me when I say I feel your pain. I know what you're going through.

Unfortunately, many of us don't even know what hit us until the doctor makes a diagnosis. I've spent countless hours in emergency rooms, sometimes visiting as often as once every couple of months. My doctor told me to just give it time—that it would most likely pass and that I should come back for a follow-up. What? A follow-up? Believe it or not, there are women out there who have had cysts and never even know it, because cysts can sometimes dissolve on their own and disappear.

Eventually, I ended up having surgery remove the cyst, after which I was given a clean bill of health. Well, guess what? Another cyst appeared just over 3 years ago, and honestly, I thought I was going to die. I really didn't want to go under the knife again, so I tried something different. A friend of mine suggested an organic, or all-natural way to get rid of it. I of course was willing to try anything to avoid returning to the ER, so after about, oh, two seconds of deliberation, I said, YES!

Well, truth be told, it was a huge success. The whole process only took around two months and not only that, I was feeling better just a few days into the treatment. I have never felt better and not only that, no ER! (Thank you so much, Laura!)

My experience inspired me to write this article to share what I learned about this alternative treatment for ovarian cysts. I hope it helps others, just as it helped me.

Signs of a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

The signs of a ruptured ovarian cyst can be easily identified; however, not all symptoms have to be present. Doctors can diagnose the condition using diagnostic tests such as ultrasound, CT scan, etc., and they may even tell you that medical surgery is required. Depending how severe the condition is, this can and probably will be, a very painful process. Ouch!

Most Common Symptom of a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst:

  • Dull aching, or severe, sudden, and sharp pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen, pelvis, vagina, lower back, or thighs. This pain can be constant or intermittent.

Other Common Symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Bloating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Feeling of heaviness, pressure, swelling
  • Pain during menstrual cycle
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Increased level of hair growth: facial hair or body hair
  • Irregular periods, or abnormal uterine bleeding or spotting
  • Changes in ability to urinate (such as inability to empty bladder), or the difficulty with bowel movements due to pressure on pelvic anatomy.

These are the common signs of a ruptured ovarian cyst and should be carefully monitored if you suspect something.

After your initial examination with your doctor, you may need to make several follow-up visits to do all of the necessary tests. They might decide to test for ovarian cancer. In my opinion, that should be the first test they do. A ruptured ovarian cyst can be dangerous and ultimately life-threatening if not diagnosed quickly and treated as soon as possible.

What Causes an Ovarian Cyst?

The ovaries are small, almond-shaped organs that are located on either side of the pelvis.They are responsible for producing the eggs that are released during a woman's regular menstrual cycle. Sometimes, sacs might crop up in the ovaries, creating what is called an ovarian cyst. Often, these sacs will disappear on their own without treatment. In these cases, a woman would never even know about their existence. Unfortunately, in some cases, an ovarian cyst can become a serious medical condition.

Unlike simple ovarian cysts (the ones that disappear on their own), the complex ones make themselves known, loud and clear. The woman experiences pain in the pelvic and abdominal area, and may also experience irregular menstrual cycles, pain during intercourse, nausea, breast tenderness, vomiting, etc.

Ovarian cysts form for numerous reasons. The most common type is a follicular cyst, which exists from the growth of a follicle. In a nutshell, the follicle will grow larger than normal during the menstrual cycle therefore not opening to release the egg. What does that mean? A follicle is the normal fluid-filled sac that contains the egg which cannot open properly to release the egg. An injury or leakage of tiny blood vessels into the egg sac can cause hemorrhaging.

There are other types of cysts related to the menstrual cycle like a corpusluteum cyst. That particular cyst is an area of tissue within the ovary that occurs after an egg has been released from follicle. Still with me? If a pregnancy doesn't occur, the corpus luteum usually breaks down and disappears. It can fill the cyst with fluid or blood and is found on only one side and typically produces no symptoms.

Both benign and malignant tumors of the ovary may also contain cysts. Also, a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is known as the presence of multiple cysts within both ovaries. PCOS is associated with a number of hormonal problems and is the most common cause of infertility in women.

Luckily, an all natural treatment can help reduce the size and dissolve the cyst. It's possible to prevent ovarian cysts from forming with a little TLC. What surprises me is how many women are not educated on the seriousness of this disease. Make sure this doesn't happen to you and act now... even if your not sure, find out!

Diagnostic Tests

The diagnostic tests may vary, depending on whether they are being done by an ER doctor or by a gynecologist. In the ER, the first step the doctor will take is to make sure you are medically stable. After that, in order to determine the severity of your condition, blood work will be ordered. Although there are several components of the blood work, the doctor may examine the hemoglobin levels from your sample to check for hemorrhage, which is possible if the results are low from the sample.

Another important test is for white blood corpuscles (WBC). If there isn't enough white blood cells in your system, you may be at a higher risk for infection, which could do permanent damage. The count of these white blood cells is normal or slightly increased in case of un-ruptured ovarian cyst or an irregular menstrual cycle. A condition called Leukocytosis is when there is an excessive increase in the white blood cell count. A bacterial infection, stress, or trauma can happen if that's the case. These tests can take 24 hours to 1 day for results to come in.

An analysis of urine samples can be done almost instantly if you are in need of more tests during a pregnancy. The presence of blood or pus in the urine sample can lead to an infected, or inflamed ovary. There is also a great possibility you might have a ruptured ovarian cyst.

Other tests that a doctor might do would might be the use of an Ultrasonography to help determine the size, structure, and location of a ruptured cyst (leaking ovarian cyst). One thing to note, the size and location of a ruptured ovarian cyst can lead to twisted ovaries which lead to the lack of blood flow. A CT scan can also be used for more results.

If an ultrasound is used to determine the treatment strategy, it can help determine if the cyst is a simple cyst (just fluid, as seen in benign conditions) or a compound cyst (with solid tissue that requires closer monitoring and possible surgical resection).

The main reason a doctor needs to do so many tests is to determine the existence of a ruptured ovarian cyst. Unless you use a natural way of conquering it's existence, extreme medical action is advised.

This is a very serious disease and is life-threatening if not dealt with properly.

Please seek help as soon as possible.

Talk to your doctor about all-natural methods to treat ovarian cysts.

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It is extremely important to be aware of the symptoms that lead to ovarian cysts. Please get checked out if you think you might have one. This is a deadly disease if not treated. Women, please . . . don't wait!

I would love to hear from you. Please.... I encourage any woman out there to share your story, tell us how you are coping with this issue. If you have a related comment, don't hesitate to do so. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Lori 2 years ago

      Thank you! That was the best description of symptoms that I have read. Although I mentioned how long and sometimes painful it was to start to urinate, no one said "yes, that is a symptom." It was a relief to find that this is likely due to the ruptured hemorrhagic cyst. One other thing, I am having a hard time locating is how long it takes for a ruptured cyst to "heal" - how long the pain, bloating, and other symptoms can last.