A burst ovarian cyst and an ovarian cyst rupture are simply different words for the same occurrence. Before explaining the symptoms of a burst ovarian cyst, let me explain what one is and what might cause a rupture.
A part of the natural process of menstruation which a woman goes through every month, is the growth and development of an egg. This egg grows in an ovary – usually only one at a time even though women have two ovaries, and is housed in a sac called a follicle. When the egg is released from the follicle, the follicle dissolves and is absorbed by the body. The process repeats in the next cycle.
Occasionally the sac does not dissolve but, instead fills with fluid. Now it is considered a cyst. However it is not yet a problem. The cyst may grow none or just a little and then it dissolves away. Both of these events are normal and one or the other occurs monthly for most women without even their awareness. Cysts are common in women of childbearing age.
So, what might cause an ovarian cyst to rupture?
It is usually out of balance hormones that cause the cysts to form. The most common reason for a burst cyst is the cyst grows so large the membrane or skin it is made from simply is stretched beyond capacity. Picture blowing up a balloon until it can hold no more air and it simply bursts. A cyst can grow to be as big as a softball, and larger.
Getting too large can cause the ovary to which the cyst is attached to twist which can be another cause of an ovarian cyst rupture, as well as other serious concerns. As to cyst rupture symptoms please understand the following symptoms do not mean there is a burst cyst for sure. What they do mean, for sure, is see your doctor as soon as possible.
Signs and symptoms to look for include changes in your usual menstrual flow; acute, even stabbing pain in the abdomen, sometimes in the back and sown into the thighs; constipation; nausea; sometimes vomiting; painful sexual intercourse; pressure on the bladder and frequent urination; and often a general “too full” feeling.
If you are aware of any of these symptoms, there is a good chance that seeing your doctor ASAP for a proper diagnosis will mean your cyst (if you have one) has not yet burst. That being the case you can pursue a natural program for treating your cyst, if that is your choice, and give yourself the chance to be ovarian cyst free once and for all.