Ruptured Ovarian Cysts – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment


Ovarian cysts are fairly common in women who are going through normal menstrual cycles. Normally these cysts are not life threatening. However ruptured ovarian cysts can become life threatening. These cysts are not easy to detect initially because you may not experience any pain or symptoms that will alert you about the presence of a cyst. However the good thing is, most cysts dissolve on their own without any treatment after one or two menstrual cycles.

What are the types of ovarian cysts?

Broadly these cysts may be classified as simple or complex. Simple cysts contain fluids and complex ones have both fluid and solids. Graffian and follicular are examples of the simple cysts. Cystadenomas and dermatoid are examples of complex cysts.

What causes ruptured ovarian cysts?

One of the most common cause for ruptured cyst is lack of certain hormones produced by your body. When the body does not produce enough of lutenizing hormones, the eggs remain attached to the follicles. These then develop into cysts and may turn to be a ruptured one.

What are some of the common symptoms?

  • Pain in the pelvic region before and after the menstrual cycle.
  • Pressure on the urinary bladder and or rectum.
  • Pain in the abdomen and pelvic region during sexual intervention.
  • Very long or very short or absence of a menstrual cycle.
  • Feeling of nausea, vomiting and breast tenderness.
  • Pain in the abdomen region that is continuous or intermittent in nature.

What is the best way to treat ruptured cysts?

Since ruptured ovarian cysts can become life threatening, you should not take any chances. Visit a doctor without any delay. Initially you may be given antibiotics to stabilize the situation. Further treatment will depend on the severity of the ruptured cyst.