Although most ovarian cysts are absolutely asymptomatic and a normal part of the menstrual cycle it is possible for infected cysts to develop. Most ovarian cysts are considered functional meaning that they are harmless and do not require treatment of any kind. They generally disappear within one to two menstrual cycles.
Infected cysts are one of several complications that can occasionally arise which need to be examined more closely. Just like any other cyst in or on the body, bacterial infection does occasionally occur. The trouble with an infected ovarian cyst is that it is difficulty to identify, as it is internal.
Many women begin to suspect that they may be suffering from ovarian cysts when they start to encounter one or more of the following symptoms:
- Dull or severe and sharp pain or discomfort in the abdomen, pelvic area, thighs and sometimes legs.
- Fullness, pressure and or bloating in the stomach
- Breast tenderness
- Painful periods
- Irregular bleeding and spotting
- Lack of menstruation
- Weight gain
- Nausea and or vomiting
- Rib pain
After a cyst is confirmed the woman’s doctor will address the various medical treatments of cyst removal or control.
When the cyst does not resolve by itself then the doctor might also decide to remove the cyst through a surgical process. In some cases when it has been decided not to remove the cyst, or the patient does not realize that the cyst is the cause of the experienced symptoms, cysts can rupture. This is especially dangerous if the cyst is infected.
Infected cysts generally cause pain and occasionally fever. If you are prone to ovarian cysts and have these symptoms it is essential to seek medical treatment.
Effects of ruptured ovarian cyst include scaring, inflammation, peritonitis, i.e. inflammation of mucous membranes, septic shocks, hemorrhage, death of ovary among other symptoms. When an ovary ruptures, the infection is spread throughout the pelvic cavity can spread rapidly to other organs. This is a very dangerous scenario and should be avoided at all costs.
A ruptured cyst may be treated with strong antibiotics, and an internal “clean” may even be necessary. The best form of treatment for infected cysts is actually prevention. Just like a ruptured appendix, generally once the break has occurred damage has already started in the body.
By eliminating the conditions that the body requires to develop ovarian cysts one can virtually guarantee that this situation will never become a reality. Although medications and surgical removal of cysts do not guarantee that they will not return, there are natural methods that can be carried out on a day to day basis that will prevent cysts from ever arising.
These methods have helped women prevent cysts themselves as well as completely avoid complications such as the rupture of infected cysts.