Have you been thinking that may be suffering from a burst or ruptured ovarian cyst?
Do you want to find out if your prognosis is correct and which cyst is to blame?
Burst or hemorrhagic ovarian cysts are most of the times functional cysts. They are usually referred to as “common cysts” because they do not present a direct and imminent danger for your health but the symptoms experienced can be very unpleasant.
However, a burst ovarian cyst indicates a complication and should always be treated as an emergency.
I must point out that most cysts will not reach this critical stage but if you happen to be in this situation, you do need to see a specialist as soon as possible in order to avoid further irreversible complications.
Generally speaking, ovarian cysts will bleed only if the lining or to be more precise, the small pockets that line and surround your ovary suddenly bursts. This is due to numerous different factors but for now on, let’s concentrate on how to tell if your ovarian cyst has ruptured or not.
So, how do I find out whether one of my cysts has burst?
First of all, there is this stabbing pain…
The pain felt due to a cyst bursting is usually much stronger than the pain you experience when you suffer from “simple” ovarian cysts.
Naturally, pain is not the only symptoms or danger associated with a burst ovarian cyst.
Whilst bleeding remains the main concern, if it is not treated rapidly it can seriously affect the internal tissues that surround the lining of the uterus and extend as far as your vagina!
Furthermore, a burst cyst can have other dangerous consequences since the contortion can prevent the blood from flowing through the area where the cysts are located.
Needless to say that if your blood could not be distributed evenly, the consequences could be extremely serious and possibly irreversible.
Now, if a cyst were to grow soon after your periods, a rather insignificant amount of blood would be present and then some occasional bleeding would take place. This is perfectly normal and it shouldn’t alert you. Indeed, when cysts burst it is normal for bleeding for occur.
This said, there is a difference between the bleeding happening as a result of normal cyst developing and a “bleeding cyst” also called a haemorrhagic cyst.
If you feel like the bleeding is abnormal, heavy and accompanied by a sharp and unusual pain, you should book for a complete medical examination as soon as possible or even visit your local hospital emergency services.
As I have already mentioned earlier, you should never ignore such symptoms since they can lead to serious or even life threatening complications such as septicaemia for instance.
The pain usually occurs first and is followed by the bleeding but in all cases any such signal should encourage you to seek medical treatment rapidly.
A quick note on ovarian cysts and cancer since it has become a topic that gets discussed and debated on numerous forums. A bleeding or haemorrhagic cyst does not mean that you have or will develop ovarian cancer at some point.
The symptoms associated with ovarian cancer are not always the same and only a proper medical investigation will be able to confirm the diagnosis.
However, most doctors agree with the fact that 97% of ovarian cysts are benign. Again, bleeding is a very normal occurrence especially with benign cysts.
Is PCOS the culprit?
PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a very common ailment that is characterized by multiple cysts developing on one or both of the ovaries.
It is now widely accepted by the medical profession that PCOS is a genetic disorder. The unfortunate women who suffer from this endocrine disorder usually can’t have children.
Now, because the reproductive system is under constant strain, bleeding happens very often.
Although this condition is often referred as “common” by doctors since it is not life-threatening, only 5 to 10 per cent of the female population (childbearing age) suffer from this invalidating disease.
However, one of the main symptoms of PCOS is indeed bleeding and sometimes excessive bleeding. The main problem is that diagnosing PCOS can be quite difficult.
Most of the time, ultrasound examinations will not be sufficient to actually confirm the prognosis and in most cases further investigations will be required.
If you have been diagnosed with this form of the disease then your doctor will normally assess your condition at first. You will be examined thoroughly and in most cases you will be given some antibiotics in order to stop or prevent any further complications.
The pain will be monitored and managed. Surgery is chosen only when the burst cyst has started to damage other nearby organs or is threatening your overall health but this last resort procedure is not always carried out.
Before your doctor decides to go for a laparoscopy to treat your ruptured ovarian cyst, many other non-invasive examinations would have taken place in order to explore the causes behind your hemorrhagic cyst and what can be done to treat it successfully.
Are burst cysts preventable?
If you go by what most people say, no! However, if you look at the number of happy women who have successfully prevented cysts from developing, growing, twisting or rupturing thanks to alternative solutions, you can definitely think that it is possible.
A burst cyst often means that action has been taken too late or as I explained above, it can be the result of polycystic ovarian syndrome, in which case alternative treatments are also available.
Time is often the real culprit as you can gather from what I have written!
Conventional treatments work for a while and are used to treat the symptoms of the disease but not the causes. If you fail to treat the root causes of the condition, you cannot expect a long-term relief and most women tend to go for common painkillers because nothing else is offered to them.
Many different remedies are available and can target, shrink and eradicate the particular cysts you may be suffering from.