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Ruptured Ovarian Cyst Death

Having a cyst on ovary produces very vague signs of illness or problems, unless of course you are fortunate (?) enough to have the stabbing pain in your abdomen or pelvis, (ovary pain) which can sometimes be a meaningful sign that it is time to give your gynecologist a call and schedule a pelvic examination. Unfortunately, pain or pressure in your lower stomach area is one of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well.

Does an ovarian cyst naturally mean you have ovarian cancer? No...absolutely not. Could the cyst actually be malignant...in other words...cancer of the ovaries? Regrettably, yes! Ovarian cyst symptoms need to be treated very seriously, even though the majority of them are nothing to be concerned about. Cysts that do not ever become cancer are functional cysts, and occur many times without any symptoms at all.

A type of cyst on ovary that can be cancerous is a dermoid cyst, but only one to two percent actually are malignant. Cysts on ovaries actually can one of the ONLY early symptoms of ovarian cancer that is not a vague, generic sign.

So, what are some of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer, or for that matter...a cyst on ovary?

- pain in the lower abdomen
- irregular menstrual periods/bleeding in between periods
- bloating, or pressure in the abdomen
- difficulty breathing
- gastrointestinal problems...nausea, change in bowel habits, indigestion
- back pain
- feeling full quickly/not hungry
- unexplained weight gain/weight loss
- fatigue
- fever
- urinary problems

Ovarian cancer produces many obscure symptoms that might manifest and can very easily be misinterpreted for a more common illness. There have been studies done though, that have indicated that having MORE than one of these symptoms for a prolonged period...four or five weeks...is definitely a reason to see your doctor.

Because there really are no telltale early symptoms of ovarian cancer, other than some of the above signs...a woman must pay close attention to what she is experiencing. If there is any suspicion whatsoever that a cyst on ovary is present and that the patient feels her doctor is not doing enough, the best solution is to...get a second opinion. It is your life...take charge of it!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst?
    Do anyone know of any major problems that come with having cysts on your ovaries and does it stop you from having children

    • ANSWER:
      An ovarian cyst is any collection of fluid within the ovary. Some of these, called functional cysts, are part of the normal process of menstruation. Any ovarian follicle that is larger than about 2 centimeters is termed an ovarian cyst. Specific types of cyst include graafian follicles (which may rupture at mid-cycle and cause mittelschmerz) or corpus luteum cysts (which may rupture about the time of menstruation, and take up to three months to disappear entirely). Other cysts are pathological, such as those found in polycystic ovary syndrome, or those associated with tumors.

      Symptoms

      * Dull pain in the lower abdomen or discomfort
      * Fullness or bloating
      * Pain during sexual intercourse, masturbation or exercise
      * Irregular periods or spotting
      * Change in frequency of urination or difficulty with bowel movements due to pressure on adjacent pelvic anatomy
      * Fatigue
      * Increased level of testosterone or hair growth
      * Death at young ages if not treated properly

      Treatment

      About 95% of ovarian cysts are benign; those that persist beyond two or three menstrual cycles, or occur in post-menopausal women may indicate more serious disease and should be investigated through ultrasonography and laparoscopy, especially in cases where other family members have had ovarian cancer. Such cysts may require surgical biopsy. Additionally, a blood test may be taken before surgery to check for elevated CA-125, a tumor marker, which is often found in increased levels in ovarian cancer, although it can also be elevated by other conditions resulting in a large number of false positives.

  2. QUESTION:
    Ruptured Ovarian Cyst?
    Im 14. On October 11th I went to the doctors and they thought I had an appendicitis. Well When I went into surgery they figured out I had a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst. I got my period when I was 12 (November 2008) and I have had a normal period with it coming right time. usually the 19th or 20th but it hasnt came yet and Im a little worrid dose a Ovarian Cyst affect period at all?

    • ANSWER:
      The reason for the delay is likely the surgery upset. A lot of women will have either a delay or even a skip right after surgery on the abdomen. The monthly period is a delicate hormonal ballet, and can be upset by a lot of things. A change of diet or lifestyle, moving, a death in the family, and surgery are all known to cause upsets in the pattern. About ovarian cysts, you form an ovulation cyst on one or the other ovary each month- sometimes both ovaries. That cyst contains the mature ovum to be released, and the process triggers the rest of your cycle to happen. Sometimes a cyst gets out of hand, too large, and becomes painful. Some ladies form multiple cysts at the same time, and that problem can cause troubles with monthly periods. One ruptured cyst is nothing to be concerned with at the moment, nor is the disruption of the period. All that has to happen is your body needs to recover and reset things. You could get your period anytime now, or it could be next month. Now a word of warning on this next period. A late period usually causes more cramping than normal, and the period can be heavy and ugly with clot looking things. The beginning or end may seem brownish, clumpy and sticky. That's all normal, and you should just be prepared. Your period is also most likely to happen when it's least convenient - a law of the universe I think. So for now, relax. Just be sure you are prepared for it to arrive, whenever that happens. It's coming up Halloween, and if you have plans for that- chances are good that's when it will happen. In the meantime, relax. It might happen today, next week, next month. It will happen. And you will be okay.

  3. QUESTION:
    can the cyst on the ovary cause death?

    • ANSWER:
      Although often a ruptured ovarian cyst is in itself a painful and serious condition, there are potentially serious complications which must be considered. These include twisting of the ovary, due to the size and location of the cyst, which may lead to infertility. Leakage of cystic fluid into the abdominal cavity may cause sepsis, or there may be hemorrhagic complications. In the long term, a patient who has experienced a ruptured ovarian cyst may suffer chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Ovarian cysts larger than 4cm are likely to cause twisting of the ovary. Twisting, also known as torsion is more likely to occur if the cyst is accompanied by a tumor. The problem with ovarian torsion is that it may restrict the blood supply to the ovary, which causes death of the ovarian tissue, known as ovarian necrosis. Death of ovarian tissue will have ramifications for your future fertility; however the associated inflammation may also lead to infection, septic shock and death. There have also been reported cases of ovarian torsion leading to injury to the urinary tract as well as to clotting in the ovarian blood vessels. Blood clots in the lungs, known as pulmonary emboli, are sometimes secondary to blood clots in the ovarian vessels. A twisted ovary will need to be remedied surgically, most often using an open-abdomen, rather than laparoscopic approach.

      Ovarian cysts are often complicated by hemorrhage. It is important to note that abdominal hemorrhage is different to hemorrhage from a ruptured endometriomas. When endometriomas rupture, the blood that leaks into the abdominal cavity is from the cyst itself. The source of blood in abdominal hemorrhages is from an organ in the abdomen. This is potentially more serious, as the volume of leaked blood is greater. The source of the bleed needs to be located and stopped.

  4. QUESTION:
    PCOS ovarian cysts rupturing?
    a few months ago i was diagnosed with PCOS, and i was given no ways of treatment as generally it's fixed by weight loss, and i didn't really have any weight to lose.. which left me frustrated and somewhat depressed for a while but i've come to realise it's not all that bad because i'm not going bald, or getting acne, or growing manly hair.. and i can still have babies, although it will be harder.. BUT. i was recently doing some unrelated research and i came across a few women talking about ovarian cysts becoming painful and the possibility of a rupture which one woman described as more painful than childbirth which has left me scared to death and i'm just wondering if these "painful" cysts are what people with pcos have or something completely different that i don't have to worry about? thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. You don't have to have PCOS to have these cysts. I had ovarian cysts, and had one rupture, and i never had PCOS. They can happen to anybody, at any time. If i were to get PCOS, i'd be much more worried about not being able to conceive, or losing my hair. I know women that have lost their hair from it, so just try to be thankful for that. When doing research on any illness, always remember that just because something happened to one person, that doesn't mean it will happen to you. Everybody is different. I wish you the best. Good luck, and take care :-)

  5. QUESTION:
    multiple ovarian cysts?
    i am 15 and i have multiple ovarian cysts in both overies. and they are painful. what causes them? do they need to be removed? risks of not having them removed? problems associated with them? infertility? cancer? i had an ultrasound done earlier today to diagnose them. and my doctor perscribed me some pain medicine and advised me to follow up with a gyn. what should i expect to here from her?
    also im on birth control and have been for 2 years now

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts are caused by ovulation. The egg matures, forms an ovarian cyst and when you get your period the cyst ruptures and the egg travels to the uterus to be met with a sperm. When you have ovarian cysts, the cyst fails to rupture. Typically these cysts are harmless and common but if they get to a large size they will need to be removed or you risk bleeding to death. Sometimes ovarian cysts can be tumors but most are benign. With Polycystic ovaries, since you are not ovulating, infertility is an issue. Your gynaecologist will most likely suggest weight loss or gain and prescribe birth control as this controls the cysts from developing

  6. QUESTION:
    If a cyst ruptures while pregnant...?
    Can it or will it hurt the baby? Please answer my question. I am worrying to death.

    • ANSWER:
      A ovarian cyst rupturing while pregnant can not harm the baby at all because the baby is in the uterus and not the pelvic cavity.
      The cyst is attached to the ovary.

      The only way it could possible harm the baby is if you didn't notice it, which would be impossible, and continued on in pain and the infection and blood caused you an illness and a low BP.

      But you will be OK. Don't panic! You will KNOW, trust me on that one, if the cyst ruptures.

      Good luck and congratulations on the baby.

  7. QUESTION:
    If you have a ruptured ovarian cyst...?
    But you've never been tested for cyst and you didn't know you had cyst, how would you know?
    But I don't just run into the doctors for every little pain or discomfort. How would I know if I had one, if the symptoms are too...common.

    • ANSWER:
      From experience: horrible abdominal pain, temperature, nausea, vomiting, dizzy, faint. Without emergency help in the first 24 hrs, the risks increase dramatically for an abdominal infection (peritonitis) and be severe enough to cause death. So if there is a problem, see a doctor, NOW. There is nothing more precious than life.

  8. QUESTION:
    are there any symptoms to ruptured ovarian cysts?
    Hi,
    I am 16 years old and have 2 ovarian cysts. one is on my right side that is the size or a golf ball and one is one my left side that is the size of a baseball i can't even begin to describe how pain-full they are. They were discovered during a gyn appotinment in July '09. Since then everyday is like a living hell and my mom wont take me to the doctor for them. (See I was at a rehab and they took me to the gyn) But I don't know what is going on with me.... I just had sex 2 weeks ago and the guy thrusted really had that it hurt extreamllyy baddd and that i blead ... soo did a cysts rupture? PS: it wasn't my 1st time have sex ... and I havent' gotten my period since then and i have a very bloated lower stomach and bladder area since the day after ... wht happened?

    please help ...

    • ANSWER:
      if they ruptured you would be pouring blood
      i had one ruptured and was filling a pad every 15-20 minutes

      you would be in the worst pain imaginable and bleeding very badly and if not treated you can bleed to death

  9. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst?
    if an ovarian cyst ruptures
    will it damage/twist your fallopian tube?

    • ANSWER:
      It can cause some damage to the fallopian tubes, but it's more likely a risk to you internally bleeding to death. Doctors can do a lot for these things now. Even damaged fallopian tubes have hope now.

  10. QUESTION:
    Bad pains! Ovarian cyst?
    My grandma is currently suffering very bad pains on her lower left side. She can walk but not without being in a great amount of pain. She was diagnosed with a ovarian cyst about a week ago. She is being sick and the pain is going from the lower front side round to her kidney on the left side.
    What could be the cause and what should I do.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Most ovarian cysts are benign and naturally go away on their own without treatment. These cysts cause little, if any, symptoms. But in a rare case, your doctor may detect a cancerous cystic ovarian mass during a routine examination.
      Ovarian torsion is another rare complication of ovarian cysts. This is when a large cyst causes an ovary to twist or move from its original position. Blood supply to the ovary is cut off, and if not treated, it can cause damage or death to the ovarian tissue. Although uncommon, ovarian torsion accounts for nearly 3 percent of emergency gynecological surgeries.
      Ruptured cysts, which are also rare, can cause intense pain and internal bleeding. This complication increases your risk of an infection and can be life-threatening if left untreated.
      Diagnosing an Ovarian Cyst | Diagnosis
      Your doctor can detect an ovarian cyst during a routine pelvic examination. He or she may notice swelling on one of your ovaries and order an ultrasound to confirm the presence of a cyst. An ultrasound is an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of your internal organs. Ultrasounds help determine the size, location, shape, and composition (solid or fluid-filled) of a cyst.
      Other imaging tools used to diagnose ovarian cysts include:
      CT scan: a body imaging device used to create cross-sectional images of internal organs
      MRI: a test that uses magnetic fields to produce in-depth images of internal organs
      Ultrasound: an imaging device used to visualize the ovary
      Because the majority of cysts disappear after a few weeks or months, your doctor may not immediately recommend a treatment plan. Instead, he or she may repeat the ultrasound in a few weeks or months to check your condition.
      If there aren t any changes in your condition or if the cyst increases in size, your doctor will request additional tests to determine other causes of your symptoms.
      They include:
      pregnancy test: to determine whether or not you re pregnant
      hormone level test: to check for hormone-related issues, such as too much estrogen or progesterone
      CA 125 Blood test: to screen for ovarian cancer
      Read more

      Treatment for an Ovarian Cyst
      If a cyst does not go away on its own or if it grows larger, your doctor may recommend treatment to shrink or remove the cyst.
      Birth Control Pills
      If you suffer from recurrent ovarian cysts, your doctor can prescribe oral contraceptives to stop ovulation and prevent the development of new cysts. Oral contraceptives can also reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. The risk of ovarian cancer is higher in postmenopausal women.
      Laparoscopy
      If your cyst is small and an imaging test rules out cancer, your doctor can perform a laparoscopy to surgically remove the cyst. The procedure involves your doctor making a tiny incision near your navel and then inserting a small instrument into your abdomen to remove the cyst.
      Laparotomy
      If you have a large cyst, he or she can surgically remove the cyst through a large incision in your abdomen. Your doctor will conduct an immediate biopsy, and if he or she determines that the cyst is cancerous, he or she may perform a hysterectomy to remove your ovaries and uterus.

  11. QUESTION:
    i need information on ovarian cyst...bursting cyst?

    • ANSWER:
      An ovarian cyst is any collection of fluid within the ovary. Some of these, called functional cysts, are part of the normal process of menstruation. Any ovarian follicle that is larger than about two centimeters is termed an ovarian cyst. Specific types of cyst include graafian follicles (which may rupture at mid-cycle and cause mittelschmerz) or corpus luteum cysts (which may rupture about the time of menstruation, and take up to three months to disappear entirely). Other cysts are pathological, such as those found in polycystic ovary syndrome, or those associated with tumors.

      Symptoms:
      Dull pain in the lower abdomen or discomfort
      Fullness or bloating
      Pain during sexual intercourse, masturbation or exercise
      Irregular periods or spotting
      Change in frequency of urination or difficulty with bowel movements due to pressure on adjacent pelvic anatomy
      Fatigue
      Increased level of testosterone or hair growth
      Death at young ages if not treated properly

      Treatment:
      About 95% of ovarian cysts are benign; those that persist beyond two or three menstrual cycles, or occur in post-menopausal women may indicate more serious disease and should be investigated through ultrasonography and laparoscopy, especially in cases where other family members have had ovarian cancer. Such cysts may require surgical biopsy. Additionally, a blood test may be taken before surgery to check for elevated CA-125, a tumor marker, which is often found in increased levels in ovarian cancer, although it can also be elevated by other conditions resulting in a large number of false positives.

  12. QUESTION:
    Ruptured Ovarian Cysts? Do i reall have one and what to do? Help ladies!?
    So I've been having this really bad pain in my pelvis, stomach and legs. I went to a gyn to see and she told me I had PID. I got an ultrasound. so i went back today and she tells me she doesn't think I have PID. and that my last ultrasound showed that I have a Ovarian cyst that ruptured and the pus spread and thats why it hurts. Is this normal? and it sounds really dangerous that it bust and pus is in my body? Is it normal to just leave it like that? Ive never heard of this?

    • ANSWER:
      i would get a second opinion, a lot of doctors diagnose what they think is ovarian cyst when it is something completely different.

      some cysts are painless and never rupture, however ones that do have the potential to be dangerous.
      you should have it evaluated, also to make sure the ovary has not twisted itself around one of your other organs (this can lead to death)

      most times when cysts burst, it is not a big deal and you are given pain managment and sent home.

  13. QUESTION:
    Cramping/late period/ Ovarian Cysts?
    So.. I was told a couple months ago that I had ruptured and ovarian cysts, and had cysts on my right ovary. I had been having really sharp pains right around my right side near the ovary and went to the doctor for it. My period was off timing that month, and they told me it would be, it was late but very heavy!

    I have had 2-3 normal months since then, my last period starting May 31 ending June. 5. On the 5th, my grandmother was killed in a car accident. :( I was envolved with the funeral until the 7th. I had a hard time that next week, didn't eat much, grieved and stuff. A short time later my side began hurting much like that pain from when I was diagnosed with the ovarian cysts. It hurt for a couple of days, it was really sharp pain around my right ovary once again.

    That has since stopped, and now it has come time for my next period to start, and it's late. I figured I would start around the 3rd/4th. I had cramping on the 5,6 and part of the day on the 7th. I felt like I was going to start at any moment. The cramps have since stopped. I feel a little bloated. I'm wondering why I haven't started yet?? Me and my boyfriend haven't had sex in months, but we play around. We have never had direct contact with our reproductive parts. We are careful when we do mess around. But we have NOT had sex since January.

    Please help me try and figure out why I haven't started yet? Could it be from the stress of the funeral and the cysts both bothering me? Or what? .... Thank you!
    Oh yeah.... Everything seems to be normal, nothing has changed, no spotting or nothing like that. No sickness or anything. Just haven't started.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the stress of your grandma's death and the funeral could be a cause for why your period hasn't come yet.

      However, I would recommend checking with your doctor as well to see what they say.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can stress or crying cause an ovarian cyst to rupture?
    I have PCOS and sometimes get pain in my lower abdomen. Yesterday I found out a good friend of mine had passed away. She was young and there appears to be no reason for her death, so it was a total shock. I cried most of the day, and was obviously stressed. Whilst crying I felt a sharp pain in my stomach and since have had a pain there, especially when I lift. I've had bleeding too, though I've never had a period, so I'm a little confused and scared. Any ideas??

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, stress or crying can cause a rupture of an ovarian cyst

  15. QUESTION:
    HOW CAN YOU TELL WHEN A OVARIAN CYST HAS RUPTURED?
    I AM GETTING SURGERY DONE SOMETIME NEXT MONTH. BECAUSE OF MANAGED CARE I HAD TO CHANGE INSURANCE COMPANIES. MY DR. DON'T BELONG TO THE HOSPITAL SO IT WILL CHANGE ON OCT 1 BUT I AM HAVING PAIN WHERE THE CYST IS AND JUST WONDERING WILL I LAST UNTIL THEN BECAUSE THAT MEANS I HAVE TO GO TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL AND MY DR WONT BE ABLE TO DO THE SURGERY

    • ANSWER:
      .first of all, please turn your all caps off. It appears as though you are shouting and its unappealing to read. Second of all, if a cyst has ruptured you may feel lightheaded, a very sharp pain in the area of rupture, and you may even pass out. Its a serious condition and shouldnt' be put off if you suspect a ruptured cyst because it can cause serious problems such as internal bleeding leading to shock and possilby death. Go to your dr.

  16. QUESTION:
    I had a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst and a week later I'm bleeding?
    I had a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst and a week later I'm bleeding?
    Ok I had spotting for about a week and a half before My cyst ruptured and gave me excruciating pain!. I went to the doctors she said everything was fine. But that was a week ago. I've been bleeding lightly after my cyst ruptured. For about 5 days now my bleeding gets heavier and its bright red with clots (like a period) . And now I "feel" like its a period because I feel slightly small cramps. I have irregular periods and haven't had one for about 8 months now. So is this my Period?? Or am I hemorrhaging or bleeding internally?!? =(

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding is serious. Do not wait it out. Something similar happened to my mother ;she waited it out. She nearly bled to death. Go and see a different doctor, get a second opinion. It is entirely possible that that it is nothing, or it might be that the cyst caused a more serious problem. Do NOT wait. Please go and see a doctor.

  17. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst- any advice?
    I went to the ER a couple weeks ago with pain in my abdomen that was so bad I couldn't walk. They ran some tests and said that I have an ovarian cyst and that that was probably what was causing the pain. I have an appointment with a gyno on March 11, but I'm really worried and wanted to see if anyone has experienced this before. Lately, sex has become more and more painful to the point where I don't really want to do it. It feels as if my vagina is getting shorter and shorter. The last time my husband and I had sex was right before the severe pain that sent me to the ER. I read that pain during intercourse is associated with an ovarian cyst. Has anyone experienced this and can sex make it worse or cause it? I didn't discuss this with my husband until after the ER visit because I kept thinking up excuses like maybe I just wasn't turned on enough or maybe I had a cramp..etc. I guess I was in denial that there was a problem, but now that I look back, sex began getting uncomfortable a few months ago. Also, when I went to the ER and they did a vaginal ultrasound, that little thing that they use hurt like nothing I've ever felt. The lady that was doing it applied slight pressure and it felt like a knife. The pain that this seems to be causing is absolutely excruciating... is that kind of pain normal? Like I said, I will discuss this with the doctor when I see him, but I would really like to hear from someone who has had one of these cysts before. I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but a few months ago, around the time that this pain during intercourse first started to catch my attention, I spotted between periods for the first time in my life (I'm 25). It scared me to death because it's never happened before and I spotted for a few days and then no period. Since then my periods have seemed strange- I'll start spotting several days before starting rather than a few hours before (which is what has always been normal for me). Does this have anything to do with having a cyst? How long could I have this for and is it common to keep getting them?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely-this could be pain from cyst(s) or it could be pain from fibroid tumors of the uterus. I have had experience with cysts and the pain from these can bring you to your knees. I have had cysts that caused me to have surgery twice once on the left side and the right side too. I had an 8cm cyst on the left that actually ruptured. I felt like someone stabbed me with a butcher knife. Well, I ended up with emergency surgery from that one. I ended up losing my ovary and part of my fallopian tube. Exactly a month to the day that I had that surgery I was in severe pain again! Every time I had a bowel movement my right side would hurt like you can't imagine. Needless to say I got checked out and I had a 13 cm cyst on the right side. This time when I had surgery they drained the fluid from the cyst as they did not want me to lose both of my ovaries. At that time I was 31. After this surgery I was put on Depo-Provera to prevent me from ovulating. At this time I already had children but they still did not want to take my ovary due to hormone loss. I was on Depo for over 5 yrs. When I decided to discontinue Depo the cyst returned at that time my GYN recommended a complete hysterectomy as I also had Endometriosis. So I suggest you get your symptoms thoroughly evaluated. I know what you are going through.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me more about Ovarian Cysts? and what are the possibilites of it popping when flying?

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go I hope this helps! And no Flying won't make it pop/rupture!

      Background: Ovarian cysts and their complications can be present from the neonatal period to postmenopause. Most ovarian cysts occur in the childbearing years and are benign in nature. However, ovarian cysts can herald an underlying malignant process or, possibly, become a red herring, distracting the clinician from a more dangerous condition, such as ectopic pregnancy, ovarian torsion, or appendicitis.

      Pathophysiology: Under the guidance of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, the healthy ovary produces hormones that regulate follicular maturation and degeneration within the menstrual cycle.

      Multiple follicles are recruited during the proliferative phase of the menstrual cycle. However, only one follicle reaches maturity and produces estrogen. The follicular cyst transforms into a corpus luteum following ovulation and produces progesterone until the beginning of the next cycle. At that time, the follicle usually atrophies into the corpus albicans.

      Follicular dysgenesis occurs with hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction or because of native anatomic defects in the reproductive system. When follicular development into a corpus luteum is arrested, a luteal ovarian cyst can result.

      Two functional ovarian cysts may develop; follicular cysts (ie, graafian follicular cysts) occur in the first 2 weeks of the cycle, and corpus luteal cysts occur in the later half of the cycle. The rupture of the follicular cyst can lead to sharp severe unilateral pain of mittelschmerz (occurring mid-cycle), and it is experienced by approximately 25% of menstruating women. Similarly, failure of corpus luteum degeneration leads to a luteal cyst formation. These may become inflamed or spontaneously hemorrhage, producing symptoms during the later half of the menstrual cycle.

      Carcinomatous processes of the ovary, both primary and metastatic (eg, Krukenberg tumors), frequently are complicated by cystic degeneration. The formation of inclusions of the ovary's germinal epithelium may lead to cystic development.

      Ovarian cysts can cause adnexal torsion, with a predilection to the right side. Cysts larger than 4 cm are more likely to cause torsion, but reports of such occurrences have been observed at 2 cm. Torsion more commonly occurs in a cystic ovary accompanied by a tumor, with benign processes outnumbering malignant ones. Benign dermoid cysts are the most common growth associated with torsion. Because torsion results from complete or partial twisting of the ovarian pedicle, an obvious sequela is ovarian necrosis. This sequence terminates with inflammation, possibly leading to infection, sepsis, and death. Increased incidences of ureteral injury, ovarian vessel thrombosis, and concomitant pulmonary emboli also have been reported.

      Ovarian cysts are commonly complicated by hemorrhage. The right side appears preferred in hemorrhagic degeneration. It is postulated that the rigid rectosigmoid on the left provides cushioning from trauma and twisting. This may reduce torsion and hemorrhagic complications. The relatively lax ileocecal region on the right is not as efficient at such prevention as the left.

      In patients with a hemorrhagic ovarian cyst, look for an ectopic pregnancy because the coexistence of both entities is increased. Putting the obvious complications aside, a hemorrhagic cyst in the course of pregnancy leads to a marked increase in the incidence of spontaneous abortions and warrants close obstetrical observance.

      The timing of the menstrual cycle may help to differentiate the types of hemorrhagic cysts. Graafian follicle cysts occur in the initial 2-3 weeks of the cycle, whereas corpus luteal cysts occur in the final 1-2 weeks of the cycle.

      Ovarian cysts also are associated with infertility and irregular menstrual bleeding. Finding a cyst in a woman of postmenopausal age should prompt an all out search for ovarian neoplasms. No functional cysts occur in women of this age because they have no corpus luteum or graafian follicle. Furthermore, a normal palpable ovary is not present at this age because the normal postmenopausal ovary shrinks to an undetectable size on physical examination.

      In the neonatal period, ovarian cysts may complicate development and are associated with the development of massive ascites, pulmonary hypoplasia, and renal insufficiency.

      Frequency:

      In the US: Ovarian cysts occur in 30% of females with regular menses, 50% of females with irregular menses, and 6% of postmenopausal women.
      Mortality/Morbidity: Mortality and morbidity are caused by pain from rupture, hemorrhagic rupture, peritonitis, adnexal torsion, infertility, irregular vaginal bleeding, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, and underlying malignancy.

      Sex: Ovarian cysts occur only in females.

      Age: The domain of ovarian cysts is perinatal to postmenopausal, with a preponderance in the childbearing years.

  19. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst treatment? Please help. :(?
    I am 18 years old and am having some insane issues. My birth control is supposed to give me a period every three months, but mine randomly came a month and a half early. It hurt so terribly bad that I told my mom I needed to go to the doctor. I was (and still am) writhing in pain constantly and throwing up and all the pain medicine in the world still doesnt make it bearable. We went to the gynecologist the other day, and he said he thought it was a ruptured cyst, and that I was throwing up because blood had seeped into my stomach. He told us to get am ultrasound and then call him. Well the lady at the front desk didn't schedule us until a week later, but my mom made her move it up as much as possible, which is tomorrow.

    The pain isn't ending, it hurts so bad that I cannot move at times. From what I've seen online, the treatments seem as if I wouldn't recover from them quickly at all, and that this may be a rough road.

    I just wanted to know if any of you have had experience and what happened and what you're recover was like.

    I'm scared to death. Please, any input is helpful input.

    • ANSWER:
      My best friends mom had one rupture. I know it is scary (having my own scare now) but ovarian cysts are kind of common my dr. says. Once they get the rupture under control the pain meds should help you. You may have an infection in which case they would start you on antibiotics immediately after your ultrasound. From what I understand, once you get diagnosed they can start treating it for real and you should have some relief.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does endometriotic ovarian cyst and cyst in uterus decreases the age of a human being?
    Does endometriotic ovarian cyst and cyst in uterus decreases the age of a human being?
    longeivity with cysts..relationship..if u know personally from ur experience

    • ANSWER:
      well, i don't see why it would...unless the cyst is very large and ruptures and you bleed to death (i would think such a thing would be quite rare, btw)
      A cyst is just a water-filled tumor type growth...It can cause pain, but shouldn't shorten your lifespan at all...

  21. QUESTION:
    A 11x10 inch ovarian cyst. Should I have surgery?
    i went to urgent care and they sent me to the ER . The ER obgyn was a bad one. didnt seem to care and said that she didn't know why they sent me here. She said that there are to many risks with ovarian cyst surgery anesthesia can cause death and scraping of the uterus can cause infertility. well we know that. when i asked if it could rupture she said yeah. She suggested we wait 8 weeks and if it was still the same size to then do surgery. She told me to "suck it up" I am planning on going back to the ER to see another OBGYN. I also have another cyst in the other ovary that is about 3 inches.

    • ANSWER:
      If its really in inches, then surgery is must.

      Every surgery has risks of its own, so is anaesthesia. People do not stop undergoing surgery. With cyst of this size, risk is more, surgery may take longer than usual and anaesthetist has to keep you sedated until surgery is done.

      Risk from surgery and anaesthesia is far less than living with a cyst of that size. Take a second opinion from an experienced Gynaecologist. You probably met a junior resident or duty doctor in ER.

  22. QUESTION:
    Please someone tell me this has happened to you and I'm not the only one.?
    I'm kind of freaking out. On September 1st, I started my period. Normal period, normal cramps, (normal cramps for me are usually horribly painful) and it came when it was supposed to. It lasted 4 days like normal. Well a couple days after I got off I started experiencing horrible cramps, as if I was still on my period but I wasn't bleeding. I let it slide until the following week where the pain got so bad I went to the emergency room where they told me I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured and they have me prescription and said it will be gone in a week. It's been 2 weeks since the visit to ER and I'm still experiencing excruciating pain, and I started my period today, the 23rd. That's about a week and a half earlier than normal. And my flow is very heavy with clots. Not normal for me at all. The pain is so bad, not even OTC painkillers can ease. Someone tell me what the hell is wrong with me I'm scared to death. Doc said I wasn't pregnant....no STDS, wtf?!

    • ANSWER:
      I would have thought with a ruptured ovarian cyst, they should have gone in the and done surgery cleaning all that stuff out. These cysts, in general, are not small cysts....does the doctor expect the body to absorb all of it or what?
      My suggestion is you find a GOOD gynaecologist and discuss this, as I believe repair work needs to be done, that is why you have extreme pain.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a ruptured ovary?
    what happens? how does it feel?

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian torsion is the twisting of the ovary (similar to rupture) due to the influence of another condition or disease. This results in extreme lower abdominal pain.

      Ovarian torsion occurs infrequently only in females. In can occur in women of all ages, but most women that experience this are younger. Approximately 70-75% of cases occur in women under 30 years old. About 20% of all reported cases are in pregnant women. It is the fifth most common gynaecological emergency which can include surgical intervention.

      Ovarian torsion usually arises in only one ovary at a time. They can occur in either normal or enlarged ovaries and fallopian tubes, and occasionally they develop in both.

      There are a variety of conditions that can cause torsion of the ovary ranging from changes in normal ovaries to congenital and developmental abnormalities or even a disease that affects the tube or ovary. Normal ovaries that experience spasms or changes in the blood vessels in the mesosalpinx can become twisted. For example, if the veins in the mesosalpinx become congested, the ovaries will undergo torsion.

      Developmental abnormalities of the fallopian tube such as extremely longer-than-normal tubes or a missing mesosalpinx will cause ovarian torsion. Diseases such as ovarian cysts or fibromas, tumor of the ovary or tubes, and trauma to either the ovaries or the tubes will also cause ovarian torsion.

      The characteristic symptom of ovarian torsion is the sudden onset of extreme lower abdominal pain that radiates to the back, side and thigh. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation can accompany the pain. The patient may also experience tenderness in the lower abdominal area, a mild fever and tachycardia.

      The diagnosis of ovarian torsions usually occurs in an emergency room due to the suddenness of extreme pain. Emergency room doctors may consult with a gynaecologist. Since 20% of ovarian torsions occur in pregnant women, physicians will order a pregnancy test. Visualization with an ultrasound and CT scan will help pinpoint the ovarian structures and allow gynaecologists to diagnose. Diagnosis is often confirmed through laparoscopy.

      Ovarian torsions need to be repaired. This is done through surgery, and for less severe cases laparoscopic surgery is used. Medications such as NSAIDs are given to control pain.

      If ovarian torsions are diagnosed and treated early, then the prognosis is favorable. However, if diagnosis is delayed, the torsions can worsen and cut off arterial blood flow into and venous blood flow out of the ovary. This results in necrosis (death) of the ovarian tissue. Delayed diagnosis can also result in problems when trying to conceive due to infertility.

      I would recommend discussing this in further details with your doctor/gynaecologist and if you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms that you go straight to the ER at the hospital.

      Good luck :)

  24. QUESTION:
    Large ovarian cyst, if it ruptures what happens?
    Large ovarian cyst, if it ruptures what happens?
    I know with small cyst it's normal for doctors to wait and just let them rupture on their own.

    I was diagnosed yesterday with a 10x11 inch (yes inches) ovarian cyst and a small 3 inch on the other ovary. I was recommend to go to the Emergency Room right away but the OBGYN was very rude and just kept emphasizing the risks of surgery,which i already know. Like infertility and death and she basically said to suck it up. She recommended I was 8 week before doing a surgery if it didn't decrease in size.

    Many tell me that this cyst is pretty huge and that i should go back to the emergency room. If this large cyst does rupture could it be life threatening. I am sure I will feel pain but what about infections etc..

    • ANSWER:
      Wow...I'm pretty sure it's not even possible to have a cyst that big. If it is, and your doctor just sent you home after that, he's an idiot!! I myself have at least one ovarian cyst that is about 4cm in diameter. Doctors usually begin thinking about surgical removal if the cyst is 5 cm or over in diameter. When cysts rupture, it is normal to feel a great deal of pain at first, but all of the pain and symptoms associated with them will quickly go away after that. Mine is currently causing me a great deal of pain, so I almost wish it would just rupture. A cyst rupturing is usually not life threatening, though it can cause some complications. I would definitely recommend going back to the emergency room, because your doctor obviously has no idea what she's doing. Also, you should consider going on some form of birth control, as the hormones in it break up current cysts and prevent further ones from forming.

  25. QUESTION:
    For those that have ovarian cysts?
    A few months ago I had to go to the ER because of this terrible pain I was in and I was pretty sure death was eminent. It turns out that had an ovarian cyst rupture and that I had a few others on my ovaries as well. I haven't been able to follow up with a doctor about them, but I was kind of wondering for those that have the same thing, do you gradually feel worse over the weeks leading to your period?

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts...when to worry?
    I have ovarian cyst trouble almost regularly...I've been to the emergency room once and another time wasn't sure if I was having an appendicits...though from the ultrasounds pre emergency room visit it was 5 (mm I think? maybe cm? no idea). But since I get them frequently and I know they can be a health hazard it isn't quite practical to get an ultrasound every couple of months because Ive had aches for a week and my periods late...So how do I know when I should call the doctor? Im extremely small (not underweight but about 103 lbs) and Im certain its ovarian cysts...My parents are anti-birth control pills and thats the only advice Ive been given other than wait it out...so if anyone knows how long to wait before calling the dr please help :) thanks

    • ANSWER:
      From the sound of it you are young. If you are in the United States, your parents cannot control your reproductive decisions. Those are yours and yours alone. If your doctor feels that the pill will help you with this pain, then by all means do it even if you have to go to your local health department to get them.

      I lived with the pain of ovarian cysts for several years until one ruptured and I had to have emergency surgery where they removed one of my ovaries by necessity before I bled to death from it.

      YOU make the decisions regarding your body, not your parents.

  27. QUESTION:
    Large ovarian cyst, if it ruptures what happens?
    Large ovarian cyst, if it ruptures what happens?
    I know with small cyst it's normal for doctors to wait and just let them rupture on their own.

    I was diagnosed yesterday with a 10x11 inch (yes inches) ovarian cyst and a small 3 inch on the other ovary. I was recommend to go to the Emergency Room right away but the OBGYN was very rude and just kept emphasizing the risks of surgery,which i already know. Like infertility and death and she basically said to suck it up. She recommended I was 8 week before doing a surgery if it didn't decrease in size.

    Many tell me that this cyst is pretty huge and that i should go back to the emergency room. If this large cyst does rupture could it be life threatening. I am sure I will feel pain but what about infections etc..

    • ANSWER:
      Who are the "many" who tell you that your cyst is pretty huge? If it's just random people you know, then forget about it. They are not experts. Only take the word of doctors for something so important. If I were you I'd get a second opinion. Bring to the second opinion the images from the tests you had yesterday that showed the cyst, whatever those tests were--ultrasound, MRI, whatever.

  28. QUESTION:
    if an ovarian cyst does not shrink or rupture, what happens? is there other complications besides pain?

    • ANSWER:
      It can impair fertility. Also, sometimes, cysts are connected to the ovary by a thin membrane, that can get twisted around the artery leading to the ovary, and cut off the blood supply. Result: extreme pain, then death of the ovary.

  29. QUESTION:
    About 3 Months Ago My doctor told me I had a Cyst On my Ovary. I haven't had my period in about 2 months. Why?
    Okay, About 3 Months Ago My doctor told me I had a Cyst On my Ovary. I haven't had my period in about two months and I'm freaking out. I'm a virgin so I couldn't be pregnant. Whats wrong with me?
    Also I'm 14

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ovarian cyst that made me almost two months late (in the meantime I was going to the doctor, but apparently none of them were smart enough to give me an ultrasound but couldn't figure out why I wasn't pregnant). The three months prior to the cyst rupturing I had a very strange tingling sensation where it would have been located. The night they ruptured I had severe pain (the kind that you can't sleep through), and was rushed into ER. My case was particularly bad because once they ruptured I started to bleed internally, and almost bleed to death. The doctors didn't fully realize the situation until I my blood pressure began to drop dramatically, and they had to do emergency surgery. Just remember when you go to the doctor demand answers to your questions, and have them do an ultrasound.

  30. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst or Ectopic Pregnancy?
    So my girlfriend was sent to the hospital a few months ago because of severe menstrual cramps, there they had her do an ultrasound,trans-vagina test as well as a blood test, then they told her that she had an ovarian cyst and to wait to schedule an appointment with her doctor for at least a month so he can monitor it.

    2 months later, she went for a second ultrasound and trans-vagina test but was told nothing. Now a month later her doctor is telling her she may have an ectopic pregnancy! The only problem with this is she has never missed a period, no back or shoulder pain, no random bleeding, and other than 2 days ago in those 3 months we had sex maybe once, and I was wearing a condom, I know that its not 100% but just saying.

    My question is could the doctor be mistaking her ovarian cyst for an ectopic pregnancy? Or is she really pregnant? And if she is, what are her options? She just took another blood test and we are awaiting the results.
    Yeah, I thought the ultrasound would have revealed what it was, expecially after doing it twice, with a blood test and 2 trans-vagina tests!

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ectopic pregnancy and it hurts like hell !!!!!!! It is also very dangerous because you can die from it.

      The fertilised egg stays in the fallopian tube instead of moving down to the uterus and implant. And when it grows, it makes your fallopian tube break and you can hemmorage to death.

      I knew I was pregnant. I missed my period and then I had the ectopic pregnancy..very dangerous and can lead to difficulty to conceive later.

      They removed the tube and it took me years to get pregnant again.

      An ovarian cyst I thinl, does not hurt...not sure here.

      But an ectopic pregnancy is HELL..and happens when you are pregnant. Sounds like the doc is as ignorant as mine at the time..

      had to go to ER and was told that I was lucky to still be alive after a week.

      You have to get operated on right away with an ectopic pregnancy.

      But those doctors !!!!! I seem to know more than them now seriously !!

      An ultrasound would have revealed a ruptured fallopian tube anyway !!!

      Cysts can appear and disappear. They depend on hormones.

  31. QUESTION:
    a 11x10 inch ovarian cyst. Should I have surgery?
    i went to urgent care and they sent me to the ER . The ER obgyn was a bad one. didnt seem to care and said that she didn't know why they sent me here. She said that there are to many risks with ovarian cyst surgery anesthesia can cause death and scraping of the uterus can cause infertility. well we know that. when i asked if it could rupture she said yeah. She suggested we wait 8 weeks and if it was still the same size to then do surgery. She told me to "suck it up" I am planning on going back to the ER to see another OBGYN. I also have another cyst in the other ovary that is about 3 inches.

    • ANSWER:
      I would have the surgery. They can do it on an outpatient bases. There is several options. You can have them lanced and drained, but they will probably come back. Or have them completely removed. I just had surgery almost 6 wks ago for fibroid tumors. I had 21 in all. Most were very small but two were the size of baseballs. I wasn't scared going in. Of course they told me of all the risk, but it was the best decision I have ever made.

  32. QUESTION:
    My mom's cyst just burst, will she die? I hope she won't but, can she?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't mention where or what kind of cyst she has?

      If you mean a ovarian cyst, it will not kill her. It's quite painful to have one rupture, but will not cause death.

  33. QUESTION:
    Should I get a second opinion about this complex cyst?
    A month ago, I went to the meergency room with severe abdominal pain (thought it was appendicitis). I was given a barium enema (OUCH!). When it came back it said I didn't have that, but I had a complex ovarian cyst on my right ovary measuring 3.5cm. Last week, I went to my doctor who said they would do a sonogram in a month to see if it has grown. I got a copy of the films, and it shows what I think seems like alot of free fluid (ascites?) is there supposed to be any?) I have used this information and done some research on ovarian cysts and the symptoms, but it always seems to go back to ovarian cancer. I am 32 yo. I have no risk factors for ovarian cancer, but I am scared to death. As I sit here now, I just want to cry. Should I get a second opinion on waiting a month, or should I just wait the month and see what happens? I have read so much about OC being misdiagnosed or overlooked until it was too late. I really am at a loss, and would feel better if I could just get some opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no relationship between an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer.
      Almost all women have an ovarian cyst at one time or another. Usually, we just don't know about it, because they usually resolve on their own.

      3.5 cm really isn't very big. Nobody would want to operate on that, unless it persisted, and did not resolve.
      Free fluid around the cyst could indicate that it ruptured. That's not a bad thing -- it's the normal process. Once it ruptures it goes away.

      Usually ovarian cysts are managed expectantly, which means "wait and see." If it grows, then it may need surgery. If it goes away, then great.
      Sometimes oral contraceptive pills are given. This hormonal cycling can help a cyst to resolve.

      Finally, let me reassure you that a cyst looks different from cancer on an ultrasound. A cyst is fluid-filled, and looks black. Cancer is a solid mass which is grey and not well-defined.
      Talk to your doctor (NOT the emergency room people) about how to manage this. You really do not want unnecessary surgery.

  34. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts and trying to get pregnant, help?!?
    I was taken to the ER with severe abdominal pain. Well after numerous tests and being sent home and having to come back, they finally did a CT scan and said I had a cyst on my right ovary that had gotten to be about 5cm and ruptured, and that was all that was said. They rushed me away, and as I'm looking up information all I'm getting is bad comments on it. The paper they gave me said it's reoccurring and I would need to be put on birth control to prevent them, but I'm trying to get pregnant and last time I was on birth control I almost bled to death... any advice on how to deal with this?!?! :(

    • ANSWER:
      go to a private fertility doctor, and make them take the time to discuss this with you thoroughly. Given your fertility issues, you should be able to get in quickly, and the sooner you get your baby making done, the sooner they can fix you up permanently so you don't have to worry anymore.

      I have PCOS, and want more babies. But so far this year, i've had my period for all but 5 weeks. (ie. had my period for a total of 13 weeks out of 18, not all at once though).

      I think i am still young to be forcing a pregnancy with fertility assistance, but i can't go on like this. Please, go to the doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    Will this pain go from my stomach from an ovarian cyst?
    I have recently been admitted to hospital and found i had a cyst on my overy which had ruptured. They told me that there was bleeding in my overy and stomach. They sent me out of hospital without treatment but i still feel in extreme pain. Will this pain stop or do i need treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      they should have done something to stop the bleeding. you need to go back there or find another place and have them stop the bleeding(you could bleed to death on the inside). this is something that cant wait.

  36. QUESTION:
    A "cyst" appears...in my ovary?
    I was diagnosed with endemetriosis a few years ago..meaning i am tolerant of pain. In jan of this yr i had to go to e.r & they found a "follicle"which is a "cyst" in my left ovary measuring 1.8mm..now 10 months later it is still here. The pain is constant & I have lost about 10 lbs the past month..constant bloating & I just feel ill. I have no health insurance so i have issues getting any hospital or dr to see me.I am scared as well. My aunt died @29 of breast cancer,my uncle died this year from the same rare aggressive cancer that isnt detectable by any blood tests,my father died & my 39 yr old cousin just died a few weeks ago..i dont know what to do. Or where to go??any advice please???i know ovarian cancer is the silent killer & im scared to death. I am 32 & have a 12 yr old son. Any suggestions? I am all he has??

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, Okay my 21 year old sister has the same thing and has been suffering from if for 9 years. You will be going through a great dead of pain once it does rupture. There is nothing the doctor can really do for you you just have to sit it out on your sofa, and take a few days off. You will need it. I honestly don't think you will get cancer. People rarely do. This will not be the only time this will happen. When it does you will be in extreme pain so you should probably ask a doctor for some pain pills. I really wish you the best of luck with this! I'm a sorry you have this. But I hope I could have been a help for you!

  37. QUESTION:
    Sharp pains in the left side of my lower stomach but not a cist on my ovary?
    I started having sharp pains in the left lower part of my stomach..below my hip-bone..about two days after I stopped my period. The first day the pains would come and go but they were extremely painful. The second day I woke up and my whole left side of my stomach hurt as well as my inner thigh. I went to my gyno and they thought it may have been a cist on my ovary but they did an ultrasound and didn't find one. My Doctor said I may have had one but it went away and prescribed me darvocet and said the pain would go away. Today is the third day and the pain has spread to the right side of my stomach. Could it be apedicitis? I looked up symptoms for that and it doesn't sound like it. Also, the darvocet is not even phasing my pain and seems to give me a headache. Is there a different pain killer for this kind of pain?

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ovarian cyst rupture? 23 . i was bleeding internally i had to have a laproscopy and they found approx 350 ml of spurting blood like a soda can amt, i would of bleed to death in another 12 hrs , also you could have diverticulitis . you eat peanuts seeds etc can cause a problem you really need to go to the ER get some blood work make sure your not losing blood, and you dont' have an infection you can die from diverticulitis so eat yogurt , are your BMs normal ? color normal for you? you could have a bowel obstruction ? davacet can make you constipated and i think cause abdominal pain read the paper drink lots of water , but go to the ER soon.

  38. QUESTION:
    Sharp, severe, excruciating lower abdominal pain?
    I noticed some occasional, painful twinges in my lower abdomen this afternoon and ignored them. That was at 1pm. It's now 1am in the morning and I'm sitting up in bed in total agony! Frequent, sharp and shooting pains are whizzing around inside me and I don't know what's happening to my body. Every time I move, it hurts. Some times I can't feel anything and just when I think it's going away, a seriously sharp pain rips through my lower abdominal area. I'm fourteen years old, not sexually active and I don't know what's happening. I'm hoping that a kind nurse or professional doctor will help me with this. I researched before and I think I may have a swelling ovarian cyst or my appendix is about to erupt. Please, please help me.
    Other symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, inner vaginal pain, slippery, strange-smelling discharge and sudden twinges in my tummy and abdomen.
    Oh, and I'm too afraid and embarrassed to go to my doctor with this. I've already been there twice this year with an eyelid infection, a horrible UTI and cystitis and I don't want them to think that I'm just inventing new illnesses for myself just to visit them for the attention. I really don't want to irritate them.

    • ANSWER:
      Since you helped me out, I'll help you out. =D

      It's truly impossible for anyone to give you a definite answer on yahoo answers. I have my Wilderness First Responder license as you might like to call it, and I would assume it's one of three things. Your appendix could be about to rupture or maybe even ruptured.. It could be a swelling ovarian cyst or maybe possibly even a ruptured ovarian cyst. Since you are a younger women, and ovarian cysts are more common in women in their child-bearing years, it's unlikely. Plus you've only named one symptom (pain in the lower abdomen). Other systems include breast tenderness, weight gain, and increase hair growth overall, just to name three. Again, It could be a swelling/ruptured ovarian cyst, but I obviously cannot evaluate on yahoo answers.

      The last thing I can immedietly think about is a fractured rip cage. Is their pain when you breath? Is their pain when you lay down and your chest shrinks down? Is their pain to the touch? Are the pains sudden or is it a consistent pain? Or it is a consistent pain with sharper pains when you breath? Does the pain almost feel like a volt of electricity shocking/charging through you? These are all questions you have to ask yourself.

      If it is any of these things, you're going to require proper medical care immedietly. I understand you don't want to go to the doctors because it might seem like you are only seeking attention but you said the last two times, you did have something wrong with you. If you're appendix did rupture, you need medical care. If you do have a swelling/ruptured ovarian disk, you need medical care. If you fractured your rib cage, YOU NEED MEDICAL CARE. It's quite simple, really.

      If I had to truly guess, I would assume it's a fractured rib cage or a ruptured appendix. Both require immediate hospitilization and if left untreated can lead to lung erruption, paralyzation, permanent shortness of breath, clammy skin, and possibly even death.

      So please, seek medical care as soon as possible.

  39. QUESTION:
    what is ectopic pregnancy?
    what is ectopic pregnancy?
    what is cyst? thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      An ectopic pregnancy is a complication of pregnancy in which the fertilized ovum is developed in any tissue other than the uterine wall. Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the Fallopian tube (so-called tubal pregnancies), but implantation can also occur in the cervix, ovaries, and abdomen. The fetus produces enzymes that allow it to implant in varied types of tissues, and thus an embryo implanted elsewhere than the uterus can cause great tissue damage in its efforts to reach a sufficient supply of blood. An ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency, and, if not treated properly, can lead to the death of the woman.

      In a normal pregnancy, the fertilized egg enters the uterus and settles into the uterine lining where it has plenty of room to divide and grow. About 1% of pregnancies are in an ectopic location with implantation not occurring inside of the womb, and of these 98% occur in the Fallopian tubes.[1]

      In a typical ectopic pregnancy, the embryo does not reach the uterus, but instead adheres to the lining of the Fallopian tube. The implanted embryo burrows actively into the tubal lining. Most commonly this invades vessels and will cause bleeding. This intratubal bleeding (hematosalpinx) expels the implantation out of the tubal end as a tubal abortion. Some women thinking they are having a miscarriage are actually having a tubal abortion. There is no inflammation of the tube in ectopic pregnancy. The pain is caused by prostaglandins released at the implantation site, and by free blood in the peritoneal cavity, which is a local irritant. Sometimes the bleeding might be heavy enough to threaten the health or life of the woman. Usually this degree of bleeding is due to delay in diagnosis, but sometimes, especially if the implantation is in the proximal tube (just before it enters the uterus), it may invade into the nearby Sampson artery, causing heavy bleeding earlier than usual.

      If left untreated, about half of ectopic pregnancies will resolve without treatment. These are the tubal abortions. The advent of methotrexate treatment for ectopic pregnancy has reduced the need for surgery; however, surgical intervention is still required in cases where the Fallopian tube has ruptured or is in danger of doing so. This intervention may be laparoscopic or through a larger incision, known as a laparotomy.

      Causes
      There are a number of risk factors for ectopic pregnancies. However, in as many as one third [2]to one half [3] of ectopic pregnancies, no risk factors can be identified. Risk factors include: pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, those who have been exposed to DES, tubal surgery, smoking, previous ectopic pregnancy, and tubal ligation.

      What is Cyst?
      A cyst is a closed sac having a distinct membrane and division on the nearby tissue. It may contain air, fluids, or semi-solid material. A collection of pus is called an abscess, not a cyst. Once formed, a cyst could go away on its own or may have to be removed through surgery.

      Ovarian Cyst:
      An ovarian cyst is any collection of fluid, surrounded by a very thin wall, within an ovary. Any ovarian follicle that is larger than about two centimeters is termed an ovarian cyst. An ovarian cyst can be as small as a pea, or larger than a cantaloupe.

      Most ovarian cysts are functional in nature, and harmless (benign).[1] In the US, ovarian cysts are found in nearly all premenopausal women, and in up to 14.8% of postmenopausal women.

      Ovarian cysts affect women of all ages. They occur most often, however, during a woman's childbearing years.

      Some ovarian cysts cause problems, such as bleeding and pain. Surgery may be required to remove cysts larger than 5 centimeters in diameter.

  40. QUESTION:
    I have appendix pain, should I be worried?
    I noticed a sharpish pain in my lower right stomach, just to the left of my right hip bone and am obviously a tad worried.
    I have looked up some appendix symptoms and don't have any other than the pain exept maybe constipation. It doesn't hurt more when I put pressure over the pain or when I relieve the pressure quickly, however it does hurt more when I suck my stomach in.

    Should I be worried? any advice will do.
    I have had simelar pains before with gapd os months inbetween.

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt this is actually your appendix. If you did have pain related to your appendix, then this is a surgical emergency. Appendicitis requires immediate surgery otherwise it will rupture and lead to death. Pain can occur in the right lower quadrant for many other reasons. If you are female, then this could be an ovarian cyst or pelvic inflammatory disease. An ectopic pregnancy could also lead to right lower abdominal pain. It could also be related to a problem with your bowel, such as colitis. If you ever suspect you could have appendicitis, then you should seek medical attention right away.

  41. QUESTION:
    Miscarriage or something else?
    I havent had my period since November 7th. I am not on any birth control or anything that would normally explain it being late. And this is the first time I've ever missed a period. I tested periodically throughout December and January and they were always negative. So I figured there was some other issue other than being pregnant. I havent been to the doctor because for one, I dont have insurance and also because everything I've read online says its sometimes normal to miss your period and not to be overly concerned until you've missed for 3 months. 3 months came and went so I've been debating the doctor but kept putting it off. ANYWAYS....last night when I went to pee before bed I heard this "plop" and I passed a golf ball sized blood clot and then blood started basically pouring out (sounded like i was peeing but all blood) I sat there for a sec and it slowed enough to clean up and put a tampon in. For 24 hours now I've soaked through super sized tampons about every hour and still passing huge clots. But there has been NO pain or cramping. My best friends mom is an ER nurse and she is convinced that I have miscarried. I miscarried once 2 years ago but the experience was way different and also tons of cramping so I'm not so sure this is a miscarriage. I hadnt tested recently though. So from experience or just opinion....do you girls think I've possibly miscarried or just an extremely heavy period since I didnt have one for so long?? And I KNOW that I need to see the doctor but I'm hoping to make it through the weekend without an ER trip so...
    Although I'm glad that I'm not in pain.....my lack of pain and cramping has me more confused than anything?? By the way..IF it was a miscarriage, would a pregnancy test still show positive at this point? I'm thinking about buying one just to see if maybe I was pregnant??

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to the ER if the bleeding doesn't stop right away. It could be an ectopic pregnancy, and if it is - you could easily die. It's the most common cause of pregnancy related death. Usually it causes pain though. It could also be an ovarian cyst that finally ruptured, but that usually cause pain too. However, cysts can stop your menstrual cycle. As you said, it could also be a miscarriage. Usually there is cramping with that, but sometimes the cramping starts some time after the bleeding begins.

      Unfortunately, you don't want to go to bed and have the bleeding get worse while you sleep. If you're having clots something is wrong and you need to get checked out.

  42. QUESTION:
    Help! I'm having the worst ovary pain. I'm very afraid?
    I took the morning after pill about 10 days ago after unprotected sex with my boyfriend of 2 years. I am on birth control (I take everyday at the same time and never missed a pill in two years) as well but I was afraid it wasn't going to work because of the large amount of new medication I'm taking for a genetic disease. Some of these medications are Enbrel, methotrexate, prednisone, and colcrys.

    I've had the worst dibilitating cramps for the past two days! I feel like I'm being stabbed with the knife in the ovaries. It was so bad today that I fell over in pain. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this? The earliest my obgyn could get me in is tomorrow. I'm really afraid something very serious is happening.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be an ovarian cyst, and yes, the increased amount of hormones you have taken could've made one rupture. They are excruciatingly painful. It is not okay to ignore it though. Depending on the size of the rupture, some women have internal hemorrhages from them. Meaning excessive internal bleeding, and potentially death if left untreated. Granted, this is the extreme, but it is better to be safe than sorry with these.
      It could also be an incomplete abortion, and ectopic pregnancy, or just really bad cramps. I personally would go straight to the ER or Urgent Care.

  43. QUESTION:
    What is PCOS?
    I've seen this in a lot of questions - what is it? What does PCOS stand for? Just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome

      PCOS- is when a woman or young lady's ovaries have liquid filled cysts in their ovaries instead of mature eggs. This cysts, most of the time will eventually rupture and in most cases re-form, there by causing a slew of menstrual/hormonal problems....

      No period/Few periods
      Course/Excessive facial hair
      Infertility
      Weight Gain(esp. around the mid section)
      Premature Ovarian Failure
      HBP
      Diabetes
      And in very rare cases, death, usually caused by complications of the disorder.
      Symptoms vary from mild to severe

  44. QUESTION:
    Ruling out pregnancy, why else would a women get cramps without bleeding?
    I'm not going to lie, me and my girlfriend have had unprotected sex a few weeks ago. I did not climax, but i know that its still possible to get her pregnant, you don't have to remind me. But ruling out pregnancy, would their be any other reason for a missed period and cramps without bleeding... its been a little over 2 weeks and she missed her period 7 days ago. And it won't be the WORSE thing in the world if she is, i'm just trying to figure this out before she takes a test in a few days. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      It could be an ovarian cyst, which would could cause cramps and no bleeding, or the other thing, which would be really bad, would be a tubal pregnancy, which could cause death to mother and baby if not caught and the tube ruptures.

      The chances of that being detectable this early are almost nil, so I would say that is not even an issue. Some women have endometriosis, which is when the lining inside of the uterus grows thickly and unevenly and it can cause pain. She may need a check-up with her gynecologist...and getting on the pill can help suppress ovarian cysts if she actually is found to have one.

  45. QUESTION:
    severe lower abdominal pain?
    Last week my son pushed his foot into the left side of my lower abdomen & it felt like he lifted up a lump or something and it was very painful. The pain didnt last though. A couple days ago my lower left abdomen started to hurt & it felt like there was a lump there. A couple of hours ago that spot started hurting really bad, it was sharp pains & it hurt especially when i pushed on it, moved & breathed. I just layed down hoping it would go away. Then when i got up i noticed i couldn stand up straight because it felt like it was being pulled & it was painful. Now the pain isnt just my lower left abdomen but across the whole lower part. Im not onstipated because i went to the bathroom fine. theres no bleeding or vomiting. I have acute chest pain along with it & the pain feels like its traveling up. It feels best when i dont move, but even then i feel throbbing coming from the original spot, where it all started. I dont know if i should go to the E.R???
    i went tto the gyno & it turns out i had a cyst tht burst.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree to go to the E.R. because you may have internal bleeding from being kicked. If your belly is hard when you press on it that can also be a sign of internal bleeding. Go now to be safe. Other causes could be ruptured ovarian cyst but I don't think that would cause pain all over. I had pain in lower left side and appendicitis was ruled out. Turned out I had an intestinal infection that required antitbiotics and had I not gone to get checked I could have ended up with major abdominal surgery and/or death.

      You can also have a blood clot and if it traveled up to your chest you could have chest pain from that and that's fatal. Better to go now and be safe than sorry later. I am not usually the one to go to the E.R. unless I have a life threatening issue and I didn't go to the E.R. with my belly pain but if I were you I'd go.

  46. QUESTION:
    What can cause right lower quadrant abdominal pain?
    My wife has been experiencing this pain for about 4 days now. When she is at rest there seems to be minimal complaints, but as soon as she starts to actually move around she gets sharp attacks to this area. When the pain hits she feels like she will throw up, but only ends up burping. What could it be?
    She has been to the ER and they dx'd it as a UTI. Some cloudy urine but no burning or pain with urination. I personally being a physical therapist think cysts, but the possiility of an ectopic worries me.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a kidney infection or UTI (urinary tract infection) - usually comes with fever vomiting and pain on urination

      Appendicitis - is the pain getting increasingly worse? does she have a fever?

      Ovarian Cysts - as the name suggest, cysts on your ovaries

      Kidney stones

      Diverticulitis

      Tumours :(

      Ectopic pregnancies - this is a very severe and dangerous one. The pain usually comes in waves and is severe. It is so dangerous because as the embryo continues to grow it willl eventually rupture the fallopian tube where it is embedded and can lead to serious problems and death if this happens! If your wife is anywhere from about 2 weeks to 6 weeks late for her period this is a possibility.

      i really hope that you find out what it is, best idea would be to go to the doctors soon as you can. My first guess would be appendicitis..if the pain started in the left lower quadrant or belly button and then moved its way over to the right side then this is quite typical of appendicitis.

      Good luck :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Questions about PCOS, PLEASE HELP!?
    I am 13 year old girl and i'm really nervous. I was diagnosed with pcos when i was 12 and i was in the hospital for a ruptured ovarian cyst. over the last year i took metformin and nothing really happened my ovaries still hurt and i get leg pains and i get serious migraines daily. i can never sleep and i have problems staying asleep. I have really bad anxiety also and i get terrible heat flashes i sweat to death and i feel like my body is on fire. the longest i went without my period was 3 months! is there something more than pcos? I went to the doctor recently for serious heart burn also! any possibilites please help!

    • ANSWER:
      12 is a very young age to be diagnosed with PCOS. And on top of that, PCOS tends to lead to tiny cysts, not the kind that rupture (which is more like a regular ovarian cyst).

      As for the metformin, its hard to give a comment as you dont mention your BMI. I am assuming it is above 25, maybe above 30. But I will say this. Sometimes, the dosage of metformin has to be increased for it to work, occasionally increased even beyond its "maximum recommended dosage".

      What dosage are you on and what is your BMI? That said, metformin has to be increased slowly and it does have quite bad side effects. I think your problems are largely that. And perhaps your doctor is waiting for these side effects to subside before increasing the dosage.

  48. QUESTION:
    PCOS extreme for me pain?
    It isn't my normal severe ovulation pain, I know this may sound strange but normally i can feel that it's happening. Right now i'm swollen around my left ovary, in agony (despite taking 4 50mg diclofenac), it's warm and tender. I'm not getting other normal ovulation symptoms. It's so bad i'm thinking about going to hospital, I had to be forced to go when i broke my foot and had discolouration in the bottom of it! I'm gonna try and get some sleep, although i struggled to get upstairs so not sure if i will be able to. But as these are far from normal, even for me. It's been getting worse past few times, but this has jumped from around a 6 last time to well above 10. But it's not a constant pain, still just stabbing pains, just happening more often. Could it be that a cysts ruptured? if so do i need to go to hospital, as in life or death, nothing less?
    I've only had one ultrasound to see if it is PCOS, years ago, Everytime i've ghona in since i get brushed aside with 'you're too young to worry about it' I'm a mother of two, with a degree and very l;ttle money, I don't have the time to wait 4 hours in A & E to be ignored/ not treateed.

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds more like a regular ovarian cyst, rather than the PCOS-type cysts (which cause no pain or certainyl less pain). The two things are very different.

      It has probably not ruptured yet, but there is a chance that it could. Such cases can be serious.

      If you get high fever and/or nausea and intesne pain, these are signs of a ruptured cyst and when that happens you must go to ER IMMEDIATELY. If not, then just see your doctor asap, you need an ultrasound to see what is going on.

  49. QUESTION:
    Err, what can I do about really heavy, kinda chunky periods?
    It's just annoying. Tampons leak so easily. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Try birth control pills.

      Taking the pill can have some fantastic benefits for women with irregular or uncomfortable periods. Some women who have a heavy week-long period will see them shortened to just 3 days of light flow! Cramps completely disappear.

      Also, some women with heavy flows are more prone to ovarian cysts. This is when the ovary doesn't release the egg when it should and instead, holds onto it. When the ovary finally lets the egg go, it ruptures and causes a great deal of pain. In some women, it can even cause internal bleeding and death. Birth control pills can significantly reduce this risk.

      Good luck! :)

  50. QUESTION:
    Can I be Pregnant?
    My period ended on feb. 4th and I had sex on feb 18th and March 3. I took a home pregnancy test that came up negative and then two days later I finally got my period on March 25th. (I used protection on the 18th but not the 3rd)

    My period was brown for the first few days but seemed normal other than that. However ive been feeling bloated a lot and i occasionally have abdominal pains but only on my right side. I have been feeling tired and there has been some white discharge(nothing abnormal) and "leaking" as I would call it. I have been nausiated at times but never vomitted. Also i've been stuffy and congested in my nose but I'm not coughing and my throat isn't sore.I have the feeling as if I am pregnant but I don't know if thats a psychological thing.

    I plan on going to see a Dr. in a week or two if the feelings persist but I wanted to see what others thought. I have had my period and my breasts haven't been sore or anything so im really unsure as to my chances of being pregnant

    • ANSWER:
      Brown blood =old blood. I doubt it was your period. It could have been implantation bleeding, or some other irritation to your uterine wall. I suggest you make an appointment with your general practitioner, and have a blood test done. With the abdominal pain on one side, it could be an ectopic pregnancy, so best have it checked right away. If an ectopic pregnancy ruptures it can cause severe internal bleeding and death. It could also just be the ovarian cyst left over from your last ovulation, which will stay open and product hormones necessary for the maintenance of the pregnancy. But just be safe. Good luck!


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