Signs of a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

Signs of a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

At Longoria OBGYNDr. Leonardo Longoria and his team are here to support you when issues emerge with your reproductive and gynecological organs. We're committed to offering high-quality women's health care and support. 

Dr. Longoria provides care, including diagnosis and treatment of potential women's health issues like ovarian cysts, for new and existing patients from around the El Paso, Texas, area.

One of the reproductive system issues Dr. Longoria can help with is a ruptured ovarian cyst. If you’re dealing with this condition, you may need prompt medical care to prevent potentially serious complications. That’s where we come into the picture.

What warning signs and symptoms of a ruptured ovarian cyst should you be aware of? And when should you get in touch with Dr. Longoria for a professional medical examination and diagnosis? Here’s what you need to know.

What is an ovarian cyst?

Your two ovaries are located on either side of your abdomen. Your eggs develop in your ovaries, and each month an egg passes from your ovaries, through your fallopian tubes, and into your uterus. This process is known as ovulation.

During ovulation, or at other points in your monthly cycle, ovarian cysts can develop. Small sacs of fluid form on your ovaries. Ovarian cysts are actually a normal part of your cycle, and typically go away on their own.

Some types of ovarian cysts can result in health risks. These include dermoid cysts, cystadenomas, and endometriomas. And, if an ovarian cyst ruptures, or breaks open, you may need medical care to prevent complications like permanent organ damage.

Signs and symptoms of a ruptured ovarian cyst

A large ovarian cyst can cause discomfort, including pelvic pain, bloating, and a feeling of heaviness or fullness in your abdomen.

If you experience a ruptured ovarian cyst, your first indicator is likely to be sudden and severe pain centered in your abdomen. Your pain may occur with a fever, and you may experience vomiting, lightheadedness, weakness, rapid breathing, or a sensation of coldness or clamminess in your skin. These are all signs of shock that mean you need medical care.

When to seek medical attention

Signs of a ruptured ovarian cyst like shock symptoms and sudden, intense abdominal or pelvic pain mean it’s time to seek medical attention.

At Longoria OBGYN, Dr. Longoria and his team diagnose a ruptured ovarian cyst using a physical exam, including a pelvic exam, and testing as needed to confirm. We might use ultrasound technology to take a look at your cyst, and use blood and urine testing to look for signs of cancer, pregnancy, and other potential complications.

Treatment for a ruptured ovarian cyst can include hospitalization. You may need pain medication management, intravenous (IV) fluids to support your system, or blood to replenish your body after extensive internal bleeding. You may also need surgery for a ruptured ovarian cyst, which may include removal of your whole ovary, or just the cyst.

For diagnosis and treatment you can trust when you see signs of a ruptured ovarian cyst, get in touch with Dr. Longoria at Longoria OBGYN right away after noticing concerning symptoms. Call our office to make your appointment or schedule online.

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