An abnormal vaginal discharge is a common symptom of an ovarian cyst rupture. A discharge usually takes place simply because when the sac of the cyst tears / ruptures, it releases the contents of the cyst. This is usually a fluid.
When this fluid is released into a woman’s abdomen, it usually flows along the female reproductive system. It finally finds itself out of the woman’s body via the vagina. It is when this fluid exists that you are said to be having an abnormal vaginal discharge.
The nature of the discharge that a woman experiences as a result of an ovarian cyst rupture usually varies. This includes variations in color, thickness, in heaviness and so on. Most of these variations are usually caused by the differences in the types of ovarian cysts that women have.
Here is what you should know about how the type of ovarian cyst that you have in your ovaries will affect the vaginal discharge that you will experience in case of an ovarian cyst rupture.
Light spotting or excessive abnormal vaginal discharge
The type of ovarian cyst that you have will affect the amount of discharge that you will experience. This is because large ovarian cysts tend to contain more fluid than smaller cysts. Therefore, when the large cysts rupture, they are bound to produce a heavier discharge. Smaller ovarian cysts on the other hand are likely to result in little to negligible vaginal discharge.
The color and thickness of the abnormal vaginal discharge
Ovarian cysts contain different types of fluids. It all depends on the type of ovarian cyst. Some cysts contain mucus and others have contents that fall on the watery side. Some contain blood. And some even contain hairs and teeth cells.
Since the discharge that occurs after a cyst burst is basically the contents of the cysts, the type of ovarian cyst in a woman’s ovaries is bound to significantly affect the color of the discharge. For example, a chocolate cyst that contains traces of blood will result in a vaginal discharge that is different from that of a cyst that contains a mucus-like substance.
Different ovarian cysts also tend to have different effects on the surrounding tissues. Some cysts tend to cause bleeding when they rupture. For these cysts, the discharge they cause will likely have heavier traces of blood.
Something to note
While an abnormal vaginal discharge is a common sign of ruptured ovarian cysts, not every unexpected discharge means that you have ruptured cysts. This is because things like infections, ovulation and other body processes can affect the nature of your vaginal discharge.