Ovarian cysts are common. However, very few women even realize that they have them. This has to do with the fact that in most cases, these cysts are usually too small to cause any symptoms. What’s more is the fact that with time, they tend to disappear on their own.
However, cysts aren’t as unnoticeable when they rupture. They usually announce their rupturing by causing sharp pelvic pain. Experiencing a vaginal discharge after a cyst burst is also not uncommon. And so are symptoms such as nausea and bloating of the abdomen.
When an ovarian cyst ruptures, it is important to see a doctor immediately. The following are some of the main reasons why this is important.
1. For peace of mind
Not all cases of ovarian cyst rupture lead to serious symptoms. In fact, it is possible for you to experience only mild discomfort when this happens.
However, since there is always a risk of ruptured ovarian cyst complications developing, seeing a doctor is prudent. He or she will put you under observation to make sure that everything is okay. This is important for peace of mind. ( See: Managing ovarian cysts )
2. To make the pain bearable
Sharp pelvic pain. Sharp abdominal pain.
The pain that results from an ovarian cyst rupture can be extremely excruciating. What’s more is that it can be continuous, subjecting you to nonstop suffering.
If your ovarian cyst rupture causes you unbearable pain, your doctor will give you a subscription for pain medication. If the pain is too extreme, you may have to receive the medication intravenously. (see: types of ovarian cyst pain )
3. To monitor and prevent excessive bleeding
When a cyst burst occurs, the walls of the cyst break. This causes bleeding. In most cases, this bleeding usually stops.
However, a preexisting condition can keep the opening from closing, leading to uncontrolled bleeding. Complications that develop after an ovarian cyst has ruptured can also cause excess bleeding.
A doctor can detect this condition before it gets out of control. He or she may then prescribe medication that stops the bleeding. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to put a stop to the bleeding.
4. To prevent a serious internal infection
When a cyst ruptures, it creates a wound. This wound can become infected.
The discharge that the ovarian cyst releases can also encourage bacteria to attack your reproductive system, leading to a serious internal infection.
Seeing a doctor will enable you to battle this infection. You will get access to antibacterial medication that may be administered orally or intravenously. This medication will give your body the tools necessary to not only control, but also get rid of the infection.
5. To replace any lost fluids
The blood loss that occurs after an ovarian cyst burst can be so extreme that it will be hard for your body to replenish any lost fluids. To keep your body from shutting down, a doctor will have to replenish your fluids intravenously.
6. To remove any blood clots
When there’s bleeding, blood clots form. If the clots that form after a rupture are abnormally high, a doctor may have to remove them. This will be done through a minimally invasive procedure.
7. To check for ovarian cancer
There is always a risk of an ovarian cyst having cancerous cells.
If you keep experiencing worsening symptoms after an ovarian cyst rupture, your doctor may have to check for signs of ovarian cancer. Surgery may be necessary as the cells in the cyst may need to be examined. This step is important as it helps ensure the early detection of ovarian cancer cases.
8. To save your life
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine and Healthline, excessive bleeding can lead to death. An uncontrolled internal infection can also be fatal. And so can advanced ovarian cancer.
All the steps taken to manage and treat a ruptured ovarian cysts therefore build up towards saving your life.