Being told that you have a cyst in your ovaries can be scary. The only thing that can top it is being told that you have ruptured ovarian cysts.
The symptoms of an ovarian cyst rupture vary from mild pain to sharp unbearable pelvic and abdominal pains. The effects of an ovarian cyst burst also vary from those that don’t require the intervention of a doctor to those that require immediate surgical intervention.
The only good news is that while the presence of ovarian cysts in your reproductive system — and their subsequent rupturing — can be dangerous, it is rarely so. In fact, in most cases, all that one needs is to be put under observation by a doctor.
Sex and ruptured ovarian cysts
Knowing what causes an ovarian cyst rupture is sometimes key to preventing it from happening. And the question as to whether sex can cause this ovarian cyst complication is one that has bothered most. In this post, that is what is going to be discussed.
Can sexual intercourse cause an ovarian cyst to burst?
According to Saint Luke’s Health, sexual activity is one of the most common causes of ovarian cyst rupture. They list it in the same category as strenuous activities such as exercise. This is because both sex and exercise usually apply pressure to the abdominal and pelvic region. And just like exerting pressure on a balloon can cause it to burst, exerting pressure or putting strain on the muscles surrounding the ovarian cyst will cause it to rupture — this is exactly what sexual intercourse does.
Minimizing the risk of ovarian cyst rupture during sex
However, it is important to note that strenuous activities such as sexual intercourse are not the only causes of ovarian cyst rupture. Factors such as the type of the cyst, hormonal imbalance and the cyst becoming too large for the sac, can also cause the cyst to rupture.
What this means is that while keeping away from sex can minimize the chances of ending up with a ruptured ovarian cyst, it is no way a foolproof method of avoiding a cyst burst.
Also, given the fact that it is the strenuousness of sex that triggers the rupture, it is possible to minimize the risks of this complication by taking advantage of sexual positions that do not exert a lot of pressure on both your abdomen and pelvic regions.
Importance of seeing a doctor after an ovarian cyst rupture
If your cyst ruptures during sexual intercourse or during any other strenuous activity, you are likely to feel a sharp pain in either the pelvic or the abdominal region. Abnormal vaginal bleeding and other symptoms of a cyst burst may also follow.
In such cases, seeking the immediate attention of a doctor is a must. This is because while it is possible that all you may need is to be put under observation, there is always the real danger of the ovarian cyst rupture leading to uncontrolled bleeding, reproductive system infections and shock — that is according to Medscape.