Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

How long can pain from a ruptured ovarian cyst last?

By Anonymous September 25, 2019 - 2:05pm
Rate This
Ovarian Cysts related image

I had a cyst rupture on Friday and it landed me in the ER. I have been resting but am still experiencing pain. It is not as severe but still there. How long does the pain from these usually last?

Add a Comment7 Comments

HERWriter Guide

Hello Anon

Thanks for writing.

Firstly, sorry to hear you endured a ruptured cyst - the pain can literally take a woman's breath away and can go on for some time. I'm glad you got to the ER.

A question for you - what treatment was done in the ER? You should probably have had an ultrasound, blood tests and IV fluids to keep you hydrated.

Were you given any pain medication to take? If not, consider taking ibuprofen for you pain and make sure you are taking lots of fluids. A heating pad on the area may also help with the pain.

You must schedule a follow-up with your doctor - have you done this yet? We look forward to hearing back from you!

September 25, 2019 - 3:02pm
HERWriter (reply to SusanC)

HI there!

They did a CT scan and then just told me it should go away on it's own.

They did give me some pain medications that I have been taking as needed.

I have not scheduled a follow up yet. Should i schedule an appointment with a normal family doctor or a specialist?

Thank you so much for your response!

September 25, 2019 - 3:23pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Catherine Taylor)

Hi Catherine

My advice is for you to see your gynecologist as she/is a specialist in reproductive health. Schedule as soon as you can as it may take a couple of days to see her/him. It's important your follow up is within a week or so of the rupture to make sure you are recovering properly.

Keep us posted and good luck-

September 25, 2019 - 3:26pm
HERWriter (reply to SusanC)

Hi Susan! Quick question, can this cause my period to be late? My period is 5 days late but am not pregnant. I made an appointment with a doctor but feeling kind of worried...

September 30, 2019 - 1:18pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Catherine Taylor)

Hi Catherine!

Do you know what kind of cyst you had? There are many and each can have a different outcome and pain level- let's run through them:

Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with liquid, solid material or both. They’re found on the surface or inside the ovary. Ovarian cysts can be simple or complex.

Fluid-filled sacs are simple. The most common are graafian follicular and corpus luteum cysts.

Graafian follicle cysts are the most common of all ovarian cysts. They develop when an egg doesn’t release properly during ovulation. They grow quickly and last only a short time. Usually, they have no symptoms and vanish within a few months.

Corpus luteum cysts also develop when an egg fails to release. These tend to be larger and their thin wall may rupture. This releases fluid into the ovary. Considered to be relatively mild, there’s more chance of abdominal pain. This cyst usually reabsorbs into the system over the course of three periods.

A complex ovarian cyst consists of both fluid and solid contents. Dermoid, endometriomas and cystadenomas are examples.

Dermoid ovarian cysts are sacs filled with pieces of bone, teeth, hair and skin. They’re rarely cancerous, but can become large, causing the ovary to move out of place which increases the chance of pain.

Endometrial cysts contain thick, old blood. This is a condition where the lining of the womb starts growing in parts of the body other than the womb. Patches form on the ovaries, creating cysts which bleed during periods. There’s no outlet for the bleeding, causing the cyst to grow larger. That can cause abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, and headaches.

Another complex ovarian cyst is the cystadenoma cyst. This may be filled with a watery liquid or a mucous material. They can grow to be 12 inches or more in diameter. They don’t have symptoms, but can twist and rupture causing extreme pain and require emergency surgery.

One of the more painful types of ovarian cysts is the hemorrhagic cyst. They develop when a blood vessel ruptures and drains blood into the fluid already in the cyst.

This releases blood back into the ovary which can cause the pain. Surgery is sometimes necessary, but medication and rest are other options.

Catherine - did you bleed with your cyst? That could have been a mix of your ruptured cyst and your period.

Stress and medical issues are two big disruptors of the menstrual cycle. I had my gall bladder removed and didn't get my period for more than two months. The doctor told me it's very common. Same thing happened after my appendix ruptured.

I hope your doctor appointment is soon!


September 30, 2019 - 1:46pm
HERWriter (reply to SusanC)

HI Susan!
I was pretty out of it when they discharged me so didn't really ask what kind of cyst it was. My appointment is very soon so I am sure I will find out.

It makes sense that medical issues can cause a period to not come. Thank you for sharing your story about your gall bladder. Knowing I am not the only one who has experienced this is comforting.

Thank you!!

September 30, 2019 - 1:55pm
HERWriter (reply to SusanC)

Thank you so much for motivating me to make an appointment. I have made an appointment and will keep you and the community updated!

September 26, 2019 - 8:44am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

Ovarian Cysts

Get Email Updates

Ovarian Cysts Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!