Hemorrhagic Ovarian Cyst – The Most Common Ovarian Cyst

by support on May 9, 2011

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Hemorrhagic ovarian cyst – sounds scary?…In reality it isn’t.

A hemorrhagic cyst is the kind of functional cyst where bleeding happens within a cyst. It is also called as hematocyst or, commonly known, as blood cyst. With this kind of cyst, one may experience a great deal of pain. In some cases, the cyst may even rupture. The most common type of hemorrhagic cysts is the hemorrhagic ovarian cyst. This is the condition where a fluid-filled sac grows in the ovaries. You may already be scared just by reading about hemorrhagic ovarian cysts. It does sound scary but a careful understanding of a hemorrhagic cyst would tell you that there is nothing to be scared of. (see also Cyst on Ovary & Ruptured Ovarian Cysts РBeginnings, Symptoms and Treatment )

For you not to get scared, keep in mind that an ovarian cyst, in particular a hemorrhagic cyst is commonly part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Some are not even aware that they have it because it will not show any symptoms or pain. It can happen and disappear without the person detecting it during the menstrual cycle. This cyst usually disappears within a menstrual cycle or sometimes it would take two cycles for it to completely regress.

Hemorrhagic ovarian cyst symptoms

But not all are lucky as there are some women who become anxious about their monthly menstrual cycle as they know that they will experience pain. Cysts in general are technically harmless but if it comes to a point where its effect is so great, then its but natural for you to seek treatment and work with your doctor. It would help to know the different ovarian cysts symptoms to make it easier for you and your doctor to identify how severe the situation is. Before we get to the symptoms, lets first discuss about how a hemorrhagic cyst develops.

Basically a hemorrhagic cyst forms when a small blood vessel that is located in the walls or a newly formed cyst cracks for whatever reason. The blood that comes from the small blood vessel will then spill inside the cyst or into its body. This causes for it to start swelling at a consistent pace. When it swells big enough, it would eventually stretch and cover the ovary. This is usually the reason behind the sharp pain felt in the abdominal area. Most women feel it on the right side but there are some who complain that the pain emanates from the left abdominal area. Pain, therefore, is the first noticeable symptom of a hemorrhagic cyst.

Blood cysts need treatment

Aside from the pain, this kind of ovarian cysts usually starts the development of blood clots. This is not good as it can further cause complication – the blood clot can restrict blood flow. This will further increase the level of discomfort. What’s scary is that when this happens, it would increase the risk of damage and harm to the ovaries. But then again, this does not usually happen because in many cases the cyst will grow then shrinks and eventually disappear.

If the pain is unmanageable, you can ask your doctor for medication. These medication will help you ease the pain until the cyst shrinks and disappear. It’s good to know that this type of ovarian cyst is self-limiting and does not have the tendency to spread out. Unlike most ovarian cysts, this type of cyst is not prone to rupture. But in severe cases, a laparoscopy will be performed. This is the method of choice to remove the cyst because it s minimally invasive with less blood loss, less pain and shorter recovery periods. More importantly, it offers less scarring because it only uses small incisions. It’s always best to consult with your doctor when you feel the first symptoms of a hemorrhagic cyst.

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