While most women will have no symptoms with an ovarian cyst, some will get more severe complications. The two most common complications for larger cysts are a burst cyst and a twisted ovarian cyst. In this article, we’ll look at what causes a twisted ovarian cyst, what the symptoms are, and how you can prevent it from happening to you.
When a cyst grows larger than 4 centimeters in diameter, it can become twisted. A cyst this large can twist the entire ovary like a large flower on a stalk. This condition is called torsion. It is dangerous because it causes the blood flow to the ovary to be cut off, resulting in the death of that ovary. If it happens, you need immediate medical attention.
When you have a twisted ovary, you will have severe pain. You may also have nausea, fever, a swelling of the stomach, and a lump that you can feel. A twisted ovarian cyst is more likely to occur on the right side than on the left. This is because the large intestine cushions the ovary on the left, whereas the right has no such support.
Once your cyst becomes twisted, you will need to have surgery in order to save the ovary and avoid serious complications, such as infection, blood clots, and even death. It’s best to treat your cyst before it becomes this large.
For treating the cyst, most doctors will prescribe birth control pills. However, many women have found that the high levels of estrogen in the pills actually make their cysts larger. A better option is to treat the cyst naturally through correcting your diet and balancing your hormone levels.