Ruptured Ovarian Cyst Picture

Ever wonder what a ruptured ovarian cyst looks like?  Well, here’s a picture:

ruptured ovarian cyst

You can see how it is deflated, without a bunch of fluid inside.  Here is a diagram of an unruptured cyst, just to compare them…

ovarian cyst diagram

You can see how unruptured cysts look like  a large bag hanging off the ovary.  Now, it doesn’t always hang like this.  Also, most cysts dissolve before getting this large.  A cyst like this would be at risk for rupturing.

What does a ruptured cyst feel like?  INTENSE PAIN.  It will feel like you can’t even move, the pain will be so sharp.  It will generally be on just one side of the abdomen, and nothing you do will cause it to abate.  If you know you have an ovarian cyst and you suddenly experience intense pain (like 9-10 on a scale of 1-10), go to your doctor.  It’s important to rule out a twisted cyst or internal bleeding.

Once a cyst has burst, the ultrasound will show fluid in your abdomen. The ultrasound will look something like this:

ruptured ovarian cyst ultrasound

Diagram from MayoClinic Health Library.  Ruptured cyst photo from Ed Uthman via Flickr.  Ultrasound from

What Types of Ovarian Cyst Pictures Do You Want to See?

Hello all!  On this site, I’ve been trying to get a wide range of different types of ovarian cyst pictures and ultrasounds.  But now I would like to ask you, what would you like to see?

Would you like to see more ultrasounds?  Or do you prefer the more graphic flesh and blood type pictures?   Would you like to see some different types of cysts I have not yet featured?  Or do you want more diagrams?

I’d like to know what would help you the most, so I can spend some time hunting down those types of ovarian cyst pictures/ultrasounds.

Please leave your responses in the comments, and I’ll get back to work! 🙂

Normal Egg Release Cycle Diagram

This diagram shows the normal process of ovulation, or egg release.  It starts with the primordial follicle, which matures until it becomes a secondary follicle.  At that point, the follicle ruptures, or breaks, releasing the egg.  It then reseals itself, becoming a corpus luteum, which is broken down into the corpus albicans.  This is later reabsorbed into the body.

In a functional ovarian cyst, one of two things has gone wrong with this cycle.  Either the follicle never ruptures, or the corpus luteum does not dissolve.  In either case, these then fill up with fluid, creating the cyst.  Generally, they are broken down by the body within two to three months.  Occasionally, they cause problems by bursting or growing large enough to twist the ovary.

Diagram from the National Institutes of Health.