Kate Beckinsale had something of a weekend. She landed in the ER with a torn ovarian cyst, exposing her on Instagram.
Beckinsale posted a tear-eyed photo of herself with an oxygen cannula in her nose and a snapshot of herself in a hospital bed. "It turns out that a broken ovarian cyst really hurts, and morphine makes me cry," she captured the post. "So grateful to all who have looked after me."
Ovarian cysts are really common, but painful sufferings like those of Beckinsale are not.
The majority of ovarian cysts – small fluid-filled pouches that form on the ovary ̵
The two most common types, follicular cysts and corpus luteum cysts, occur when something goes wrong during a regular menstrual cycle, the Mayo Clinic explains. Normally, an egg is released from a small sack in your ovary (follicle). Once the egg is released, the empty follicle shrinks and forms a so-called corpus luteum, which is supposed to prepare hormones for the next egg.
Follicular cysts form when the follicle does not release the egg begins to swell These often go away for one to three months without causing any symptoms, according to HHS. Corpus luteum cysts occur when the empty follicle sac does not shrink, but instead reseals itself and liquid can accumulate in it. Most disappear in a few weeks.
More rarely, cysts may develop that develop dermoids (which include tissues such as skin, hair and teeth), cystadenomas (filled with fluid) and endometriomas (caused by endometriosis)). While it is possible to have an ovarian cyst associated with ovarian cancer the majority is not, says the HHS.
However, when a cyst gets big enough, it can cause serious pain. especially if it breaks.
When an ovarian cyst bursts, you often do not feel much and your body will only pick up fluid, Dr. med. Stephanie V. Blank, director of women's health at Mount Sinai Downtown Chelsea and a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, previously said to SELF .
Or you may feel a painful pain that is alleviated by time or painkillers You probably do not need medical help. Lauren Streicher, MD, a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, previously said to SELF (19459029). (If you are not sure if you want to get treatment, call your gynecologist to see what he recommends.)
But if the cyst is large enough, the outbreak can cause sudden, severe, and stinging pains to Dr. Strings – the kind that brings people like Beckinsale to the ER, doubled in pain. It may be accompanied by other symptoms such as severe bleeding, nausea, vomiting, fainting, dizziness, weakness, rapid breathing, and fever, according to HHS .
A large cyst may also cause a ovarian torsion in which the ovary twists and cuts off the blood supply, causing tremendous pain and symptoms that resemble a cyst and usually require emergency surgery. Dr. med. Christine Greves, a chamber-certified gynecologist at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Toddlers previously said SELF .
Both cases warrant immediate medical attention. Because cysts can cause pain that reflects other serious problems it is important to seek medical attention if you have sudden, severe or persistent pains like these. Doctors can perform tests such as ultrasound to see what's going on and determine if surgery is required (which is rarely the case in the Mayo Clinic ).
If the pain is strong enough, they could do it too. Relieve your misery with medications for the infusion, said Dr. Strings to SELF, such as Beckinsales morphine drip. They can also help you figure out if you can do something in the future, such as: Hormonal birth control, to prevent ovulation and reduce the likelihood that another cyst will form.