Ovarian cysts form on the ovaries during ovulation and most disappear on their own within a few weeks to a few months, according to the New York University Langone Medical Center website. Often women with ovarian cysts do not experience any symptoms at all. Symptoms do occur when an ovarian cyst twists or ruptures. The symptoms of a twisted ovarian cyst are severe, and women should see a doctor immediately.
Sudden sharp abdominal pain may be a sign that an ovarian cyst has ruptured or twisted. Ovarian cysts can cause mild abdominal pain or heaviness without twisting, but when the pain is sudden and sharp it must be evaluated by a doctor. Twisted or ruptured ovarian cysts can bleed heavily and may require treatment immediately to stop the bleeding. When an ovarian cyst twists, it stops the flow of blood to the growth, which results in intense pain.
Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting often accompany severe abdominal pain with twisted ovarian cysts. Ovarian cysts also can cause twisting of the Fallopian tubes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center website.
Symptoms can also include fever along with pain and nausea. Twisting or rupturing ovarian cysts also become infected, according to Healthscout. Fever may be a sign that the twisted cyst has become infected.
A woman who is experiencing the symptoms of shock from a twisted or ruptured ovarian cyst requires immediate medical attention. These symptoms include cold, clammy skin and rapid breathing. The symptoms of shock may be preceded by abdominal pain, nausea and fever. A cyst that has ruptured or twisted may cause excessive bleeding.