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A 17-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to bleed really heavy after an ovarian cyst ruptures? i had a 7 cm cyst removed a yr ago and tend to get larger cysts, but i never bleed.

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Seth Derman
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 34 years experience
Sometimes: If the cyst produces high levels of female hormones, when it ruptures or goes away, you may get a period, sometimes heavy. Oftentime, you will get no bleeding at all from a ruptured cyst.
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Dr. Henry Dorn
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Possible: Ovarian cysts often throw off your cycle and it is common to get a heavy period after they rupture, especially if you have missed a cycle or two. If you get frequent cysts, you may have pcos and benefit from treatment with something like metformin. If your bleeding is very heavy right now you should call your doctor. A few days on Lysteda may help it resolve more quickly.
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Last updated Feb 18, 2018

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