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What increases my risk for ruptured ovarian cysts?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine

In brief: Risk of rupture

Many possible reasons for pathological cyst rupture, but significant and catastrophic ruptures are uncommon.
Basically the larger the cyst the greater the risk; 2 cm cysts are unlikely, 6 cm cysts and up are very risky. Trauma is the other big risk factor; if ovaries are enlarged above about 5 cm, even intercourse and pelvic exams may risk rupture.

In brief: Risk of rupture

Many possible reasons for pathological cyst rupture, but significant and catastrophic ruptures are uncommon.
Basically the larger the cyst the greater the risk; 2 cm cysts are unlikely, 6 cm cysts and up are very risky. Trauma is the other big risk factor; if ovaries are enlarged above about 5 cm, even intercourse and pelvic exams may risk rupture.
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