Usually common but not restricted to child bearing women alone, ovarian cysts are growths that can be found inside one or both the ovaries. Resembling sacs that are filled with fluid, these cysts can remain small and negligible or become large with time. And while most ovarian cysts tend to disappear on their own with time, some tend to remain in the ovaries and cause several side effects.
In certain cases, ovarian cysts can grow so large that they become twisted, leading to pain and discomfort. Large ovarian cysts can also displace the reproductive organs or exert excess pressure on them. In the worst case scenario, a large ovarian cyst may rupture, causing damage to the ovary. Ruptured ovarian cysts can also lead to the buildup of scar tissue in the affected site. They can also lead to the formation of adhesion which would cause the ovaries to stick to the neighboring internal body parts.
Common Causes for Ovarian Cysts
There are plenty of factors that could lead to the formation of ovarian cysts in women. Some of the more common causes for these growths include hormonal imbalances, irregular menstrual cycles, early onset of puberty (before 11 years), hypothyroidism, obesity, hormone therapy treatments using gonadotropins (for infertility and other related issues), use of medications like tamoxifen and clomiphene and habits like cigarette smoking etc.
Regular Symptoms Of Ovarian Cysts
For the most part, ovarian cysts remain undetected in the ovaries until they become large or are detected during routine medical checkups. Large ovarian cysts, however, tend to cause certain symptoms in the body which can also be considered as potential side effects of the condition.
Accordingly, the more common symptoms associated with large ovarian cysts in women include irregular menstrual cycles (after a period of regular cycles), anovulatory cycles (absence of ovulation for varying intervals), spotty bleeding during menstrual cycles and in between, pelvic pain (usually experienced after exercising, sexual intercourse or at the location of the cyst), abdominal pain or pressure during urination or excretion, vaginal pain, abdominal bloating at the location of the cyst, frequent bouts of vomiting or nausea (usually experienced after an ovarian cyst ruptures) and infertility.
Natural Treatment Options For Ovarian Cysts
Although ovarian cysts can be treated with standard medications and treatments, there are several natural treatments and remedies that offer relief from the condition and its symptoms. The remedy chosen would depend on the exact cause of the condition to a large extent. Hence, it is considered best to opt for a proper diagnosis of the condition before starting any form of treatment for the same.
Ovarian Cysts are usually diagnosed with the help of certain diagnostic tools and tests. Accordingly, the presence of cysts in the ovaries can be detected with the help of endovaginal ultrasounds, CT scans, MRI scans, laparoscopic surgeries and serum CA-125 assay blood tests. The condition would be diagnosed by one or a combination of these tools.
Proper diagnosis would help understand key factors like the number of cysts present in the area, the size of the cyst, the exact location of the cyst, the severity of the condition and other underlying medical complexities, all of which play very important roles in choosing the correct treatment plan for the condition.
Given below are some of the most common natural remedies for ovarian cysts.
The Wait and Watch Approach
It is not necessary to get alarmed once the presence of an ovarian cyst is detected. In most cases, the cyst would disappear on its own with minimal or no side effects. Therefore, it is considered best to wait for sometime before opting for a treatment to get rid of the cyst. Treatment can be considered only if the cyst remains in the body after a certain period of time (about 3 months) or starts to grow in size. Regular tests are needed to check on the cyst during this period.
Herbal teas are considered as one of the best natural (and effective) treatments for ovarian cysts. In addition to breaking down large cysts, herbal teas can offer immense relief from the side effects of these cysts, including pain and discomfort. A cup of herbal tea every morning can go a long way in getting rid of ovarian cysts and preventing recurrences.
Common variants of herbal teas that can be used as natural treatments for ovarian cysts in women include green tea, chamomile tea, mint tea, white tea and raspberry tea etc.
Note: Caffeinated or sugary food products can aggravate ovarian cysts and their symptoms. Therefore, it is considered wise to stay away from caffeine and sugars or limit their intake to a minimum until the cysts disappear.
The pain and discomfort experienced due to ovarian cysts can be reduced by placing heat compresses or heating pads above the affected area (cyst location). Heat compresses and pads can effectively reduce inflammation and pressure buildup in and around the affected area, thereby offering immense relief from the potential side effects of ovarian cysts. In the absence of heat compresses or heating pads, a warm water bath would prove to be effective in controlling the pain and discomfort caused by ovarian cysts.
Certain dietary changes can offer quick and effective relief from ovarian cysts and their symptoms. Intake of fiber rich foods are considered essential for women with ovarian cysts. The high fiber content in the body would effectively flush out harmful toxins and impurities that could be contributing to the condition. Intake of foods rich in good fats (like olive oil and omega 3 fatty acids) can also help deal with large ovarian cysts.
Drinking plenty of water would also help flush out harmful impurities in the body. Water can also help break down ovarian cysts and eradicate them from the system. Therefore, it is considered wise to drink plenty of water every day to get rid of ovarian cysts and prevent their recurrence.
It is also considered essential to stay away from certain foods during this period. Accordingly, foods that contain high levels of trans fats or saturated fats can aggravate ovarian cysts and their symptoms and so would need to be avoided (or reduced).
Seafood and different kinds of red meat can cause the cyst to inflame, thereby increasing the pain and discomfort experienced to a large extent. It is considered wise to stay away from these foods until the cysts are completely removed or controlled. Processed foods can also contribute to the formation of ovarian cysts or aggravate an existing condition. Therefore, it is considered wise to stay away from processed foods as well during this period.
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Bach Flower Remedies
Certain Bach Flower remedies are considered very effective in treating/controlling ovarian cysts. These natural remedies can either be used individually or in specific combinations to offer relief from the condition and its side effects. Accordingly, some of the most common Bach Flower remedies used for the treatment of ovarian cysts include wild oats, honeysuckle, walnut, red chestnut and impatiens etc. It is always considered wise to check with a qualified herbalist before opting for these natural remedies though.
Certain herbs can be used to treat ovarian cysts. These herbs are very effective in getting rid of persistent ovarian cysts by balancing the hormone levels in the body in addition to cleansing the liver of any impurities that may directly or indirectly contribute to the formation of ovarian cysts. Accordingly, the most common types of herbs used for the treatment for ovarian cysts include milk thistle, red clover, bee pollen, chasteberry, dandelion, black cohosh and wild yam.
Herbal treatments for ovarian cysts may generally take between 3-4 weeks to provide desirable results. Individuals opting for these treatments should also consult a qualified herbalist beforehand to discuss about dosages and possible side effects (based on individual body conditions and constraints).
Certain vitamins and nutrients when taken as supplements can effectively get rid of ovarian systems and offer relief from their symptoms. These supplements would usually target the hormonal levels (specific hormones that lead to the formation of ovarian cysts) in the body and balance them in order to break down ovarian cysts and prevent recurrences. Accordingly, some of the more common nutritional supplements recommended for the treatment of ovarian cysts include vitamin E, vitamin B (the entire group), flaxseed oil and magnesium etc.
Many studies have attributed the formation of ovarian cysts to high stress levels in the body. Women with ovarian cysts are generally asked to opt for stress relieving techniques in order to get their stress levels back under control. Opting for relaxation techniques, deep breathing exercises and yoga can be considered very effective in getting rid of ovarian cysts caused by stress.