Ovarian Cysts


What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are tumors or fluid or tissue filled sacs that develop on the surface of one or both ovaries. They are typically the size of a walnut or almond. Cysts are either functional or pathological in nature, with the pathological cysts being more of a detriment to overall health. Here are a few descriptions and some photos.

  • Follicular – Most common type of functional cyst. The ovarian follicle produces a fluid to protect a growing egg. When the egg is released, the follicle should burst, releasing the fluid, then shrink back to it’s normal size. If the follicle doesn’t release the egg or doesn’t release the fluid and shrink after releasing the egg, it can becoming a follicular ovarian cyst. Typically, only one of these cyst appears at any one time and thanks to mother nature, goes away within a few weeks without interference. The following picture comes from Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

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  • Luteal  – Least common type of functional cyst. After an egg has been released it leaves tissue behind called the corpus luteum. If this tissue fills with blood, a luteal cyst develops. Thanks to mother nature, this cyst typically goes away within a few months. There is a danger in the egg rupturing before then which could cause sudden pain and internal bleeding. The following picture comes from Humpath.com.

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  • Dermoid cysts – Most common type of pathological cyst for women under 30 years of age and also know as cystic teratomas, which means monster tumor (usually benign). This type of cyst is formed from the cells that make eggs. They typically contain hair, skin, bone, other tissues, and in some cases, even teeth. Doctors suggest that these cysts need to be removed surgically. The following picture came from Hyperalimentation.blogspot.com.

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  • Cystadenomas – Most common type of pathological cyst for women 40 years of age and older. these ovarian cysts develop from cells that cover the outer part of the ovary. Some are filled with a thick, mucous substance, while others contain a watery liquid. Rather than growing inside the ovary itself, cystadenomas are usually attached to an ovary by a stalk. Since they exist outside the ovary, they have the potential to grow to an extremely large size. These cysts are typically benign and doctors recommend that they are removed surgically. The following picture came from Humpath.com.

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The information about the various types of cysts came from a myriad of sources, including WebMD.com and eMedicinehealth.com.

Symptoms Depending upon the type, most women who suffer from ovarian cysts don’t display any symptoms, however, if the cysts grows larger, she might experience:

  • lower abdominal and pelvic pain or feeling or excessive pressure
  • vaginal or pelvic pain during or after intercourse
  • pelvic pain during menstrual cycle felt in the lower back
  • pain or pressure with urination (bladder) or bowel movements (rectum)
  • problems fully emptying the bladder
  • bloating, swelling, or heaviness of abdomen
  • irregular menstrual cycle
  • naseau or vomiting
  • vaginal blood spotting
  • infertility
  • breast tenderness
  • changes in the way breasts grow
  • changes in the way hair grows, especially if increased facial hair similar to a male pattern
  • fever
  • weak, dizziness, or fainting
  • high or low blood pressure unrelated to medication or other medical conditions
  • unexplained weight loss
  • excessive thirst or urination
  • noticeable pelvic or abdominal mass

It’s important not to self-diagnosis an ovarian cysts as the symptoms are similar to those experienced with endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, etopic pregnancy, normal pregnancy, or ovarian cancer. If the ovarian cysts ruptures, the symptoms can mirror those related to appendicitis or diverticulitus.

Prevention

  • Eliminate sugar, especially refined sugar, from your diet.
  • Limit the consumption of grains and excess protein, which turns into sugar.
  • Have at least one baby before the age of 30 and breastfeed your baby.
  • Don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke.
  • If experiencing breast cancer, know that Tamoxifen (Soltamox) therapy blocks the action of estrogen which can contribute to ovarian cysts.
  • Avoid infertility treatment with gonadotropin medications.
  • Get hypothyroidism (thyroid gland doesn’t make enough of the thyroid hormone) in check.
  • Ensure that your body is able to produce the hormone we know as vitamin D3 – sunlight and sleep during the hours of 10pm-4am are the best sources.

The information about the symptoms and prevention came from a variety of sources, including my experience as a Master Herbalist and Health Coach, WebMD.com, and eMedicinehealth.com.

Solutions

While there is no miracle herb or process to dissolve cysts, there are some healing modalities that have worked for others in the past. This work takes some focus and about three-six months to accomplish. Start with clean eating (no sugar, no processed food, no bread, no beef, no pork, and make sure your other meat and fish are from clean sources), meditation, and herbal infusions of chapparal and vitex.

4 thoughts on “Ovarian Cysts”

  1. Thanks for the information, I believe this will benefit a lot of women out there. 6 months ago when I found out I had a cyst on my left ovary I was searching high and low for information and experiences from other women! Though your blog comes after my laparoscopy I am happy for the others as they can read about it now including my own experience!

    Mine was removed a month ago, 7cm mucinus cystadenoma. I’m fully recovered now just in time for the new year!

    1. You’re welcome. Praise God for an awesome recovery. Keep spreading the word to those who may need the help. Love and light.

  2. i have just found your blog and thanx God there is a light of hope. I have been suffering from ovarian cysts since 2008. I also had surgery to remove 15.9cm of dermoid benign cyst in 2010. My doctor put me on birth control pills and the cyst came back again in early 2012 even with a bigger size, Now i dont want to go through another surgery since the doctor may remove my ovary as she has done it before with one of my ovaries . i am taking some holistic and homeopathic meds for the past 7 months, i noticed that the symptoms are getting better in first two months(i didn’t feel any pain or irregular periods my symptoms were fullness and hard belly that doesn’t goes in, sore breasts, fatigue, hair under chin, loss of hair, ) but My belly is still very hard to touch and is stick out all the time (even worst when i lay on my back). I am also noticing that there is much swelling at my waist line i have waist curve on my left side but a hard mass on the right curve which is obviously not curved anymore.
    i want to use black seeds to shrink the cysts so that my belly would come in a normal shape, i am not sure if i can get pure black seeds oil. If i get then definitely will use it twice one Table spoon full in AM and one in PM. But if i were failed to find pure and organic black seed oil can i take one spoon full of black seeds with water two times a day??? please give me suggestion and can i use this in periods also??? what about caster oil packs how often can i use them daily?

    As i am getting married in the upcoming year so i want to treat my cysts as early as possible and want to shape my abs normal to touch and feel. thanx in advance. (My age is 24)

    1. Thanks for reaching out. With all you shared, I would need to set up a consultation with you before I could advise. Please check out the Health Coaching tab on my website to learn more. Peace and blessings.

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