An ovarian cyst is a growth or swelling on or inside the ovary. It may be solid or filled with fluid. If it is solid, it is called a tumor. This can be frightening because it immediately brings cancer to mind, but tumor is just the medical term for any swelling. There are many types of ovarian cysts, namely, functional cysts, dermoid cysts, serous & mucinous cystadenomas, endometriomas, functional tumors, fibromas and brenner tumors. Conversely, the choice of ovarian cyst treatment used to treat the cysts differ between the types. Fortunately, the vast majority of these ovarian cysts are not cancerous.
Many women experience no symptoms when they have an ovarian cyst, especially if it is small. Certain cysts may grow large and cause the abdomen to swell. Depending on where the cyst is and its size, it can exert pressure on the bladder or bowel, cause abdominal discomfort, uncomfortable or painful sex and irregular periods. Sometimes complication such as intense pain, vomiting and heart palpitation can take place if the stem attached to the cyst is twisted causing a condition called torsion or if the cyst is ruptured.
Ovarian cyst treatment often involved the use of prescription drugs that can affect the hormonal levels of the body. Contraceptive pills, anti-androgen drugs, fertility drugs, luteinising hormone-suppressing drugs, antibiotics or a combination of these drugs are normally used to treat these ovarian cysts. Surgery is the next available option but this form of treatment should be considered only as a last resort. If hysterectomy is recommended, please seek a second or third opinion before taking that option.
Herbal remedies have proven to be effective in the treatment of ovarian cysts. It usually takes between two to six months for the treatment to be completely effective depending upon the size and number of ovarian cysts present. Herbs such as echinacea and milk thistle are known to effectively treat and control these ovarian cysts. Diet is also very important, as some foods can aggravate the condition, and some foods are very beneficial in controlling the recurrence of the ovarian cysts. Foods that help ease the discomfort and recurrence include plenty of raw fruits and vegetables (especially the dark green leafy vegetables), garlic, legumes, whole grains and other whole foods. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, red meats, eggs, white sugar, carbonated beverages and processed or refined foods.
Supplements have also been found to be effective in the treatment and control of ovarian cysts. A good quality multivitamins and minerals will enhance the dietary changes your are making, working to balance the hormones, improve immunity, enhance liver function and protect against abnormal cell growth. A high daily dose of Vitamin C, zinc, B vitamins and a good antioxidant are known to be helpful in the treatment and control of the cysts.