Ovarian cysts are more common than many women realise. A cyst structure known as a follicle commonly develops in the ovary, releasing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone that cause the egg to be released along the fallopian tube. Usually the follicle then harmlessly ruptures. It can be common for a functional ovarian cyst to develop after this, although these are not dangerous and decrease over the course of several menstrual cycles. However, at times this process does not resolve itself normally, and a complex ovarian cyst may develop. Although many women are unaware that they have ovarian cysts, common symptoms include abdominal pain, pain during intercourse, and an irregular or delayed period.
If you feel you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical help immediately. Cysts left without treatment for a long time can prove to be fatal or cause damage to the ovaries. In severe cases the cysts may be operated on. In many cases, however, cysts are left to decrease in size on their own without any treatment. In these cases, or if on the other hand you are keen to treat your cyst with more natural remedies, there are steps you can take to improve your own comfort. Ovarian cysts are notoriously painful, and often taking small steps can make a big difference in decreasing any discomfort this causes. Heat is often recommended to decrease the pain you feel. This can be done in several ways, such as heated pads used to relieve sports injuries or a hot water bottle. Place these over your abdomen, and as the heat begins to spread you should start to feel a difference. Warm baths can have a similar effect, and also work well to relax all of your muscles.
Supplementing your diet with certain foods and vitamins can help to improve your health. Camomile is thought to help to decrease your pain, while vitamin E can help to remove any blockages your cyst may be causing. Avoiding red meat in your diet may also help to decrease your symptoms. Eating fruits such as apples and berries high in antioxidants will help your body to rid itself of toxins and thus recover sooner. On the other hand, losing weight if you are overweight can help to improve your sense of wellbeing and improve your symptoms.
Decreasing the pressure you place on your abdomen is also a simple way to decrease the pain you can feel from ovarian cysts. Tight trousers, for example, rest on the abdomen and may be putting too much pressure onto the cysts. Lighter and looser trousers can help you to immediately decrease the pain.
Decreasing your feelings of stress can also be effective. This may be easily said than done if your cyst is proving to be particularly painful or irritating, but distracting yourself may prove to help you ignore the pain. Just getting on with daily tasks or your normal routine can help, and means too that the cyst is not upsetting the rest of your life.
Before embarking on your own treatment, it is important to discuss your options with your doctor. In many cases, simple steps like these are fine and in some cases encouraged, but make sure you have medical backing before you act.