It is one thing to suffer from painful or irregular periods and another thing to be a victim of problems associated with ovarian cysts. It is said that one in three women suffers from problems related to ovarian cysts and the only recourse a doctor can suggest is the use of birth control pills, which would put an end to ovulation. This would, needless to say, put all plans of a woman to have a child in cold storage for the time she is taking the birth control pills. Moreover, if the woman has had a history of cysts, it is likely that the cysts would reoccur before she becomes pregnant, the moment she stops taking pills. Also, these pills are a temporary way to deal with ovarian cysts and will not heal it completely. So the best recourse is to opt for natural remedies for treating ovarian cysts. Here are some natural ways to treat ovarian cysts.
What Is Ovarian Cyst?
An ovarian cyst is any collection of fluid, surrounded by a very thin wall, within an ovary. Any ovarian follicle that is larger than about two centimeters is termed an ovarian cyst. Though an ovarian cyst can affect all women of all ages but they occur mostly during a woman’s child bearing years. They may or may not cause trouble all the time but some of the cysts like the haemorrhagic and the pathological ones can cause trouble and that may need attention at the earliest. The haemorrhagic ones occur when a small blood vessel in the wall of the cyst breaks letting blood enter the cyst. As this blood begins to enter the ovary it forms clots on its way and these can be visible on a sonogram. The pathological cysts, on the other hand, are those that are associated with tumours. These cysts are often diagnosed based on their size, which may be two to three times larger than the normal size of cysts.
Causes Of Ovarian Cysts
- Trouble with immune system
- Poor and imbalanced diet
- Resistance of the body to insulin
- Hormonal imbalance, especially of levels of estrogen in the body
- Inability of the liver to break down the excess hormones
Problems of ovarian cysts will show symptoms like dull to severe pain in lower abdomen, especially towards the right hand side, pelvis, vagina, thighs, or even the lower back, swelling or bloating like feeling, tenderness of breasts and so on. Irregular periods, increased fatigue, increased facial or body hair, weight gain and nausea are other ways in which a problem caused due to ovarian cysts can manifest itself.
Treating Ovarian Cysts Naturally
Here are some natural remedies that might do well for treating ovarian cysts:
Since the occurrence of problems related to ovarian cysts is directly related to the lifestyle one leads, it is important to have a good diet and to avoid all those foods that may facilitate such problems. Caffeine intake from tea, coffee and even chocolates and soft drinks is perhaps the major cause for it. Diet that is low in fibre and high on saturated and trans-fats are other things that will trigger a cyst infection in a women’s ovaries. Women who are facing issues with ovarian cysts should rid their diet of all such things that could trigger the problem or worsen an already existing one. A whole food diet that focuses on a variety of organic fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and seeds with lean organic or free-range meat and poultry often proves best.
Avoid Estrogenic Products
Processed and packaged foods and water, loaded with preservatives, are full of Xenoestrogens, which facilitate the production of excess estrogen, complicating the situation for a woman who is already suffering from problems. Glues, paints, varnishes, and cleaning fluids can be absorbed through the skin or even inhales and may facilitate the production of estrogen. Stay away from them for some time.
The ways estrogens are metabolized in our bodies depends on lifestyle, diet, and bowel habits. Cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, contain substances that help liver in processing estrogen.