Symptoms are the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Many are easy to shrug off because we often attribute them to something else. We’re fatigued because we haven’t been sleeping enough, bloated because we ate too much, or that skin rash appeared because we’ve been slacking on our moisturizer. It’s important to know the symptoms that often accompany ovarian cysts, in hopes of catching them early and ensuring that they aren’t overlooked.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops on one of the ovaries. Many women will develop at least one cyst during their lifetime, as a result of the normal function of the menstrual cycle. In most cases, they’re painless, and the symptoms are hard to spot. There are several types of ovarian cysts, but functional cysts are the most common.
Ovarian cysts that are benign go away naturally on their own without needing treatment. These are the ones that cause few, if any, symptoms. As the cysts grows, more symptoms are likely to appear. Polycystic ovary syndrome can be developed in women whose ovaries contain a large number of small cysts. It can cause the ovaries to enlarge, and even cause infertility if left untreated.
Early warning symptoms of an ovarian cyst include:
- Abdominal bloating or swelling
- Painful bowel movements
- Pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle
- Painful intercourse
- Pain in the lower back or thighs
- Breast tenderness
- Nausea and vomiting
Severe symptoms of an ovarian cyst that require immediate medical attention include:
- Severe or sharp pelvic pain
- Faintness or dizziness
- Rapid breathing
Routine gynecologic exams can detect ovarian cysts early. Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often mimic the symptoms of an ovarian cyst, so make an appointment with your doctor if you experience changes in your menstrual cycle, ongoing pelvic pain, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss or abdominal fullness.
There are several herbs that are believed by some to help remove ovarian cysts naturally, such as:
1. Black Cohosh
This herb is thought to regulate the menstrual cycle in women with ovarian cysts. It also helps to relieve pain associated with the menstrual cycle.
Also known as Chasteberry, this herb is used to restore hormonal balance and normalize the menstrual cycle. It promotes ovulation and relieves painful menstruation.
3. Dong Quai
This herb is known for its effectiveness in balancing hormones. It promotes proper circulation to the reproductive organs which allows cysts to dissolve. Pregnant women are cautioned to avoid the use of this herb.
4. Maca Root
Known as a fertility herb, maca root balances the hormones in the body by aiding in the production of progesterone. It also nourishes the endocrine system.
This herb helps to normalize ovulation if used before the menstrual cycle, and it nourishes the entire reproductive system.
6. Dandelion Root
This herb prevents the build-up of toxins in the body. Ovarian cysts are caused by excess hormones remaining in the liver, so dandelion root acts as a great remedy for treating them, by removing excess toxins.
7. Milk Thistle
Known for promoting liver health, milk thistle also balances hormones and is an excellent remedy for ovarian cysts. A healthy liver filters toxins and excess hormones more effectively.
8. Licorice Root
This Mediterranean herb has been used to treat gastrointestinal problems, but it also nourishes the endocrine system. It acts on the adrenal glands to enable ovarian cysts to dissolve. Those with high blood pressure should avoid use.
9. Red Clover
This herb is rich in phytoestrogens, which are plant-like substances that mimic the act of estrogen on the body. It works to balance female hormones and dissolve ovarian cysts.
10. Wild Yam
Wild Yam aids in a healthy and normal menstrual cycle while reducing ovarian pain. It is also thought to help reduce the risk of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.