Located in the lower abdomen, the ovaries are part of the female reproductive system. Women have two ovaries that produce eggs and hormones like progesterone and estrogen. Very often, a fluid-filled “bag” will develop on one of them. Statistics show that most women are likely to develop at least one cyst at certain point of their lifetime. Typically, most cysts are painless and symptomless.
Types of Ovarian Cysts
- Follicle Cyst: During the menstrual cycle, an egg grows in a sac known as follicle. This follicle typically breaks apart and releases an egg, but in case it doesn’t, the fluid within the follicle forms a cyst.
- Corpus Luteum Cyst: If the sac doesn’t dissolve after releasing an egg, a fluid accumulates within and causes a corpus luteum cyst.
- Dermoid Cysts: These are growths on the ovaries which resemble sacs, but do not contain any fat, hair, or other tissue.
- Cystadenomas: These are non-cancerous growths that typically develop on the outer part of the ovaries
- Endometriomas: The tissues that grow within the uterus can develop on the outer side, resulting in a cyst
Symptoms of an Ovarian Cyst
- Painful intercourse
- Pain in the lower back or thighs
- Breast tenderness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal swelling or bloating
- Painful bowel movements
Most cysts go away on their own within a couple of months, but in some cases certain medications or therapies are needed. The good news is that there are natural ways to decrease their size or eliminate them for good.
Here you have a list of the top tips and recipes. Check them out!
Heat is very useful when it comes to alleviating the symptoms of ovarian cysts, particularly abdominal cramps. Place a heat pad on the abdominal and hold for about 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.
- Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs have been long used to cure cysts. Castor has the ability to flush out toxic matter and other impurities, improving the function of the lymph system and dissolving the cysts. Take a 3-layer flannel cloth, apply a few drops of castor oil on it, fold it, and unfold it right away. Put a towel on the bed, lay down, and place the cloth on the belly. Cover with plastic foil, wrap a towel over the abdominal area, and place a bottle with hot water over the pack. Repeat the procedure three times a week for three months.
Note: Don’t use this pack during period or if you are trying to conceive.
- Epsom Bath
Epsom salts is packed with magnesium which relaxes the muscles and helps alleviate cramps. Fill the bathtub with water, a cup of Epsom salts, and 10 drops of essential oil like rose, jasmine, or lavender. Soak the body for half an hour and repeat the procedure every day.
- Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has a sedative effect and it helps you relax and calm down. Regular consumption of this tea helps improve blood flow in the uterus and the pelvis. To prepare chamomile tea, mix two teaspoons of dry chamomile in hot water, steep for a few minutes, sweeten with honey, and enjoy! Drink three cups a day.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV shrinks cysts thanks to their potassium content. Dissolve a spoon of apple cider in a glass of warm water, sweeten with black molasses, and drink two glasses daily. This trick will also help alleviate bloating, cramps, and heavy bleeding.
Beetroot is packed with betacyanin, a compound that promotes detoxification and improves liver function. It is highly alkaline too, meaning that it helps balance pH levels in the body. Mix half a cup of fresh beet juice with a tablespoon of each black molasses and aloe gel. Consume this mixture on an empty stomach.