A fellow endo sister emailed me recently concerned about the presence of a cyst and asked me about ovarian cyst symptoms and how to tell if things are getting worse.
I can relate to this concern and the continual struggle with endometriosis and the lingering question: What is going on? Weird symptoms rise up, and it’s no wonder this question does too.
Ovarian Cyst Symptoms & Endometriosis
Here are some descriptions I gathered, from the ladies that know best:
- Consistent, sharp pain usually on one side;
- Like you are being stabbed at times;
- Bladder tenderness and urgency;
- Shooting pain that can intensify when sitting;
- Lower back pain;
- Heaviness inside;
- Abnormal spotting;
- Pain during intercourse.
A cyst is generally diagnosed via ultrasound, however it can get pricey and time consuming to get an ultrasound every time these symptoms come up, so it’s good to know what your body is telling you.
Types of Ovarian Cysts
Cysts are actually a pretty normal occurrence in your menstrual cycle. Prior to ovulation your ovaries produce follicles, which are like little cysts, that contain an egg. This cyst is usually small and bursts when your body releases the egg during ovulation.
If these cysts do not burst then they could continue to grow. This is when problems arise. Let’s take closer look at the different types of ovarian cysts.
Functional Ovarian Cysts
These are the most common ovarian cysts. Most of the time these cysts resolve on their own by breaking or being re-absorbed by your body. There are two types in this category:
1.) Follicular cysts
These happen when the follicle fails to burst and release the egg at ovulation.
2.) Corpus luteum cysts
These happen when the follicle does release the egg at ovulation, but the follicle changes to a copus luteum, accumulating fluid, causing the formation of a cyst.
These are cysts that don’t go away. These are common with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
These types of cysts form when endometrial cells attach to your ovary and grow. These are also commonly known as chocolate cysts.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Also within the Pathologic category are cysts that happen with PCOS, a condition that is quite common with endometriosis. These cysts happen when eggs mature within sacs on your ovaries, but are not released. These cysts continue to grow with subsequent menstrual cycles. Those with PCOS often struggle with irregular periods and infertility.
What Happens When Ovarian Cysts Burst?
The Peace With Endo community was very descriptive about the pain and suffering that accompanies the bursting of an ovarian cyst. It’s crippling and some of the worst pain endo sisters have experienced.
When a large cyst bursts then the fluid inside of it can be released into your abdominal cavity. This can cause a tremendous amount of pain and nausea.
Many ladies ended up in the emergency room and serious cases had to have surgery to clean things up.
The descriptions of this pain made me wonder if some of the horrible pain I’ve experienced at times with my period was the result of a larger cyst bursting.
A couple of cycles ago I went through this – horrible nausea and an immense, unexpected pain that literally had me shaking and nearly passing out on the bathroom floor.
Natural Remedies for Ovarian Cysts
I know from interacting with other endo sisters on a natural journey to healing that it is possible to naturally reduce ovarian cysts. The following are some suggestions to try.
The word “systemic” means body wide. Systemic enzymes are those that operate not just for digestion, but throughout your body, in every system and organ. Systemic enzymes are needed for many processes in your body, including dissolving cysts that don’t belong! 🙂 I take the systemic enzymes: Vitalzym.
Support your lymphatic system
The lymph is the largest circulatory system in your body and is responsible for draining waste. Your reproductive organs drain into your lymphatic system and when there are stoppages along the way then cysts are more likely to form. Check out a previous post I did on how to support your lymphatic system.
Castor oil packs
Castor oil stimulates your lymphatic and circulatory systems, which helps reduce and dissolve ovarian cysts. See this previous post on how to do a castor oil pack.
Balance blood sugar levels.
Did you know that in two-thirds of PCOS cases, insulin resistance is a factor? To help balance blood sugar levels it’s recommended to eat every couple of hours to keep your levels stable.
Researchers have found that ovarian cysts can result from exposures to a wide range of environmental chemicals including pesticides sprayed on conventionally grown foods. It’s best to eat organic when possible, especially items on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen.
One study found that women with PCOS had higher levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) in their blood. BPA is found in many plastic products and is one of the many xenoestrogens in our environment that we should try and avoid.
Yarrow helps relieves pelvic congestion and could help dissolve ovarian cysts. It also helps with internal, heavy bleeding so it can bring some relief if a cyst does burst. Outside of its benefits for ovarian cysts, Yarrow has many other benefits for endometriosis.
In a study done with women with endometriosis, supplementing with NAC dissolved ovarian cysts, including endometriomas. I know from interacting with other endo sisters that this has helped some with pretty large cysts. NAC can be pretty detoxifying, so it’s best to start with a low dosage and don’t take it everyday.
On the Positive Side?
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Ovarian cysts have the potential to grow very large and cause a lot of suffering. If it gets big enough, surgery may be recommended.
To help improve your discomfort and if necessary, avoid surgery, why not give the above suggestions a shot?
Have you had success with any of these natural options to dissolve your ovarian cysts? Do you have any other natural suggestions to offer?
I’d love to hear from you.