A cyst is a small pocket or sac in your body that is typically filled with either fluid, air, or a semi-solid material. But what is the difference of ovarian cysts? How do we treat it with natural treatment? Continue reading below to learn more from this post written by a naturopath near Bendigo and Castlemaine.

By the definition above, your ovaries always have ‘cysts’ – aka fluid filled sacs – of some shape or size. Most of the time, these are your growing ovarian follicles and corpus luteum. As part of your normal ovulatory cycle, these ‘cysts’ grow, burst, and are reabsorbed by your body.

Unfortunately, sometimes something goes wrong in the cycle. For some reason, your body will have a glitch and a normal follicle will change. It grows abnormally large and fills with fluid, forming an ovarian cyst.

Functional Ovarian Cyst

Functional ovarian cyst is the most common type of abnormal ovarian cyst that can form. These types of cysts happen when, for whatever reason, your ovarian follicle fails to rupture and release its egg; continuing to grow instead. They are normally around 2cm in size but can grow up to 10cm – or more.

Small cysts of this type are symptomless. On the other hand, large ones do have symptoms including pelvic fullness, nausea, pain, and spotting between periods. Occasionally, they can rupture or twist. This causes severe pain and requires immediate medical attention.

Other Types of Ovarian Cysts

Apart from functional ovarian cysts, there are other, less common cysts that you might have. These include:

  • Chocolate cyst: also known as endometriosis lesions
  • Dermoid cyst: solid, ovarian tumours that are usually benign. Sometimes contain hair or teeth and typically removed via surgery and rarely grow back.
  • Polycystic ovaries: not true cysts – they aren’t abnormally large follicles – rather, they are abnormally small follicles that are paused in a premature stage of development.

Naturopathic Approach

A naturopath looks at helping to prevent the development of cysts; they cannot shrink a large cyst once it exists. Instead, they look at reducing formation or reducing the amount that progress to a problematic size. Advice that your naturopath may give could include:

  • Identifying and treating histamine intolerance
  • Help to prevent hyperstimulation of ovarian follicles
  • Promote healthy ovulation including formation of a corpus luteum
  • Help to stabilise estrogen receptors and downregulate them if necessary

The specific herbs and nutrients that will help you, including an appropriate dosage, is best discussed with your naturopath. This way they can make sure that the supplement is appropriate for you to take and that it is the one best suited to support your health.

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Katherine Knott

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