What is it?
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac or pocket (cyst) within or on the surface of an ovary. Many women will develop at least one cyst during their lifetime.
What are the symptoms?
They’re very common and don’t usually cause any symptoms.
In most cases, cysts are painless and cause no symptoms.They only cause symptoms if it ruptures, grows in size , or blocks the blood supply to the ovaries.
In these cases, you may have:
pelvic pain – this can range from a dull, heavy sensation to a sudden, severe and sharp pain
pain during sex
difficulty emptying your bowels, painful bowel movements
a frequent need to urinate
heavy periods, irregular periods or lighter periods than normal and pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle
abdominal bloating or swelling
feeling very full after only eating a little
difficulty getting pregnant – although fertility is unaffected in most women with ovarian cysts.
pain in the lower back or thighs breast tenderness nausea and vomiting Severe symptoms (In case of ruptured cyst or ovarian torsion) include: Severe or sharp pelvic pain fever faintness or dizziness rapid breathing
- Drink high-quality filtered water: This is a no-brainer, whether you’re perfectly healthy or fighting a disease. To know if you’re drinking enough water, check your urine color. Pale yellow urine signals that the body is properly hydrated. If your urine is dark yellow, it means you’re not drinking enough water.
- Relieve stress: Make sure to relax from time to time, since stress can contribute to major hormone fluctuations.
- Aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are effective stress-relieving techniques you can try.
- Exercise: Consistent physical activity is a known way to address ovarian cysts,8 especially if you’re overweight.
- Studies highlighted that moderate weight loss can help correct hormone imbalances and boost the risk of conception among women with fertility problems.
- High-intensity interval training exercises (HIIT) are a top choice because of their whole-body benefits. However, if you’re pregnant, talk to your doctor or gynecologist for pregnancy-friendly exercises that can get you moving without harming the baby.
- Do not drink tap water: This type of water usually contains chemicals that can affect hormone levels.
- Do not use plastic containers: Avoid cooking and heating food in plastic containers, and instead transfer food into a glass bowl first. The heating process involved in microwaving food releases toxic chemicals, or dioxins, from the plastic and into your food, which can lead to negative side effects.
- Do not expose yourself to chemicals: Instead, use biodegradable sources or materials for common household items, as prolonged exposure to chemicals can wreak havoc on the body, especially on the hormones.
Things to watch out for
Most ovarian cysts occur naturally and disappear in a few months without needing any treatment. Contact your GP in case of symptoms. Severe symptoms of an ovarian cyst that require immediate medical attention