ovarian cyst painMany women are plagued by ovarian cysts and ovarian cyst pain.  Sometimes women only experience the pain once a month when they ovulate. Other times the pain will come and go throughout the month with hormonal changes and fluctuations.  The first time a woman experiences ovarian cyst pain it can be positively frightening, particularly if it is found on the right side, as the right ovary is in close proximity to the appendix.  It has spurred countless emergency room visits by countless women to examine the cause of ovarian cyst pain.  While it is frequently a relief to discover the cause of the pain doesn’t require surgical intervention in most cases, it can be frustrating to deal with ovarian cyst symptoms and the frequent pain caused whenever there are hormonal changes.

What Causes Ovarian Cyst Pain?

When a woman ovulates, the ovary which is releasing an egg has a sac which fills with fluid.  When that fluid sac ruptures, the egg is released into the fallopian tube to make it’s journey toward the uterus.  It is often that sac filling with fluid which causes pain to women either because it fails to rupture, or it does rupture and collapses on itself.  In most cases of ovarian cysts, they can cause pain, but do not require any type of surgical intervention as the cysts are typically fluid filled and disappear on their own within a matter of weeks.  Most women who experience ovarian cysts will have them only on one side, and the pain of the cyst will usually subside after a couple of days.

Ovarian cyst pain can be frightening to women, particularly the first few times it occurs.  The pain can be sharp and severe, but intermittent.  If it is the first time you are experiencing this type of pain, it is important to have it checked out to rule out anything more serious, like appendicitis or a ruptured ovary.  Your doctor will most likely perform an ultrasound to get a closer look at your ovaries and uterus, or possibly order a CT scan if you are in the emergency room to rule out anything more serious.

Treating Ovarian Cyst Pain

When dealing with the ovarian pain associated with cysts, most doctors will prescribe pain medications, or recommend over the counter pain medications to manage the pain.  Oftentimes, however, the pain of ovarian cysts can be managed with home remedies.  It can be as simple as getting more regular exercise, particularly around the time of ovulation in order to increase blood flow and circulation, which will help get rid of the fluid buildup from the cyst more quickly.  When actively exercising during ovulation, keep your heart rate only slightly elevated, as a high increase in heart rate will actually take blood flow away from the uterus since it is not considered a vital organ by your body’s circulatory system.  Work up a light sweat, but don’t start breathing too hard, as it will be counter-productive in increasing your whole body’s blood flow.

Drink plenty of fluids.  Drinking clear fluids is a great way to purge your body of excess fluid and toxins and will help reduce the size, inflammation, and duration of ovarian cysts and ovarian cyst pain.  Heating pads and hot water bottles will also help ease the pain associated with ovarian cysts also by increasing blood flow to the affected area.

Ovarian cysts occur in up to 90% of women in their childbearing years.  In most cases, women don’t even know they are happening, and they are a non-issue.  For some women, however, they are a painful reminder of just what it means to be able to bear children.  In most cases, painful ovarian cysts are benign and will go away on their own without any treatment other than pain management.  As noted above, a woman’s doctor will often prescribe powerful pain medications to help mitigate the pain.  There are alternative natural ways of managing ovarian pain, however, which include moderate exercise, drinking extra fluids, and using a heating pad or hot water bottle to increase blood flow, ease the pain, and decrease the duration of ovarian cyst pain.

Unfortunately, prescription and over the counter medications can only help a woman to manage her ovarian pain. It is kind of like taking an aspirin for a headache… it may help relieve the headache pain for now, but it’s likely to come back. For this reason a more holistic, natural remedy is the best approach when dealing with ovarian cyst pain. Countless women have found the help they desperately needed in an easy to read guide written by Laura Henning, a woman who suffered for six long and painful years with recurring ovarian cysts.

If her story sounds like yours or someone you love, I highly recommend you read more about her search for an answer and what she discovered before she was finally able to get rid of her ovarian cyst condition for good. You can access her website by clicking on her link below.

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