- Ovarian Cysts may also be known as functional ovarian cysts.
- Ovarian Cysts is a medical condition that can never be prevented.
- It can be very painful & sometimes part of the menstrual cycle.
How to reduce the risk of Ovarian cysts
- Stop smoking- Smoking increases your risk of having ovarian cysts.
- Reduce your weight – If you are overweight then try as much as possible to get a healthy weight.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise often
- Consider birth control pills – It helps by suppressing ovarian function
- Get treated for conditions that increase your risk of ovarian cysts – You are at an increased risk of developing ovarian cysts if you have:
- Endometriosis — This causes uterine tissues to grow outside of your uterus. This condition can cause pain, heavy periods, and infertility.
- HOW TO DEAL WITH PAINFUL CYSTS
- Make an appointment with your gynecologist. If you are experiencing pain or other side effects from ovarian cysts, then it is important to let your gynecologist know. Your gynecologist may advise a “wait and see” approach, also known as watchful waiting. Your gynecologist may also want to do an ultrasound a few weeks after you become aware of the cyst to see if it is still there.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Over-the-counter pain relievers can provide relief for painful ovarian cysts. Make sure that you read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before use. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure what or how much to take.
- Drink soothing herbal teas. Sipping a cup of herbal tea may also help to relieve some of the pain caused by ovarian cysts. The warmth of the tea can help to relax you muscles and serve as a nice relaxing distraction. Some good teas to try include:
- Raspberry leaf
- Decaffeinated green tea
Apply heat. A heating pad applied to your lower abdomen may also help to relieve some of the pain caused by ovarian cysts. You can use either a hot water bottle or an electric heating pad. Place the heating pad on your lower abdomen for about 10 – 15 minutes at a time.
1. Take breaks in between uses to avoid overheating your skin.
SURGICAL OPTIONS FOR OVARIAN CYSTS
Talk to your gynecologist about surgical options. If cysts are large or if they are causing other symptoms, then surgery may be necessary to remove them. Surgery may also be necessary if there are concerns that a cyst may be cancerous. Surgery for ovarian cysts may be performed using:
- Laparoscopy — For smaller cysts, the surgeon can make a small incision and remove the cyst with the help of a laparoscopic camera.
- Laparotomy — For larger cysts, it may be necessary to make a longer incision to remove the cyst.
- Open Surgery – For larger cysts it may be advisable to cut open your tummy to remove the cysts.