The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that not only release ripe eggs about once a month in women of child-bearing age, but also produce the hormones estrogen, progesterone and androgens. Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form in or on one or both of the ovaries. A woman can develop either one or many ovarian cysts. Cysts vary in size from as small as a pea to as large as a grapefruit.
How do ovarian cysts develop?
Ovarian cysts occur when the follicles or sacs on the ovary that contain the egg mature but do not release the egg into the fallopian tube. While most cysts are benign, a few may turn out to be malignant. There are several different types of ovarian cysts. Functional cysts are completely normal and form during ovulation. Endometriomas are cysts that develop in women who have endometriosis. Benign cystic tumors, also called cystadenomas, are non-cancerous tumors that develop from cells on the outer surface of the ovary and are often filled with a fatty liquid. Some of these tumors, called dermoid cysts, are lined with structures such as hair or pieces of bone. Although they are usually small and may not cause symptoms, they can become large and uncomfortable. Finally, multiple cysts are a type of ovarian cyst usually caused by a disorder called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?
Many women may have functional cysts or benign cystic tumors without having any symptoms. However, a cyst may occasionally swell large enough to cause pressure or pain in the abdomen. Ovarian cysts have also been known to put pressure on the urinary tract and cause problems with urination. Some women may also experience pain during sexual intercourse. Although rare, a very large cyst can become twisted, stopping its own supply of blood. This can result in nausea, fever and severe abdominal pain. Endometriomas involve the commonly experienced symptoms of pelvic pain, painful menstrual periods, abnormal bleeding and painful sexual intercourse.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of ovarian cysts, but they do not address the root of the problem. Discover why we believe that natural medicine treatments are the best way to treat – and prevent – ovarian cysts.
At Sunridge Medical, our highly-trained physicians are experts in providing an integrated approach to the treatment of cancer and chronic disease. Our treatment plans are individualized, and involve both traditional and alternative medicines.
The physicians at Sunridge Medical have found that symptoms frequently can be improved and even reversed with our natural treatments. We take a holistic approach to patient care and strive not only treat the disease, but also alleviate symptoms, increase quality of life and, most importantly, address the underlying cause of disease.
For answers to your questions or to make an appointment, call us toll-free at 800-923-7878 to speak with a Patient Care Representative. Let us help you get your life back.