Complex ovarian cysts can sometimes cause intolerable ovary pain and discomfort.
Occasionally, a complex ovarian cyst can clear up on its own but, for most women, it tends to become a persistent problem that only gets worse.
Conventional ovarian cyst treatment, including medication and surgery, leaves a lot to be desired as it does nothing to get to the root cause.
Your complex ovarian cysts will continue to return as the root causes for its development are still there.
Having a better understanding of what complex ovarian cysts actually are, why they may have developed, and how they can cause ovary pain will help you to choose the best treatment for your condition.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops on or in the ovaries, the female reproductive organs that produce and store a woman’s eggs.
Ovarian cysts typically develop because there is something wrong with the chemistry of your body. Factors such as a hormonal imbalance or improper insulin level can be responsible for the cysts that many women have on a recurring basis.
While the majority of ovarian cysts are completely harmless, a growing number of health professionals believe that there may be a connection between some types of ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer.
Once again, don’t panic – most ovarian cysts are benign and can be safely eliminated with the proper treatment.
Ovarian cysts can be classified into two major distinctive groups – Functional and Complex.
In a previous post, we introduced you to the most common type of ovarian cysts, known as a simple or functional cyst …appropriately named because they develop as a normal function of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
We also learned that both types of functional ovarian cysts, a follicular and corpus luteum cyst, can develop during the ovulation process …and that which of these two cysts will actually form is determined by the events that occur during the release of the egg from the ovary.
Today, I’d like to share with you some information about the other types of ovarian cysts that may be experienced …the complex ovarian cysts.
Unlike functional cysts that develop during the normal course of the menstrual cycle, non-functional or complex ovarian cysts are usually abnormal growths that develop for totally different reasons.
As an example, a dermoid ovarian cyst develops from the germ cells that are present in mature ovarian tissue. A germ cell is a “primitive” cell that has the ability to grow into a number of different body tissue types.
Because of this, dermoid ovarian cysts can contain:
Dermoid cysts are capable of causing ovarian cyst pain along with other symptoms.
Other examples of non-functional or complex ovarian cysts are:
Endometriomas: also known as endometrial or “chocolate” cysts, these complex ovarian cysts are caused by endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue, the mucous membrane that makes up the inner layer of the uterine wall, begins to grow in parts of the body other than the womb.
Ovarian endometriosis happens when a tiny patch of endometrial tissue becomes transplanted onto the surface of an ovary and begins to grow. Endometriosis pain affects women during their reproductive years and is usually chronic pelvic pain associated with menstruation.
An endometrioma cyst can also cause extensive adhesion formation and damage to the fallopian tubes which is irreversible, resulting in infertility.
Cystadenomas are large complex ovarian cysts classified as neoplasms, meaning they are abnormal formations due to new growth of ovarian tissue. The two different types, mucinous cystadenomas and serous cystadenomas, are the largest of all ovarian cysts and often cause problems just because of their size.
Cystadenomas can grow as big as a basketball (up to 12 inches in diameter) and become so heavy that they twist in on themselves, causing a condition known as ovarian torsion and intense pain in the lower abdomen.
Also, cystadenomas have the potential to become cancerous.
Each type of ovarian cyst has its own distinctive traits, and you need to pay attention to any symptoms that suggest your ovary pain is being caused by a complex ovarian cyst.
You can experience many different types of symptoms due to complex ovarian cysts. Here are the most common:
* Pain during menstruation or abnormal bleeding
* Irregular menstrual periods, or none at all
* Bloating or abdominal pain and pressure
* Lower back pain
* Pelvic pain, especially at the beginning of your period
* Urination problems
* Weight gain
* Appetite loss
* Pain during sexual intercourse
* High blood pressure
Experiencing one of these symptoms on its own is quite common and is not automatically a cause for you to be concerned.
However, if you have a combination of two or more of the symptoms, you should seek out a professional opinion to make sure that the cause is a complex ovarian cyst.
In addition to the above, there are more severe symptoms that a woman might experience which require urgent medical attention. These include intense pain in the abdomen or pelvis, shortness of breath, fever with vomiting, or weakness or faintness which comes on suddenly.
When most women are diagnosed with a complex ovarian cyst, they normally only look at the surgical or medical options for treatment. This is because most doctors go the traditional route of recommending either expensive prescription medicines or surgical removal.
One of the main underlying reasons why an ovarian cyst may develop is a hormonal imbalance in your system.
Having an irregular menstrual cycle is another risk factor that can also increase your chances of developing ovarian cysts.
As a way of treating these two factors, many doctors will prescribe oral contraceptives to help normalize the menstrual cycle and reduce the formation of follicles that may develop into ovarian cysts.
Ovarian Cyst Removal
Surgery is a common medical treatment recommended for the removal of complex ovarian cysts, although it is generally not considered to be a permanent solution.
Having your ovarian cysts removed by surgery does not remove the underlying problem that caused the cysts to develop in the first place. The underlying cause will still be there, your body will continue forming new ovarian cysts, and you will continue to suffer with the ovary pain and other symptoms.
As you can see, there are problems with both types of the conventional treatments. In reality, they are only temporary solutions and will not eliminate your complex ovarian cysts over the long term.
One of the main reasons why traditional medicine fails to give a long term or permanent solution is that it focuses on the treatment of only one symptom …or on merely helping you to cope with the ovarian cyst pain.
Also, for many women, these treatments aren’t really an option …especially if they plan on having children, or just don’t feel comfortable taking hormonal treatments or having surgery.
It’s important to find a complex ovarian cyst treatment that actually works instead of one that just covers up the symptoms.
As mentioned before, ovarian cysts typically develop because of a hormonal imbalance in your system …so one of the easiest ways to eliminate them is to simply get your system back in balance.
The good news is that there are proven alternatives to expensive prescriptions that are very effective and can be done at home.
These natural treatments can provide quick relief from the ovary pain and discomfort you are experiencing, while also preventing your ovarian cysts from coming back in the future.
Remember, although ovarian cysts are very rarely cancerous or dangerous, it is always important to get a proper diagnosis before starting any type of ovarian cyst treatment. This is true whether you are looking to use natural remedies to eliminate your ovarian cysts or continuing with the conventional ones.
Once you know exactly what type of complex ovarian cyst you have, you will be able to decide which treatment you’ll want to use.