Most women will develop at least one cyst at some point in their lives.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most premenopausal women have them at one or more times in their lives, while up to 14.8 percent of women have them after menopause.
Most ovarian cysts are considered functional, meaning that they occur normally during the menstrual cycle and are not a part of a disease process.
They are usually benign and appear without any apparent reason. Pathological cysts, on the other hand, can either be benign or cancerous.
Often people are not aware of ovarian cysts as they typically do not cause any problems. However, in some cases they can cause symptoms like abdominal bloating, pain during bowel movements, menstrual irregularities, pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle, pain during sex, pain in the lower back or thighs, pressure in the rectum or bladder, nausea, and vomiting. Certain types of ovarian cysts can also cause decreased fertility.
In many cases, ovarian cysts disappear on their own within a few months. However, if they cause discomfort, there are many natural remedies that can help relieve symptoms and shrink the size of the cysts.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for ovarian cysts. Also, do consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Heat is said to be quite effective in reducing muscle cramps or pain in the abdomen due to ovarian cysts.
- Put a heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen and lower pelvic area.
- Do this for at least 15 minutes.
- Follow this remedy whenever you experience pain in the abdomen for quick relief.
CASTOR OIL PACK
Castor oil packs are an age-old remedy for ovarian cysts. Castor oil clears the body of excess tissues and toxins. It also stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems, which helps reduce and dissolve ovarian cysts.
- Fold a large flannel cloth to make it two or three layers thick. Make sure the folded cloth is large enough to cover your entire abdomen.
- Drizzle about two tablespoons of castor oil on the cloth. Fold the cloth in half to saturate and then unfold it.
- Lay down with an old towel under you and put the flannel cloth on your abdomen.
- Cover the castor oil cloth with plastic and then with an old towel.
- Place a hot water bottle over the towel and then cover yourself in a warm blanket.
- Leave the castor oil pack on for at least 30 minutes and then remove it.
- Repeat the process about three times a week for three months.
To remove oil from the skin after using the castor oil pack, you can wash the treated area with a solution of three tablespoons of baking soda mixed in one quart (four cups) of water.
Note: Do not use castor oil packs during menstruation. If you are trying to conceive then do not use this remedy after ovulation.
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