ENDOMETRIOSIS (Ovarian Cysts)
Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts
Abdominal pain, back pain, pelvic pain, constipation, bladder problems, bleeding between periods, very painful menstrual cramps, and the passing of large clots and shreds of tissue during the menses Thirty percent have no symptoms. Iron anemia is common
Causes of Ovarian Cysts
Tissue cells, which appear to be like those in the endometrium (the lining of the uterus), grow elsewhere in the abdominal cavity: the ligaments, ovary, bladder, rectum, bowel, appendix, etc. They rarely occur outside the pelvic area These tissue implants, wherever they settle in the body, will be affected by estrogen and will bleed during the monthly.
Endometriosis is generally diagnosed between 30 and 40 years of age. About 25-30% of white women have it, but rarely among blacks. It tends to run in families, passing from mother to daughter.
The problem lessens during pregnancy and lactation and sometimes does not return. But, more often, it does and continues until menopause; after which time, it becomes inactive, though scar tissue remains.
A frequent result of endometriosis is the inability to become pregnant. Most women who have the disorder have never been pregnant. When internal fetal monitors are placed in an expectant mother, the chances of later developing endometriosis are increased threefold.
Avoiding sexual activity during menstruation reduces the risk of developing this disorder
Home Remedies for Ovarian Cysts
Hot and cold sitz baths, for 20-30 minutes at a time, help reduce congestion, as may a hot footbath for 30 minutes. Conclude either treatment with a cold mitten friction.
- Hot fomentations to the lower abdomen are helpful; and, it is reported, when this is done faithfully, there frequently is complete remission.
- An ice bag, hot water bottle, or heating pad may be placed on the lower abdomen or back.
- The diet must also be improved. Follow directions specified elsewhere in these articles.
- Do not use caffeine products, for this aggravates the pain.
- A diet high in sugar and white-flour products contributes to endometriosis.
- Eliminate foods containing hormones and antibiotics, since they upset the natural balance in the body and can lead to endometriosis. Such foods include meat and dairy products (including eggs).
- Eat a nutritious diet, which includes much raw food, and is high in fiber, B vitamins, and E. Also needed is calcium, magnesium (to reduce nervous tension), iron, and potassium.
- Fast for 3 days (on distilled water and fresh fruit and vegetable juices) each month before the anticipated beginning of the menstrual period.
- Helpful herbs include black cohosh, to balance hormones; echinacea and goldenseal, to eliminate infections; cayenne, to stop bleeding; and burdock, to cleanse the blood.
- Tampons reduce the internal flow and can increase the likelihood of developing or increasing the implants. They also increase pain and cramping.
- Women with endometriosis have a difficult time getting pregnant.
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