When the word cyst is heard, people most often find themselves getting tensed and scared, as it is always associated with the terminal ailment, cancer. However, when you speak of ovarian cysts, women should feel more at ease. Ovarian cysts are practically normal for all women to have, especially during their pregnancy period. Thankfully, about ninety five percent of ovarian cysts found in women are benign. But despite such fact, you should still pay attention to it when you feel them so as to avoid any inconvenience brought about by its symptoms and effects.
In general terms, an ovarian cyst is defined as a collection of fluid surrounded by a thin membrane found in a woman’s ovary. It usually measures more than two centimeters, a measurement that is deemed bigger than an ovarian follicle. There are various symptoms for you to know if you have an ovarian cyst, which could be diagnosed either through ultrasound or through CT scan. Said symptoms include pain in the lower abdomen, vagina, lower back, pelvis or thigh which is common, tenderness of your breasts, bloating in your abdomen, and irregular periods or bleeding. Weight gain and vomiting are also part of the symptoms of having an ovarian cyst. However, one bad effect of ovarian cysts is being infertile, especially if this problem is not attended to immediately after diagnosis.
There are ways in order to treat ovarian cysts. With regards to the pain as part of the symptoms, a simple pain reliever such as paracetamol and anti inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen is more than enough to provide comfort. You may also opt to have simple remedies without the aid of drugs, such as taking a warm bath or placing a hot water bottle or a heating pad in your lower abdomen to relax your muscles and lessen discomfort. You may also try applying hot and cold treatment for it, alternately using cols treatments to promote better blood circulation in your body.
As for elimination of the cyst itself, some medical professionals prescribe drugs such as hormonal contraception, in order to help you have a regular menstrual cycle which helps prevent any possible follicle formation. Studies also found that regular hormone intake helps shrink existing cysts.
However, when the size of the cyst reaches up to five centimeters, a surgery is usually proposed in order to remove the problem. The recovered cyst is usually subjected to biopsy, in order to find out if it is benign or malignant. This is important and is often suggested, especially if you belong to a family with a history of ovarian cancer. At worst case, especially when cysts are persisting and large, one or both ovaries, especially if they are both affected, are removed.
At this point in time, a lot of discoveries on various ailments are introduced. It is important to make sure that you maintain proper care of yourself and make sure to submit yourself on regular checkups in order to keep yourself strong and healthy, and most importantly, away from any dangers of terminal ailments.