It is estimated that over 90% of women will have ovarian cysts at some point in their lives. Most of us will be completely unaware of this fact though. However, for some of us more unfortunate women, the symptoms caused by this condition can be almost unbearable, particularly around the time of ovulation- a fact I can certainly vouch for!
Conventional medicine has little to offer, with many doctors simply prescribing the birth control pill or, in severe cases, recommending surgery. The problem is that neither of these treatments do anything to treat the root cause of the condition meaning that it will simply flare up again. In addition, surgery can be a problem if we haven't completed our families. I couldn't bring myself to take the pill-I'd had enough problems with it when I was first married. As for surgery-no thanks!
There are a few simple natural remedies for ovarian cysts which can bring some relief and these are certainly worth trying.
I used to find that heat treatment was a great way to relieve the pain. I would use one of those heat bags which you put in the microwave and lay it across my lower stomach and the warmth was so soothing. Sometimes, I would use a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel. If all else failed, I would take myself off and run a deep, bubbly bath and soak for half an hour or so. I later found out that the heat is also good to promote circulation around the ovaries and that increasing the bloodflow can actually help to alleviate the condition.
I also found that gentle massage helped. No too much so it hurt, but I actually realized that when I massaged my abdomen for a couple of days leading up to ovulation, the pain didn't seem as severe.
Diet and exercise are also good natural remedies for ovarian cysts. It is well-known that diet and lifestyle can contribute to all kinds of undesirable conditions, ovarian cysts being one of them. Although diet is not exclusively the cause, eating a good, balanced healthy diet which is rich in fresh fruits and vegetable and avoids processed and red meats, animal fats and additives will help. Exercise is also beneficial as it increases bloodflow to the ovaries, reduces abdominal fat (another possible contributor) and the "feel-good" endorphins which we release when exercising can bring significant pain relief.