Ovarian Cysts Treatment

While some ovarian cysts are harmless, others pose an imminent threat to a woman’s health. Therefore, an ovarian cyst’s treatment varies dramatically, depending on individual circumstances. In most cases, these types of cysts are functional, developing at the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. They typically clear up on their own, usually after eggs in the cyst have been released into the fallopian tubes.

However, some types of cysts may block the blood supply to the ovaries, continue growing or contain cancerous cells. In these cases, immediate ovarian cysts treatment is necessary in order to prevent negative health consequences. Other than traditional treatment options, some women opt for alternative treatments, including:

  • Antioxidant supplements
  • Herbs, such as blue cohosh
  • Homeopathics, including plant and animal extracts
  • Special diets with little or no red meat.

These alternative ovarian cyst treatment options may reduce symptoms and prevent cysts from growing further. However, they won’t cure ovarian types of cysts. Researchers have yet to discover the effectiveness of alternative ovarian cysts treatment. It’s important to seek the proper medical attention for an official diagnosis and treatment for these types of cysts.

Keep reading to learn about the various ovarian cyst treatment options that are available.

Oral Contraceptives

Birth control pills are external forms of estrogen and progesterone that control a woman’s monthly cycle. By taking oral contraceptives and skipping the sugar pills (the last week of pills that triggers the body to start ovulation), a woman can prevent her period. This should only be done under a doctor’s supervision.

Because ovarian cysts, especially functional cysts, can’t form if a woman isn’t menstruating (because the ovaries aren’t releasing eggs), taking birth control pills to skip periods prevents the growth of ovarian cysts.

Women who have a personal and family history of ovarian cysts are typically prescribed birth control pills to treat and prevent them. Don’t attempt to self-treat these types of cysts by altering your oral contraceptive schedule. Seek a physician’s advice if you want to address issues relating to your health.

Cystectomy Procedure

During a cystectomy procedure, a doctor surgically removes part or all of the cystic structures that are of concern. A cystectomy is effective as a non-cancerous ovarian cyst treatment. This removal method is popular because it leaves the ovaries intact, allowing future childbearing.

Unfortunately, cystectomy procedures can’t treat malignant types of ovarian cysts. In these cases, part or all of the affected ovaries must be removed.

Oophorectomy Procedure

Also known as ovariotomy or orchiectomy, an oophorectomy removes one or both of a woman’s ovaries. The oophorectomy is less invasive than a full hysterectomy. However, since it can’t be reversed, it should be a last-resort treatment of ovarian cysts or cancer.

Once both of a woman’s ovaries have been removed via oophorectomy, she no longer has the ability to produce and regulate estrogen levels in her body. As a result, doctors typically prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to these women after an oophorectomy surgery.

HRT has recently come under some scrutiny for its link to breast cancer, and it isn’t for everyone. Individual treatments to help patients recover from an oophorectomy vary. Those with PCOS may want to speak with their doctors about possible oophorectomy.

Resources

Wrong Diagnosis Staff. (n.d.). Treatments for ovarian cysts. Retrieved 22 February, 2010, from the Wrong Diagnosis Web site: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/o/ovarian_cysts/treatments.htm.