Learn More About Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian cysts are quite common in women of childbearing age. Small cysts often come and go without any difficulties and fortunately most ovarian cysts pose no threat of cancer. Even if you have been diagnosed with a large complex ovarian cyst, chances are it is benign. It is a cyst, however, that should be evaluated further by your doctor.
There are two types of ovarian cysts, functional and complex. Functional cysts develop during the course of a woman's monthly cycle and are fluid filled sacs that usually go away on their own without treatment. The complex cyst is a bit different. They are filled with both solids and liquids and usually require some type of treatment or surgical procedure. A large complex ovarian cyst is almost always of the cystadenoma type.
What Are Cystadenomas?
Cystadenomas are large complex ovarian cysts that are classified as neoplasms. Unlike a functional cyst that develops during the course of the normal ovary functioning, the cystadenomas are actually new growth and abnormal formations of ovarian tissue. They are the largest of all ovarian cysts and often cause problems because of their size alone.
There are two different types of cystadenomas. A serous cystadenoma can grow to be two to six inches in diameter and is filled with a watery liquid. This type of large complex cyst does not cause any significant symptoms unless it grows large enough to cause weight gain and an enlarged abdomen. They are usually benign but do have the potential to become malignant so they are generally removed.
A second type of cystadenoma is the mucinous cystadenoma. They can become extremely large but usually range between six and twelve inches in diameter. The fluid that fills this type of cyst is thicker than that of a serous cystadenoma. They are generally benign but because of their size can cause extreme problems.
An extremely large complex ovarian cyst can become so heavy that it twists in on itself causing extreme pain. They can also take up so much space in the abdomen that they interrupt the normal functioning of other organs such as the intestines, stomach and bowel. If they rupture or bleed they can be even more hazardous. Therefore surgical removal is almost always required.
Holistic Remedies Are Very Beneficial Along With The Help Of Your Medical Professional
If the cyst is small enough, it can be removed by laparoscopy, a less invasive surgical procedure. If not, removal may include removing part or all of the ovary and occasionally a complete hysterectomy. In all cases a holistic approach to the treatment of a large complex ovarian cyst can be extremely beneficial. Keeping hormone levels balanced will help promote proper functioning of the ovaries and help the healing process.
Strengthening your body's immune system through proper nutrition, vitamins and herbs will help ward off infection or complications following surgery. A holistic approach to the treatment of a large complex ovarian cyst often includes diet changes as well. Doing whatever you can to strength your body as it deals with the stress of surgery can only help.