All of us women have experienced ovary pain, particularly during our regular monthly cycles. And the same discomfort is experienced for all of us, pain that often occurs in the lower abdominal area of our bodies where our ovaries are located.
Occasional, mild ovary pain and discomfort is not usually a cause for concern. But sometimes this type of pain, particularly if it’s severe and ongoing – might be a signal of an underlying problem.
The Role Of Our Ovaries
As women, we should remember that the ovaries play a vital part in our reproductive system. They produce the hormones that promote ovulation and menstruation. And they are located on each side of the uterus near the lower abdominal region.
If you experience ovary pain that is severe or ongoing ? it just might be the sign of an ovarian cyst. And this is the best time, to seek out the help of your medical doctor or OB/GYN.
Ovarian Cysts Are Not At All Uncommon
Ovarian cysts are more common than we even realize and often come and go unnoticed, throughout the course of our years. Although there are many different types of ovarian cysts, most are functional ovarian cysts.
A functional cyst is almost always benign and it forms when the follicle that contains the egg does not function properly. Sometimes the egg is not released as it usually does during ovulation.
Instead the follicle seals with the egg still in place and becomes an ovarian cyst. Other times the egg is released but the follicle does not dissolve and fills with fluid and also can become a cyst.
When a functional cyst goes unnoticed and grows in size and it becomes large it can cause ovary pain and also menstrual irregularities. So if you suffer from ongoing pain and discomfort. It’s time to take notice.
Understanding Our Hormones And Stress
A hormone imbalance in our bodies can trigger the development of functional ovarian cysts that may cause ovary pain. The best advice, we can all take, is to learn about holistic treatment methods to address the hormonal imbalance.
There are many life style and dietary influences that can disrupt normal hormone balances in the body. Stress is a significant culprit in this equation.
Unremitting stress can actually disrupt hormone levels so severely that it can stop production of normal levels of hormones and cause any one of us to go through menopause earlier than we ordinarily would. So learning how to eliminate or at least reduce stress in our lives is something that will benefit us in more ways then one.
A Few Ways To Minimize Stress
We can reduce stress through regular exercise and healthy eating habits. This can help us avoid ovary pain and the development of ovarian cysts. Many of the foods we eat contain chemicals and preservatives that act like estrogens in our bodies. A build up of toxins in our bodies will make it sluggish, and make it a very slow process to get rid of impurities.
A diet high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes will help our hormone levels stay within a normal range and diminish the likelihood of ovary pain and cysts.
Women, who are overweight, eat processed foods and junk food and who have weakened immune systems are more likely to develop ovarian cysts. Taking a vitamin and mineral supplement as well as beneficial herbs can help protect them from this sometimes painful condition.
Symptoms Of A Cyst That Is Left Untreated
An ovarian cyst that is left untreated can cause severe ovary pain. If it is left unattended and does not dissolve on it’s own, it may grow in size. When a cyst grows in size, it begins to put pressure on the bowel and bladder causing constipation and the frequent desire to urinate.
Pain is sometimes experience during intercourse. Lower abdominal pain on one side of the body (unless both ovaries are affected) may be experienced in the lower back with radiating pain down one leg.
This type of severe ovary pain should be attended to by a physician, without a second thought. Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, changes in blood pressure or any severe pain is cause to seek out the help of your medical professional immediately.