I have been diagnosed with having an ovarian cyst. I do not know if it is benign or malignant yet. What is the usual treatment for this condition? I am eighty-four years old and would like your opinion.
The treatment will vary according to the diagnosis of the ovarian cysts if it is benign or malignant. So please follow up with your physician to get a confirmation. Ovarian cysts are usually small, fluid-filled sacs found in the ovaries and can range in size.
Some of the common symptoms you may experience are:
• Pain in the lower abdominal area that can be sharp, sudden, severe, and can occur intermittently or be constant
• No pain or any symptoms at all
• Fullness in the abdomen
• Pressure on the rectum or bladder
The treatment ranges for ovarian cysts, depending on the symptomology, and the type of cyst. Having your physician monitor the cyst is important, even if you experience no pain with the ovarian cyst. With the majority of ovarian cysts, no treatment is necessary as they can shrink and disappear on their own. If you have pain with your cysts, you may be given painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. The other alternative for treatment is a surgical removal of the ovarian cysts.
Some of the natural treatments that can help with ovarian cysts are topical castor oil and essential fatty acids; these are just a few of the many. Dietary modifications such as avoiding red meat and dairy can help with ovarian cysts. An article in 2003 from the European Journal of Obstetrics found that beef and cheese were associated with ovarian cysts and that a high intake of green vegetables has a protective effect.
As always please consult your local naturopathic physician or integrative medical doctor for more information regarding the natural treatments or before starting any treatments at all.
Question answered by Dr. Kin Leung, B.Sc., N.D., CCT, CPCC, who received special training as an oncology resident and has obtained additional certifications in facial rejuvenation and body sculpting (cosmetic) acupuncture, parenteral therapy, and certified chelation therapy, amongst others. He currently practices at the Red Deer Wellness Clinic in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.