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Ovarian Cysts

Posted Sep 23 2009 10:14pm

Ovarian cysts are small fluid-filled sacs that develop in a woman’s ovaries. Most cysts are harmless, but some may cause problems such as rupturing, bleeding, or pain; and surgery may be required to remove the cyst(s). There are many possibilities as to how these cysts form as it is a major concern among many women, especially in childbearing age. While a majority of the ovarian cysts are simply functional in nature, some ovarian cysts can turn out to be cancerous.

The first step of correctly diagnosing and treating ovarian cysts is to locate the cause of the cyst in the first place.  Clearly, this in and of itself can be a daunting task as ovarian cysts can be triggered by a variety of primary factors and secondary factors. It is imperative to understand these different factors in order to seek appropriate treatment.

There are many primary factors, which lead to ovarian cysts. These factors should not be isolated, however, sometimes the combination of these factors can together lead to the cause of ovarian cysts.

  1. Genetic predisposition: Genetic predisposition is often considered to be the primary cause of ovarian cyst as research has shown that the genetic pattern of women who suffer from this chronic condition is different as compared to women who never get ovarian cysts or PCOS. However, this should not be a death warrant as many times the genetic characteristics can be modified with the help of environmental factors and proper lifestyle related changes.
  2. Poor dietary choices: Different types of food including the ones rich in carbohydrates, junk food, toxic food and acidic food can bring about hormonal imbalance and can weaken your immune system making you more vulnerable to ovarian cyst. Similarly diets rich in sugar and low on fresh vegetables can make the task of flushing out toxins difficult thereby aggravating ovarian cyst problem.
  3. Weak immune system: A weak immune system invites trouble, as it is not able to put up a natural fight against ovarian cyst triggers. Many factors including dietary factors and sleep deprivation can lead to weakened immune system.
  4. Insulin resistance: High level of insulin can stimulate ovarian androgen production, which leads to the production of male hormones. This reduces the serum sex-hormone binding globulin or SHGB. The SHBG can in turn aggravate the ovarian cyst condition to quite an extent.
  5. Failed ovulation process: Sometimes, the ovaries fail to release egg on a monthly basis. This fails to produce progesterone and brings about hormonal imbalance. This can then lead to the formation of ovarian cysts.

Besides the above primary factors, toxins in liver and even environmental toxins can aggravate ovarian cysts. What is important to point out is the common factor in each of these possible causes, as each one is perceived as stress by the body.  When the body senses stress the sympathetic nervous system is immediately stimulated, placing the body into a state of “fight or flight.”  Anytime this happens the bodies endocrine system releases a slue of hormones. Over time, this can create severe hormonal imbalances, which are shown to be one of the common factors in all ovarian cyst.

Ovarian cyst condition is not a simple one to understand or treat. Conventional wisdom blinded by hackneyed forms of treatment cannot treat and cure ovarian cysts. To treat this complex disease, a multidimensional view adopted by the holistic approach is needed. A holistic approach is also effective as it deals with a variety of factors and manages to find out the root cause of the disease. Then, systematically with a comprehensive method, a holistic practitioner, specializing in nutrition and lifestyle management, can help you bring about many lifestyle changes, which can aid in treatment. Hence, when it comes to curing ovarian cyst, a holistic approach is required to understand the causes of your ovarian cysts and to treat this condition in a scientific and holistic manner.

Jeanne Rubin

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