Ovarian Cysts

This is my personal experience with ovarian cysts. Before facing surgery for an orange-sized ovarian cyst, which eventually grew coconut sized, on one of my ovaries, along with having many other smaller cysts on the other ovary, I wanted to try some natural remedies. My doctor gave me a window of opportunity between a miscarriage that I had had and my next period, approximately 3-4 weeks, to use natural remedies before facing surgery.

Surgery for Ovarian Cysts:

Not only is surgery a financial strain to many, surgeries themselves pose risks and take recovery time. I personally prefer to try healthy preventative alternatives when possible. However, please don’t continue relying on natural remedies if they aren’t working and surgery could treat something that might actually be a tumor. Always let your doctor know of natural remedies in your diet and take the advice of educated and trained doctors who can better judge your condition in the end. You can always get a second or third opinion.

Natural Remedies for Ovarian Cysts:

To find natural remedies for getting rid of cysts, I spent numerous hours researching and reading. The first 3 pages of google search were consumed with natural remedies from published books but I had a hard time finding facts or success stories from others. Also, reviews from some of these books were not encouraging and so I didn’t purchase any. Slowly, I pieced together what information I did find via some of my doctors, our supporting doctor, and my own research.

The below list shows the natural remedies that I supplemented into my diet. All are simple, safe, inexpensive and natural.


Natural Remedies that I Supplemented into My Diet:

Vitamin E dosages of 600IU (bedtime)
Vitamin B6 (50mg per day)
Supplemental magnesium (300 mg daily)
Apple Cider Vinger (1/2 a glass with a shot of molasses)
Molasses
Red Root
Turmeric
Dandelion
Shepards purse (I didn’t find this so I didn’t try it but it was recommended for cysts)
Castor oil packets*
Flaxseed & Flaxseed Oil**
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Maca***

*Castor Oil Compresses
Everynight for 1-3 hours while lying in bed, after my toddler was down, and while reading a book, I would apply warm castor oil compresses. I don’t know how much success it added, if any, to the removal of my cysts, but I believe it helped relieve my pain!

Not only are these good to try if you have a cyst but for monthly preventative care of the ovaries, compresses stimulate circulation and healing within ovaries. Castor Oil is great but other essential oils such as lavender, rosemary or chamomile can also be used.

You can buy ready-made castor oil compresses in specialty stores, but I made my own. To make your own: Soak a piece of wool (or flannel) in castor oil. Place it over your abdomen or where cyst/pain is located. You may want to place a piece of plastic on top of that to prevent the oil from staining your clothes. On top of the towel, apply heat via a heating pad or water bottle or you can do a cold compress via bags of ice covered with towels. I personally preferred the heat. Do this daily for at least 1 hour. I’ve read and was told to also relax for 1-2 hours after doing this which is why I always did it at bedtime.
Do NOT do this if you think you might be pregnant or you are trying to conceive!

**Flaxseed
Contains substances such as phytohormones (hormones produced by plants) which help balance estrogen in your body and or help balance the right proportion of estrogen to progesterone in your body. Flaxseed can be added to yogurts, all casseroles, vegetables, fruits, salads, just about anything you are eating. This post talks more about the importance of flaxseed, and the how and why of adding it to the diet of your children.

***Maca
This herb has many benefits such as assisting the body in increasing the production of progesterone but has no hormonal effect. A recommended 1,000mg of Maca is recommended daily to help balance progesterone, regulate menstrual cycles, help reduce ovarian cysts and shrinks overgrowth of tissues such as endometrium, fibroids, cysts in breasts and ovaries for women who respond to hormonal stimulation.
Also helps with increasing your memory, your mood and your energy levels. Personally, I supplemented Maca into my diet for 2 weeks, while withdrawing from my daily 2-3 cups of coffee. I actually felt more energized from the Maca then I ever did from the coffee.
Do NOT take this if you are trying to conceive or think you might be pregnant!

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31 thoughts on “Ovarian Cysts”

  1. and now they want to put me on the pill. I have regular periods, little to no menstrual pain and no symptoms of anything until 9 months ago when I had slight pain during intercourse. They found a cyst on my left ovary, which is now gone. Recovery is going quick and I’m stuffing my face with garlic:)
    However, they want me to take the pill in case of more cysts, I’d rather get my body in balance naturally! I used to eat heaps if soy due to being a vegetarian. I think there’s a link there. But more importantly – what happened with your cyst?
    Did your supplements work?

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    • Yes, my supplements worked. I keep implementing my supplements every 2-3 months as a preventive and they really have seemed to help. I’ve only gotten 2 cysts in the past 6 years now. Or at least 2 that I know of! After my first time using the supplements, my cyst went away. I did not have to have surgery and I went on to get pregnant just one month later!! PS. I LOVE Garlic!! It’s really a superfood for every ailment!

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  2. Yes, I believe it was my supplements that made my cyst go away. My doctor was SHOCKED that my cysts had all vanished just 3 weeks after trying all these natural remedies. I’m sorry you dealing with this. I remember the pain and fear that I faced with my cysts! My doctor also wanted to put me on the pill but due to a blood disorder, that I have, I can not be on the pill. I’m glad I found these natural remedies…especially the curry. Look under our food subcategory for more info about curry. Keep us posted. I would love to know how everything turns out for you! 😕

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    • Yes, I believe it was my supplements that made my cyst go away. My doctor was SHOCKED that my cysts had all vanished just 3 weeks after trying all these natural remedies. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. I remember the pain and fear that I faced with my cysts!

      My doctor also wanted to put me on the pill but due to a blood disorder, that I have, I can not be on the pill. I’m glad I found these natural remedies…especially the curry. Look under our food subcategory for more info about curry. Keep us posted. I would love to know how everything turns out for you! 😕

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    • Absolutely Patsy!! I was so frustrated that there weren’t more article written to help women who are suffering from ovarian cysts. Thank you for reading and giving feedback!

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