Chocolate Cyst – Natural Treatments To Avoid Surgery

Published: 16th November 2009
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Many people will be asking what is a chocolate cyst. I had never heard of one until I worked with a girl who suffered the most terrible period pains ever and would sometimes almost faint with the pain. Unfortunately by the time she was diagnosed, her cyst had reached the size of a large grapefruit and complications had set in and damaged one of her ovaries. Since she was only in her early twenties, this was a considerable blow to her.

So what is a chocolate cyst and how does it get its name? Chocolate cysts are derived from a condition called endometriosis and it affects women during their child bearing years. It occurs when the endometriosis,or lining of the uterus, detaches itself and begins to grow outside of the uterus. This lining or tissue can then implant itself anywhere within the abdominal cavity. The endometriosis may invade the ovary, producing blood filled cysts called endometriomas. Over time this blood darkens and becomes thick and sticky almost like chocolate, hence the term "chocolate cyst". The cysts can vary in size from a small pea to the size of a grapefruit.

Endometriosis varies considerably from one person to another and whilst some women will not suffer any pain, others like my friend are doubled up each month with pain. Endometriosis can irritate surrounding areas and cause scar tissue to be formed, which in turn can merge with all of the pelvic organs and even cover them completely, which may cause damage and infertility.

A chocolate cyst can only be accurately diagnosed by means of a laparoscopy and a surgeon can actually treat the endometriosis during this process by cutting away the diseased tissue and draining the cysts. Unfortunately an over enthusiastic surgeon can sometimes remove too much healthy tissue which can have a detrimental effect on fertility.

Alternatively, and depending upon the size of the cyst, doctors may prescribe a course of hormone tablets to simulate either pregnancy or menopause which are the conditions that are known to slow down endometriomas and means they will not keep growing during each menstrual cycle. It will also reduce the size of the endometriosis tissue over time.

Seeing as so many woman suffer from ovarian cysts of one sort or another, it makes sense to try and be a step ahead by adopting certain life style and dietary changes which will help to avoid the growth of cysts, and in particular endometrioma, the chocolate cyst.

Imagine a life free from the agonies of irregular, painful periods. Imagine waking up each morning feeling reinvigorated and ready to take on the world. Wouldn' t it be wonderful not to feel in low spirits and irritable with everyone. Well you can live life to the full and be a happier, healthier person simply by following a few simple guidelines.

So many women are led to believe that medication or surgery are the only options, but believe me when I tell you that natural treatments of chocolate cysts can and do work. You no longer have to live with the pain, bloated stomach and feeling of nausea that are all symptoms of an ovarian cyst. I

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