There are many different types of ovarian cysts and fortunately, most do not cause serious problems. A functional cyst develops as a glitch in the normal functioning of the ovaries and is rarely problematic. Other types of cysts develop as a result of abnormal cell growth. Endometrioma cysts or chocolate cysts fit this description.
Chocolate cysts occur in women who have Endometriosis of the ovaries. Under normal circumstances, endometrial tissue lines the uterus. When endometriosis is present, this tissue grows abnormally in other parts of the body. When endometrial tissue grows on the outside of the ovaries, small blood filled cysts form called Endometrioma cysts or chocolate cysts. Diagnosis of endometriosis can only be done by laparoscopy.
It is unclear what causes Endometriosis or chocolate cysts to occur but they are very responsive to hormone fluctuations in the body. They are frequently benign and often go undiagnosed until a woman is unable to conceive. Endometriosis is one of the major causes of infertility. It can cause severe pain around the time of menstruation and pain may be experienced during intercourse.
Endometrial tissue grows more rapidly when surges of estrogen occur and decrease in its absence. As a result, endometriosis often diminishes during pregnancy and after menopause. The most common traditional medical form of treatment is hormone therapy. Sometimes birth control pills are prescribed for a brief period of time to help shrink the endometrial tissue in order to allow a woman to become pregnant. Pain relieving medications are recommended to treat the symptoms.
Laparoscopy is sometimes performed to remove the adhesions that often occur as a result of endometriosis. In more serious cases surgery such as a hysterectomy or bowel resection are performed to help minimize the growth of the abnormal tissue or to relieve pain. Occasionally, a chocolate cyst can grow in size and rupture. In this case, emergency surgery may be required.
Regardless of the treatment plan recommended by a traditional medical practitioner, it can be extremely beneficial to take a holistic approach to dealing with chocolate cysts and endometriosis. Like other types of cyst development, hormones play a crucial role and hormone levels are influenced by such things as emotions, diet, stress and other lifestyle factors that can be altered.
Natural treatment methods work well in combination with traditional medicine. They can help slow the growth of chocolate cysts and improve your overall health to such a degree that recovery from any surgical treatment may be quicker.
Vitamin supplements are an important component of a natural treatment plan for chocolate cysts.
Making important dietary changes and adding a vitamin and mineral supplement will help balance hormone levels in the body, raise immunity, improve liver functioning, and help guard against abnormal cell growth.
Helpful herbs are also included in a natural treatment plan. They provide the added benefit of helping the body rid itself of harmful toxins that may contribute to a hormone imbalance and the growth of all types of cysts.