Types of Ovarian Cysts

I came across this article today in Oncology News International.  For a long time, a septated ovarian cyst on your ultrasound meant you were having surgery.  The recommendations have now changed.  No longer do doctors need to immediately operate.   It now appears that most of the time, septated cysts are not cancerous.

There are some instances where cancer is more likely.  For example, if there is any solid material in the cyst, then surgery is necessary to test it.  Also, if there are any papillary projections (little finger like areas sticking out), then surgery is done.  Other than that, doctors are advised to watch the cyst on ultrasound.

In a test, 38.8% of these septated ovarian cysts resolved on their own.  10% of them were removed, with none of them being cancerous.

So complex septated ovarian cysts are not necessarily considered complex anymore.  There’s a good chance that it can be treated naturally and go away on its own, without invasive surgery.

If you are considering using herbal remedies for ovarian cysts, it’s important to think about what other medications you are currently taking.  This is because herbs are a type of medicine, and will interact with prescribed medicines, sometimes with negative effects.

Some of the common herbs used to treat ovarian cysts are burdock, mullein, St. John’s Wort, Black Cohosh and dandelion.    St. John’s Wort is expecially known for interacting with other medications.  It tends to affect how the body absorbs prescriptions medicines, which can be especially harmful if you are taking drugs for blood pressure or a heart condition.

US News lists nine supplements to avoid while taking heart medication.  With herbal remedies, it’s important to remember to check with your doctor to make sure you avoid any interactions, especially if you are taking any prescription medication.  You can also consult a herbalist or a naturopathic doctor.

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