Understanding the Different Ovarian Cyst Types

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Ovarian cysts are a condition shared by many women during their reproductive years. Often doctors will give medical names and descriptions to the different ovarian cyst types that leave women wondering just what the terms mean. Here's a simple overview.

Cysts usually represent part of the normal reproductive process and although they can be painful are in many cases a benign (non cancerous) condition.

In alphabetical order the types of non cancerous cysts are:

1. Corpus luteum cyst

In the normal female cycle a woman's ovary becomes blister like prior to the release of an egg. This blister is known as the corpus luteum and usually dissolves away once the egg is released from the ovary and pregnancy does not occur.

Sometimes though the corpus luteum does not break down but fills with fluid and remains on the ovary. This is known as a corpus luteum cyst.

2. Cystadenoma

Cystadenomas are an ovarian cyst type that are a benign growth that develop from ovarian tissue and are often filled with a mucous fluid.

These are the types of cysts that can grow very, very large and are capable of growing to a size of 30 cms or more.

3. Dermoid cysts

This type of cyst can sometimes grow to about 15cm in size and is usually found in younger women.

Ovarian cysts of this type are actually a benign type of tumour that may even contain traces of fat, hair or bone.
The medical name for the cyst is a mature cystic teratoma, and this is the type of cyst that can be come inflamed and actually twist on itself, causing severe pain and often requiring surgery.

4. Endometriod cysts ( endometriomas )

The endometrius is the tissue that makes up the inner wall of the uterus.(womb).

An endometriomas cyst is an ovarian cyst type that develops when some of this endometrial like tissue grows in the ovaries. This type of cyst is often responsible for the chronic pain associated with the monthly period.

5. Follicular cysts

Cysts of this type occur when the follicle holding the egg does not mature and release the egg and instead collapses .

Sometimes growing to about 5cms in size, this type of cyst can cause a very sharp pain when it ruptures (usually in the middle of the monthly cycle) although usually they produce no symptoms of all in the majority of women who have them.

6. Hemorrhagic cysts

If bleeding occurs within the cyst it is classified as being of hemorrhaghic ovarian cyst type.

7. Polycystic Ovaries

If a number of follicular cysts build up they can cause the affected ovary to thicken and become enlarged. This can affect ovulation an actually cause problems with fertility.

As you can see, there are many different ovarian cyst types, and whilst they are usually benign in nature they can be the cause of extreme discomfort each month and in many women cause severe pain.

There are however natural health treatments available that aim to firstly relieve the strong pain this condition can create. Once the pain is controlled these treatments then target the root cause of the condition and help women with ovarian cysts develop a natural approach to lifestyle that often sees the condition clearing up and not returning.

These natural treatments are becoming extremely popular, as evidenced by the many genuine testimonials from women who have undergone the natural treatment. These women report getting quick and effective pain relief without the use of drugs, and say that the condition did not return after about eight weeks on the program.

It is interesting to note that the natural treatments were effective in treating a wide variety of benign ovarian cyst types and not just limited to one type of cyst alone.

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The website Natural Health For Her contains a detailed review of the natural way to treat the different Ovarian Cyst Types and how it can be an extremely effective and inexpensive way for woman to help treat their ovarian cyst pain and then prevent the condition from returning.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02
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